Stevens Kiwi Armour in Italy

I’ve been planning my Kiwis in Italy – Steven’s Wargaming Project for years, since I wrote up a piece on Kiwi Vehicle Camouflage during WW2 in 2006. Well, finally, the plan is coming to fruition. I’ve got my armour for 2 (NZ) Division in Italy. Shermans (III, IB, VC), Stuarts (V), Stuart Recces, Staghound Armoured Cars (I, II), M10 Tank Destroyers, and universal carriers. Most in the unique Mud-grey with Blue-black disruptive pattern but some in plain dark green. Yay!!


Acknowledgements

Now, I confess, I’ve asked other people to paint for me so the Kiwis in Italy Project actually gets finished. In this case Simon Field has painted my Kiwi armour for Italy. Simon is a delight to work with. He really gets into my projects, and goes the extra mile to give me what I’m looking for. In this case I love what he has done with the Stuart Recce and carriers.


Mud-grey with Blue-black disruptive pattern

The New Zealanders used a really cool camouflage pattern in Italy: Mud-grey with Blue-black disruptive pattern. It was universal in 1943 and early 1944 but got replaced on most vehicles in late 1945. Some vehicles retained this paint scheme until the end of the war. And a particular unit might have both the early and late schemes at the same time.

Sherman IIIs, 2 and 3 Troop, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment

This project needed a lot of Sherman IIIs. I used BR119 Sherman III. Six of them are in the Mud-grey with Blue-black disruptive pattern. These vehicles carry the tac signs of 2 and 3 Troop, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment.

nz11 - Sherman IIIs, 2 Troop, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment

nz11 – Sherman IIIs, 2 Troop, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment

nz12 - Sherman IIIs, 2 and 3 Troop, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment

nz12 – Sherman IIIs, 2 and 3 Troop, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment

nz13 - Sherman IIIs, 2 and 3 Troop, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment

nz13 – Sherman IIIs, 2 and 3 Troop, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment

nz14 - Sherman IIIs, 2 and 3 Troop, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment

nz14 – Sherman IIIs, 2 and 3 Troop, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment

Stuarts, Reconnaissance Troop, Regimental HQ, 20 Armoured Regiment

Turretless tanks. Must be Kangaroos, right? Wrong. Kangaroos were turretless Shermans. The Kiwis removed the turrets of most of their Stuarts, making the Stuart Recce. I think they are so cool. I have a preference for resin and metal so initially opted to use BR009 Stuart V, but this model is no longer in production and I only managed to find two. I needed six. So I ended up going for BBX58 Stuart Recce Armoured Troop (Plastic). The “Recce” in the title is slightly misleading in this context as all of these models have turrets. Simon converted three to Stuart Recce. These models could have been painted in Dark Green, but I much prefer the earlier mud-grey with blue-black disruptive pattern.

nz15 - Stuarts, Reconnaissance Troop, Regimental HQ, 20 Armoured Regiment - In Progress

nz15 – Stuarts, Reconnaissance Troop, Regimental HQ, 20 Armoured Regiment – In Progress

nz16 - Stuarts, Reconnaissance Troop, Regimental HQ, 20 Armoured Regiment

nz16 – Stuarts, Reconnaissance Troop, Regimental HQ, 20 Armoured Regiment

nz17 - Stuarts, Reconnaissance Troop, Regimental HQ, 20 Armoured Regiment

nz17 – Stuarts, Reconnaissance Troop, Regimental HQ, 20 Armoured Regiment

nz18 - Stuarts, Reconnaissance Troop, Regimental HQ, 20 Armoured Regiment

nz18 – Stuarts, Reconnaissance Troop, Regimental HQ, 20 Armoured Regiment

3 Troop, C Squadron, Divisional Cavalry

The New Zealand Divisional Cavalry used Staghound armoured cars in Italy. Both Staghound Is and the Staghound II. The Staghound II was a New Zealand conversion and substituted the 37mm gun of the Staghound I for a 3-inch howitzer. The Divisional Cavalry stayed in mud-grey with blue-black disruptive pattern until turned into infantry in Sep/Oct 1944.

nz08 - 3 Troop, C Squadron, Divisional Cavalry plus Major Parkinsons destroyed Sherman

nz08 – 3 Troop, C Squadron, Divisional Cavalry plus Major Parkinsons destroyed Sherman

nz09 - 3 Troop, C Squadron, Divisional Cavalry plus Major Parkinsons destroyed Sherman

nz09 – 3 Troop, C Squadron, Divisional Cavalry plus Major Parkinsons destroyed Sherman

nz10 - Carriers, Staghounds and destroyed Sherman

nz10 – Carriers, Staghounds and destroyed Sherman

Destroyed Sherman

I like the idea of using destroyed vehicles as objectives. I like the idea so much that I collect a lot of destroyed vehicles. Including a destroyed Sherman (Peter Pig Range 8 Item 241 in the US Range). My chosen vehicle is that of Major Parkinson, the OC of C Squadron, 18 Armoured Regiment. This Sherman was disabled in December 1943. Admittedly Parkinson’s tank did not have the turret knocked off, but I thought it was cute to have a specific vehicle in mind.

