German civilians from MiniArt

Miniart from Ukraine has announced German 1:35 scale plastic civilian figure set. There are five figures in “street walk” poses. This   kit  contains 46  parts.  Box contains  model  of  five figures. One policeman (two heads, two hand). Man and woman walking, Old lady confused and one Hitler Jugend. All figures are a very good for background of diorama early war German vehicles traffic.  Old lady would look great on diorama being lost in the middle of  Soviet, US or Polish troops in 1945.

Photos of assembled parts shows good quality, but not that excellent poses as in boxart.  In my opinion the weakest one is policeman. Woman is much older than on boxart. Figures (except those wearing uniform) are suitable to any Western/Central Europe setting.

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Lifecolor Red Army tank color set announced!

Lifecolor announced today late October release of new color set CS23 Soviet WWII Army.
UA237 FS*34102 Dark Olive
UA238 FS*34096 Dark Olive Var.
UA239 FS*34257 4BO Var.
UA210 FS*34259 4BG Light Khaki
UA241 FS*30117 6K 6RP
UA242 FS*23578 7K Green Yellow

Adalbertus internet shop takes preorders with 15 % discount today and 10% in next days.

Buy CS23 Soviet WWII Army in Adalbertus model shop

Adalbertus 120 mmm Polish soldier in Berlin 1945

Adalbertus has released yesterday 120mm figure of Polish soldier in Berlin 1945. Set contains resin parts including two head (with helmet or with Polish field cap “rogatywka”). Extra are included: photoetched fret with insignia, medal and sling fitting, decal with insignia and self adhesive plastic tabs to be placed on figure base. Detailed color instruction is included.

Decals includes: medal ribbon, rank insignia, two eagle for helmet and collar pennants for Infanty (1st Infantry Division), Artillery (2nd Howitzer Brigade) and Bridge Engineers  (6 th Warsaw Independent Bridge Engineers Battalion). Read about Polish units in Berlin.

Figure boxart I have painted myself. Detailed step-by-step for this website would be published soon.

Battle of Lenino

Battle of Lenino

Battle of Lenino by Michal Bylina (Polish Army Museum, Warsaw)

The Battle of Lenino was a tactical World War II engagement that took place between October 12 and October 13th, 1943, north of the village of Lenino in the Mogilev region of Byelorussia. The battle itself was a part of a larger Soviet Spas-Demensk offensive operation with the aims of clearing the eastern bank of the Dnieper River of German forces and piercing the Panther-Wotan line of defences.

While the Polish and Soviet forces managed to break through the German defences and inflict heavy casualties on the Germans, it was a pyrrhic victory. There was a failure in cooperation from other Red Army units, and a lack of artillery support or close air cover caused by the ongoing Wehrmacht panzer counter-attack against the 10th Guards Army to the north flank of the 33rd Army. The division was forced to assume defensive positions, and was ordered to hold its ground due to the expected arrival in its sector of the 6th Guards Cavalry Corps which was tasked with breaking through the German defensive position.

As the relief never arrived, after two days the Polish Polish 1st Tadeusz Kościuszko Infantry Division suffered 25% casualties and had to be withdrawn, while the remaining Soviet forces were too weak to widen the achieved breakthrough. The battle is nevertheless prominent in the Polish military historiography, as it was one of the first major engagements of Polish Armed Forces in the East.

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