Wednesday, October 5, 2016

ace new product: Battle of Hamburger Hill 1969 - 1/6th scale 101st Airborne Division 12-inch figure

The Battle of Hamburger Hill was a battle of the Vietnam War that was fought by the United States and South Vietnam against North Vietnamese forces from May 10–20, 1969 (main part of Operation Apache Snow). Although the heavily fortified Hill 937 was of little strategic value, U.S. command ordered its capture by a frontal assault, only to abandon it soon thereafter. The action caused a controversy both in the American military and public.

The battle was primarily an infantry engagement, with the U.S. Airborne troops moving up the steeply-sloped hill against well entrenched troops. Attacks were repeatedly repelled by the North Vietnamese People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) defenses. Bad weather also hindered operations. Nevertheless, the Airborne troops took the hill through direct assault, causing extensive casualties to the NVA forces.

U.S. losses during the ten-day battle totalled 72 KIA and 372 WIA. To take the position, the 101st Airborne Division eventually committed five infantry battalions and ten batteries of artillery. In addition, the U.S. Air Force flew 272 missions and expended more than 500 tons of ordnance. U.S. estimates of the losses incurred by the 7th and 8th Battalions of the 29th NVA Regiment included 630 dead (discovered on and around the battlefield); including many found in makeshift mortuaries within the tunnel complex. Yet no one could count the NVA running off the mountain, those killed by artillery and air strikes, the wounded and dead carried into Laos or the dead buried in collapsed bunkers and tunnels.

ace new product: Battle of Hamburger Hill 1969 - 1/6th scale 101st Airborne Division 12-inch figure Product Details: 100% hand-made realistic weathering, Head sculpt, Man Mk I body, Painted bare hands, M1 helmet, Mitchell pattern helmet cover, OG 107 jacket (2nd pattern), OG 107 pants (2nd pattern), Pullover wet weather parka, M68 flak jacket, Patches (101st Airborne Division, name tab & US Army tab), OD green tee, Trouser belt, Olive green towel, US Spike Protective Jungle Boots 3rd pattern DMS Spike Sole, M1956 suspenders, M1967 individual equipment belt, M1956 20 rd ammo pouches x 2, M1956 compass pouches x 2, Jungle first aid pouch, 1 quart canteens x 2, M1956 1 quart canteen covers x 2, M17 gas mask bag, M18A1 Claymore Mine Bag, M1951 entrenching tool, M1956 entrenching tool cover, Tarpaulin, MX-991/U flashlight, M3 Bandolier, M16 A1 rifle w/ three prong flash hider, 20-rd magazines x 15 + 1pcs, Rifle sling, M3 Bayonet w/ sheath, M18 smoke grenade red, M18 smoke grenade violet, GAS CN-DM grenade, AN-M8 smoke grenade, M67 grenades x 2, USGI carabineer, GI watch, Dog Tags, Insect Repellent, Toilet paper

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It looks like Matt Damon also went to war in Vietnam. We know he appeared as Private First Class James Francis Ryan in the 1998 American epic war film "Saving Private Ryan" alongside Tom Hanks (Captain John H. Miller), Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Adam Goldberg, and Jeremy Davies. Matt Damon never really starred in any Vietnam War film but manufacturers have a habit of putting famous people's head sculpts on their figures to increase the take-up rate.

Related posts:
Kitbash 1/6th scale Matt Damon as Private First Class James Francis Ryan in Saving Private Ryan posted HERE
Some of the cast of Saving Private Ryan in 1:6th scale - 12-inch Miller, Jackson, Caparzo & Ryan posted on my toy blog HERE
Loading Toys "Loses" Matt Damon as Jason Bourne (pictures HERE)

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