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Hey there folks! We're going to be kicking off the progress on a number of Bolt Action armies and of course we're going to be sharing it with you all in another Project VLOG.

Bolt Action Project VLOG - Building WWII Armies

Our focus is going to be on a Soviet force and talking with you folks in the community about work on a Fallschirmjager force for the Germans too.

If you want to get involved keep an eye out for the various galleries and videos we'll be putting up.

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Tiger marsch!

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All good things come to an end..
I really enjoyed this project tremendously and I'm a little sad somehow that it's now finished.
(Although I'm glad I don't need to google German names for a while now..).

Anyhow, here's 'Drei Zehn', Kurt Dörflinger's Tiger tank. Kurt and his sidekick Untersturmführer Schultz are Ostfront veterans and sit in a Tiger since Kursk. This is their new ride since their deployment to Normandy.
Both were secretly hoping for a King Tiger but at least they know this cat like the back of their hand..
Kurt is affectionately called 'Der Alte' by his crew and Schultz earned the nickname 'Der Panzerknacker' due to his habit of always having a Panzerfaust handy for fear someone could sneak up on their backside..
Neither of them knows or cares for their crew mates' real names. For convenience they simply call them 'Franz & Gustav' in memory of their very first crew back then in '41.
Both are very keen to up their tally of 25 kills and are looking forward to the battles to come..maybe they might be rewarded with a King Tiger after all!

Tiger marsch!
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Tiger Painting in Progress

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Here the Tiger with all its base colours applied.
It looks rather colourful at this stage but the wash with Argax Earthshade will dull it down nicely.
I haven't had any instructions as to what specific Tiger it is going to be so I think I will make it a fictional Tiger Ace's panzer.
I've also painted the StuG's Schürzen in Ambush camouflage pattern. I will leave them seperately for now so they won't be damaged on their way to the BoW HQ.
Plus I rather leave the fiddly task of glueing them on to John 😉

Tiger Painting in Progress

A Tiger in the making...

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PaK 40 finished

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The penultimate unit of the FJ project is done, next is -last but not least- the pièce de résistance..the mighty Tiger tank!
I'm not sure yet wether or not to paint it as Wittmann's 007. Is this too cheesy?
On the other hand.. 😎

Feel free to comment below!

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'Till'

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I've got no idea where he belongs to tbh. The mini is fairly small compared with the other metals and the plastic figures. He was in the special weapons bag together with the figures below.
Possibly a ammo carrier for the Panzerschreck? Comment if you know the answer to this conundrum..

Anyways, his name is Till, short for Tillmann but everybody in his company calls him 'Till'. He was born in 1927 and joined the FJR6 only a few months ago. With only 17 years of age he's the youngest Fallschirmschütze in his Kompanie. And the shortest. He was so looking forward to serve in one of the most elite outfits of the Wehrmacht and now that they have indeed invaded France he wants to fight to the last to defend Europe against the decadent Amis and Engländers.
And now his Unteroffizier gave him the task to look after this silly crate. Incredible. He doesn't even have a rifle! Himmel! If he'd only know what's in it..it sure is heavy. Maybe he should take a peak?
Just as he decided to open the crate he was taken prisoner by Henry, a US Ranger and later shipped to a POW camp in Minnesota. He never found out what was in the box he carried around during the battle of Normandy..

'Till'
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Sniper & Panzerschreck Teams ready for action

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After a little BA hiatus I have now finished the Panzerschreck team and the sniper with his mate.
I was tempted to convert plastics instead of using metals for this but although imo there are some issues with the sculpting in terms of scale (gas mask containers) I have to admit I do like Mr Hick's characterful and life-like work as he manages poses I would struggle to recreate in plastic without a lot of green stuff.
Anyhow, the last two items on the list are the PaK40 and the...Tiger!

Sniper & Panzerschreck Teams ready for action

Flammenwerfer 41

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SdKfz 251

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Okay, here the whole SS PzGren squad and their ride in all their camouflaged glory.
The figures are al kitbashed. I suppose this squad won't be all too popular in a game looking at all those StG44s..hehe..

