|Luftwaffe Jager of 18th VG Div.|
But nevertheless as I was getting up to make a coffee, the postman knocking at the door could only mean one thing: my Volksgrenadiers were here!
North Star sent my Artizan miniatures very quickly, the cost is the same as the Warlord stuff and the minis look great (I have a few minor quibbles with the Warlord Soviet sculpts, but nothing significant).The Artizan and Warlord sculpts can happily sit on the same table, but the Artizan stuff is slighlty taller. If I mix the ranges then it will be with stand-alone pieces such as Infantry Guns and the like.
I'll get the flash and mould lines cleaned off and the minis painted after the Soviets are finished. Looking forward to getting some Berlin games going... after the Volksgrenadiers are done I'm getting my Volkssturm (most of whom will double as Soviet Partisans and French Maquis).
History and Organisation of the Volksgrenadiers
|Half a VG battalion's MG42s|
|Some nice panzerfausts|
The name "Volksgrenadier" was purely a political and propaganda, morale-boosting choice - "Volks" meaning the people, or folk, and "Grenadiers" hinting at military prestige and tradition blurred the line beween civilian and military - these new divisions were therefore supposedly made of the people and were defenders of the German peoples. These new Divisions would fight tenaciously from the Bulge to Berlin.
|Bog-standard rifleman in field caps|
The key change however was in the Rifle Company, with the replacement of two of the three Rifle Platoons with "Machine Pistol" Platoons (later renamed Sturm, or Assault, Platoons) - which could mean either the MP40, but in 1945 where possible it became the StG44 Assault Rifle (with its 7.92 round). The intention had been to roll this out throughout the army to replace the 1898 bolt-action Mauser also, but this was never to be.
|NCOs and MG34|
According to the Handbook on German Military Forces (1945) On paper, the full Battalion strength should have been 642 of all ranks - this would be broken down as 309 bolt-action rifles, 253 StG44s, 30 LMGs, 8 HMGs, 6 8cm Mortars and 4 7.5cm Infantry Gun. Whilst this might not have been entirely correct in reality, I will be roughly following the ratios with the minitaures I purchase.
To further illustrate the slide back, the Battalions had only 3 motorcycles, 2 motor vehicles, but 70 horses (with the infantry guns being horse-drawn also).
|Save the best till last, the key StG44 armed troops...|