Friday, November 14, 2014

Stalingrad Pioniers Part 1

Hey All.

As I begin to put together my Stalingrad Pionier squads, I have decided that I want them to stand out a bit from the rank and file German troops.  I plan on adding in a sprinkling of figures in long coats as Operation Hubertus took place in November. Also, I plan on including figures with cloth helmet covers. As I started to look into German Stalingrad-era cloth helmet covers, I discovered that there seems to be three different ones present...

First, tight-fitting, and presumably fashioned from Soviet 1938 'Amoeba' pattern captured stocks of camo material below...
Second the 'standard' Heer pattern Zeltbahn...

Third, the burlap or cloth field fit with a rubber band or strap of some sort to hold in place.


These series of pictures are of Hauptmann Wilhelm Traub, Kommandeur of Pionier-Bataillon 305, 305th Infanterie-Division, near gun factory "Barrikady".  Missing in action 5th January 1943.





































Hauptmann Traub with Hauptmann Friedrich Winkler (pointing). Hauptmann Friedrich Winkler , of Infanterie-Regiment 577, 305th. Infanterie-Division. Captured and died February 1943.

Close-up of figures with covers:


I think the Amoeba one will look good but hard to tell if it should be in base green or tan...also there are pictures of netting covered helmets as well...

Stay tuned...

Troy





2 comments:

  1. Great post...looking forward to your progress...

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  2. Troy, looking forward to seeing the next installment- always beautiful work... Ru

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