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Set 32

German Infantry, Palestine, World War I

All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released 2003
Contents 16 figures
Poses 8 poses
Material Resin
Colours Grey
Average Height 22 mm (= 1.58 m)


Though Germany had provided advisors and some specialist personnel to her Ottoman allies since the start of World War I, it was only in 1917 that numbers of German soldiers were sent to Palestine, and even then this was not a particularly significant contingent. Named the 'German Asia Corps', it could not prevent the British and Commonwealth forces from progressing steadily through Palestine and achieving final victory in the region.

The German troops wore lightweight hot weather clothing and either tropical helmets or soft drill caps with a neck curtain. All these figures wear the latter, and by and large they have been accurately sculpted. We felt that the cap was rather too stiff and flat on some - more like the early war British cap than the soft German version - but the uniform is reasonable.

Detail is quite patchy, with weapons in particular lacking features and sometimes barely resembling even a generic rifle. Some detail is fair, such as the packs on some of the men, but it never rises above adequate.

As usual the poses are of men lying down. Some are casualties, whilst others are, well, just lying there, perhaps observing enemy movements or waiting for the order to advance. While the crawling figures are fairly well done, there is not much life about this set and with no standing figures it can hardly be described as comprehensive.

Some errors in basic anatomy mean these are not generally well sculpted, despite some areas of reasonable detail. Extra resin where there should be none and gaps where there should be resin don't help matters, and the net effect is of a fairly poor set that could and should have delivered a great deal more.

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