The fortifications of Sevastopol were some of the strongest in the world, and they had to be, because this city and its Russian naval base were strategically sited on the Black Sea. German forces pushed further and further into Russia after Operation Barbarossa was unleashed on 22 June 1941. By the autumn of 1941, German units had reached the Crimean Peninsular, and the port city rapidly came under siege. A number of strong attacks were repulsed by the city’s defenders from late 1941 onwards. Indeed it wasn’t until 4 July 1942 that Sevastopol finally surrendered to German forces after months of sustained bombardments and bitter fighting.
Dragon’s latest 1/35 scale figure set features four soldiers who fought in this grueling battle. They may have conquered Sevastopol, but by the looks of several of these figures, the battle has certainly taken its toll on them! The plastic figures are sharply molded and they assemble to create lifelike poses. The figures range from a general with a paunch, down to a ravenous soldier of much lesser rank who is wolfing down a meal. Each figure is accompanied by Gen2 personal gear and weapons. Of note, the cigar-smoking general has a periscope mounted on a tripod. While these figures in summer uniforms relate directly to the Siege of Sevastopol, they could easily be utilized in a whole plethora of other ways.