• Spring 1944: Losing Ground - German Retreat from the Eastern Front
    Diorama Front: Losing Ground
  • Diorama Left View
    Diorama Left View
  • Diorama Right View
    Diorama Right View
  • Diorama Back View
    Diorama Back View
  • Kanonenwagen
    Kanonenwagen
  • Grabbing Gear from Kanonenwagen
    Grabbing Gear from Kanonenwagen
  • Kanonenwagen Interior Detail
    Kanonenwagen Interior Detail
  • Wounded Soldier
    Wounded Soldier
  • Flakvierling Half-Track
    Flakvierling Half-Track
  • Flak Gun Detail
    Flak Gun Detail
  • Flakvierling Driver Detail
    Flakvierling Driver Detail
  • Flakvierling Back View
    Flakvierling Back View
  • Soldier Taking a Leak
    Soldier Taking a Leak
  • Soldier Peeing Detail
    Soldier Peeing Detail
  • Engineer with Shovel
    Engineer with Shovel
  • Engineer Planting Mine
    Engineer Planting Mine
  • Blown Up Borgward
    Blown Up Borgward
  • Zundapp Motorcycle and Wounded Tank Captain
    Zundapp Motorcycle and Wounded Tank Captain
  • Zundapp Motorcycle Rider
    Zundapp Motorcycle Rider
  • Wounded Tank Captain
    Wounded Tank Captain
  • Kubelwagen
    Kubelwagen
  • Kubelwagen Front Spare Tire Detail
    Kubelwagen Front Spare Tire Detail
  • Kubelwagen and Trailer Back View
    Kubelwagen and Trailer Back View
  • Kubelwagen Mechanic
    Kubelwagen Mechanic
  • Dejected German Officer
    Dejected German Officer

Spring 1944: Losing Ground - German Retreat from the Eastern Front

The setting takes place in 1944, springtime and muddy; the German soldiers are retreating from the Eastern Front. As the sign points out, they are 700km from Moscow. A year before or so, a Borgward was attacked and destroyed while crossing the bridge and ended up in the river. I painted it German grey as to tell it happened before/early 1943 since '43 was when dunkelgelb (dark yellow) was primarily used. These "heavy demolition charge vehicles" carried a 500kg payload and were remote controlled as targeted bombs. (Amazing that they had remote control back then.) Anyway, this Borgward didn't make it, but it did do a number on the bridge when it exploded; the bridge was subsequently repaired with felled trees. I took some artistic license with this vehicle since the demolition Borgward Ausf. A were rare and not used on the Eastern front. Here the Kubelwagen (later in America called "The Thing") is part of a propaganda company who are currently having engine trouble. In the backseat is a camera and accordion to help fit the story. The 20mm Flakvierling Sd.kfz 7/1 was also not a common sight on the Eastern Front, but I think the vehicle is fascinating and wanted to build one. The Flak was intricate and challenging to build- would not want to be on the other side of that weapon. The soldiers on the right-hand side will defend the bridge valiantly; they have quite a stash of weapons. They will also bury anti-tank mines once the last German vehicles have crossed. You can't see from the photos, but the wooden crate inside the 'bunker' has Bundeslade written on it...a little joke from the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark: it translates "Ark of the Covenant". Towards the end of the war, many soldiers were scattered, so I put a tanker dressed in his black uniform to signify some of the chaos during that portion of the war. Obviously, his company is lost and he has to hitch a ride with the Wehrmacht Soldaten.

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