SdKfz 251
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SS Panzergrenadiers

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Here the finished SS PzGren squad.
The halftrack and converted crew are primed and ready to be painted 😎

SS Panzergrenadiers
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Third Squad finished

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After a bit of a delay I have indeed finished the third squad today.
As per usual to MG42 teams and 8 men.
Next in line are the SS Panzergrenadiers with Hanomag and the metal FJ special weapons, followed by the arty and the Tiger 😎

Third Squad finished

Fallschirmjäger 10.5 cm Leichtgeschütz 40/1

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Oberfeldwebel Böse

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I've started building the third FJ squad and painted the squad leader.
The Recoilless Gun is next in the painting queue.
The metal crew has got plastic heads as I think they fit in better with the rest.

Oberfeldwebel Böse
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Panzerbüchse 41

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This one took a little longer as planned but here it is in all its glory 😎

Panzerbüchse 41
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They've got a medic!

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Always useful in the game so I've made one up for the FJs.
Next up is the Panzerbüchse 41..

They've got a medic!
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MMG Team Finished

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I know the helmets without camo cover are a little Early War but I kinda like them like this 😎

MMG Team Finished
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Painting Fallschirmjäger Camo

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Here's how I paint the Luftwaffe Splinter Camouflage for the FJs.
Again, it's not meant to be an exact replication of the pattern but merely an approximation that is recognisable and most importantly quick&easy to achieve.
As mentioned before I admire people who paint raindrop strips but I don't think it's actually necessary in this scale (I know you disagree @cha1nzz..).
The last step of 'sharpening' the edges with the base colour isn't anything I'd do on flat surfaces like the base I've used for this demo but on a mini with numerous creases and folds it's pronouncing the pattern and makes it look somewhat tidier.

Painting Fallschirmjäger Camo
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StuG finished

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The Sturmgeschütz is now ready for action. The crew are self made from the old Heer plastics and some FJ spare heads.
It is meant to be an SS vehicle hence the pea dot pattern camo uniforms.
I have the Schürzen built and will paint them as well (probably in Ambush pattern camo) but will leave them separate for now.
Next in line will be the MMG team which is now primed and ready for painting.

StuG finished

SS Panzergrenadier Test Figure

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Mortar finished

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The Rugby World Cup sort of messed up my hobby plans for the weekend I'm afraid..
Here the finished mortar and a comparison shot next to a plastic FJ. The metals are as mentioned before a little bit smaller but I think it's not gonna be all too noticeable.
The StuG got its camo and is now waiting for the wash. Next time it'll be finished as well..
Then it's going to be the first part of the third FJ platoon and the HMG I think. I also will try to build and paint a test figure for the SS Panzergrenadiers I will throw in as crew for the Hanomag.

Mortar finished
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FJ Mortar w.i.p.

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Not much to show off today but despite a ..challenging..day at work I've managed to start the mortar team.
All base colours are applied apart from the camo which is going to be next before the wash.
As the camo is a little more intricate than a plain uniform I've decided to paint the figures seperately hence the temporary single bases.

FJ Mortar w.i.p.

Fallschirmjäger snap shot

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The FG42

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German: Fallschirmjägergewehr 42, "paratrooper rifle 42") is a selective-fire battle rifle produced in Nazi Germany during World War II. The weapon was developed specifically for the use of the Fallschirmjäger airborne infantry in 1942 and was used in very limited numbers until the end of the war.

It combined the characteristics and firepower of a light machine gun in a lightweight form no larger than the standard-issue Kar 98k bolt-action rifle. Considered one of the most advanced weapon designs of World War II, the FG 42 influenced post-war small arms development, and most of its design was copied by the US Army when they developed the M60 machine gun.

The FG42

Oberst der Fallschirmjäger Steiner

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SdKfz 234/2 Puma

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I've finished the command figure for the Puma. Easy to convert and I like him better than the out of scale figure included in the kit. At least there is some more consistency.

I've decided to paint the Hanomag as an SS vehicle and might do a small squad of SS Panzergrenadiers to go with it. FJs (other than the Herman Goering Division) did not use it just like the LW Field Divisions didn't.

