Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Glück - Ab! WW2 German Fallschirmjäger

1:32 Airfix clones Fallschirmjäger and 1:35 Tamiya Tiger I tank

Fallschirmjäger (Fallschirmjager or Fallschirmjaeger in English) is the German word for paratroopers. They played an important role during World War II, when, together with the Gebirgsjäger they were perceived as the elite infantry units of the German Wehrmacht. After World War II, they were reconstituted as parts of postwar armed forces of both West and East Germany, mainly as special ops troops.

German Fallschirmjäger in World War II were the first paratroopers to be committed in large-scale airborne operations. They came to be known as the "green devils" by the Allied forces they fought against, as well as for their uniquely distinct Esprit de corps.

Fallschirmjäger participated in many of the famous battles of World War II and in many theatres. As elite troops they were frequently deployed at the vanguard of attacks and as the bulwark of a defence. They would see action in the Norway and Denmark campaign and in Belgium, the Netherlands and France in 1940. Major actions in the Balkans Campaign, Crete, Italy, and on both the Eastern Front and later the Western Front would follow. From Wikipedia

The Enemy is at the Gate!

"The enemy is at the gate. It is a question of life and death."

1:32 Italeri clones; Russian infantry with 1:35 Tamiya T-34/76

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Adversaries: WW2 Russians vs Germans

I picked up a few bags of these at my local department store. All of the packs displayed contained only Russians and Germans, no Us troops. The figures are 1:32 are are clones of Airfix, Italeri and Matchbox figures, with some Germans cast in a black plastic.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Centurion Tank

The Centurion, introduced in 1945, was the primary British main battle tank of the post-World War II period. It was a successful tank design, with upgrades, for many decades. The chassis was also adapted for several other roles.

It became one of the most widely used tank designs, equipping armies around the world, with some still in service until the 1990s. As recently as the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict the Israel Defense Forces employed heavily modified Centurions as armoured personnel carriers and combat engineering vehicles. South Africa still employs over 200 Centurions: The vehicles of the SANDF were modernized in the 1980s, and the resulting model is known as the Olifant.

Between 1946 and 1962 4,423 Centurions were produced, consisting of thirteen basic marks and numerous variants.

From Wikipedia

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Green Army Troops

Mucking about with some generic HO scale green army men, a diecast Bradley and an Abrams. Somewhere in Europe perhaps?

Thursday, October 3, 2013