Wednesday, July 30, 2014

1941-43 Russian Parachute Regiment

Based and organised for CD3 (on scant research), Not sure if the Regt HQ is supposed to have a NKVD unit attached to it or not, so if anyone knows, please comment. All units are SMG armed only, unless otherwise stated, which means on the tabletop most units have a range of only 5'' or 250 mts but a rate of fire of x2

Regimental HQ

Command section. WW1 Hat figure, Esci head

Recon SMG section, one of the later Italeri offerings

82mm mortar, Zvezda 

Regt Weapons platoon, this was a conversion done by David Russell and given to me ages ago. Italeri figures

Ammo Porter platoon, HaT and Zvezda

Regt Gun crew, either a howitzer or anti tank gun depending on the year

Same, different angle, figures are US Esci and Emhar WW1 both with head swaps and extra kit added

Regt MMG company, AAHMG (a conversion) x2 standard Esci mediums

1st Battalion

Command, Zvezda

NKVD, Zvezda and Esci 

Recon SMG, Zvezda with Esci arms

Anti tank rifle platoon, Zvezda

50mm mortar platoon, Zvezda figures, Airfix WW1 British mortar

Weapons platoon, Zvezda figures

Engineer platoon, Zvezda

A Company, Zvezda parachute and recon figures. Unlike most other Russian units of this era, each company has its own command platoon

B company, same. The Zvezda figures are quite superb

C company

2nd Battalion


                                                                  Battalion HQ, Esci

NKVD, Zvezda figures, the officer has a WW1 Russian head (HaT)

Recon SMG section, Zvezda

50mm mortar, Zvezda and Esci figures, WW1 Airfix mortar

Anti tank rifle platoon, Zvezda and Airfix figures

Weapons platoon, Zvezda and Esci

Engineers, Zvezda

A company

B company

C company

The Regiment. As usual photos reveal the odd touch up needed here or there but they are otherwise finished. The figures are a reasonable mix. It's a pity the Zvezda paratroop, recon and engineer sets were not big box versions.


  1. Most impressed by these Al. I can tell you put a lot of hard work into these.

    Nice one.

  2. Great work.
    In addition very rare model set.
    The Soviet Union begin to train paratroopers very early.

  3. Great work, Al! Making me want to break into my Italeri Sovs and get started on them for Bolt Action!

  4. Nice little unit, unusual subject...but then I pay so little attention to new production these days I didn't know half these had been released...will go over and check the unpainted flesh on PSR!!


  5. cool , good to see they gone to a good home/regiment

  6. Thanks team, great figures to work with too ;)

  7. have you tried ' cd3 armies of the second world war volume1 ' guards airborned div 1942-43 also Airborne corps 1941-42 pages 220-221...


    1. Missing that section Dave, so do they or don't they have NKVD platoon attached to the Regt?

  8. sorry Al , thought you had both volume book/folder ?, it's in two parts , 1st part pages 1-198 second folder 199-224 .. i'm missing the second one .. sorry to waste your time ..


    1. All good mate, I have a suspicion they should have one because the Naval Infantry do and they are from the same era, OOB wise