Plus it's kind of historically more accurate as FJs and SS units fought side by side in Normandy. I've also worked a bit on the second half of 2nd squad, pictures as soon as they are done.

SdKfz 234/2 Puma
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Progress On Second Squad

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The first half of the second FJ squad is finished and I've also converted/ kitbashed a Forward Observation Officer, Oberleutnant Falk.

As every squad will have two LMG teams I try to make the poses as little repetitive as I can. Thankfully the FJs are fully compatible with the Grenadiers and the rolled up sleeves add flavour as well. The only conundrum now is the SdKfz 251 that is part of the army box.

As far as I'm aware the FJs didn't use Hanomags, in fact they've been lucky if they had a lorry at their disposal. Question is how to get it into the army without being completely random.

The next best thing if we want to stick with the Luftwaffe theme would be the LW Field Division but I couldn't find any information if they actually used 251s. Does anyone here know? The Puma and Tiger are SS, maybe it should just be an SS Panzergrenadier vehicle..

Progress On Second Squad
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StuG W.I.P

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I really like the Warlord kit's crisp details and ease of build. Only the Schürtzen are somewhat fiddly and I secretly hope @warzan prefers the beauty of the StuG not to be obscured by them...but I will build the just in case.

The gun options are a nice touch as well and the only thing missing is the iconic Saukopf mantlet.

Hatches are open as I will add crew later on and the gun shield of the MG34 would otherwise not have the support to stand upright.

I will also add antennae before starting to paint it.

StuG W.I.P
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Prime Time...

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Although I usually don't do this I've primed the StuG parts in their sprues as I liked the idea to have the tracks in black and the rest Panther Yellow. I am really happy with Battlefront's Spray paints so far and would recommend them without hesitation.

I've got my cans from eBay, worth checking every now and then. The mortar team will be my first metal figures for this project, first non plastic miniatures in quite some time actually.

Nice sculpts no doubt (Herr Hicks' work if I'm not mistaken?). Ever so slightly smaller than the plastics as it is rather often the case but I don't think that will be too noticeable on the battlefield.

The plastics are for the 2nd FJ squad. The chap with the fieldcap is the squad leader. The NCOs seemed to have liked the FG42 particularly..

Prime Time...
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First Vehicle Finished

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...well, nearly!

There will be a custom made commander and maybe some more weathering. The second squad of FJs is currently being assembled and primed.

I quite fancy doing some metals after (note to myself: buy super glue first!). And there is also a StuG waiting...

First Vehicle Finished
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Final Test Figures

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I'm slowly getting the hang of painting the splinter camo pattern quickly and the first test figures are done, re-done and changed back again only to be repainted yet again..but now -finally- I'm not going to change anything and stick with this paintscheme.

The camo is obviously not a 100% copy but rather meant to give an impression of the Luftwaffe Splinter pattern. So I won't be painting tiny green strips (although I do admire people who do this without having lost their sanity!).

Hungover 'Hans' is just a fun conversion inspired by the story of a Fallschirmjäger who drank too much Schnaps the night before a combat jump mission, overslept and consequently nearly missed his bird.

His Kameraden managed to drag him on board just before take off.

Having been in a rush and probably not quite sober had forgotten to put on his trousers, helmet and weapons, just donned his smock and boots and grabbed his chute before running after his mates. He was given a pistol by his NCO and -tongue in cheek - told not to be taken prisoner by the Allies as his state and appearance would damage the Fallschirmjäger's reputation.

I'm sure the guys will have use of him!

I've also made good progress with the Puma and hope to have it finished tomorrow or Friday.

Final Test Figures
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Fallschirmjäger Regiment 6 - The Lions of Carentan

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Okay gents,after seeing the chaps over at the Riverside Studio making some serious progress I really had to get going with the German Fallschirmjägers.

I usually start an army with..research! Books in the good old days, now the world wide web! Well, the occasional (e)book maybe.

For this army in particular I thought the distinctive camo pattern would be a defining feature and I spend a few moments there to find the paints/ colours I would go with. In order to get a 'feel' for the uniform I always paint the first squad individually. More often than not I decide to chance some aspect half way through and repaint the first figures...

