Dragon's 1/35 LAH Division: Kleisour Pass 1941
KIT #: 6643
PRICE: $17.50 SRP
DECALS: None
REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken
NOTES: Four Figures; Gen 2 Gear



The not so well-known Battle of Kleisoura Pass occurred on 13-14 April 1941 when the German Leibstandarte SS (LSSAH) unit attacked Greek infantry. This narrow pass between Mt. Vitsi and Mt. Siniatsiko in West Macedonia was important as it was on the defensive line protecting Greek withdrawal routes from Albania. In fact, the Greeks had earlier captured this strategically useful pass from the Italians in January of that year. Greek casualties were heavy in the mid-April battle, and the LSSAH took 1,000 prisoners. The capture of the pass helped break the main line of resistance and allowed German troops to cut off troops in the town of Kastoria. The German LSSAH unit, which began as the Fuhrerís personal bodyguard, was a brigade-sized formation at the time of Operation Marita, the invasion of Greece and the Balkans.

The figures depict various useful poses that will find application in all sorts of vignettes and dioramas. The soldiers wield weapons suitable for their unit and time period. Three of the soldiers are wearing the special camouflage-pattern smocks that were so popular amongst German SS units, and these are well portrayed in plastic. Assembly and painting information is on the back of the box. Sharply molded and realistically sculpted, this is a versatile set that will be extremely handy for that special pose that modelers have in mind.

August 2012

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