Carriers of 23 NZ Battalion plus extras

In my Planning my New Zealand Carriers In Italy for Crossfire I identified nine carriers to collect. Actually, more accurately, I selected the pack which had nine vehicles of a variety of types, and then had to figure out how to use them all. The kit was: “Plastic Soldier Company: 15mm British Universal Carrier with variants (WW2V15032). Nine generic carriers with options for 2 inch mortar, 3 inch mortar, Vickers, Browning 50 cal, AOP and 2 Wasp flamethrower”. The Kiwis added as many machine guns as they could to their carriers and I really like the heavily armed look that Simon managed to achieve with these models. Many universal carriers stayed in the 1943/1944 camouflage colours, and since I like the colour scheme so much, that is what we did.

nz05 - Carrier Platoon, 23 NZ Battalion plus extras

nz05 – Carrier Platoon, 23 NZ Battalion plus extras

nz06 - Carrier Platoon, 23 NZ Battalion plus extras

nz06 – Carrier Platoon, 23 NZ Battalion plus extras

nz07 - Carrier Platoon, 23 NZ Battalion plus extras

nz07 – Carrier Platoon, 23 NZ Battalion plus extras


Dark Green

The dark green vehicles are for late 1944 and 1945 so have a wider range of vehicle types. Sherman IBs, Sherman VCs, and M10 Tank Destroyers all appeared. For the Shermans I’ve just completed A Squadron of 20 Armoured Regiment by adding the HQ and 1 Troop. The Squadron HQ has two Sherman IBs, a Sherman VC (Firefly), a Sherman III, and a Daimler Dingo (standing in for a Canadian Built Ford Lynx Scout Car). 1 Trop has two Sherman IIIs and a Sherman VC (Firefly). The M10s were only used in A Troop, 31st Battery, 7 Anti-Tank Regiment. The models are BR119 Sherman III, BR121 Sherman Firefly VC, US052 M4A3 (105) Sherman (Flames of War don’t do the M4/105 so use this instead), BR310 Daimler Dingo (x3) (as the Lynx Scout Car), and BR151 M10 3″ SP (includes 17pdr). The M10s were really hard to find as no longer produced.

nz01 - Shermans, Squadron HQ and 1 Troop, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment plus M10s, A Troop, 31st Battery, 7 Anti-Tank Regiment

nz01 – Shermans, Squadron HQ and 1 Troop, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment plus M10s, A Troop, 31st Battery, 7 Anti-Tank Regiment

nz02 - Shermans, Squadron HQ and 1 Troop, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment plus M10s, A Troop, 31st Battery, 7 Anti-Tank Regiment

nz02 – Shermans, Squadron HQ and 1 Troop, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment plus M10s, A Troop, 31st Battery, 7 Anti-Tank Regiment

nz03 - Shermans, Squadron HQ and 1 Troop, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment plus M10s, A Troop, 31st Battery, 7 Anti-Tank Regiment

nz03 – Shermans, Squadron HQ and 1 Troop, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment plus M10s, A Troop, 31st Battery, 7 Anti-Tank Regiment

nz04 - Shermans, Squadron HQ and 1 Troop, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment plus M10s, A Troop, 31st Battery, 7 Anti-Tank Regiment

nz04 – Shermans, Squadron HQ and 1 Troop, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment plus M10s, A Troop, 31st Battery, 7 Anti-Tank Regiment


Order of Battle

And this is what all of that gives me …

Steven’s Kiwi in Italy

  • 2 NZ Divisional Cavalry
    • 3 Troop, C Squadron, Divisional Cavalry [Mud-grey with Blue-black disruptive pattern]
      • 2 x Staghound I
      • 1 x Staghound II
  • 4 NZ Armoured Brigade
    • 20 Armoured Regiment
      • Reconnaissance Troop, Regimental HQ, 20 Armoured Regiment [Mud-grey with Blue-black disruptive pattern]
        • 3 x Stuart V
        • 3 x Stuart Recce
      • A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment
        • Squadron HQ, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment [Dark Green]
          • 2 x Sherman IB (M4/105) [15,16]
          • 1 x Sherman VC (M4A4/17pdr) [17]
          • 1 x Sherman III (M4A2) [18]
          • 1 x Canadian Built Ford Lynx Scout Car
        • 1 Troop, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment [Dark Green]
          • 2 x Sherman III (M4A2) [3,4]
          • 1 x Sherman VC (M4A4/17pdr) [5]
        • 2 Troop, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment [Mud-grey with Blue-black disruptive pattern]
          • 3 x Sherman III (M4A2) [6,7,8]
        • 3 Troop, A Squadron, 20 Armoured Regiment [Mud-grey with Blue-black disruptive pattern]
          • 3 x Sherman III (M4A2) [9,10,11]
  • 5 NZ Infantry Brigade
    • 23 NZ Battalion
      • Carrier Platoon, 23 NZ Battalion [Mud-grey with Blue-black disruptive pattern]
        • 1 x Carrier with bren gun
        • 3 x Carrier with browning .50 cal
        • 1 x Carrier with onboard 2″ Mortar
        • 1 x Carrier with flame thrower “Wasp Mk IIC”
    • Spare carriers because they are cool [Mud-grey with Blue-black disruptive pattern]
      • 1 x Carrier with AOP
      • 1 x Carrier with onboard 3″ Mortar
      • 1 x Carrier with vickers
  • Divisional Artillery
    • 7 Anti-Tank Regiment
      • A Troop, 31st Battery, 7 Anti-Tank Regiment [Dark Green]
        • 4 x M10 Tank Destroyer [A1,A2,A3,A4]

3 comments to Stevens Kiwi Armour in Italy

  • Julian Donohoe

    Brilliant work Steven. They all look outstanding. Very much looking forward to some AARs for this force.

  • Steve J

    An excellent array of armour and beautifully painted too. The Italian campaign does have the attraction of nice camo schemes compared to the NW European scheme, which is a tad dull in comparison.

  • That is some of the best armour that I have seen! They look fantastic.
    Regards, James

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