Once satisfied I then paint the rest of the infantry in batches of 5-6 models. After every squad of footsloggers I throw in a vehicle or heavy weapons team to keep things interesting. I'll let you know how I progress and try to update this as often as I can!

Fallschirmjäger Regiment 6 - The Lions of Carentan

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bucketknight
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Funniest thing about the introductory video is John’s face as Warren talks about his “staying power”. 😀

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Great topic, and a great PLOG! 😀

8th Guards (technically, Guards, not Guard) Army is indeed a great choice for an infantry-heavy Soviet army. As Warren says, these used to be the 62nd Army, which was the primary defensive army that held the streets, ruins, and sewers of Stalingrad. Absolutely brutal guys, life expectancy less than 24 hours, fighting chest-deep in human sewage with flamethrowers, that kind of thing. They were also at the worst part of Kursk, spearheaded the drive back across Russia and the Ukraine, took part in Bagration in 1944, and as Warren says, were definitely mixed up in Berlin. As John says, this is a huge force, 150,000 men or so. The winter battles of 1943-44 and 44-45 would be great battles for these guys. 

WHAT A “GUARDS” UNIT IS
When Stalingrad was won (Sept-Feb 1943), the 62nd Army was rewarded with an upgrade to “Guards” status. So technically, they weren’t “Guards” yet IN Stalingrad. This wasn’t just an honorary title bestowed on units that had done well. Guards units (first brigades in 1941, then divisions and corps in 42, and finally armies in early 1943) were given better equipment, better training, and even higher pay. Yes, even in a “Soviet” system. They also had beefed-up orders of battle and tables of organization and equipment. There were actually more guys and support units in a given guards units than its “regular” equivalent.

TANK “CORPS”
Now as far as subunits go, things with the Soviets get a little tricky. After September 1941 (when things were reeeeally going bad for them), the Soviets basically tossed the idea of a “tank division,” it just wasn’t working for them for a host of reasons I won’t go into here. So instead they went with a smaller, easier to handle tank BRIGADE, which were combined by three and fours into a tank CORPS which, unlike most corps, was NOT made up of divisions. Soviet infantry corps were (actually called rifle corps ) made up of divisions, but not their tanks. Weird, I know.

The Soviets are tough in this regard, they use a non-standard template for building their armoured forces and to make it worse, keep changing during the war. The basic idea is that there’s really no such thing as a Soviet “tank division,” in 1942-45, but they have the “tank corps” that basically the same thing. This is why in “World War 2.5”  the Soviet tank corps have similar values to Western armoured divisions.

11TH TANK CORPS
The 11th Tank Corps is another great choice. Some people might get them confused with the 11th GUARDS Tank Corps, which wasn’t part of the 8th Guards Army. I only know this because the 11th GUARDS Tank Corps was part of my personal favorite, Katukov’s 1st Guards Tank Army. So te-e-e-echnically, I don’t know if the 11th Tank Corps is an official guards unit, even though they belong to the 8th Guards Army.

Typical Soviet Army OOB 1942-45 (150,000+ men):
8th Guards Army
Rifle Corps
Rifle Division
Rifle Regiment
Rifle Regiment
Rifle Regiment
Artillery Regiment
Rifle Division
Rifle Regiment
Rifle Regiment
Rifle Regiment
Artillery Regiment
Rifle Division
Rifle Regiment
Rifle Regiment
Rifle Regiment
Artillery Regiment
Rifle Corps
Rifle Division
Rifle Regiment
Rifle Regiment
Rifle Regiment
Artillery Regiment
Rifle Division
Rifle Regiment
Rifle Regiment
Rifle Regiment
Artillery Regiment
Rifle Division
Rifle Regiment
Rifle Regiment
Rifle Regiment
Artillery Regiment
Tank Corps
Tank Brigade (not division)
Tank Battalion
Tank Battalion
Tank Battalion
Tank Brigade (not division)
Tank Battalion
Tank Battalion
Tank Battalion
SP Artillery Brigade or Regiment (this is where your ISU-152s are)
Tank Battalion
Tank Battalion
Tank Battalion

A Soviet Tank Army of Guards Tank Army (there were only six of these) would have a similar makeup, just more tank corps and less rifle corps.

