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Contents: 52 figures
Poses: 13
Material: Plastic
Color: Tan

Cement assembly, paint required (these aren't included)

After their disastrous initial response to the German invasion in 1941, when perhaps 90% of their tanks were destroyed or lost to the enemy, the Red Army gradually began to rebuild its armored arm. It would take time, but by 1943 the excellent T-34 tank was available in significant numbers & both training & tactics had improved considerably, meaning the Soviets were increasingly able to best their opponents. By concentrating on the later war years, this set depicts these men at their peak of their effectiveness & on this occasion the set has also been given the theme of cold-weather clothing, complementing Orion’s earlier set of Summer Dress Tankmen. The winter was a favorite time for Soviet offensives as they were better able to cope with the conditions than the Germans, although of course mechanical difficulties due to the extreme cold were shared by both sides.

Keeping the tanks operational in sub-zero temperatures was one challenge, but the crew too had to be kept warm. In cold weather the standard clothing was a leather coat & trousers, sometimes with thick boots, but these were expensive & often crews were issued the quilted telogreika jackets & trousers instead. Some were fortunate enough to receive 3/4 length sheepskin coats with wide collars & a fleece-lined winter version of the standard Soviet tanker’s padded helmet was also available. All these items are to be found in this set, providing a variety and mix of items which satisfyingly reflects the far from uniform appearance of the actual men. Three of the poses wear normal overalls, but the rest all have suitable winter clothing.

Abridged Appraisal supplied c/of Plastic Soldier Review.

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