Valiant Miniature Kit# 9819 - Battle of the Bulge 1944. On December 16, 1944 the Germans launched their surprise offensive in the Ardennes and sent the weakened American units holding the area reeling back in confusion. Caught in an exposed position on the Schnee Eiffel, the untried 106th Division was quickly cut off and forced to surrender; some 14,000 American soldiers were marched off into captivity in the largest mass surrender of American troops since Bataan. By the end of December, barely two weeks later, the situation had changed. The German offensive literally ran out of gas, and the tide began to turn. American planes once more took to the skies and Patton's Third Army suddenly arrived from the south. The poorly equipped Volksgrenadier Divisions began to crumble, and it was soon the Germans who were surrendering in droves, throwing away their weapons and stumbling into the American lines with their hands held high. (THE UNUSUAL FEATURE OF THIS KIT IS THAT IT IS REVERSIBLE. IT IS REALLY TWO VIGNETTES IN ONE, IN THAT IT CAN BE ASSEMBLED TO REPRESENT EITHER THE EARLY OR THE LATE STAGES OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE.)
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+
Artist Credits – Sculpted By Stafford Rolph (Jarbo) / Painted Master By Sheperd Paine