There would also be tons of artillery regiments, independent heavy tank regiments, air assault regiments and divisions (Il-2 Sturmoviks), engineers, and other assets assigned at army level.

Soviet tank markings are indeed quite difficult. I think I have some stuff I can send in, along with some more detailed OOB / ToE material for 8th Guards Army.

Please feel free to PM me if you want with any more specific questions. Eastern Front is my first and true love, and I hope there’s a lot I can offer by way of research and “realism” of this PLOG.

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I’m wondering if the army’s going to include Vasily Zaitsev, the famous sniper. I think he was wounded out a few months before the 62nd became the 8th Guards though and I’m not sure whether he rejoined them or not..

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Gooey bond!? John does not sound(or look) convinced!

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Awesome! I´m looking foward to see more on this Plog ^^

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The organisation of the 8th Guards has been covered pretty well in a previous post. The only thing I can really add is that one unit within 62nd Army during Stalingrad and after was the 13th Guards Rifle Division, commanded by Alexander Rodimtsev, which was fighting in the centre of Stalingrad from October til the end of the battle. The 13th had been gutted during the fighting prior to the battle and had only just been reformed and equipped when they were urgently needed in the fighting, so they were committed to the fighting with only 9 out of their 10 men being actually armed. The stories of the Red Army fighting without weapons are generally extremely exaggerated, but in this case it was true. By the end of the battle, IIRC only 900 of the original 30,000 men who’d crossed the Volga were still with the unit. (although obviously it had been reinforced).

The 62nd Army (future 8th Guards Army) is responsible also for some of the classic stories of Stalingrad, so you couldn’t have chosen a better army to ask about regarding stories.

Vasily Chuikov commanded the 62nd Army from Stalingrad all the way to Berlin and it was he who took the surrender of the Germans at Berlin originally. ( a fact that Zhukov really wasn’t happy about, the two were getting progressively more jealous of each other)
He was quite the tough character, he escaped the purges by being sent to advise the Communist Chinese and so also managed to miss out on the early stages of the Eastern Front (where the Red Army just lost and lost). He didn’t think much of beating up subordinates if he didn’t think they were doing well enough. His HQ was at one point during the battle situated beside some oil tanks which were presumed to be empty. They were hit and the entire slope was covered in flames and smoke and contact was lost between the army and Stalingrad Front across the Volga (led by Yeremenko and none other than Nikita Khrushchev). Constantly front headquarters sent messages demanding: “where are you? Where are you?”
The reply eventually came: “We’re where the most smoke and flames are.”

