July 20th, 2014
The French Foreign Legion
- FFL024D — Standing Firing (Red Trousers) – A reload figure to add to your fighting square, this time with red trousers, Kepi and Havelock. The red trousers were worn in winter by the Legion or if no spare white trousers were available. As the Legion was at the bottom of the supply chain, issue of new clothing was not a priority unlike bullets and rifles which were always in demand and readily available!
- FFL027 — Two Arabs – Crouching & Kneeling – Two more Arabs to add to your attacking force, this time a crouching kneeling forward figure and a kneeling reload figure.
- FFL028 — Legionnaire & Tuareg Hand-to-Hand Set – A classic hand to hand
fighting set, a desperate Legionnaire armed with bayonet and clenched fist pauses, ready to launch himself at an attacking Tuareg armed with a nasty looking dagger.
French Foreign Legion
The Great War
- GW027 — ST. Etienne HMG with Two Poilus Anniversary Set – Thomas Gunn 5th year Anniversary Set: Two Poilus man a St Etienne HMG whilst wearing ARS respirators. A superb looking set which will only enhance your WW1 collection.
- GW028A — Two German Infantry Kneeling & Standing (Greatcoats/Backpacks) – Two new German infantry in greatcoats and wearing backpacks, one in the kneeling firing position whilst the other fires in the standing position.
- GW029 — Private Johnson – Another addition to our Sgt York story, this time in the form of Pte Johnson (All American 82nd) who was one of the lucky
survivors of the attack. Here we have him lying down, ready to launch himself forward for the final assault.
- GW030 — Private Weller – One Doughboy who did not make it back was Pte Weller also 82nd Division, shot in the face Weller died on the battlefield along with many others from his division.
- GW031 — German Officer Lying Prone – German officer in the prone position takes aim with his Luger, goes great with GW030 above or any other of our Allied casualties!
- GW032 — Dead German Officer – Dead German officer, probably taken out by one of our Doughboys, lying on the ground and armed with an Artillery style
Luger with snail drum magazine.
GW040 — German Soldier Running Wearing ‘Kaiser Gaiters – German soldier wearing ‘Kaiser gaiters’ running forward with ammo box, a superb set that really captures the hurried movement whilst under fire on a battlefield!
- TG-FREE012A — German Sentry (Stormtrooper) – A German sentry, this time a Stormtrooper variant of GW012 stands ready to move forward at a moment’s notice for the Fatherland.
- TG-FREE013 — Dead Poilu – An unlucky French infanteer lies dead in his ARS respirator, like millions of other French soldiers he died on Flanders fields
World War One
World War Two
Its been a while since we made any FJ’s and we return with a great pair of Fallshirmjager dressed for winter combat and wearing snowshoes, two more unique looking FJ’s to follow next month!
- FJ011 — Standing Firing MP40
- FJ012 — Squatting Firing MP40
- SS035 — German Soldier & Mademoiselle – Something very different this time in the form of a lady French resistance fighter who seems to have some serious relationship issues to resolve! An unlucky German soldier hands tied behind his back, is entirely at the mercy of this Mademoiselle! Would look great with SS042 Staff car (which can be used without driver) and SS013 dead and surrendering German set.
- V013A — Wasserfall & Two European Figures – The Wasserfall Rocket was a surface to air guided anti aircraft missile designed to be exploded in the middle of Allied bomber formations. Based on the V2 design this rocket was smaller than the V2 but at nearly 26ft long, was still a substantial size weapon. Armed with a 306kg warhead this missile would have wreaked havoc with Allied bomber formations had it ever become operational. Although several successful tests were carried out, for some unknown reason the Germans concentrated production on the V2 and only Albert Speer seemed to see the Wasserfalls true potential.He is quoted as saying in his memoirs “To this day, I am convinced that substantial deployment of Wasserfall from the spring of 1944 onward, together with an uncompromising use of the jet fighters as air defense interceptors, would have essentially stalled the Allied strategic bombing offensive against our industry. We would have well been able to do that – after all, we managed to manufacture 900 V2 rockets per month at a later time when resources were already much more limited.”A great addition to our V Series for those of you building a Peenemunde test site.
Our rocket model comes with a cradle to rest the rocket in the horizontal position, a vertical launch trolley and two figures wearing clothing suitable for a late European summer in the A version or in the B version, winter clothing with a touch of snow on the figure bases and gloves on hands of the mechanic. The rockets are painted the same in both versions FYI.
- V013B – Wasserfall & Two Winter Figures
WWII German forces
July 20th, 2014
French Army 1917 – 1918
The Schneider Tank was the first French Tank.
The Schneider tank was inspired by the need to overcome the stalemate of trench warfare which on the Western Front prevailed during most of the Great War. It specifically had to open passages for the infantry through barbed wire and then to suppress German machine gun nests. After a first concept by Jacques Quellennec devised in November 1914, the type was developed from May 1915 onwards by engineer Eugène Brillié, paralleling British development of tanks the same year. Colonel Jean Baptiste Eugène Estienne in December 1915 began to urge for the formation of French armour units, leading to an order in February 1916 of four hundred Schneider CA tanks, which were manufactured by SOMUA, a subsidiary of Schneider located in a suburb of Paris, between September 1916 and August 1918.
