Hi there! Just a very small post this week covering my SDF Rifle Platoon. This is one of the core platoons to a Sudan Rifle Company found on page 138 of Burning Empires. I've got one platoon done, and I'll probably cheat for a bit and mix it in with my 8th Army Rifles until I can get the remaining three platoons done.
Anyway, here's a shot of the platoon for this week's update:
This week we return to the Sudan Defense Force with a little attention to their trucks. There is virtually nothing written about the SDF in Libya, however they played a critical role in the Saharan campaign. They not only supplied Kufra with their great convoys, they also garrisoned the Kufra Oases, launched exhaustive search and rescue missions (the see the Tragedy at Kufra), assaulted Jalo Oasis during the ill-fated Operation Agreement, and chased after Lazlo Almasy's Operation Salaam (only narrowly missing the elusive Hungarian count).
I'll be getting back to the Sahara this week with my Libyan troops. I figure all of the discussions about the raiders are incomplete without a look into the men that defended the Libyan outposts, so it's about time to have a look at the Italian garrisons of the Fezzan.
The Italian garrisons in the Sahara actually had very few Italian nationals. Most of the personnel were Arabic tribes who have called the Sahara home for nearly two millennium. Indeed a telling statistic from August 1940 that of the 3,632 of the soldiers in the Saharan garrisons only 1,101 were actually native Italians or colonists. The rest were native Libyans. So who are these Libyans?
I've been really busy lately with all sorts of odds and ends, while also trying to prepare for our epic trip to the UK in about a week's time. So in terms of painting, I've been a bit slack. I've managed to paint a platoon of Libyan riflemen, a pile of SDF trucks, and even some Saga stuff. Hopefully I'll be able to write a bit about each of those soon. But for now: