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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2020 4:26 p.m. PST

Nice Vignette…

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Armand

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2020 1:16 a.m. PST

Some really clever work gone into the basing and the addition of a sound effect is inspired. The soldiers look more like they are in US infantry rig than Airborne however.

Good find whatever!

Personal logo FlyXwire Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2020 5:59 a.m. PST

Deadhead, the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment wore the line infantry uniforms until after the Normandy campaign, and subsequently looked the same in their new M43 combat clothing as the paratroopers did, who were then also newly outfitted (this Division-wide combat uniform change happening before their next operation during Market Garden).

The glider infantrymen also got their jump boots then too having already fought in Italy and France, it was well past the time they were elevated to equal status in appearance.

My Dad often bragged (well, to me), that amongst the battalions of the 82nd, it was his own glider infantry bn. that had scored the highest marksmanship rating of any in the Division.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2020 9:05 a.m. PST

Glider troops! Clever….That was a "Gotcha moment" again! I actually recall getting that wrong here before as well. It is my age. I even got my old brown boots wrong, assuming they were jump boots because of their leather flap, with twin straps, over the laces. Other way round I now know. No straps for paras!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2020 12:07 p.m. PST

Happy you like it my good friend! (smile)

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Armand

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