WBritain 17871 German 84th Infanterie Regiment von Manstein Wounded Bugler Set No.1. German 84th infantry regiment von Manstein wounded bugler set no.1. Sold out at William Britain. 2 piece set, 54mm, 1/30 scale, matte finish. Brand new condition. From 1891 to 1906 Count Alfred von Schlieffen, Chief of the German General Staff, drew up a plan to invade France through Belgium. By August 1914 the plan had been considerably changed but was nevertheless put into place by the German high command. One of the changes stipulated that the German thrust through Belgium would not brush the channel as originally planned but instead would hit further inland, bringing the German First Army to Mons. The German offensive began on August 4, 1914 with the first of the British Expeditionary Force arriving in Mons on August 21, 1914. They set up defensive positions along the Mons-Conde Canal with concentrations of troop around bridges. On August 23 the Germans advanced in force on Mons with the British providing stiff resistance. By nightfall of the 23rd the British were forced to pull back from the canal and begin a stubborn week long retreat back to France. The German Army was a well organized, rigidly hierarchical military machine. It could call up over 5 million men and boasted a professional, non-commissioned officer corps of 100,000, the backbone of any army. The German army trained for a swift and disciplined European war that counted on maneuver, speed and combined arms to carry the day. With size, training and professional ability behind them the Germans made for a very formidable opponent. Since 1893 W Britain has been producing military figures with careful attention to detail quality and authenticity. Buy with confidence as we are an official William Britain dealer.