ICM German Tank Riders

ICM has announced a 1/35th-scale four figure set depicting German infantry posed to ride atop a panzer: No. 35634 – German Tank Riders (1942-1945)

ICM German Tank Riders


German Infantry in Action from Stalingrad

Stalingrad has announced a new big set of ten figures depicting German infantry in action during WWII: S-3060: German Infantry in Action, 1939-43, Big Set. The figures can also be purchased individually.



1/35th Japanese Army Infantry at Peleliu

New 1/35th-scale Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) figure set from Dragon Models: No. 6555: 1/35th Japanese Army Infantry Peleliu, 1944.

Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) WWII

Japanese Infantry Weapons

Japanese Infantry Weapons:

Japanese Infantry Weapons of World War 2

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Source: Newsmap, U.S. Army Service Forces, Army Information Branch, December 11, 1944.

New Dragon Figure: 11. Infanterie-Division, East Prussia, 1941

New 1/6th-scale Dragon WWII figure covering the first summer of combat on the Eastern Front: Item No. 70856, Schütze “Dieter Müller” Wehrmacht-Heer Infantry, Infanterie-Regiment 23, 11. Infanterie-Division, East Prussia 1941. Scheduled for release November 2012.

Schütze Dieter Müller Wehrmacht-Heer Infantry, Infanterie-Regiment 23, 11. Infanterie-Division, East Prussia 1941

German Elite Infantry, Russia 1941-43

New four figure 1/35th-scale plastic model kit is released by DragonKit No. 6707: German Elite Infantry, Russia 1941-43 (1:35 ’39 – ’45 Series).

German Elite Infantry Russia 1941-1943 by Dragon

Soviet Infantry

Soviet Infantry WW2

Soviet Infantry (Click to Enlarge)

Source: Newsmap, U.S. Army Service Forces, Army Information Branch, February 1, 1943.

Soviet Infantry Weapons

Soviet Infantry Weapons of WW2:

WW2 Soviet Red Army Infantry Weapons and Guns

Basic rifle is the Mosin-Nagant Model 1891/1930, which fires a 7.62mm (.30 cal.) bullet. The gun takes a 5-round clip and weighs 9.9 pounds. Bayonet shown is the 4-fluted needle type with screwdriver tip. Modernizations in 1930 were in the front and rear sights. The M1910 carbine and the dragoon and Cossack rifles, both shorter than the 48-in. Mosin-Nagant, have not replaced the basic rifle.

The Simonov or AVS38 semiautomatic is 7.62mm, weighs 10.8 pounds with magazine and bayonet.. Rate of fire is 30 aimed shots per minute. Its 10-round magazine protrudes below the stock and is loaded from ordinary 5-round clips. The gun carries the short knife-type bayonet and can also be fitted with a telescopic sight.

This early model anti-tank rifle is very long-barreled, has a bipod mount and muzzle-brake. Caliber is about .57 and it is bolt action, single shot and operated by two men. Cartridges are carried in loops inside bags and the cartridge case has a very large diameter.

The new anti-tank rifle is shorter and apparently semi-automatic. The bolt of this gun travels under a breech cover instead of coming out into the open when pulled to the rear. It has a more conventional stock than the earlier anti-tank rifle and may be gas-operated.

The Degtyarov light machine gun is 7.62mm, weighs but 20.7 pounds with bipod, is gas-operated and drum-fed (49 rounds). It is a basic automatic arm of the Soviet Infantry squad. Lightened to 18 1/2 pounds and fitted with pistol grip and 60-round drum the Degtyarov in the tank version fires 550 rounds per minute. A heavier Degtyarov design machine gun is 12.7mm (.50 cal.), is also gas-operated. It has both two-wheel mount with split trail and shield and an AA mount.

This tommygun, Model PPSH M1941 is like the Finnish Soumi. Used widely by tank crews it is 9mm. The piece weighs 10.1 pounds and has a 72-round drum.

Grenades are both offensive (potato masher type shown above) and defensive (pineapple type). The latter hook into a regulation belt for carrying.

For use with telescopic sights the rifle is fitted with a turned-down bolt handle.

The Nagant M1895 revolver is 7.62mm and weighs 1.8 pounds which is rather light. Issued to officers and special units.

The lighter, air-cooled Maxim Tokarev still retains the shield and also has a tripod with precision traverse and elevation gauges which are absent on the Sokolov mount. The barrel is quickly removable as on our caliber .50 machine gun.

The M1910 Maxim heavy water-cooled machine gun has a ponderous (90-pound) shielded-and-wheeled Sokolov mount. Rate of fire is 250-300 rounds per minute. For AA fire the Maxim is provided with concentric ring sights. Quadruple Maxim mounts may be set in trucks, armored trains or dug in at airfields. This fires 1,000 rounds of 7.62mm per minute, one belt per gun. The Maxim heavy is recoil-operated.

Source: Newsmap, U.S. Army Service Forces, Army Information Branch, February 1, 1943.

The Famous Fourth

The Famous Fourth, The Big Picture, Army Pictorial Center, U.S. Army — The history of the 4th Infantry Division.


Wehrmacht Infantry Gruppe

The German Infantry Gruppe from Newsmap published by the U.S. War Department.

Wehrmacht WW2 Infantry Gruppe

WW2 German Infantry Squad

WW2 Wehrmacht Platoon Weapons