The tank was of the “box” type, lacking a turret, with the main armament, a short 75 mm cannon, in the right side. Generally it is considered a very imperfect design, even for its day, because of a poor lay-out, insufficient fire-power, a cramped interior and inferior mobility due to an overhanging nose section.
The Schneider CA 1 tanks were widely used in combat during the last war years. Their first action on 16 April 1917 was largely a failure, the tank units suffering heavy losses, but subsequent engagements were more successful. In 1918 the Schneider tanks played an important role in halting the German Spring Offensive and breaking the German front in the French summer offensives. They were active until the end of September 1918, less than two months before the Armistice of 11 November 1918, their numbers having dropped considerably due to attrition. After the war the surviving tanks were mostly rebuilt as utility vehicles but six Schneider tanks were deployed by Spain in the Rif War in Morocco, and the type saw its last action in the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.
Australian Imperial Force 1917 – 1918
The 5th Division, 8th Brigade, 31st Battalion
Each figure will be produced in 3 different regiment markings.
The different regiments are distinguished by the different Unit Colour Patches, which were worn on the shoulder.
This battalion was the first Australian Infantry unit to be mobilized for service during WW1.
The Unit colour patch was Brown and Yellow.
The 31st Battalion AIF, was formed from two companies from Queensland, and two companies from Victoria. Initially it was deployed in Egypt. Where it was involved in the defence of the Suez canal, earning the battle honour, “Egypt 1915-1916”.
In 1916, the 31st Battalion was assigned to the 5th Division, after a reorganization that saw the AIF expanded from two infantry divisions to five.
Its first involvement along the western front was the Battle of Fromelles, during which it suffered over 500 casualties, and was so badly mauled it undertook no more offensive action for the rest of that year.
In 1917 it was involved at Polygon Wood, during the battle of Passchendale, where Private Joseph Bugden, performed the actions that led him to receiving the Victoria Cross.
- GWA-003(31) — The 5th Division, 8th Brigade, 31st Battalion, 2 Infantry Advancing, Battle of Amiens, 6th August 1918.
- GWA-004(31) — The 5th Division, 8th Brigade, 31st Battalion, 2 Infantry Advancing, Battle of Amiens, 6th August 1918.
- GWA-005(31) — The 5th Division, 8th Brigade, 31st Battalion, 2 Infantry Advancing, Battle of Amiens, 6th August 1918.
Australian Imperial Force
The 5th Division, 14th Brigade, 53rd Battalion
This Battalion was later to become known as the “West Sydney Regiment” and its unit colour patch was Black and green.
Their first involvement in fighting on the western front, was also at the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916. The battalion took part in the first stages of the allied attack and suffered over 600 casualties, a total which equated around a third of their total casualties for the whole war.
The 53rd battalion was not initially involved at the start of the “Hundred Days Offensive”, but later were committed to the fighting during the Battle of Mont Saint-Quentin. For his actions during the fighting, Private William Currey was later to be awarded the Victoria Cross
- GWA-003(53) — The 5th Division, 14th Brigade, 53rd Battalion, 2 Infantry Advancing, Battle of Amiens, 6th August 1918.
- GWA-004(53) — The 5th Division, 14th Brigade, 53rd Battalion, 2 Infantry Advancing, Battle of Amiens, 6th August 1918.
- GWA-005(53) — The 5th Division, 14th Brigade, 53rd Battalion, 2 Infantry Advancing, Battle of Amiens, 6th August 1918.
Australian Imperial Force
The 5th Division, 15th Brigade, 60th Battalion
This Battalion was a predominately Victorian unit, and its colour patches were White and Red.
It was originally raised in 1916, and saw service at the Gallipoli campaign.
It arrived in France on the 28th June, and also took part at the Battle of Fromelles. The battalion was to suffer 757 casualties, and was almost destroyed. They were to spend the next two and half years taking part in several significant actions.
They were to take part in the Battle of Amiens on 8th August 1918. In September 1918, with the AIF suffering considerable manpower shortages due to the heavy losses and insufficient replacements, one battalion in each brigade was ordered to disband to provide reinforcements to the other battalions within the brigade. Within the 15th brigade, it was the 60th Battalion who were ordered to disband. The men, however did not wish to be sent to other units and refused to obey the order to disband. It was only after the highly regarded Brigadier General Howard Elliott had spoken to them, that the men agreed. The Battalion was subsequently disbanded on 27th September 1918.
- GWA-003(60) — The 5th Division, 15th Brigade, 60th Battalion, 2 Infantry Advancing, Battle of Amiens, 6th August 1918.
- GWA-004(60) — The 5th Division, 15th Brigade, 60th Battalion, 2 Infantry Advancing, Battle of Amiens, 6th August 1918.
- GWA-005(60) — The 5th Division, 15th Brigade, 60th Battalion, 2 Infantry Advancing, Battle of Amiens, 6th August 1918.
