Volksgrenadier Company (winter) GBX72
Volksgrenadier Company (GBX72)
The Volksgrenadier divisions were formed in the Autumn of 1944 after the destruction of Army Group Centre by the Soviets in the east and of the Fifth Panzer Army in Normandy in the west. The new infantry divisions were designed to economise on personnel and to be primarily focused on defence.
The Volksgrenadier units were armed with a higher proportion of automatic weapons to create a higher volume of firepower. The Sturmgewehr 44 (or StG 44) assault rifle was used to arm two of the platoons in each Volksgrenadierkompanie, giving them devastating firepower, but only at short ranges. They were also issued with very large numbers of Panzerfaust anti-tank weapons, once again short-ranged, but still a powerful asset against Allied tanks. The highly efficient MG42 machine-gun still played an important role with the assault rifle armed Sturm (assault) platoons issued with two in the third squad, and three issued to the third Schützen (rifle) platoon to provide their main firepower.
|Panzerfaust Assault Rifle teams in Flames Of War|
|Panzerfaust MG teams and Panzerfaust Rifle/MG teams in Flames Of War|
- one Company Command Panzerfaust Assault Rifle team
- one 2iC Command Panzerfaust Assault Rifle team
- three Panzerschreck teams
- one Volksgrenadier Sturm Platoon
- one Volksgrenadier Schützen Platoon
- Major Siegfried Moldenhauer
- eleven Medium four-hole bases
- six Medium five-hole bases
- four Small three-hole bases
- one Small two-hole base
Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Mark Hazell
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