Lately, Bossman John has developed a new hobby obsession which has seen him plundering our Bolt Action ranges to create a highly characterful set of miniatures representative of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.
Although our Bolt Action range is predominantly concerned with the conflicts of World War Two and, more recently, the Korean War, a large amount of the equipment used, although considered more or less obsolete by most nations, still saw operational service well beyond the conclusion. This means that our Bolt Action range, in particular, is more than suitable for modelling forces and equipment beyond the Second World War.
Equipment of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
The seventeen day war was a result of India’s retaliation against Pakistani infiltration into Jamnu and Kashmir. The vicious fighting resulted in thousands of casualties on both sides and saw the largest tank battles since World War Two.
Pakistani armour was mostly American made with plenty of Patton M-47 and M-48 tanks, but also M4 Shermans, M24 Chaffees and M36 tank destroyers. The Indian armoured forces were slightly outclassed as a result, mainly consisting of older M4 Sherman designs, though some of their cavalry regiments benefitted from the acquisition of British-made Centurion tanks, which tended to outperform the Patton tanks. Despite this, neither side managed to effectively wield its armoured divisions with consistent offensive prowess.
With Warlord’s range already including many of the armoured units employed by both armies, all it takes is a few conversions, head swaps, and selective paint schemes. Take a gander at Bossman John’s efforts below:
Bossman John is particularly pleased with his simple conversion to add recoilless rifles for the jeep:
“The jeeps are our regular American jeeps and/or US airborne jeeps… I added an extra crewman from the Bren Carrier and did some beret and head swaps with plastic Tommy helmets, and one head from the plastic Brits.
The guns were created using the cradle and breech of our german airborne 105mm recoilless guns..take the short stubby barrel off and add the cut-down portion of a BIC pen ink tube (without ink!) and glue that on, add some stowage and bingo!
Whilst not 100% authentic, it looks the part!!”