I recently painted a 10-man squad set of Warlord Games’ Bolt Action Gebirgsjager infantry. This set contains 10 unique metal miniatures, and includes the following models:
- 1 NCO with a sub-machine gun
- 2-man light-machine gun team
- 1 Gebirgsjager with a sub-machine gun
- 6 Gebirgsjager with rifles
The Gebirgsjager were elite mountain infantry, organized into several divisions: both for the Heer and the Waffen-SS. The most distinguishing feature of the Gebirgsjager is the Edelweiss flower insignia worn on their Bergmutze ski caps and tunic sleeves. The edelweiss is a flower that grows in high mountain elevations.
In the Band of Brothers miniseries (Episode 3: Carentan), Private Albert Blithe comes across the body of a dead German paratrooper (Fallschirmjäger) with an edelweiss (actual flower) in his breast pocket. It is explained to Private Blithe that the edelweiss is a symbol of a warrior, as the German paratrooper would have had to climb high in the mountains to pick the flower. Later on, when Blithe overcomes his shell-shock in the battle outside of Carentan, he removed the edelweiss from the dead body of a German solider he killed and places the flower in his beast pocket; marking his own transition as a solider in Easy Company.
I am planning to use these miniatures for the WWII Operation Whitebox fan site that I am working on.