, why "Elephant Houses" ? Because they were termed so by the author in the Osprey booklet. Take a look at one of the skyline dug-in Centurions in Korea at that time and picture a field fortification over it. I for one am inclined to believe this "story". I would also like to stress to you that allthough I enjoy a laugh, I am primarily seeking information ... not asking you a riddle. I am neither into reasons for not working a problem or bickering about their existence.
I've been building diorama's for most of my life and I can honestly say that not one of them has been easy. Too much thought ?... maybe you're right, there again my military modelling projects do go back some 500 yrs.
One of the best parts I find though is trying to figure out how things were made and what the scene/atmosphere would be like if you were there yourself. A hypothetical mind game so to say.
Of course pictures are helpfull and sometimes necessary but (as here) not always available. Tell you what, let me try one of my mind games on you.
You have been put in charge of building ONE of these "simple" overhead shelters, the type of timber etc. I'll leave up to you, but before you pick up your tool box think about this ... The specifications are:
- It must be built on solid ground and be capable of withstanding the normal given elements of the country (slight earth movement, searing heat, strong winds, rain and arctic temperatures).
- It must offer adequate protecting against enemy artillery (122 and 152mm).
- It must not collapse or burn due to a near miss or indirect hit.
- It must per se survive the impact of a single direct hit.
- If it is to partially collapse at all then it must be so constructed as not to hinder the exit of the tank.
- It must not give way or shift under it's own weight.
- It must be easy to repair and not overcomplicated.
- It must be brought into position quickly (preferably at night) as to reduce the engineers exposure to enemy fire.
- The roof must be high enough to clear the turret hatches.
- It must be camouflaged in such a way as not to attract enemy fire.
- A clear allround field of vision is to be afforded at all times.
- It must not hinder the main gun or MG's arc of fire.
Right then, time to pick up that tool box and get cracking.
P.S. Oh by the way, I don't want to put you under any undue stress at all, but you do realise that if any one of these things are not complied to that you could very well be held responsible for the deaths /injuries of the crew.
Now then, where's that blasted silly wink button ...