Valiant Miniatures 1/72 British Tommies 1944-45
Brand: Valiant Miniatures
Model Number: 001
The Valiant Miniatures British Tommies 1944-45 in 1/72 scale from the plastic figure models range provides a selection of highly detailed miniatures that accurately recreate the real life British soldiers from World War II. Valiant miniatures are perfect for use with the Focused Firepower wargame.
This plastic figures kit requires paint, and may require glue, to complete.
On 6th June 1944 British, Canadian and American forces stormed ashore on the beaches of Normandy, France. The D-Day invasion signalled the beginning of an eleven month campaign which would result in the liberation of North-West Europe after four years of German occupation.
The figures and models in this box are representative of a typical British (or Canadian) infantry unit involved in that famous campaign.
The basic infantry fighting formation was the battalion which consisted of 845 men (36 officers and 809 other ranks) commanded by a lieutenant-colonel. A battalion was organised into a headquarters company, a support company and four rifle companies (numbered A, B, C, and D). Three battalions made up an infantry brigade and three brigades with supporting arms (artillerymen, engineers, reconnaissance troops, machine gunners and medics) formed an infantry division.
A battalion was equipped with a wide variety of weapons including the reliable Lee Enfield rifle, Sten sub-machine gun, Bren light machine gun, 2" and 3" mortars, 6 pounder anti-tank guns and the spring loaded PIAT (projector infantry anti-tank). Additional support fire was often available from Vickers medium machine guns attached from the divisional machine gun battalion.
There is an article on using this kit to build a British Rifle Platoon here.
Manufacturer: Valiant Miniatures
Model: 001 British Tommies 1944-45
Reviewed by Ashley Manning
British Tommy Review
Great for wargaming, great detail and well sculpted pieces. Useful stances creating a balanced force enabling a Battalion to be produced. A pioneering new concept of various poses enabling variety yet still able to produce accurate companies. Clear instructions. Hard plastic enables painting to occur. Very little 'flash' accurate production. 1/72 scale though larger than polythene plastics, they still work well with plastic armoured kits, Revell etc (I think so anyway!)They fit between too small, lacking detail and too large for a Wargames table (for Battalion/Brigade operations.) I think that they are the best on the market and look forward to a greater range than the four types presently offered. Very good value for money too. Top Marks!
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