“Greek Evzones, 1940-1941” – fresh & rare model kit from ukrainian manufacturer ICM. Kit contains 67 details for assembly four figures of greek evzones.
The Evzones, or Evzoni (Greek: Εύζωνες, Εύζωνοι), is the name of several historical elite light infantry and mountain units of the Greek Army. Today, it refers to the members of the Presidential Guard, an elite ceremonial unit that guards the Greek Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Presidential Mansion and the gate of Evzones camp in Athens. An Evzone is also known, colloquially, as a Tsoliás.
Though the Presidential Guard is a predominantly ceremonial unit, all Evzones are volunteers drawn from the Hellenic Army’s Infantry Corps. Prospective Evzones are initially identified at the Infantry Recruit Training Centres during Basic Training; there is a minimum height requirement of 1.87 m (6′ 1.3″) to join. However, induction to the Presidential Guard is delayed until the recruit serves for a minimum of six months with one of the Army’s Infantry Combat, or “Campaign”, Battalions.
The unit is famous around the world for its unique traditional uniform, which has evolved from the clothes worn by the klephts who fought the Ottoman occupation of Greece. The most visible item of this uniform is the fustanella, a kilt-like garment. Their proven valour and peculiar dress turned them into a popular image for the Greek soldier, especially among foreigners.
Details are very high quality (note, details of faces is very dramatic & realistic). The test-build process went very well and easy. I’think, this model-kit is highly recommended for all modellers, who build WW2 figures and dioramas in 1/35 scale.
NB! And sorry for my poor english!
Text & photo: Deniss Ignatjev