NEW – German Infantry Platoon released

This releases sees the German infantry entering in force. Reinforcements include an officer team, Panzerschreck team, rifle and SMG armed infantry and forward observer team. As well as the foot sloggers, AT capability is provided by the Panzerschreck and the PaK 97/38 medium anti-tank gun. Armoured support comes in the form of the PzII Flammpanzer flamethrower tank, with a motorcycle and sidecar mounting an MMG. Transport is provided by the Citreon CV11 staff car, and the radio back variant of the Maultier truck. Existing support and transportation is already available with the FlaK 38 88mm AA gun and various vehicles.

In addition, we also offer a German infantry platoon bundle of the above infantry and a SdKfz 222 armoured car. This is available at a very reasonable discounted price and free UK shipping. This is the fifth of our platoon bundles, in addition to the Japanese, Italian, British and Soviet platoons already released.

As always, here’s a little background on the various units…..

German Infantry Squad with rifles or SMGs

During the war, the Heer infantry formed the largest part of the German army and saw action across Europe and the Eastern Front. Constant recruitment along with some infantry being in combat since 1939 meant that quality levels and experience could vary wildly. Some units were veteran grenadiers while others were recently recruited rear-echelon troops with only basic infantry training.

This unit consists of 10 men (1 NCO, 1 MG, 1 MG loader and 7 soldiers with rifles), or 5 men (1 NCO, 4 soldiers with SMG)

German Panzerschreck team

The Panzerschreck was the German equivalent of the US Bazooka and British PIAT. It was a reloadable shoulder fired anti-tank weapon and a development of the one-shot Panzerfausts. Within its most effective range (50-60m) the hollow charge warhead could penetrate up to 160mm of armour – higher than the frontal armour of a Churchill VII.

German Officer team

German officers were generally well trained and capable leaders. Some had gained experience during the Spanish Civil War and some even in WWI. Officers were also trained to step up immediately if their superior were killed or incapacitated, and continue to fight under their own initiative.

German Forward Observer team

Trained in liaising with artillery batteries or Luftwaffe squadrons, forward observer teams can coordinate devastating barrages of fire or close air support to cover the advance of troops or soften an enemy position before an assault.  

Motorcycle with MMG sidecar

All of the German armed forces made use of motorcycles, and many had additional sidecars. Often armed with an MG34 for close support, these light vehicles were used extensively for reconnaissance. Unlike similar motorcycles of other nations, many of the German sidecars had powered wheels, enabling them to traverse difficult terrain more easily.

PaK 97/38

The PaK 97/38 was a hybrid AT gun manufactured using captured French components and used during WWII. In addition to the Germans, it was also fielded by Italy, Finland, Hungary and Romania, as well being fitted to the chassis of the Soviet T-26 to make an interim mobile AT platform. It performed acceptably, despite being based on a late 19th century gun, but suffered from a low effective range, violent recoil and difficulty in hitting small, mobile targets.

PzII Flammpanzer

The PzII Flammpanzer (or “Flamingo”) was an adapted PzII tank equipped with two limited traverse flamethrowers and a turret mounted MG34. Initially delivered to units in 1940, over 150 were before production ended in 1942. The Flamingo was used by two battalions and both were deployed in the opening stages of Operation Barbarossa. Heavy losses on the Eastern Front saw both battalions re-equipped as standard panzer units and the remaining Flamingos converted to Marder II tank destroyers.

SdKfz 222

The SdKfz 222 was a German armoured car developed from the 221, and was fitted with a 20mm automatic cannon and co-axial MG. It had a top speed of 50mph and up to 30mm of armour. Additionally, the open-topped design of the turret also allowed for limited AA capability. Nearly 1000 were produced in total and it saw service on the Eastern Front, North Africa and Europe.

Citreon CV11 staff car

At the start of WWII France had more vehicles per person than any country in the world except the US. Germany however did not have such a mechanised population, and so after occupying France, utilised many French vehicles. As well as the armoured vehicles that would be converted into ammunition carriers and tank destroyers, there were also many normal cars. Among these was the CV11, a civilian car that first entered production in 1934. 

The sedan model was a popular staff car in both the French and German armies and many were exported from France, seeing action in North Africa and the Eastern Front. 

Maultier radio truck

The Maultier was a half-tracked truck of the German army in WWII developed as it was found that wheeled trucks were insufficiently capable of navigating the mud of Russian roads in bad weather. Mostly based on the Opel Blitz chassis and utilising redundant Pz. I track assemblies, some were also made using a Mercedes, Ford and Alfa-Romeo chassis and Pz. II tracks.

In addition to the standard cargo and troop carrying trucks, some were also fitted out as radio trucks. These were used as forward command positions as well as communication relays and hubs.

Further updates are also available via our Facebook page and all new releases will be showcased on our Instagram page.

Hopefully you found this bit of background history interesting and our models will be reinforcing your German armies – Vorauszahlung!

Upcoming release schedule

As MarDav grows, so does the list of excellent WWII printed models created by the designers that we work with.

In order to to keep everything as clear as possible, nothing is listed in the webstore until it is printed, painted and photographed so that you see the final product – not simply a rendered image. However, we do have a large catalogue of available models that ultimately will all be released via the website.

As a result, this does mean that it can take some time to work through all the exciting new files we get, but we do have a plan and so have put together an upcoming release schedule in the run up to the end of the year.

Depending on how quickly we work through any tweaks and test prints, releases may be made before their due date, but hopefully no later than listed here. As much as we would like to release everything at once, we think this approach is better!

26th September 2021 – Vehicles (mostly…)

Type 1 Ho-Ha (Japanese)
M3 Scout car (US/Allies)
Fiat truck (Polish)
CMP F-60 truck (British)
30 CWT truck (British)
Indian Pattern Armoured Car (British)
Otter Armoured Car (British)
Marmon Herrington Armoured Car (British)
LRDG truck/jeep crew (British)
47/32 AT gun (Italian)

10th October 2021 – Soviet Army

Rifle squad
Forward observer team
Sniper team
Officer team
MMG team
Infantry platoon
T34/85 tank
T20 gun tow
OT 26 tank
SU 122 assault gun
ISU 152 assault gun

24th October 2021 British Army

Rifle squad
PIAT team
Officer team
Infantry platoon
Bofors AA gun
Universal carrier 
3” mortar carrier
Churchill Mk IV tank
Valentine tank

7th November 2021 – German Army

Rifle squad
SMG squad
Panzershreck team
Officer team
Forward observer team
Pak 97/38 medium AT gun
Motorcycle and sidecar w/MG

21st November 2021 – Terrain

Sectional factory
Ruined sectional factory
Power plant
Urban ruins
Trenches and gun pits
Italian defensive positions

As you can see, it’s quite a list and will massively expand both our list of available models, as well as the range of countries that we have platoon deals for (currently Italy and Japan), so don’t forget to add some of our WWII 3D printed models to your Christmas list!

Updates are also available via our Facebook page and all new releases will be showcased on our Instagram page.

Martin & Dave