This product is supplied unassembled and unpainted. Glue and paints not included.
The Papuan Infantry Battalion (PIB) was a unit of the Australian Army raised in the Territory of Papua for service during the Second World War.
These were local men and led by Australian officers and senior NCOs. They were superb jungle fighters who, being local men, were particularly good at reconnaissance. They were also almost impossible to ambush. They fought from the Kokoda campaign right through to end of the war against Imperial Japan.
Formed in early 1940 in Port Moresby to help defend the territory in the event of a Japanese invasion. Following the outbreak of the Pacific War, the PIB served in many of the Allied campaigns in New Guinea; however, due to the nature of its role its sub-units mainly operated separately, attached to larger Australian and US Army units and formations.
This set contains a metal 10-man section consisting of:
- 1 NCO with SMG
- 9 Papuan men with rifles
Models supplied unassembled and unpainted