Germany’s paratroopers were an elite part of the Luftwaffe and the armed forces as a whole, and delivered some spectacular successes in the first two years of the Second World War. However the losses sustained during the conquest of Crete discouraged the high command from using such fine soldiers in similar high-cost operations, so from that time on the paratroopers found themselves mostly used as elite ground infantry, in which role they served in North Africa, Russia, Italy, France and other theatres. As the war moved into its last year the quality of these men had deteriorated however. Many newer recruits were simply drafted in from other Luftwaffe Field Divisions, or were just ground crew without any planes to service. Some had never used a parachute, and were an indication of the increasing desperation of Germany’s commanders as they were progressively forced back in both the East and the West.
Scale 1/32 Pegasus figures painted in mid-war camouflage.