Achtung! Achtung! Caen 1944

Achtung! Achtung! Caen 1944 - Tamiya, Italerei

This is one of my early attempts at serious diorama building. It depicts a typical ambush scene during the early part of the Normandy D-Day invasion campaign. The objective of the British forces under Montgomery in this campaign was to take Caen on D+1 June 6th 1944.

That was stalled after the debacle at Villers Bocage when 3 Tigers under SS-Obersturmführer Michael Wittmann and his crew pushed down the main road towards Villers-Bocage and, in the following fifteen minutes, destroyed eleven tanks, two anti-tank guns, and a dozen or more half-tracks and Universal carriers of the leading elements of the 7th Armored Brigade. That skirmish basically stopped the advance and gave the germans time to reinforce and shore up defences in and around Caen. Nevertheless the British Second Army continued the Battle for Caen and finally captured the city on July 19. The city laid in ruins in the aftermath.

The scene is centered in a two storey house that has suffered considerable damage. The germans have been alerted to the advancing Allied forces and are making ready for an ambush.

As you can see I love fabricating buildings and the following is a 360 degree view of it. This one I made from polysterene foam board coated with polyfilla. When dried I added detail with more polyfilla. Window frames are balsa with clear sheet for glass. Floor, stairs and roof beams are also made from balsa wood. All figures are a mix of Tamiya and Italerei OOB except for some head alterations. The Marder II is from Tamiya.


Making the stairs was the most challenging. I had to off scale it so it didn't look out of place. The trick to building tall buildings is to scale it a fraction smaller for every floor you add. The painting of the figures was done with enamels from Humbrol. The broken wall was wet plaster impregnated with coarse sand.


I like dioramas that have that 360 degree view and am happy to have achieved it here. Hope you enjoy viewing this as much as I have building it.