Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Stalingrad - General Winter

 20, 30, 40 below zero. Firing pins become brittle and snap. Sentry go is 30 minutes any more is certain death. Oil freezes in weapons and sumps. The burning heat and thirst rasping dust of summer is long gone...General Winter has arrived...
KO's from the high point of the German advance become markers on local maps. Registered points to MFC's and observers...
 The marshalling yard is a barren waste...
 ...any shelter is at at premium...
 ...snow and ice cling to everything...
 Forlorn, the equipment stands solid and good, yet the crew stolidly look to the front through the visors with glazed unseeing eyes never to register anything again, preserved in a sheen of frost
 To touch metal with an ungloved hand is to lose the flesh
 The Volga, frozen into a concrete like highway, now supplies the defenders needs.


 On the flanks of the city the steppe is even colder...then add the wind chill effect


The Romanian Army, short of everything but complaints, waits out the unforgiving ice offensive in the hope of surviving until the Spring. All is quiet. Too quiet...


25 comments:

  1. Great looking frozen terrain, very immersive!

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  2. Thanks Phil. Stalingrad, sponsored by baby talc. Yes, baby talc for all you winter warfare needs!

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  3. Fantastic - just don't sneeze!

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    1. I thought I was going blind, but it was just the talc sticking to my glasses!

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  4. WOW! Mind = Blown! Cannot wait to watch this one unfold.

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    1. Not long to wait Steven. The Romanians can hear the squealing of tracks through the fog.

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  5. Beautifully presented, seems a shame to fight over it!

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    1. Thanks George. At least no one will be able to cheat! We'll all have to keep good snow discipline.

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  6. Beautiful! So still and so quiet... spine tingling really! I just love your atmospheric shots, just brilliant!

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  7. Very atmospheric- superb.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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    1. Thanks Pete. It's what we're going for...really bleak

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  8. outstanding, as always...

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    1. Thanks Al. It is quite dramatic the effect you can get with two tubs of baby talc on exactly the same terrain.

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  9. Wow! Amazing work. Certainly a cold, cold place to die...

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    1. Ironically we've had a bit of a heatwave of late but the room looks cold

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  10. Superb table Simon, quite amazing!

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    1. Thanks a lot James. I thinks Marks Romanians are in for a big surprise

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    1. Thanks David. The talc will easily disappears when we change the topography of the sand. It just mixes in and vanishes.

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