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Watching & Waiting--two Waffen SS Panzergrenadier figures

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Item Number: WS385

"Watching & Waiting"

These two troopers stand waiting for the signal to advance.  Note how one is carrying a captured PPSh-41 submachine gun, while his comrade has the standard K98 rifle.


By July 1943, there was a massive build-up of huge armies on either side of the Eastern Front around Kursk in preparation for a German assault to destroy the Soviet salient that had formed in the area.  Among the German forces preparing to assault the Russian positions were no less that three of Hitler’s most elite Waffen SS Panzergrenadier Divisions:  The 1st SS ‘Leibstandarte’; The 2nd SS ‘Das Reich’; and The 3rd SS ‘Totenkopf’; plus one more SS division kept in reserve, The 5th SS ‘Viking’.

Each of these Panazergrenadier divisions was, on paper, organized and equipped in the same manner as a regular German Army armoured division; however, the SS Divisions had a substantially larger number of tanks and other armoured vehicles.  In addition, each of these Waffen SS formations had two entire regiments of Panzergrenadier Infantry supported by the division’s own artillery regiment and separate battalions of anti aircraft troops, reconnaissance units and pioneers.

These 2nd Generation Waffen SS soldaten are dressed in the representative uniforms of the mid war period complete with their distinctive camouflage smocks and helmet covers which the Waffen SS pioneered.