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Contents: 27 figures
Poses: 12 poses
Material: Plastic
Colour: Grey

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

After the evacuation at Dunkirk Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany with an army ill prepared to defend the homeland. Prime Minister Winston Churchill urged the formation of small highly trained units of soldiers who could raid the coastline of Europe and at least score some tiny successes while the army at large recovered, and thus appeared the Commandos. With the entry of the USA into the war in late 1941 American troops joined those from the Dominions in a build up in Britain, shifting the emphasis of the war from raiding to a full-scale invasion of France, and with it the Commandos changed from specialists in small operations to elite assault infantry.

Several companies have already made sets of Commandos, and all have focused on the early raiding days. This set from Caesar is different in that the men wear a mixture of clothing which is both more realistic and suggests a different stage in the history of the Commandos. Many wear the Denison smock, which was adopted from the Airborne forces later in 1944, while a couple wear the leather jerkin.

The late date is partly confirmed by the fact that several men wear berets. In the early days Commandos had worn insignia and clothing from their original unit, so berets would not have been unknown, but a green beret was officially adopted in late 1942.

The weapons include the Thompson submachine gun, the less popular Sten & a couple of rifles. The last figure in the second row might perhaps be holding a De Lisle carbine, a silenced weapon perfect for picking off sentries.

Sculpting is the usual high quality Caesar standard, with good detail and very natural folds in the clothing. The weapons and faces are nicely done, and the overall proportions are spot on.

This abridged appraisal is supplied care of Plastic Soldier Review.
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