The IMEX Korean War US infantry and ROK infantry arrived today. Very crisp mouldings in a pretty hard plastic, but why do they have so many arms, feet and hands that have to be glued on? Don't they realise how big, worn and shaky the hands of a palsied middle aged chap are? Anyway, all washed in soapy water (thanks to my grandson) and the first US infantry chaps cut off the sprue:
Most of these will end up being Fidelistas but the bazooka teams above will go to Brigade 2506. I've already carved the M1 helmets into rough approximations of the soft field caps that the Brigadistas wore. The bazooka teams were particularly important, as, with the five M41s, and some recoiless rifles (I'll have to source, or more likely, scratch build a couple) they were the Brigade's main anti-tank capability.
Fidel and his blokes had an overwhelming superiority in armour, and I was aware that T34/85s were used, and, perhaps, some SU85s, but, in a comment on this blog Jim Hale alerted me to the fact that the Fidelistas had IS-3s on strength, probably held in reserve at the sugar refinery known as Central Australia. Yikes! Well, I've been reading Gray Lynch's account of events (see a few posts ago for details), and today I came across this part of his account of the first day's fighting above Red Beach (Playa Larga):
'The first two Castro tanks (a Soviet-supplied T-34 and a Stalin III) were quickly knocked out by the
fire from Oliva's M-41 tanks and his bazookas' (p.103, 2009 Potomac paperback edition).
Lynch (one of the CIA men on the ground and a highly decorated veteran of the Second World War and Korea) previously mentions how he briefed a Brigade senior officer on how best to tackle the IS monsters. The key was that the approaches to the beach heads were along roads raised above swamp that was, obviously, impassible to tanks, and, as a result, there was scope for flank shots. The upshot is that think I'll risk an IS for the Fidelistas. Fortunately, Minitanks seem to have made one, otherwise a huge 1/72 would look a little too over bearing.