During the war it was given the nickname of “Roosevelt’s SS” by the German high command during Operation Cobra for the pressure it maintained on the German 1st SS Division. A final nickname bestowed upon them was the “Workhorse of the Western Front”. They were instrumental in preserving the “St. Lo Break-out” with its defense of Mortain and known for being one of those infantry units that could be counted on to get the job done.
I chose to portray a bazooka team of the 119th Infantry Regiment. They are equipped/outfitted as they would have looked during the push through the Netherlands in mid-September up to the time they breached the Siegfried Line in late October 1944.
I thought of Ray as being the older man seen, a “working Joe” married with children drafted as the need for men grew and his number came due.
I thought of Harry as being one of the younger ASTP-ers who suddenly found himself as a badly needed replacement as the war drew on. Harry is head sculpt #25. He reminds me a lot of my youngest son (not named Harry!). The name comes from a television show (Harry Dresden-the “Dresden Files”) my son and I enjoyed watching together, I thought he would get a kick out of that.
Both head sculpts are modified for articulation and mounted on modified DML bodies. Ray’s height has been shortened. The hands are from all over, Sideshow, Hot Toys and Soldier Story.
The bazooka and M1 carbine are from DML, both have been modified in varying degrees. I had a lot of “down time” this year, unable to really work on my figures but I did do a lot of research and note taking.
The M1 carbines we are getting from the manufacturers are all modeled on late war or even Korean War vintage. It was worth the effort and time to make the corrections for a more historically correct piece. The “offending members” are the forward barrel band and the 4-rivet upper hand guard. Maybe it’s just me, but the barrel of the DML seems to slope downward…
The M1 rifle is from Soldier Story, one of the best out there, getting harder and harder to find….
The rest of the break down;
M1923 Cartridge belt, Bazooka bag, entrenching tools and Helmets-DiD
Uniforms/boots- New Line Miniatures
M1938 U.S. Leggings- Soldier Story
M1941 Field Jacket, helmet net- BBi
Haversacks- Battle Gear Toys (both are “blancoed”; One with OD shade #3 and the other with OD shade #7)