Medic and Wounded 30th ID US June 1944
Modeling the U.S. Army in WWII


This medic is tending to a GI with a wound near his knee. He holds a pair of scissors in his right hand, ostensibly to cut the GI's trousers and facilitate aid. (The end of the scissors were broken off the figure in my set, but was found in the bits of resin debris in the zip-lock baggie-be careful when you empty yours out).

The medic is equipped with two large first aid supply pouches which are hung from the unique suspenders with the large yoke over the upper shoulders and back. (The pouches could be shortened to half their size by lacing together the two flaps with grommets on the front and back sides.) Kudos to the unidentified Nemrod sculptor for making both bags unique, rather than the second being a copy of the first as in Dragon's Remagen set.

Though the box states these 30th ID soldiers are in action in June (they fought in Normandy), the medic has a woolen melton overcoat or raincoat hanging through his web belt. It seems kind of early for soldiers to have been issued meltons (many did not have them even at the time of the Battle of the Bulge), but it clearly has a shoulder epaulet as seen on the meltons and not on the raincoat. If using it as the latter, carefully remove the epaulet. Unfortunately, it's not clear where the coat is supposed to attach to the figure, as there are no locating pins and it doesn't show on the box art. My assumption is that it hangs below the M6 carrier that the medic has strapped over his back. The medic is also equipped with a pair of canteens and bandage pouches.

Both the medic and wounded figure have some proportion issues, to me at least. The heads are a bit small for their body sizes, perhaps accentuated by the barrel-chested physiques of both men. The legs seem spindly, and the feet even smaller. The medic's head is easy to replace, but the wounded guy's noggin is molded to his body and would need some careful surgery to remove without disturbing the nicely defined collar. Our casualty has taken off his web belt, which is a very delicately cast resin piece from which you hang his pistol, canteen, fighting knife, an ammo pouch for the M1 Thompson, and an M1 ammo/grenade pouch.

Both men wear the late pattern M1941 "Parsons" field jacket, woolen trousers, and combat shoes with canvas leggings. Both have the M6 gas mask carrier (which may have contained the mask or just a supply of rations and extra socks), which can be painted either a light or dark OD color, and M1910 and M1943 entrenching tools (both slightly warped in my set).

Details are well defined, though not quite as sharp as seen in Warriors figures. There's some small amount of cleanup involved (it's up to you whether to remove the seams from the sides of the field jackets, which were not quite so prominent in real life).

I wouldn't let the few quirks dissuade you from buying this set. I hope Nemrod follows up with a few more choices for us, such as a medic crawling to a casualty or running with a litter.



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