Flames of War Fallschirmjäger   1 comment

During World War II, the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) raised a number of Fallschirmjäger units. The Luftwaffe even built up a division-sized unit of three Fallschirmjäger regiments plus supporting arms and air assets, known as the 7th Flieger Division.

Below:  A mix of Battlefront Miniatures and Resistant Roosters forms my 1st Fallschirmjäger Division

Fallschirmjäger participated in many of the famous battles of World War II and in many theatres. As elite troops they were frequently deployed at the vanguard of attacks and as the bulwark of a defence. They would see action in the Norway and Denmark campaign and in Belgium, Holland and France in 1940. Major actions in the Balkans Campaign, Crete, Italy, and on both the Eastern Front and later the Western Front would follow.

Command Group below:  Panzerschreck team is from Resistant Roosters as is the right command team.  The left command team has an officer figure from Battlefront and two figures from Quality Castings

The skillful airborne seizure of Fort Eben-Emael permitted the early capture of Belgium and, alongside successful operations in Holland, was crucial for the speed of the German victories in 1940. The major airdrops in Norway and Denmark in May 1940 was also vital to the success of the campaign there, although, like the amphibious forces, had suffered heavy casualties.

Below are a couple more command teams from Resistant Roosters.

The Battle of Crete in 1941 saw large-scale airdrops in which the entire 7th Air Division was deployed with the German 5th Mountain Division as the follow-up. Crete was captured, after fierce fighting against Greek and British troops, along with many enemy troops and weapons, but the high casualties suffered by the Fallschirmjäger as they parachuted in convinced Hitler that such mass airdrops were no longer feasible.

Below is a command team with two Resistant Roosters figures and one battlefront Figure (left)

In the Battle of Monte Cassino, 1st Fallschirmjäger division [7] held the ground near the Monastery of Monte Cassino. After the monastery had been bombed by the Allies, the Germans moved into protected positions among the bricks and cellars. The Fallschirmjäger held out for months against repeated assaults and heavy bombardment. Here they gained the nickname “Green Devils” from the Allied forces for their distinctive jackets and their tenacious defence. Inflicting huge losses on the Allied forces, they ultimately retreated from their positions only to avoid being outflanked.

Below are the Battlefront HMG platoon and Mortar Platoon.  The Resistant Roosters HMG platoon was horrible, so I threw it in my spare box.

Fallschirmjäger also played a key role defending positions in France against much larger forces in 1944, even holding on to some of the German-occupied regions until the surrender of Germany.

Below is my 6th Fallschirmjäger Regiment using the Battlefront FJ Company Box GBX34 with a few spares from the older FJ company box.

After mid-1944, Fallschirmjäger were no longer trained as paratroops due to the strategic situation, and fought as infantrymen. Near the end of the war, the series of new Fallschirmjäger divisions extended to more than 12, with a reduction in quality in the later units, which, however still inflicted moderate losses on the advancing Allied troops. The last parachute division to be raised by Germany during World War II was destroyed during the Battle of Berlin in April 1945.

Below you can see where a couple of figures have popped off their stands or the stands have cracked a bit.  When I based these I was using air dry clay.  It worked ok and didnt make a mess, but it has it limiations such as what is seen below.  Today I glue the figures and then apply spackle to the base.  I have not had one issue using this method.

One of the last additions to my FJ Company as these PaK 40s.  Maybe one day I will get around to airbrushing them

Last of all is a figure comparison:  Resistant Roosters figures 1 and 3 are far too large and clunky to use.  However figure 4 and 5 mix well with Battlefront.  The Peter Pig (7 & 8) figures are little small, but can mix in with Battlefront miniatures.

I added a second comparison, because I got the figures mixed up.  Next shows four different lines.

Here is my box of extra Germans!


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