Oryon Collection ORY2006 WWII Soldiers 4-Figure Set - German 1.Fallschirmjager Division ("Green Devils") (1:35 Scale)
"No other troops in the world but German paratroops could have stood up to such an ordeal and then gone on fighting with such ferocity."
- British Field Marshal Alexander
In October 1938, the decision was made to raise the 7th Flieger (Air) Division. This was to be an elite paratroop formation intended for vertical envelopment operations against enemy defenses. The commander chosen to lead the 7th Flieger Division was Major-General Kurt Student.
Organizationally, a Fallschirmjager Division was intended to be organized along the lines of a German Infantry Division, with three parachute rifle regiments, an artillery regiment, and divisional support units. However the Division was not brought up to full strength before 1941. Nevertheless, elements of the Division played significant roles during the Wehrmacht operations in 1940. At the start of the World War II, the Division consisted of the 1st and 2nd Parachute Regiments.
The 7th Air Division performed its first war-time parachute drops in September 1939, when two battalions were air-dropped to capture Polish airfields. The goal of the mission was to prevent senior officers of the Polish army from escaping the country before they could be captured. One of the battalions saw its first combat during this operation.
The German 1st Parachute Division was a German military parachute-landing Division that fought during World War II. A division of paratroopers was termed a Fallschirmjager Division. It was originally raised as the 7th Flieger, or Air Division, before being renamed and reorganized as the 1st Fallschirmjager Division in 1943.
This 4-piece figure set consists of four German paratroopers from the German 1.Fallschirmjager Division ("Green Devils"). Sold Out!
Height: 2 inches
Release Date: June 2007
Historical Account: "The Abbey" - The Battle of Monte Cassino (also known as the Battle for Rome and the Battle for Cassino) was a costly series of four battles during World War II, fought by the Allies with the intention of breaking through the Winter Line and seizing Rome.
At the beginning of 1944, the Gustav Line was being anchored by Germans holding the Rapido, Liri and Garigliano valleys and certain surrounding peaks and ridges, but not the historic abbey of Monte Cassino, founded in 524 AD by St. Benedict, although they manned defensive positions set into the steep slopes below the abbey walls. On February 15th, the monastery, high on a peak overlooking the town of Cassino, was destroyed by American B-17, B-25, and B-26 bombers. Two days after the bombing, crack German paratroopers poured into the ruins to defend it. From January 17th to May 18th, it was assaulted four times by Allied troops, for a loss of over 54,000 Allied and 20,000 German soldiers.