Tuesday, 26 June 2012

revell stalingrad

03189 Stalingrad Battle Pzkpfw. III & T-34 & Figures
- Includes diorama showing features of the terrain
- Pz.Kpfw. III, Type L
- T-34/85
- 45 German infantrymen with extensive equipment
- 48 Soviet infantrymen with extensive equipment
- Structures with highly detailed surfaces
- Injection moulded tracks with individual links and segments
- Rotating turret
- Detailed drive wheels and track rollers

Decals for two versions of each tank:
- "111", 16. Pz.-Div., Stalingrad, Winter 1942-43
- "14", Pz.Rgt.2, 16. Pz.-Div., Stalingrad, Autumm 1942
- "17", unknown unit, Red Army, Stalingrad, Winter 1942-43
- "For Stalin", unknown unit, Red Army, Stalingrad, Autumm 1942

Stalingrad on the Volga was of great strategic and ideological significance. The battles for this important industrial area began in the summer of 1942 with an onslaught by about 250,000 German soldiers. In November, when the city had been almost completely taken, incurring heavy losses, the Red Army succeeded in kettling the German Army in a large encirclement of the city. The Soviet units retook large parts of the kettle and then the house by house battle began in the ruined city. Finally, on 02.02.1943, the northern part of the kettle capitulated. They had already started taking prisoners in the southern part on 31.01.1943. The annihilation of the German 6th Army in Stalingrad is regarded as the turning point of the war. On the German side the Pz.Kpfw. III was used in large numbers. From 1940 this vehicle formed the backbone of the German tank units. With its long 50 mm L/60 cannon it could combat a T-34 head on from a distance of 500 m. The Soviet T-34 started as an armoured vehicle with a well-balanced combination of artillery, armour and mobility. With its 76.2 mm L/41 cannon it could combat a Panzer III tank from a distance of 1,000 m.

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