There’s an awfully good reason in the Bolt Action Armies of the Soviet Union book the Stalingrad period army is able to have all its units rated as fanatics. There’s piles of stories of amazing, almost suicidal, acts.
There’s a story of one man returning to regimental headquarters with his hand bandaged and reporting he was the last man of his unit left. Instead of doing normal things like waiting to be taken off to the other side of the Volga, he remarked that he could still throw a grenades and off he went with grenades in hand.
More well known classics include the story of Pavlov’s House where a unit took hold of a building and held it for 80 days no matter what the Germans threw at them. Chuikov joked that the Germans lost more men attempting to take Pavlov’s house than they did to take Paris.
Other stories include a unit who fought until only 4 men were left unwounded, who sent a wounded man back with the message: “begin shelling our position, farewell comrades, we did not retreat.”
In the fighting in the factories north of the city centre, a man rushed out to throw a molotov cocktail at a tank, but the bottle was hit by a bullet and exploded onto him, but he still threw himself onto the tank.
The cult of Sniperism was also forming at this point (Enemy at the Gates captures how they were lionised and their kills recorded, if nothing else) and Vasily Zaitsev amongst others was active. There was however a cult of the “expert” as well during the battle, with top mortarmen and the like also being regarded with awe. (didn’t see much in the way of mortars apart from one 82mm mortar, maybe some larger calibre hardware would be in order for your line up, the soviets loved their heavy artillery, if you can find a 122mm gun (I believe trenchworx sell one) as well as 45mm guns, those were used throughout the war as both AT guns and field artillery)
You might also be interested in including Naval Infantry for your force. They were present in decent numbers during the battle and were instrumental in the famous defense of the Stalingrad grain elevator which held out for weeks, with food and in particular water running so low that the defenders had to resort to urinating into the water jackets of their machine guns to keep them firing.
It wasn’t all rosy at Stalingrad though, with cowardice and incompetence being common place especially early on in the battle before everyone buckled down. There’s a story of the commander and politruk of one unit in the south of the city panicking and moving their HQ onto one of the islands in the middle of the Volga despite having no orders to retreat (and contrary to order no.227, which means if you’re caught you’re dead). The commander of the machine gun company had to organise resistance with what he could when he found that there was nobody in charge. When the commanders on the island realised that resistance continued, they ended up sending bogus reports to higher ups to cover themselves, although eventually they were uncovered.
The replacements the army received often left a lot to be desired, with many being drawn from the steppes and central asia with little experience of technology or modern warfare, which made artillery and air attack all the more terrifying for them. Lack of experience with technology also led to disastrous consequences with things such as grenades.
Uzbeks in particular were a byword in the Red Army for their most unreliable soldiers.
Stories from Berlin are less common in my experience of reading of the 8th Guards Army, but their reputation for Stalingrad (even though their Stalingrad veterans rapidly became fewer and fewer thanks to their involvement in so much fighting in between) meant they were regularly sent into to do the most difficult street fighting, where they encountered many of the same problems that the Germans had encountered during Stalingrad.
A particularly famous engagement outside of Berlin is when they were tasked with the reduction of city of Poznan which had been encircled by the Red Army during their offensives that winter. It proved a tough nut crack and pretty much the only thing they could do was whenever they encountered a defended position to bring up the heavy artillery (and we’re talking 203mm siege artillery here, which is featured a lot in Berlin newsreels).
The Germans held out fanatically but eventually their commander gave them permission to escape before he himself committed suicide on top of a nazi flag.
Sadly however, the honour of storming the Reichstag didn’t fall to the 8th Guards Army.

Famous units during the Stalingrad fighting include the 13th Guards Rifle division (mentioned above), the 287th Rifle Division of Siberians commanded by Batyuk who held the factory district (extremely well too) who amongst their number included Vasili Zaitsev, and the 138th Rifle Division commanded by Lyudnikov who eventually became famous for “Lyudnikov’s island”, when they were cut off in the factories of northern Stalingrad from the rest of the army.

Final note, My understanding is that to be rated a Guards Army didn’t necessarily mean your units were Guards units as well. (as well as why there were guards units in a non guards army).

Sorry for the essay, as you can probably tell, I like my Eastern Front. 🙂

spydah666
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Wouldn’t the bomb dogs be known as terriorists?

intelligentmistertoad
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As Fate would have it I have recently begun working on a Soviet Army for Bolt Action. I had some issues with a dodgy spray can that I have adapted into a weathering feature on some of my models.

minty45
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Got any pics?

intelligentmistertoad
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I can’t seem to submit them here?

intelligentmistertoad
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Hi Minty45,

I have just started my first B0W Blog, please find pictures as the army rolls out.:

http://www.beastsofwar.com/groups/historical-games/forum/topic/my-first-bolt-action-army-1/#post-new

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A fantastic two part documentary on fallschermjagers. It’s two hours all together but it’s a great watch with nothing but authentic footage.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BRbBvcQJfJ4
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MwzT__nvNy4

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Thanks for sharing 🙂

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I just love all of this history and the stories. Keep it up oriskany & thekommandanteur, absolutely brilliant info thank you. I love the PLOG Warren & John cant wait for more 🙂

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I know its not WW2 but thought you might be interested to see what 8th Guards Army looked like in the eighties 🙂

During the Cold War, 8th Guards Army stood opposed to NATO forces (specifically the US V Corps) along the strategically vital Fulda Gap in West Germany.

