Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Different Soldiers

These are some of my other action figures.  These represent different eras in history.
 First up is a figure representing a soldier from the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II.  The 82nd Airborne division participated in most of the battles in the European theatre in World War II.  Their first jump was during the invasion of Sicily in 1943.  During Normany they jumped near the French town of St. Mere Eglise but because it was night, they weren't able to jump as a cohesive unit.  This was both a blessing and a curse.  It was a blessing because it made the Germans think there were more soldiers than we really had but it was curse because they weren't able to secure many of their objectives.  They also participated in Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge.

They continue to be an Airborne division in the modern era.
 The ever present Thompson Gun.
 The 82nd Division itself was formed during World War I.  It was called the "All American" Division because it was one of the first Army units to be comprised of soldiers from every 48 State.  It participated in many of the American battles of World War I.
 Next up is a figure repsenting the British First Parachute Brigade.  It was the first Parachute unit formed by the British Military.  The Unit participated in North Africa, Sicily and Operation Market Garden.  While it was not slated to be used in Normandy, if things had gone bad, it would have.
 A close up of his face.
 In black and white.  I think I like this one a little better.
 This figure represents a soldier from the Vietnam War.  While he is supposed represent a Marine, he could just as easily be from the Army.
 The M-16 rifle.
 This figure represents a Marine from the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He is wearing his MOPP suit (chemical defense suit) as it was believed that Iraq would use chemical weapons on us.  That turned out to not be true.
I really like these figures.

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