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Tango0120 Jul 2018 9:31 p.m. PST

"After her defeat in 1918, Germany was prohibited from possessing much in the way of artillery under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, but a number of German companies continued to do work on developing new guns, mostly based in foreign countries. After 1933 she openly continued this work, and over the next few years developed some excellent guns. Since there was little legacy of older guns, this meant that in 1939 German artillery was some of the best in the world, and played an important role in what has become known as Blitzkrieg tactics, despite the higher profile given to air support in propaganda of the time. As well as good guns, Germany used innovative new tactics and made good use of radio communications, making her artillery extremely effective in the Poland campaign.

This set contains no gun, but just 14 figures to serve as a crew. The different guns on the box artwork suggest they are supposed to cover a fairly wide range of ordnance, which implies a lot of compromises, but in fact the poses are pretty generic and could be associated with many guns. Only the two poses carrying shells and the seated man would be more specific, so generally these figures are going to be in the area of a gun but not actually using it. The seated man has legs stretched out before him, as are his arms, so looks like he is operating something like a 2cm FlaK gun, though he put us in mind of the similar figure in the early Airfix German Infantry set. Both arms are separate, so can be adjusted, but everyone else is clearly not operating any device. Two carry a shell, one covers his ears, one is just walking and one holds something, perhaps orders, range charts or almost anything else. The item he carries is smooth, but you could almost believe that it is supposed to be a magazine for a FlaK 30, and just a really poor sculpt! Since all are standing they don't make sense for the lower guns like the PaK, but would work for the larger guns, or if not in immediate danger such as on anti-aircraft duty…."

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deephorse21 Jul 2018 2:57 a.m. PST

I think the box art, low res though it is, indicates that they are for a 2cm FlaK and a 10.5cm le FH18. Could be used for many other guns too of course.

Tango0121 Jul 2018 11:01 a.m. PST

As the review said… (smile)

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