In the last years of its existence, in the late 1980s, 8th Guards Army consisted of:[6]
Headquarters at Weimar-Nohra
79th Guards Tank Division – Jena, GDR: – disbanded, 1992 17th Guards Tank Regiment (Saalfeld)
65th Guards Tank Regiment (Nohra)
211th Guards Tank Regiment(Jena)
66th Guards Motor Rifle Regiment (Nohra)
172nd Artillery Regiment (Rudolstadt)
79th Anti-Aircraft Rocket Regiment (Jena)

27th Guards Motor Rifle Division – General-Maerker-Kaserne, Halle, GDR: – to Totskoye, Volga Military District
68. Guards Motor Rifle Regiment (Halle)
243. Guards Motor Rifle Regiment (Halle)
244. Guards Motor Rifle Regiment (Schlotheim)
28th Tank Regiment (Halle)
54th Guards SP Artillery Regiment (Halle)

39th Guards Motor Rifle Division – Ohrdruf, GDR: – disbanded, 1992 117. Guards Motor Rifle Regiment (Meiningen)
120. Guards Motor Rifle Regiment (Ohrdruf)
172. Guards Motor Rifle Regiment (Gotha)
15th Guards Tank Regiment(Ohrdruf)
87th Artillery Regiment (Gotha)

57th Guards Motor Rifle Division – Naumburg, GDR – disbanded, 1992[7] 170. Guards Motor Rifle Regiment (Naumburg)
174. Guards Motor Rifle Regiment (Weißenfels)
241. Guards Motor Rifle Regiment (Leipzig)
57. Guards Tank Regiment (Zeitz)
128th Artillery Regiment (Zeitz)

47th Tank Brigade – Plauen, GDR: 156 T-80, 18 2S1, 4 2S6, 4 SA-13

suetoniuspaullinus
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I knew I should have chosen a different user name..doh!

Suetonius Paullinus = First Roman governor of Britannia, commander in chief during the Boudica revolt.

Thought of the Day: I wish there would be a splinter camo spray..

sillymander
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probably already been said somewhere, but you do know Molotov cocktails were ‘served to’ the Russians, by the Finns, to go with the bread baskets he sent them which, due to a typo no doubt happened to be cluster bombs, I don’t know how much they were used by the Russians but I don’t think they would have called them Molotovs.

rahmich
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This is perfect timing, my Bolt action Japanese army has spent the whole summer in storage but has now made it to Qatar. Keep up the excellent BALLS! I have maybe a russian army and a marine army to plan and build to fight against the gaps.

wittmann007
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The Green Devils. Every Tanker in Normandy’s worst Nightmare. This is going to be awesome.

Rot Scheint Die Sonne!

wittmann007
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FJR6 is a bit of a favorite of mine.

If you want anymore info/history lessons on them as a mini feature, I’d be more than willing to assist!

oriskany
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I’ve heard of these guys. Fallschirmjäger Regiment 6 was part of 2nd Division, right? Fought the 101st at Carentan? I’m pretty sure I remember the name from when we visited the site in Normandy last year.

wittmann007
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One of, if not the most, famous Regiments in the entirety of the Fallschirmjager.

Didn’t call them the “Green Devils of Carentan” for nothing!

blaeyn
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Man, that castle story sounds like a great screenplay idea. Maybe not as crazy as “Castle Keep” in the 70’s, but it’d beat a lot of the tripe (or remakes) Hollywood’s been churning out lately.
Has anybody thought of recreating the battle in “Sahara” (Humphrey Bogart or the Jim Belushi remake, not the Matthew McHanahey (sp?))?

zorg
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Kelly’s hero’s II ?

grimwolfuk
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@Warzen warlord have posted this to there store.

http://store.warlordgames.com/products/bm-13-katyusha-rocket-launcher

Im guess this might be added to your army at some point.

stonewall
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What happened to the VLOG??? Will we ever see the painting tutorials??? Finished product and possibly some games??? Hello, Hello!

bwanajoe
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Are the painting videos linked elsewhere? Excellent start by the way.