Australian Imperial Force
Knights Of The Skies
- BGC-019 — 2 x Mechanics, Pushing – Two more mechanics, which can be used alongside last months BGC-17, helping to move an allied plane into cover.
Knights Of The Skies – WWI
Raid on Saint Francis
Raid on Saint Francis, 1759
Peninsular War 1807-1814
Peninsular War 1807-1814
July 6th, 2014
“Per Mare…Per Terram”
That’s the motto of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and it means “By sea…By Land” and it could equally apply to the officers and men of the Royal Navy. During the
18th and 19th Centuries Royal Navy officers and seamen often joined Marines in forming “landing parties” and “raiding forces” to harass and fight their enemies on land. Britain’s greatest naval hero Horatio Nelson himself often took part in such expeditions and with these 3 x new additions we show him and two of his officers ashore accompanying a group of Marines…in Napoleon’s Egypt.
- NE045 – Rear Admiral Horatio Nelson – At the time of the Egyptian Campaign Nelson was still just a Rear Admiral. Here he is dressed in typical day uniform of his rank. He is not as flamboyantly dressed or decorated as he was at Trafalgar…or as much of a target. His green eye patch is neatly folded up on his hat exposing his blind right eye. His empty right sleeve pinned on to his jacket front.
- NE046 — R.N. First Lieutenant – This officer is accompanying the fleet admiral and acts as both his Aide de Camp as well as nearest bodyguard with
sword drawn…note the “Hussar-style” riding boots.
- NE047 — R.N. Midshipman with Union Jack – A young naval officer trainee (probably 15 or 16 years of age) carries the Union flag (or jack) in one hand,
navy cutlass in the other.
Napoleon In Egypt
“THE GOOD GERMAN”
Over the years K&C has produced a veritable “Rogue’s Gallery” of the Nazi hierarchy and their henchmen. Maybe it’s time we thought to honour a Nazi (or at least a member of the Nazi Party) who actually showed more than a measure of his humanity and compassion for his fellow human beings – Oskar Schindler!
- FOB089 — Oskar Schindler & Itzhak Stern – During WW2 there were Germans who performed many acts of kindness and bravery protecting, helping and sometimes hiding Jews and others from Nazi persecution…maybe not many – but a precious few. One of the most notable and famous was Oskar Schindler whose story has been well told in Thomas Keneally’s book “Schindler’s List” as well as Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s Ark” movie. Here we see Oskar together with Itzhak Stern, the jewish accountant who helped run his firm and helped compile the famous “list” of men, women and children who were saved from almost certain death.
- FOB099 — Refugee Mother & Son – A mother tenderly holds onto her young son…Are they British, German, French, Russian or Polish? Who knows? They are just the innocents caught up in a war.
Fields of Battle
Between September 1940 and May 1941 there were major German bombing raids on 16 British cities, including London, Birmingham, Liverpool and Glasgow. Hundreds of thousands of homes, factories, schools and hospitals were destroyed and damaged the length and breadth of Britain with over 40,000 civilians killed and many more wounded.
Helping protect Britain’s cities and people were many organizations but few were more important or necessary as…The National Fire Service.
Created by combining the professional, full-time fire brigades and the auxiliary, part-time volunteers this new organization of fire-fighters fought the flames and the Germans at the same time.
K&C’s new “Fields of Battle” release portrays a group of NFS firemen performing a rescue and tackling the aftermath of yet another Luftwaffe “raid”.
- FOB103 — Section Leader – Shouting instructions this fireman oversees his mates. Note the red band of a “Section Leader” on his helmet.
- FOB104 — Fighting The Blaze – A 2-man team complete with their fire hose.
- FOB105 — The Rescue – A fireman tenderly lifts a young girl to safety from the ruins of her home.
- FOB106 — Fireman with Hose – Another fireman carries a rolled-up length of firehose on his shoulder.
- FOB107 — Bedford 1939 Fire Engine – The NFS used a variety of many different vehicles and appliances – this 1939 vintage, Bedford Fire Truck was one of them…Please note the fireman’s hose of FOB104 can fit neatly onto a pump nozzle on the left rear side of the engine.
Fields of Battle
Many “Desert Village” collectors have bombarded us with requests for additional “wall-sections” for their Middle Eastern buildings and street scenes…Here they are…
- SP061 — Desert Village/Compound Set – Five individual lengths of desert-coloured walls and corner pieces that can be used to extend and connect any of our DV structures. Very flexible…and useful!
“AT THE LITTLE BIG HORN”
Four more colourful and dynamic additions to this dramatic series.
- TRW054 — Captain Tom Custer – The Colonel’s younger brother and Aide de Camp at the battle and on campaign. He too suffered the same fate as his elder brother. Here, the buckskin-clad Tom, a two-time Medal of Honor winner, looks desperately to his right…pistol in hard, ready for the worst!
- TRW055(P) — Running Bull – A relative of the great Sioux leader “Sitting Bull” carries his “coup stick” as he prepares to “count coup” on his bluecoat
- TRW056(P) — Hawk Man (casualty) – This Hunkpapa Sioux warrior is shot off his horse by…
- TRW060 — The Pistoleer – A mounted cavalry trooper, his Army Colt levelled to the front, shoots down “Hawk Man”.
