Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Well Equipped Enemy

A very young German soldier in France in 1944 (Hitler Youth?) with the greatest machine gun (capable of being carried and fired by one person) ever made, the MG 42. He's also wearing a camouflage uniform, a part of warfare where the Germans excelled and we played catch-up. This one is a dot pattern called Erbsenmuster (pea camouflage). His helmet cover is a different pattern, Oakleaf B?

We only had one camouflage pattern, used primarily by the Marines in the Pacific, which, unfortunately, turned pink with repeated washing.

His MG 42 has a bi-pod and a small snail drum magazine in which the belt is coiled. A replacement belt is draped over his shoulders.

If you look close, you can see that the MG 42 is the core of the futuristic machine gun, on an articulated arm, fired by Vasquez and Drake in Aliens. It is a perfect choice.


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