Hobby Master HA0135 German Junkers Ju-87D-3 Stuka Dive-Bomber - "Captured Stuka", Sidi Haneish, Egypt, LG13, Nov. 1942 (1:72 Scale)
"Guns before butter. Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat."
- Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, Head of the German Luftwaffe
During the early to mid-stages of the Second World War, the Stuka (short for "sturzkampfflugzeug" or dive-bomber) struck terror in the hearts and minds of soldiers and civilians alike. The Stuka was a rugged machine, designed to swoop down and destroy its target using 500-lb bombs or tear into them using 37mm flak guns mounted underneath the wings.
This particular 1:72 scale replica of a Junkers Ju 87D-3 Stuka dive-bomber was captured by British forces on a raid at Sidi Haneish, Egypt, during November 1942. Only 1,200 pieces produced and comes with numbered certificate of authenticity. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 7.5 inches
Release Date: January 2008
Historical Account: "Of Viscounts and Victories" - Montgomery had always envisioned the Second Battle of El Alamein as being one of attrition, similar to those fought in the Great War and had correctly predicted both the length of the battle and the number of Allied casualties. Commonwealth artillery was superbly handled but armoured tactics displayed the cavalry mentality that repeatedly cost Allied forces dearly as they attacked in open country in mass formation with insufficient infantry and air support. Commonwealth air support was therefore of limited use, but contrasted with the Luftwaffe and Regia Aeronautica who offered little or no support to ground forces, preferring to engage in air-to-air combat.
In the end, the Allies' victory was all but total. El Alamein was the first great offensive against the Germans in which the Allies were victorious. Winston Churchill famously summed up the battle on November 10th, 1942 with the words, "Now this is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." It was Montgomery's greatest triumph; he took the title "Viscount Montgomery of Alamein" when he was raised to the peerage.
Rommel was driven directly all the way to the Tunisian highlands where his forces were supplied with men and materials after Hitler had learned of Operation Torch and the subsequent betrayal of the Vichy French government to the Allies. These supplies would have been very helpful during the Battle of El Alamein. Rommel now faced a war on two fronts with the Commonwealth forces pursuing him from the east and the Americans from the west. The prospect of a short campaign against the Axis forces was thwarted by the mistakes made by the inexperienced American forces and this ensured that the Tunisian Campaign would be a long, hard and costly engagement.