THE DESERT RATS

The Eighth Army, formed  in September 1941, was one of the best-known formations of the war fighting in Africa and Europe. It was always commanded by British Army officers, however its personnel came from throughout the British Empire and Commonwealth; complemented by units composed of exiles from Nazi-occupied Europe. Subordinate units came from Australia, British India, Canada, Free French Forces, Greece, New Zealand, Poland and Rhodesia.

All are wearing the uniform commonly associated with these troops – khaki drill shirt and shorts plus socks, short gaiters and boots, and a steel helmet of course. In fact a much greater diversity would have been seen, particularly when the weather was not as blisteringly hot as some imagine it to be at all timesl. The men wear 37-pattern webbing, which is the most common form to be found on such men, and has been quite well done, with most having water bottle, bayonet scabbard . The weaponry is all appropriate for the conflict.

Scale 1/32 Airfix Figures

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