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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 May 2018 8:58 p.m. PST

Not bad, but 1/35

See here


Mark 130 May 2018 11:12 a.m. PST

Anyone know the backstory on these figures?

US Horsemen in Normandy? Looks like one is a paratrooper -- I could easily see some sky-maven nicking a horse out of a paddock. But the other, armed only with a Colt .45 and in gators and OD class B wool trousers looks like a 1942 cavalryman.

Kinda curious…

(aka: Mk 1)

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP30 May 2018 12:36 p.m. PST

Except the guy with the pistol has a 29th division patch on his shoulder. I'm guessing they are meant to be D-Day troops who have 'acquired' horses in the course of their duties.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2018 12:59 p.m. PST



laretenue30 May 2018 2:02 p.m. PST


Legion 430 May 2018 2:33 p.m. PST

I'm guessing they are meant to be D-Day troops who have 'acquired' horses in the course of their duties.
Yes, I'm sure that happen on occasions.
Why walk when you can ride ? evil grin

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP31 May 2018 3:58 a.m. PST

There was a paddock with horses ment for the German artillery behind St Laurent. No doubt they would have been acquired by US forces and I would believe similar elsewhere in Normandy.

I don't think they were the handsome ridding beasts in the models though.


Landorl31 May 2018 5:45 a.m. PST

If you do a little searching, you can find that the US did use a few horses. There is a picture of a recon unit riding them in Italy.

If I remember right, in Band of Brothers there was a scene where a rider came in to give orders to Winters.

Here is a picture…


Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP31 May 2018 5:51 a.m. PST

To those who doubt it, nice little video:
YouTube link

And one has this shot


And this one

There are others. So unusual but not rare.

Edited. Just took a closer look at the youtube video and at the end you can make out a 9th Air Force patch on one of the riders!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP31 May 2018 11:22 a.m. PST



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