Battle of Little Big Horn June 25/26, 1876.
“UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT”
As we all know the Wehrmacht made the maximum use of any and all captured vehicles that came their way…and could also prove useful. Here’s one of the more unusual ones…
- WS281 — The Renault U.E. Armoured Carrier – This lightly armoured “tankette” was able to tow small artillery pieces and mortars. When used by the
Germans they were used for a variety of purposes including patrolling, pulling anti-tank guns and even hauling small supply trailers.
Normandy ’44 – Waffen-SS & Wehrmacht
- AL062 — Trooper with Rifle Up – A Light Horseman of the 3rd wave on a trotting horse with his Lee Enfield resting on his thigh. *SPECIAL NOTE: All
three of these figures are separate from their individual horse. This allows collectors to “mix ‘n’ match” and provides the possibility of nine variations of
both horse and rider.
- AL063 — Trooper with Rifle to the Right – Another trooper on a walking horse with his .303 slung across his shoulders and pointed to the right.
*SPECIAL NOTE: All three of these figures are separate from their individual horse. This allows collectors to “mix ‘n’ match” and provides the possibility of nine variations of both horse and rider.
- AL064 — Trooper with Rifle to the Left – This third mounted trooper carries his rifle across his back pointed left. *SPECIAL NOTE: All three of these
figures are separate from their individual horse. This allows collectors to “mix ‘n’ match” and provides the possibility of nine variations of both horse and
- AL065 — Corporal with Guidon – This NCO carries the guidon of “A” squadron of the 4th Light Horse Regiment.
- AL066 — Fighting with Bayonet – A bayonet wielding trooper in full fighting mode.
- AL067 — Wounded Johnny Turk – A Turkish infantryman staggers back…Has he been shot or cut down by the trooper?
- AL068 — Lying Prone Turkish Machine Gunner – Complete with Maxim ’08 Machine Gun.
- AL069 — Lying Prone NCO with Binos
- AL070 — Lying Prone Turkish Rifleman
Australian Light Horse
July 6th, 2014
Limited Collectors Edition of on 150 pieces.
The 38th Regiment landed in Boston in 1774 and took part in the battles at Lexington/Concord, Bunker Hill, Long Island, Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth Court house among others so this is one of the storied regiments of the war.
British 38th Regiment of Foot
Great War – German
World War One – Germans
The heavy equipment starts to arrive.
WWII – Stalingrad Germans
May 18th, 2014
First Legion is extremely pleased to present our newest figure range, the Anglo-Zulu War!!! Part of a larger plan to cover the wars of the British Empire, we are launching the range with the iconic Great British 24th Regiment of Foot. Elements of the regiment were heavily engaged in the desperate and heroic defense at Rorke’s Drift where less than 150 British soldiers held off a Zulu force numbering close to 4,000. In this action, the 24th Foot were awarded more Victoria’s Crosses than any other single regiment in a single action in British military history. Around the same time, the bulk of the regiment was decimated at the Battle of Islandawana where over confidence led to the annihilation of the British and allied forces. With the stunning sculpting and hand painting that is our hallmark, these wonderful new figures can be used in a wide variety of dramatic displays. Zulu Warriors will follow up soon after the initial release.
Anglo Zulu War
May 18th, 2014
KHAKI ARMY 12 inch cold cast bronze figurines are as individual as the service personnel they portray. Unlike mass-produced collectibles, our finely sculpted collector figurines are cast and finished one at a time – so each sculpt really is one of a kind. Often 2 years go into an individual sculpture, including over 200 hours of sculpting time. Extensive research and fine sculpting ensures that each subject is as historically and physically accurate as possible. Each casting is serial numbered.
Khaki Army 12 Inch Statue
May 16th, 2014
THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
The first VC awarded during the first World War to a Welshman.
William Charles Fuller VC (13 March 1884 – 29 December 1974) was the son of William and Mary Fuller of Laugharne, Carmarthen. He was born in Laugharne, West Wales, and died at the age of 90 in December 1974. Educated in Swansea, he joined the Army in 1902 during the Second Boer War. He was recalled as a reservist in 1914.
On 14 September 1914 near Chivy-sur-Aisne, France, Lance-Corporal Fuller advanced under very heavy enemy rifle and machine-gun fire to extract an officer who was mortally wounded, and carried him back to cover. Fuller won his VC for saving Captain Mark Haggard, nephew of Rider Haggard, who had fallen wounded. He carried him a distance estimated at 100 yards to a ridge where he managed to dress the officer’s wounds. Capt Haggard asked L/Cpl Fuller to fetch his rifle from where he’d fell. He did not want the enemy to get it. Fuller managed to do this.
With the help of two others, Private Snooks and Lieutenant Melvin, Officer i/c the machine-gun section of the Welsh Regiment, they managed to get Haggard to the safety of a barn that was being used as a First-Aid dressing station.
