Group Build Title: Operation Barbarossa
Group Build Description: To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Soviet Russia
At midnight on 21st June it will be 80 years since Nazi Germany made the fateful step of invading Soviet Russia… and we all know what happened nearly four years later.
Both myself and my nephew, a fellow modeller, are planning to build two vehicles each to mark this anniversary. We have both agreed to build the diminutive Panzer II and the massive multi-turreted T35. We originally planned for this “David and Goliath” campaign to be a kind of mini group-build, however it occurred to me that others might like to participate.
Proposed start date/time would be midnight on 21st/22nd June and end date to be 24th December. A short timescale I admit, but in keeping with the original timetable of the German high command. Acceptable vehicles would be any that featured in the initial Barbarossa campaign, so that would include all the early German equipment, plus their Czech stuff, even the captured French rubbish that they pressed into service. On the Soviet side you could choose from either a KVI or II, very early T-34’s or maybe something from the BT range, not forgetting their light tanks, maybe a T26. Although I have chosen to torture myself with two vehicles, only one model would be required from each participant.