This fantastic diorama was inspired the images of "Mr Battle of the Bulge" or "Winter Fritz" as he has been called and it is one of the iconic images of the WWII Ardennes offensive. He has been immortalized in a Dragon 12" action figure, several 1/0th scale busts and here in this diorama.
He was 23 when the photo was taken and all he recalled about that day was that his unit ambushed a convoy of American armor & soft skinned vehicles and, after the fight was over, they took food, weapons and cigarettes from the US wreckage. Cameramen from the "Propagandakompanie" came by, stopped and asked if they could take pictures.... nothing spectacular, another skirmish, another day. Luckily for us, the images found their way into US hands ( from a captured cameraman as the newsreel tells us ).
|Hans Tragarsky, 1st SS Panzer Division, Kampfgruppe Hansen, |
December 18, 1944 near Poteau, Belgium