Valiant Miniature Kit# 9755 - German Paratroopers, Machine Gun Team, 1944. The Germans were the first nation to recognize the potential of a well-trained assault force of paratroopers, and were the only nation at the beginning of World War II to have sizable formations of them ready for combat. They soon proved their worth when at the beginning of the 1940 offensive their surprise aerial assault captured the supposedly impregnable fortress of Eben Emal in a matter of minutes and knocked Belgium out of the war in one day. Their landing on Crete the following year marked the first totally airborne invasion in history, and succeeded in driving the British from the island in less than a week. The casualties from this operation, however, were so severe that the Luftwaffe was reluctant to risk such losses again, and the German parachute divisions fought out the rest of the war as elite ground troops. Although Ramcke's paratroopers saw considerable action in North Africa, it was in Italy and Normandy that they made their mark. Luftwaffe ground forces played a major role in Italy, particularly at Monte Cassino, where they were the backbone of the German forces. Their stubborn defense of the mountain Abbey brought the war to a virtual standstill for six months.
This item is an unpainted and unassembled white metal (lead free) hobby kits in the 54mm International collectors scale. Standing Figures in this scale measure Approximately 2-1/2" to 3".
Kit is recommended for ages 8+