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Gebirsjager
German gebirsjager, 1944
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by: Engin Kayral [ GRAYWOLF ]


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introduction

Another good posing World War II subject from Evolution Miniatures in nice details.
EM-35029 German Gebirsjager,1944 depicts a mountain trooper in standing pose with a MG-34 machine gun and smoking a pipe.
about the figure

Gebirgsjäger, literally means Mountain Huntsmen, is the German designation for mountain infantry. The mountain infantry of Germany carry on certain traditions of the Alpenkorps of World War I. During World War II, the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS raised a number of mountain infantry units. An entire corps was formed in Norway by 1941. Its divisions were lightly equipped, with much of the transport provided by mules. While the Gebirgsjager was specialized in mountain warfare, they saw action in almost all fronts along with Germany’s other elite force, the Fallschirmjager. The Gebirgsjager distinguished themselves in the many diverse environments ranging from Norway to the Mediterranean including North Africa to the Eastern front.
The most visibly distinctive difference in their uniforms was in their official insignia, the coveted, silver-gray Edelweiss badge, which they wore on the right sleeve of their standard service dress as well as on the left side of their Bergmutze , a shorter peak cap version of the standard M43 field cap. The Bergmutze was in the initial years unique to the Gebirgsjager until it was eventually replaced towards the end by the standard issue M43 field cap. The insignia either on the cap and/or the sleeve was not always worn by all Gebirgsjager.
Gebirgsjäger troops participated in many battles, including Operation Weserübung, Operation Silver Fox, Operation Platinum Fox and Operation Arctic Fox, the operations in the Caucasus, the Gothic Line, the invasion of Crete and the battles in the Vosges region of France.
box

The figure comes well packed in standard Evolution Miniatures 70x100x35 mm hard cardboard box . The front part of the box shows a photo of the figure painted by Maksim Veretelnikov which can serve as a painting guide.
The parts are represented with the casting blocks. The body part and other parts of the figure are seperately inserted in a small plastic zip-lock bags to avoid unexpected damages during transfer.
parts

The figure is sculpted by Sergey Traviansky - Menelay and comes in 8 light grey resin parts. The casting quality is very good and there is only a small need to clean slightly visible vertical seamlines.

The main part is Body with head and legs. Facial details, hair, moustache, beard and narrowed eyes are well defined. He wears a M43 Bergmütze. Front buttons of the cap, national emblem with eagle and Edelweiss emblem on the left side are well represented. A dark grey color roll neck sweater worn by mountain troops and U-boat crew can be seen on the neck of the figure. Over his sweater, he wears M42 Windbluse, the typical wind jacket worn by mountain troopers. This reversible jacket was worn over the uniform field blouse or sweater and personal equipment to provide a wind and water resistant layer when operating in the mountains or inclement weather. It has triple chest pockets with scalloped flaps and box pleats, the crowned hood, the drop shoulder yoke, double throat plackett, laced neck closure and buckled wrist straps. All details of the jacket and cloth folds are well defined on the figure. About the coloring of the jacket, it has many variants but most common one during WW II is the beige-brown/ white version that can be worn in rocky texture and snow. Matching to his windblouse, he wears anorak over trousers. The right knee is torn on the figure. As for the foot gear; he has Bergstieffel - mountain boots. Some of the personal gear are sculpted on the figure. He carries a pistol holster, a Brotbeutel - bread bag and MG Gunner tool kit attached to his leather belt. Details of the personal equipment are well defined.
  • Right arm ; Posed to put his arm on the MG-34, it shows nice cloth folds. The Woolen gloves and buckled wrist straps are well represented.
  • Left arm ; Posed to hold a tobacco pipe, it shows nice details as the right arm. Inside of the both arms are carved for the good fit to the body.
  • Kochgeschirr ; M 1931 mess kit. It will be attached on the left side of the breadbag.
  • Feldflasche ; M 1931 canteen in canvas cover. It shows nice details and will be attached on the right side of breadbag.
  • MG34 machine gun ; The Maschinengewehr 34 was a German machine gun that was first produced and accepted into service in 1934, and first issued to units in 1935. It was an air-cooled machine gun firing the 7.92x57mm Mauser cartridge. However, it was also designed to perform both as a light machine gun and in heavier roles, as an early example of a general purpose machine gun. In the light-machine gun role, it was intended to be equipped with a bipod and 50-round ammunition belt contained in a drum-shaped basket, which could be attached to the receiver. In the heavier role, it was mounted on a larger tripod and was belt-fed. In practice, the infantry usually just belt-fed the bipod version, resulting in it functioning as a classic medium support weapon.
  • Bipod for MG-34
  • Patronenkasten ; Ammo box for MG34. 300 rounds ammo cans were manufactured from sheet metal and also manufactured from light weight aluminium for use with paratroopers and mountain troops. In order to fill the ammo can with 300rnds you had to fill three 50rnd belts joined together one way and the other 150rnds the other way round.
    references

    The following book and website can be useful when painting this figure.
  • Osprey Publishing – Elite 063 – German Mountain & Ski Troops 1939-45 by Gordon Williamson & Stephen Andrew
  • 2nd Gebirsjager re-enactment website
    conclusion

    A strong posing figure sculpted in nice details and cast in high quality. It can be displayed alone or can be combined with other Gebirsjager figures to perform a nice World War II scene.< br>
    Highly recommended
  • SUMMARY
    Highs: Nice posing, ease on assembly with less parts, nice sculpt and high quality casting with no mistakes.
    Lows: No lows for this product.
    Verdict: Another unique WW II figure to display on a base with rocks.
    Percentage Rating
    90%
      Scale: 1:35
      Mfg. ID: EM-35029
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      PUBLISHED: May 27, 2010
      NATIONALITY: Germany
    NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
      THIS REVIEWER: 92.20%
      MAKER/PUBLISHER: 94.44%

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    About Engin Kayral (Graywolf)
    FROM: IZMIR, TURKEY / TüRKçE

    Born in 1962,married and having 2 sons. I started modelling about 8 years old building USS Fletcher with mom. It was a model dad brought from USA., I think in those days only a few people in Turkey had info on scale model kits. Grown as an AF officer son , I built many aircraft models in years. Som...

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    Comments

    One of the very few WW2 figures that really looks interesting to me. Thanks for the review, bro. M
    MAY 26, 2010 - 08:31 PM
    Hey Bro, Great review; very useful (and I did remember to vote on it ). The one thing I find a bit disappointing about this figure (and some of the other recent Evo figures) is the fact that the head is cast on the torso. It makes it really difficult to replace the head without damaging the original features. But that's just my opinion Now for a question: do you think, given the arm position, it's possible to have him hold the MG34 the other way around? Effectively the MG would be held closer to the armpit given the split nature of the strap. Once again, another great review bro *2 thumbs up * Rudi
    MAY 27, 2010 - 02:15 PM
       

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