|Project by NDVermin||posted 03-05-2016 05:08 PM||1654 views||0 times favorited||18 comments|
For my next project I turned my attention to another legendary battle, the “Battle of the Bulge.” Hitler’s last ditch effort to turn the tide of WW2 with a massive surprise offensive launched in total secret through the Ardennes Forest. This was largely a German Vs. U.S. battle so that will be the focus of these two pieces.
The first case is for a Luger P08, a classic sidearm of the Wehrmacht. The second case in development will be representing the US side and feature the legendary M1911A1 carried by the US troops.
The case features several design details highlighting the German effort during that winter of 1944-1945. The map focuses on perhaps the most famous part of the battle (though hardly the only significant portion) with the battle raging around the Belgian town of Bastogne, famously defended by the US 101st Airborne and “relieved” by Patton’s 3rd Army. The panel behind the Luger carries the Division symbols of significant Wehrmacht and SS Units which took part in the battle, in order:, Panzer Lehr, 2nd SS Panzer Division “Das Reich,” and 12th SS Panzer Division “Hitlerjugend.” 1st SS Panzer Division “Adolf Hitler.”
Finally the letter is an exact copy (spelling mistakes included) of the surrender order delivered to the 101st Airborne which Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe earned lasting fame with his reply of “Nuts.”
More pics and projects can be viewed on my FB page and website: https://www.facebook.com/CustomHistoricalDisplays/
*Important Note – I realize this is NOT a WW2 forum and some people are rightfully offended by German WW2 symbols. I have also found that the type of clients interested in these cases prefer historical authenticity by utilizing the original symbols. I have edited the top photo here out of respect for this woodworking community, but please don’t interpret the subject as an endorsement in any way of the horrible crimes committed during those terrible years. My companion piece to this will proudly feature the Stars and Stripes on the cover as it focuses on the American side….thanks.
-- Scott - https://www.facebook.com/CustomHistoricalDisplays/ and www.customhistoricaldisplays.com