RUSSIANS IN WINTER UNIFORM

When Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941 the gamble was on a short and devastating campaign. Hitler intended destroying Soviet forces within four months, thus avoiding the merciless Russian winter, but the gamble failed, and the Germans found themselves in a winter for which they were completely unprepared. While many Soviet forces also suffered from poor supply, in time they recovered and the invaders found themselves fighting increasingly well clothed and well-equipped troops, including many from the Siberian front, well trained and equipped for winter warfare.

The figures  include troops wearing the quilted jacket, the telogreika, either worn with quilted trousers or regulation service trousers, Some of the men  wear the thick pressed felt valenki boots, and many have the warm ushankacap in preference to the M1940 helmet. Everything has been accurately done on these figures. 

 

Scale 1/72, figures are Italeri and Pegasus  


The men are fairly lighted kitted, with most having only ammunition pouches, a canteen and sometimes an entrenching tool.

 

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