Dragon CAN20011A-D Series 1: Winter Combat, Eastern Front 1942/'43 - Four Piece Set (1:35 Scale)
"If the tank succeeds, then victory follows."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"
While the German 6th Army and 4th Panzer Army had been fighting their way into Stalingrad, Soviet armies had congregated on either side of the city, specifically into the Don bridgeheads that the Romanians had been unable to reduce, and it was from these that they struck on November 19th, 1942. In Operation Uranus, two Soviet fronts punched through the Romanians and converged at Kalach on November 23rd, trapping 300,000 Axis troops behind them. A simultaneous offensive on the Rzhev sector known as Operation Mars was supposed to advance to Smolensk, but was a failure, with German tactical flair winning the day.
The Germans rushed to transfer troops to Russia for a desperate attempt to relieve Stalingrad, but the offensive could not get going until December 12th, by which time the 6th Army in Stalingrad was starving and too weak to break out towards it. Operation Winter Storm, with three transferred Panzer divisions, got going briskly from Kotelnikovo towards the Aksai river but became bogged down 65 km (40 miles) short of its goal.
Pictured here is a four piece, pre-painted set of German soldiers wearing winter camouflage. Figures stand atop cobbled street base. Sold Out!
Height: 2.25 inches