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Gallipoli 1915 - ICM 1:35


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Gallipoli 1915

ICM 1:35 (DS3501)

 

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The Gallipoli (or Dardanelles) campaign was the ill fated Allied attempt to weaken the Ottorman empire by taking control of the straights that provided a supply route to Russia. Despite a large Naval presence and mass landing of troops eight months of fighting saw the allies defeated by the only real Ottoman victory of WWI. Modern day Turkey see this event as a defining moment in the creation of the Turkish State. Due to the large numbers of Australian and New Zealand commonwealth forces who fought and sadly died during the campaign ANZAC Day was created to honour those men. In both countries this has grown to mark the main day of commemoration for all wars and operations which have followed.  

 

There are two sets of figures in the box, one of Turkish troops, and one of ANZAC Troops. The Turkish set which has been previously released here brings us four figures. Two troops running, with one kneeling firing his rifle, and one officer kneeling with his pistol out. In the period leading up to WWI the Ottoman Empire decided to modernise its Army, but did so by buying equipment in, instead of arranging for domestic suppliers to do this. A German Army mission was invited to advise on this, and surprisingly they favoured German Army weapons, and German manufacturers. The standard infantry front line rifle was the M1903 Mauser bolt-action rifle, and the side arm the Mauser C96. This set from ICM brings us two sprues one for the figures, and one for the equipment with a selection of the the M1903 with and without a bayonet. The C96 holstered, and out of the holster with the holster separate. Other items on the sprues are Helmets, Bayonets, ammunition pouches, water bottles, grenades, a map case, and even binoculars and their case. A box with two sets of the equipment is also available here from ICM.

 

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For the ANZC troops there are again two spures of plastic; one for the figures and one of equipment. The weapons and equipment are standard Commonwealth items with a standard field cap with neck cover for one figure, and standard slouch hats for the other 3. The figures are one running, two standing and one with a trench periscope. 

 

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Conclusion

This is a good set which provides for any WWI Gallipoli diorama, or even a small stand alone vignette. The figures from ICM are very well sculpted. Highly Recommended. 

 

 

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On 2/16/2019 at 10:40 PM, 593jones said:

The Anzacs on the artwork look remarkably nonchalant considering how close those Turks are!  You'd think at least one of them would be engaging the Turks.

 

Good sets, though, and excellent for the spares box  :)

 

What, and have them shoot back?

 

One Australian slouch hat looks totally wrong in the kit, not to mention the artwork.  Most Australian troops at Gallipoli had the brim down (brim being up on parade) to avoid sunburn, which was a self-inflicted wound and chargeable offence. 



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I would also say that most wore only their undershirts, instead of the full battle blouse, even when going 'over'.

 

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I used to have a great book, the "Anzac Book" which tragically went missing years ago, this was produced at the time and showed typical Aussie lads in a real motley of field improvised kit and stuff, inc wooly hats and other personally "styled" headgear etc. Very much a case of whatever works in a practical way in the prevailing conditions, particularly when they'd been there for a while ! 

A number of the pics were caricatures obviously taken from life, I'd say you'd be fairly safe to be a bit creative with clothing and kit in this theatre. 

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