General Hasso Freiherr Von Manteuffel (1897-1978) was a German Officer who fought in both world wars rising to become one of the Third Reich’s most distinguished and decorated “Tank Generals”. During the Battle of the Bulge his Fifth Panzer Army achieved one of the deepest and most dangerous penetrations of the Allied Lines. In March 1945, while serving on the Eastern Front, Russian troops stormed his headquarters killing four of his staff. Manteuffel himself shot one Russian and killed another with a trench knife while ejecting them! After the war he entered politics and was elected to the Bundestag (the German Parliament) He was also invited to visit and lecture in the United States and met President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the White House. He died in Austria in 1978.
Obersturmbannfuhrer Leon Degrelle
A Walloon / Belgian politician and Nazi collaborator he joined the Waffen SS in 1943 and rose rapidly through its ranks eventually becoming the Standartenfuhrer of the 28th SS Volunteer Grenadier Division “Wallonien” ... mostly made up of his fellow Belgian fascists. After seeing much action on the Eastern Front he fled to Spain after the German defeat ... and died there in 1994.
This figure is based on one of the most famous songs of WW2, ‘Lili Marleen’ and the character it portrays. Originally recorded in Germany in 1939 by the singer Lale Andersen it tells the story of the sweetheart of a German soldier who waits for him every evening under the lamp light outside his barracks. Other interpretations of the ‘sweetheart’ have her waiting under the lamp light for more mercenary reasons and willing to meet any soldier that ventures out of the barracks in the evening! The song however became very popular with the Afrika Korps and, also crossed the battle-field and enjoyed equal popularity with the men of the British 8th Army. Over the years it has been recorded by many but perhaps the most famous ‘other’ versions were by Britain’s Vera Lynn and the legendary Marlene Dietrich. Our pretty little figure can and will happily accompany, either German, British or American soldiers!