New A Bridge Too Far British & US Heroes From Stoessi!

May 13, 2019 by brennon

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Stoessi's Heroes continue to bring to life a range of real-life heroes from World War II. This time around they're looking back to A Bridge Too Far with a British and American pairing. First up we have British Army Brigadier John Ormsby Evelyn Vandeleur.

British Army Brigadier John Ormsby Evelyn Vandeleur - Stoessi's Heroes

This fellow was one of the commanding officers during Operation Market Garden and was played by Michael Caine in the film A Bridge Too Far. He looks suitably commanding and very British with his cup of tea at the ready.

You could see him being used within a diorama piece or included in battle, mounted up in that armoured car.

Hail Mary!

We also have US Airborne Major Julian Aaron Cook who was played by Robert Redford in the film.

US Airborne Major Julian Aaron Cook - Stoessi's Heroes

As in the film, he was a real legend of a man. During a particularly hairy moment, he loudly recited Hail Mary during a river crossing, spurring his men through the water under withering enemy fire.

He then took charge of a fleet of bloats, redirecting them and pushing men ashore as they battle towards a railway bridge and highway. He earned a Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery in the midst of combat.

After his action during Operation Market Garden Cook led his battalion during the Ardennes Offensive in fights around Trois-Ponts, Cheneux and Herresbach, and later on in the drive through Germany.

He was a standout soldier of the period and didn't particularly like Robert Redford portraying him in the film!

What do you reckon to these two new releases?

"He was a standout soldier of the period and didn't particularly like Robert Redford portraying him in the film!"

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