U.S. Infantry, Wounded
Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII

Custom Dioramics

Brian Stewart has sculpted this wounded chap in a rather curious pose. He stands with his left arm in a sling, his right arm raised high and head looking upwards towards his outstretched hand. Not sure if he’s counting all his fingers or trying to hail a passing plane. Or maybe he’s working on a snappy “Seig Heil” in anticipation of being captured. One can’t really reposition the up thrust arm because Stewart has smartly sculpted his shoulder raised and his body leaning toward the left. But repositioning his head to look forward might make this figure more useful for beckoning help or surrendering.

Perhaps the real reason for this quirky stance is that this figure is a clone of the GI hoisting a Sherman shell in “WWII U.S. Tank Crew #1.” And appears to be the basis for "The Victor - GI Holding Flag." Alas, CD continues to cannibalize previous sets to offer us “original” works at a healthy mark-up. He wears a khaki windcheater (ripped from the wounded arm), leggings and wool cap and sports a .45 holster from his belt. The set only has four pieces: body, head, right arm and left hand that joins the arm at the sling.

This figure is one of very few wounded GIs available in the market. Jaguar offers a wounded bazooka team, and Verlinden has a medic and poncho-clad soldier with a leg wound. Out-of-production items include two from Yanks: a medic and victim in a pose quite similar to Verlinden’s, and an Ardennes GI with an arm wound. Another defunct company, GI Issue, had a pair of Joes helping an injured comrade. Equally hard to find is an old Verlinden set with a medic kneeling over a prone soldier with a large bandaged chest wound.



Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII © 2002—2007 Timothy S. Streeter