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Guy Whidden II: WWII US Army Airborne Division
Guy Whidden II: WWII US Army Airborne Division
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Guy Whidden II: WWII US Army Airborne Division

Brand: Soldier Story
Part Number:GISS-110
Availability: In Stock

Our Price:

$199.99

Product Description

Soldier Story is honored to have the official authorization from one of the highly decorated WWII veterans – Mr. Guy Whidden II, to develop a 502nd PIR paratrooper 1/6 scale action figure. Many other brands had produced 101st airborne division trooper figure before, especially related to D-Day, but few received proper authorization from a true war hero. Back in 2010, Soldier Story created the “Mohawk head” 101st airborne paratrooper figure (product code SS040), inspired and authorized by another WWII veteran Mr. Jake McNiece (who sadly passed away in 2013). Mr. Guy Whidden, aged 95, is one of the last living WWII survivors and war veterans, who participated in the Normandy landing.

Guy Whidden was born on June 18, 1923 in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. Guy was a paratrooper in HQ Company, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division during World War 2. He was a machine gunner and jumped into Normandy in the early hours of June 6, 1944. He also jumped into Holland during operation Market Garden in September, 1944. He was severely wounded near Best during a mortar attack when three of his best friends were killed by the same mortar. Guy was still recovering in a hospital when the Battle of the Bulge happened. After his recovery, he was sent back to Fort Benning and became a jump school instructor.

Guy Whidden was awarded with the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry badge, a Netherlands Orange Lanyard, and the Good Conduct Medal. Guy has written a book about his WWII experiences titled: Between the Lines and Beyond. It recounts his time served in World War II through letters written home to his mother.

Soldier Story spares no details in developing this figure. Many similar 101st airborne figures used the standard M1942 paratrooper uniform. However, during the Normandy campaign, the reinforced M1942 paratrooper uniform had been widely adopted. The main difference is, the reinforced version used heavy olive drab canvas to strengthen the trousers and the pockets.

On the helmet, the paratroopers used the M1C helmet, compared with the standard MC helmet used by the US military during WWII. The main difference is on the leather chin cup. For the 1/6 counterparts, Soldier Story uses metal for the M1C helmet and genuine leather for the chin cup.

The parachute is the Type T5 parachute used by the US paratroopers in WWII. The details of the chest pack including harness are faithfully reproduced.

About the weapons and equipment:  this figure does not come with a M1 Garand commonly found with other WW2 US figures, but a M1A1 folding stock Carbine. Not long after the adoption of the U.S. Caliber .30 Carbine, Model M1, the need for a shorter version for use by paratroopers became evident. In 1942 a shorter version of M1 utilizing a folding or collapsible stock was developed. Using metal and wood material, Soldier Story faithfully reproduces this carbine in 1/6 with details such as bayonet lug and bolt catch. The sidearm is the standard M1911 pistol. Included accessories, are the paratrooper M2 folding knife, the M1918 trench knife, M5 gas mask with detachable filter, M36 X strap with paratrooper felt pads, M1910 shovel and canteen made of metal, M1944 goggles with clear and smoke lenses, M1938 para gloves, paratrooper side cap, altimeter, watch, whistle, flashlight, grenades, explosives

It is the first time for Soldier Story to produce the paratrooper leg bag, details of which such as handle and straps are accurately reproduced in 1/6. This bag was issued as standard equipment for paratroopers during Normandy campaign. It was first used by the British airborne and later adopted by the US military. Unfortunately, it was one of several “great” ideas that failed miserably under the conditions of combat. During the invasion, many paratroopers’ leg bags were ripped off in the high winds when they jumped from their airplanes. The situation was depicted in “Band of Brothers”.

To add to the memorial value this set includes a specially designed round figure base with metal nameplate.

FEATURES:

Features:

M-1C paratrooper helmet (metal)
M-1C helmet net cover
US airborne garrison cap
M5-11-7 assault gas mask
Gas mask filter
M-1944 dust goggles (clear lens)
M-1944 dust goggles (dark polarizing lens)
HEADSCULPT¬¬¬
WWII Guy Whidden, II life live head sculpt
S2.5 BODY
Weapon bare Hand (1 Pair)
Bendable bare Hand (1 Pair)
Bare Feet (1 Pair)
GI wool shirt
M-1942 parachutist jacket
M-1942 parachutist pants
Corcoran jump boots (sewing leather)
M-1936 suspenders
Shoulder pads
M-1938 riding gloves
M-1936 pistol belt
M-1910 canteen cover
M-1910 canteen (metal)
M-1910 canteen cup (metal)
M-1942 first aid pouch
M-1910 entrenching tool cover
M-1910 E tool entrenching tool shovel (metal)
M-1936 musette jump bag
Paratrooper rigger universal ammo pouch
TL-122 flashlight torch
M-1918 combat knife
M-1918 knife sheath
M-2 folding knife
M-2 grenade
M-1 ammunition carrying /w carrying strap
Paratrooper wrist compass (1944)
Model A-11 US military watch
Paratrooper cricket
MKII No75 “Hawkins Mine” (/w leg strap)
M-7 black rubberized gas mask bag
B-4 life vest (1943 dated)
Airborne let down rope
T-5 parachute main pack (/w harness)
T-5 reserve chest pack
Paratrooper leg bag
M1A1 carbine folding paratrooper stock (wood / metal)
M1 carbine sling
M1A1 10rd magazine x 4
M1A1 Scabbard (for M1A1 carbine folding stock)
M1911 .45 pistol
M1911 7rd magazine x 3
M-1916 pistol holster New design round classic figure stand /w exclusive Guy Whidden,II photo etch name plate


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