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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Folgore Division / Waterloo 1815

The next set from the Italian producer "Waterloo 1815" is "Folgore Division Infantry"!

The picture of the box:

PS.The AT-gun on this picture is not in the box included.)

This set was produced in 2003 and have 44 figures in 11 different poses!

The only critic about their first Italian infantry set in WW2 was the few poses of the figures.

It seems so, that the firm listened to the complaints and increased the number of the poses from 6 to 11.

The Folgore ('Lightning') Division were an elite unit of Italian paratroops, who were specially raised and trained for the planned invasion of Malta.

When this invasion was cancelled they were shipped to North Africa, and made a name for themselves as excellent fighters.

Paratroops wore a different uniform to the rest of the army, and this has been represented here also very good.

Their finest hour came at El Alamein, where they fought bravely, but suffered very high casualties, so that they never reached their former effectiveness.

A lot of figures are kneeling or lying, which reflects the realities of desert war during WW2 in an open terrain with little or no cover.

All this is correctly sculpted.

(Those figures are missing, because they are not yet painted! The picture is from "plasticsoldierreview-website!)

One of the lying figures has on his hand a mine, essential defensive weapon in the desert against tanks!

Most of the men are armed with the 9mm Beretta machine gun.

Several men have grenades, and one has a Molotov cocktail, which was used in the North African campaign.

The style of these figures is very familiar with Esci.

Detail is good with no flash.

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