Valiant Miniatures 1/72 Classic German Infantry 1943-45
Brand: Valiant Miniatures
Model Number: 002
The Valiant Miniatures Classic German Infantry 1943-45 in 1/72 scale from the plastic figure models range provides a selection of highly detailed miniatures that accurately recreate the real life German 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.
Unlike the image often portrayed by Hollywood the backbone of the German Army was the largely horse-drawn infantry division. Although these formations may now seem very primitive compared to the fully mechanised British, Canadian and American forces this criticism cannot be made of German equipment.
The models in this box include the excellent MG 42 machine gun (which remained in regular service 50 years after the war), two varieties of anti-tank rocket launcher (the bazooka like 'Panzershrecke' and the one-shot 'Panzerfaust') and the world's first mass produced assault rifle (the MP 44).
In 1939 three infantry regiments formed the core of an infantry division and each of these had an establishment of three battalions. However, by 1943 manpower shortages meant that the strength or each infantry regiment was reduced to two battalions (supported by an anti-tank company and infantry gun company). Each division also had various supporting units including an artillery regiment, a reconnaissance (fusilier) battalion mounted on bicycles, and an anti-tank (equipped with assault guns and tank destroyers) and an engineer battalion.
Material shortages had also forced economies in uniform manufacturing and the famous jackboot of the blitzkrieg era had been phased out and replaced by the ankle boot and canvas gaiter represented by our figures.
There is an article on using this kit to build a German Rifle Platoon here.
Manufacturer: Valiant Miniatures
Model: 002 Classic German Infantry 1943-45
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