Period: Flock Head
Cat No: 34151
Originally launched in 1974 the [Colditz] 'Camp Kommandant', was part of a range built upon the success of a BBC TV series about Colditz Castle during World War 2. Also available was a British Escape Officer with an attaché case with a piece-together weapon worthy of 'Q' in James Bond. An 'Escape from Colditz' box set with Guard uniform, Escape Officer uniform, along with accessories and a cardboard sentry box and Escape papers was also a exceptional piece to own.
CAMP KOMMANDANT: Shirt, trousers (straight), jackboots, greatcoat, belt, Luger pistol, holster, Schmeisser machine gun, cap, baton, information leaflet, Equipment Manual.
The Action Man Colditz Camp Commandant had an undershirt with no buttons and little detail, and a greatcoat to the same pattern as the British Escape Officer. The machine gun strap would have been either elastic or plastic as they swapped in the mid-seventies. Unlike the Action Man German Staff Officer, the Camp Komandat did not wear riding breeches, and had a straight cut to his trousers. The belt, holster and pistol are familiar, as are the jackboots. Earlier caps had a red dot on the emblem, later versions were plain silver. Pictured is an earlier Action Man dating from 1966 for display. The 'current' Action Man in 1974 had flock hair and gripping hands (introduced in 1973).