L/Cpl Fuller remained with Captain Haggard trying to help him until the officer died later on that evening. His last words to Fuller were “Stick it, Welsh.” After he’d died L/Cpl Fuller attended to two other officers who had also been brought to the barn wounded. (Lt. The Hon Fitzroy Somerset and Lt. Richards.) The barn came under heavy fire and the wounded men and officers were evacuated. Later it was razed to the ground with German shell-fire.
On the 29th of October he was wounded while dressing the wounds of Private Tagge a fellow soldier, shrapnel entered his right side, twelve inches in up to his shoulder blade and came to rest on his right lung. After he was sent to Swansea Hospital where they operated, removing the shrapnel. He was given a home posting after his recovery, as a successful recruiting sergeant in his native Wales.
This set has been a special project between jjDesigns and The Tin Shed Museum in Laugharne. It has been produced to honour a local hero, and support the museum. Laugharne is a small coastal town in West Wales, 20 minutes drive from Carmarthen. It is most notably known as the home of Dylan Thomas, and the inspiration for his work “Under Milk Wood”
The Tin Shed Museum was set up in 2011, by Andrew Isaacs and Seimon Pugh-Jones. Andrew was an armourer and Seimon a photographer. Seimon’s camera work has taken him into the realms of staff photographer for an American War Magazine (Armchair General) and has seen him work on many historical features such as “Band Of Brothers”.
For further information, email Seimon at email@example.com
John Jenkins was born and brought up in Carmarthen, and had worked for many years as a Designer in Welsh language TV and Theatre. Seimon and he had never worked together, but both were aware of each other’s abilities. It was John’s eldest sister Sarah, who finally introduced the two Carmarthen boys, and suggested that they work together to design and produce a figure of W.C Fuller, to commemorate the local VC winner from Laugharne.
The set #100 of this Limited Edition set, will be presented to Seimon and Andrew, at the London Toy Soldier Show, 7th June 2014.
The Medium Mark A Whippet was a British tank of World War I. It was intended to complement the slower British heavy tanks by using its relative mobility and speed in exploiting any break in the enemy lines. Possibly the most successful British tank of World War I, the Whippet was responsible for more German casualties than any other British tank of the war. Whippets later took part in several of the British Army’s postwar actions, notably in Ireland and North Russia.
At Bapaume, on the 28 August 1918 the Whippet “Caeser II” was under the command of Lt C.H.Sewel , who was to be awarded the V.C. He dismounted from his tank to rescue the crew of another Whippet that had overturned and caught fire, he succeeded ,but was killed in the process and awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his bravery.
There are five surviving Whippets today. A 259, Caesar II survives at Bovington Tank Museum, Dorset, Britain, UK
- GWB-002 — Medium Mark A, Whippet Tank, “Caesar II” A259 Bapaume, 28th August 1918. – ** Please note that three crew figures will be produced to accompany this model**
Lieutenant Cecil Harold SEWELL, 3rd Battalion Tank Corps FREMINGCOURT, August 29th 1918.
This officer displayed the greatest gallantry and initiative in getting out of his own tank and crossing open ground, under heavy shell and machine gun fire, to rescue the crew of another Whippet of his section, which had side slipped into a large shell hole, overturned and taken fire. The door of the tank having become jammed against the side of the shell hole, Lieutenant SEWELL, by his own unaided efforts, dug away the entrance to the door and released the crew. In doing so he undoubtedly saved the lives of the officers and men inside the tank, as they could not have got out without his assistance. After having extricated the crew, seeing one of his own crew lying wounded behind his tank, he again dashed across the open ground to his assistance. He was hit while doing so, but succeeded in reaching the tank, when a few minutes later he was again hit fatally, in the act of dressing his wounded driver.
During the whole of this period he had been in full view of and at short range of enemy machine guns and rifle pits, and throughout, by his prompt and heroic actions, showed and utter disregard for his own safety.
Great War 1918
Great War – Australian Imperial Force
General Sir John Monash GCMG, KCB, VD (27 June 1865 – 8 October 1931) was a civil engineer who became the Australian military commander in the First World War. He commanded the 13th Infantry Brigade before the war and then, shortly after the outbreak of the war, became commander of the 4th Brigade in Egypt, with whom he took part in the Gallipoli campaign. In July 1916, he took charge of the new Australian 3rd Division in northwestern France and in May 1918 he was made commander of the Australian Corps, at the time the largest corps on the Western Front.
On 8 August 1918 the successful Allied attack at the Battle of Amiens, which led to the expedited end to the war, was planned by Monash and spearheaded by British forces including the Australian and Canadian Corps under Monash and Arthur Currie. Monash is considered to be one of the best Allied generals of the First World War.
The First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) was the main expeditionary force of the Australian Army during World War I. It was formed from 15 August 1914, following Britain’s declaration of war on Germany. Generally known at the time as the AIF, it is today referred to as the 1st AIF to distinguish from the 2nd AIF which was raised during World War II. The 1st AIF included the Australian Flying Corps, which was later renamed the Royal Australian Air Force.
