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Contents: 45 figures
Poses: 13 poses
Material: Plastic
Colour: Grey

Cement assembly, paint required (cement and paint not included)

Over thirty years after Airfix made their set of German Mountain Troops the hobby finally gets its second set; this time from Caesar. While it would be easy to assume such troops only fought in mountainous areas this would be a mistake as they were often used as elite assault infantry and utilised as such in almost every theatre in which Germany fought, even if there was not so much as a hill to be seen.

The original Airfix set made much of the mountain aspect of these troops, as you might expect; there are skis, ropes and ice picks in abundance. However few of those figures are clothed for a cold environment, which is surprising. With this set Caesar have not laboured the mountain aspects of these troops in terms of their equipment, but have given them much more appropriate cold-weather clothing. The main distinguishing feature of these men is the Bergmütze cap, although from 1943 a very similar style of cap was issued to much of the wider army. Some of the men also wear goggles.

The middle row pictured are rather different in that they wear a fez and a camouflage smock. They are men of the 13 Waffen-Gebirgs-Division der SS Handschar, an SS mountain division that first took the field in early 1944 combating partisans in Yugoslavia. They wore the fez because they were at least in theory all Muslims, and are appropriately uniformed for the late part of the war.

Most of the men are using the standard rifle, while four of the poses have submachine guns. Apart from grenades the only other weapon on show is the MG34 machine gun held by the kneeling figure in the first row.

The sculpting is very good, with very realistic proportions and folds in the clothing.

This abridged appraisal is supplied care of Plastic Soldier Review.
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