More Equipment and Weaponry

by Author | May 6th, 2010

In this post, there are some more photographs that I took at Duxford showing period weapons, equipment and vehicles that may help you paint more of a picture in your mind as you read the novel. Many of you who are unfamiliar with the North of England have lamented the lack of a map in the book, and on reflection I wish I had included one. To make it up to you, I am currently producing a series of ‘Battle Maps’ that I will upload a couple at a time showing you the dispositions of both sides at various stages of the book. In addition, I will be featuring some more photographs of the terrain and locations from the novel over the coming months.

In this photograph we can see the well known German stick-grenade, often referred to as the Potato Masher. Also on view is an MG42 General Purpose Machine Gun, a later war version of the MG34, the weapon which features throughout the novel. The main difference between the two weapons was that the earlier MG34 was more skeletal in appearance, not looking quite so chunky or robust as its successor. Both weapons were outstanding machine guns and were used as the model for all subsequent post-war European designed GPMGs.

This photograph gives you a clear view of standard German belt order, including entrenching tool, gas-mask case and mess tins. The actual uniform shown was worn later in the war, whereas the German troops featured in Seelowe Nord would largely have worn the standard field grey of the regular German army. The Waffen SS and Parachute troops would of course be dressed in their own distinctive uniforms.

This photograph gives you a nice view of a German Panzer III and a British Vickers VI Light Tank, side by side. Both of these are shown in typical 1940 livery and feature in the book at several points, especially during the delaying-battle between the British armoured screen and the German spearhead. Even at this early stage of the war, the Vickers light tank was of little use other than as close support for infantry or as an armoured recce vehicle. It was the slow, but heavily armoured Matilda II with it’s high-velocity 2 pounder gun that the German armour felt truly threatened by, and many of the factual books about the Dunkirk campaign give detailed accounts of how a handful of these heavier vehicles ran amok through the 7th Panzer Division at Arras, proving highly resistant to German anti-tank guns, whilst having the ability to slice through German armour with their main armament.

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Seelöwe Nord is the online home of Andy Johnson, a war fiction novelist. Seelöwe Nord is a war novel that tells the alternative history of Operation Sealion, the proposed German invasion of Britain in 1940. Followed by Thunder in May, and the recently released Crucible of Fate, the trilogy of War Fiction remains a popular read within the genre.

Andy has also started to publish small Leadership and Management Booklets drawing from his extensive experience across many sectors and industries, both military and civilian, the first of which is entitled Captains of the Gate and is now available for download on eReaders directly from Amazon.