@Allan: I have replied in detail to your questions on the blog!
@ Paul: I was afraid someone would ask one day! It was a homemixed paint I made since could not find a shade that I felt looked right. I started with a dark brown and mixed in lots of white till I got the colour of bleached wood. Washed it with a homegrown brown wash (1 part chocolate brown, 10 parts water, 1 part white glue) and drybrushed with the original colour with a yet a little more white mixed in. Sorry I can not give you anything better, but I have been unable to find any colour that matches mine with either Valejo, CdA, GW or Foundry.
There can be no doubt that the success of the attack on and stand against the enemy at St. Lambert sur Dives can largely be attributed to this officer’s coolness ... London Gazette, no.36812, 27 November 1944