The 1st AIF was a purely volunteer force for the duration of the war. In Australia, two plebiscites on conscription were defeated, thereby preserving the volunteer status but stretching the AIF’s reserves towards the end of the war. A total of 331,814 Australians were sent overseas to serve as part of the AIF, which represented 13% of the white male population. Of these, 18% (61,859) were killed. The casualty rate (killed or wounded) was 64%. About 2,100 women served with the 1st AIF, mainly as nurses. Close to 20% of those who served in the 1st AIF had been born in the United Kingdom but all enlistments had to occur in Australia (there were a few exceptions). As a volunteer force, all units were demobilized at the end of the war.
Great War 1918
Great War 1918 – French Army
The French army was manned by conscription , and every 20 year old male was liable for three years’ service. Most men would go into the infantry, and these were men primarily from an agricultural background, with those who had worked on railways, public works, shipyards and telecommunications going into the artillery.
Infantry Regiments were created on a local basis, similar to the British Pals battalions.
The peacetime army had a strength of 817,000 men, augmented on mobilization to 2,944,000.
During the war 7,800,000 men served with the “colours”, about 80% of the population of men eligible to fight.
Water was scarce in the front line, and the growing of facial hair led to the nickname “Poilu” (hairy one). The traditional nickname of the infantry was “Les Biffins” (the rag and bone men), initially to each other they were “Les bonhommes” (the lads), or as the war drew out, “Les pauvres cons du front” PCDF, (the poor bastards at the front).
- GWF-022 — French Infantry 1917-1918, 123e Regiment of Infantry, PCDF Sergeant Walking. – Please note that the French Infantry sergeants wore a single yellow band on their lower sleeves to denote their rank.
On the left upper sleeve were worn Stripes representing wounded in action
The stripes on the upper right hand sleeve denotes years of service.
Other lower ranks the stripes and rank bands were issued in a blue colour.
Great War 1918
Knights Of The Skies
Allied planes were normally pulled/pushed backwards into the hangers, with the aid of a Tail/Skid Dolly. This was a small cart designed to be placed under the tail skid of the aeroplane. This avoided the Tail skid digging into the ground, and made pushing the aeroplane backwards much easier.
Knights Of The Skies – WWI
Raid on Saint Francis, 1759
- RR-031A — Stockbridge Indians, Woodland Indians Skirmishing #1A. – This is the first of several Woodland Indian skirmishing sets, with red cloth tied to the ends of their muskets to indicate that they were allied with the British.
**PLEASE NOTE RR-031 comes in 2 colour schemes **
- RR-031B — Stockbridge Indians, Woodland Indians Skirmishing #1B.
- RSF-023A — Mounted Woodland Indian, Tracking – **PLEASE NOTE RSF-23 comes in 2 colour schemes **
- RSF-023B — Mounted Woodland Indian, Tracking
Raid on Saint Francis, 1759
Battle of the Plains of Abraham
During the reign of Queen Anne of Great Britain the English Army had become very disorganized and undisciplined. The Hanoverians (George I) who succeeded Queen Anne in 1714 reorganized the English Army, requiring the troops to march in step to proper military music. Thus fife & drum music was adopted by the British military (except for the Scottish regiments).
A company of about 100 men would have one or two fifers, and one or two drummers. When 8 or 10 companies were gathered together to form a regiment, their fifers and drummers were “banded” to form a regimental band.
The musicians provided music for the army on the march. As Napoleon would prove, music would be very effective in motivating an army to march long distances. The musicians were also used to broadcast various signals. Military camp life required a succession of daily signals: time to get up, breakfast call, sick call, assembly, lunch, duty calls, dinner, evening retreat, lights-out (curfew).
The “Tattoo” comes from the Dutch die den tap toe which was a signal for the beer sellers to “turn off the taps” so that the soldiers could finish their beers and report back to camp. This signal consisted of the fifes and drums marching up and down the streets of the garrison town or camp, playing as they marched – at the end, they would stop marching, and conclude with a hymn.
While the army was encamped (or billeted in a city) the “officer of the day” (supervising at that moment) would always have a drummer with him to give impromptu and emergency signals: to sound “alarm” at an imminent attack or to call for a conference of the officers.
Contrary to common opinion, signals generally were NOT given during battles, excepting “cease fire” and related signals. The battlefield was too noisy and confusing, and, as the French discovered when they experimented with the idea in the 1750′s, the enemy can hear your signals.
Battle of the Plains of Abraham
Jacobite Rebellion 1745
Barrell’s Regiment , the 4th Regiment of Foot, were to bear the brunt of the Jacobite attack on Cumberland’s left flank at Culloden. Since it was a Royal regiment, the drummer was issued with a red coat faced with blue. Drummers of non royal regiments wore coats of the facing colour , and were faced red. There were normally two drummers per company in a regiment.
Jacobite Rebellion 1745
May 10th, 2014
The French Foreign Legion Series – Mexico
More additions to our Mexican adventure FFL range, we are we are pleased to announce 2 more figure sets for this series as follows:
- MADFFL005 — Kneeling Firing Legionnaire – A kneeling firing Legionnaire
this time in shirt sleeve order takes aim at the advancing Mexicans.
- MADFFL006 — Wounded Legionnaire – A badly wounded Legionnaire looks on in shock as the Mexicans gradually overpowers his comrades.
