Operation Overlord was the Allied master plan to wrest Europe from the clutches of Germany. More than three million Allied troops were put ashore at Normandy from 6 June 1944 onwards. A slow, grinding battle ensued for the next two months as American, British and Canadian troops established their bridgehead against strong opposition. When the breakout from Normandy finally came, it was spectacular in its speed. By September there were three Allied army groups fighting against German forces, and General Patton was racing his forces across France to the very border of Germany. The last obstacle was the Rhine River, and this was crossed in March 1945, meaning war in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) was almost over.
Dragon’s newest 1/35 scale figure set features four soldiers from the ETO in 1944. Befitting the transatlantic nature of the alliance, there are three US GIs and one Royal Marine Commando in the set. Each figure is sharply sculpted in a realistic pose, and they are versatile enough to fit any number of scenarios. They obviously depict European combat in 1944, and the British and American soldiers can be deployed individually or even combined as a complete set. They carry weapons suitable for the period, as well as all pertinent uniform and personal equipment items. These figures are ideal for a Normandy scene, or indeed for the later race across France, and the set forms a useful addition to figure and diorama modelers.