- TG-FREE011 — Dead legionnaire wearing red trousers – Dead legionnaire wearing red trousers, also comes with kepi and rifle. Suitable for the FFL series or also for early WW1 Western Front if you hide the Kepi!
French Foreign Legion – Mexico
The French Foreign Legion Series
Continuing with the FFL ‘Beau Geste’ range we have added 2 casualty Legionnaires plus a new version of the very popular HMG set recently released.
- FFL016C — St Etienne MG Set (Gunner Bandaged) – Our 3rd and last version of the St Etienne HMG set. The gunner this time has no hat but sports a bandage covering a nasty head wound whilst the number 2 wears the traditional Pith style hat issued to legionnaires from the late 19th century onwards.
- FFL022 — Dead Legionnaires – Two Legionnaires who won’t be going home lie dead on the ground.
French Foreign Legion
Scramble for Africa Series
More additions to one of our bestselling series, some British 24th of Foot in a variety of poses.
- SFA002B — Running 60th Rifles – By popular demand we have remade SFA002 this time with the correct style Pith hats, rifles and uniform details! The set features two Privates running to or away from the action, you decide!
- SFA008 — NCO Pointing – An NCO from the 24th laden down with full kit shouts orders out to fellow platoon members.
- SFA010 — At Attention – A Private from the 24th stands to attention whilst waiting to be inspected. Dressed in full campaign gear, these young men know that very soon they will be facing the Zulu or the Boer!
- SFA011 — Sgt 24th Regiment – A Senior NCO with British Bulldog puppy gets ready to bark out orders to his waiting men. Dressed for parade with red sash and cane stick, this Sgt is the epitome of the Victorian soldier!
- SFA014 — Swinging rifle – A Private from the 24th ammunition expended and bayonet broken takes a last desperate swing at his opponent. Time is definitely running out for this young soldier unless helps arrives pretty soon!
- SFA015 — Lying down reload – A Private from the 24th reaches down for more ammunition from one of the pouches of his Slade Wallace webbing.
The Great War
Three more figures as we trundle on towards the 100th Anniversary of the start of WW1.
- GW023 — French WW1 infantry with Gas Masks – One soldier stands firing whilst the other fires from the kneeling position. Both soldiers laden down with full kit and wearing the 1917 ARS gasmasks. Both soldiers can be used in the ‘ready to fire’ position or ‘firing downwards’ at a prone target. We have four German prone position soldiers coming soon which would all make good targets for our Poilus! I have attached pictures of a German officer in clay sculpt form so you get the idea of what is coming!
- GW024A — US Sentry with Boston Pit Bull Sgt Stubby – Sgt Stubby was the most decorated dog of WW1, being wounded several times in action who also learnt how to warn his unit of incoming gas attacks after himself being gassed. Stubby was a member of the 26th American Division but we have him here on temporary loan to a member of the 82nd All American Division. Available as an A version with sentry wearing ‘Drill Hat’ or as a B version later next month with sentry wearing British style ‘Tin Lid.’ Please note grass has been added to the base of the sign and the wording ‘War Dogs’ has been increased to the same size as the other wording.
World War One
World War 2
- USA002A — US Army Rangers Part 1 – Two NCO’S from the 2nd Rangers in full beach assault gear make an appearance to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. One figure stands with knees bent firing whilst the prone position Ranger takes careful aim. The A version figures wear Paratrooper style high leg boots whilst the B version (coming next month) wear the more traditional gaiters and net covers on their helmets.
- USA003A — US Army Rangers Part 2 – More Rangers to complement our D Day Anniversary commemoration. This time a standing Ranger takes aim with his carbine whilst the kneeling Ranger kneels on the deck also giving covering fire. Once again the A version figures wear high leg paratrooper boots whilst the B version (available next month) wear gaiters and net covered helmets.
- SS013A — Dead/Surrendering Germans – Two Germans to complement our US Rangers as the D-Day beach assault gets in full swing! One SS trooper throws the
towel in and puts his hands up whilst his not so lucky comrade has already taken a fatal wound, for both the war is over regardless! The A version comes in a Normandy colour scheme whilst the B version figures (available next month) will be suitable for a Battle of the Bulge winter setting.
WWII Allied Forces
Heinkel HE162 is ready and set for take off, these will be shipped end of the
month by sea and therefore will be in UK late June. As this is so close to July 4th we will hold the release until then. The retail price will be $220 including the 2 pilot figures, the bigger box needed played a part in the bigger than anticipated price. For a limited edition jet fighter aircraft of 100 worldwide its extremely good value for money and is bound to be popular amongst collectors. This version of the Salamander was flown by Staffel Kapitan Erich Demuth and he is included with this aircraft, looking at his watch. Demuths plane sported his 16 kills on the tail fin, none of which were achieved in the Salamander as the aircraft saw very little combat service. Too little too late are the words that spring to mind on this occasion!
- Heinkel HE162 – Not yet listed on our web site.
WWII German forces
May 4th, 2014
Ancient Greek Alternative Additions
When first released this series more than a few collectors suggested that they
wanted to “build-up” multiples of many of the releases…and they requested alternative colour schemes and shield designs. Here they are…
“VIVE LES VOLTIGEURS!”
VOLTIGEURS played an important role in Napoleon’s Army. He decreed that each Infantry Line and Light Infantry Regiment should select their finest marksmen and most agile soldiers and form them into special units that would provide one company in each battalion.
These troops would act as “skirmishers” and “scouts” to help protect the main body as well as moving forward in loose order to be the “eyes and ears” of their commanders.
Ten all-new K&C “Voltigeurs” advance forward in “action” poses to get to grips with the enemy.
Special Uniform Note: Although wearing the same basic French Infantry uniform of the period Voltigeurs could be distinguished by their green and yellow epaulettes and collars as well as their black shako with the yellow stripe.
French Artillery, Infantry, and Dragoons.
D-Day – American
With the 70th Anniversary of D.DAY coming up in June we thought we would add a
few extra pieces to collectors’ D.Day Collections.
- DD224 — M3A3 Stuart – The M3A3 served alongside the M5 in the “scouting and screening role” in most U.S. Army tank battalions. Usually these battalions comprised 3 x companies of “Shermans” and 1 x company of “Stuarts”. Our model is typical of those that took part in post D.Day operations.
- DD228 — US Army Tank Riders Set #1 – Two kneeling GI’s, one with an “M1 Garand”, the other with the “M1 Carbine…can work equally well on the back of a fighting vehicle or on the ground.
- DD229 — US Army Tank Riders Set #2 – Two more GI’s, one kneeling, one sitting, armed with another “M1 Garand” and a “Browning Automatic Rifle”. As flexible as the previous two.
THE RAF’s ONLY FIGHTER PILOT V.C.
During the Second World War Royal Air Force pilots and other aircrew won a
number of Victoria Crosses, Britain’s highest military honor. Most of those awarded went to men from RAF “Bomber Command”…Just one, surprisingly enough, was
presented to RAF “Fighter Command” – to Flight Lieutenant James Nicolson.
Flight Lieutant James Nicolson was a pilot with No.249 Squadron when on August 16, 1940 he was flying “GNA” on an operational sortie near Southampton when he was fired on by a Messerschmitt Bf.110. Enemy fire injured him in one eye and badly wounded his left foot. At the same time his engine was hit and the petrol tank set alight. As he struggled to bail out from the burning aircraft another Bf.110 flew in front of him…Struggling to get back into his blazing Hurricane he pressed the gun button and saw his bullets strike the German plane. After seeing the enemy aircraft crash into the ground, Nicolson successfully bailed out.
On his descent, painfully injured, he had the bad luck to be fired on by members of the “Home Guard”,…fortunately their accuracy was not as good as the young Flight Lieutenant’s!
On November 15, 1940, it was announced that Flt.Lt. Nicolson had been awarded the Victoria Cross for “Conspicuous gallantry and disregard for his own life”.
He was later promoted and sent out to fly in both India and Burma. By May 1945 he was now a Wing Commander but alas lost his life in a flying accident in the Bay of Bengal. His Victoria Cross can be seen at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, England.
Our 1:30 scale Hawker Hurricane “GNA” comes with an unoccupied cockpit and a standing figure of Flight Lieutenant Nicolson. A specially-designed, full colour box also includes a certificate about James Nicolson V.C.
This “SL” edition comprises just 300 aircraft and figures.
“ON A FRENCH STREET…”
- SP056 — La Cremerie – Another addition to our beautiful series of French building facades…”La Cremerie” is a typical 1940’s style family-owned and operated little shop selling all kinds dairy products such as cream, butter, milk and, of course, a wide variety of excellent French cheeses! Despite some
minor battle damage the store is still “open for business”.
Diorama and Scenic Building Collection
“Watch out for the Prowling Panther!”
Over the years, KING & COUNTRY has produced quite a number of different
“Panthers”…Next to the “Tiger” it’s probably our most-produced German tank!
Originally designated as the Panzerkampfwagen V it soon became better known as
“The Panther” to friend and foe alike. With this tank the Germans finally had a fighting vehicle that could counter the Soviet T34. The Panther copied, adapted
and improved many of the characteristics of its Russian opponent. It proved to be an excellent combination of firepower, mobility, a wider track and good armour protection. From 1943 until 1945 just over 6,700 of all variants were produced.
Note: All of the above figures can be utilized in or on vehicles as well as on the ground in action.
- WS272 — Panther Ausf. G – The “Ausf.G” version was reckoned, by most Panther crews, to be the best of all and the new K&C “Ausf.G.” is certainly the best we have manufactured! Our model represents a late-war, battle-weary, two–colour camouflaged “G” and comes with a tank Commander and plenty of space for either extra supplies or a number of tank riders. This is the first of two “G” models to be released…a second will be available later in the year.
- WS286 — Pointing Officer – Armed with an MP40 “Schmeisser” machine pistol this officer points out a possible enemy position. This figure can stand easily on both a fighting vehicle or on the ground…The choice is yours…
- WS287 — Kneeling Loading
- WS288 — Kneeling Grenadier
- WS289 –Kneeling w/ Rifle
- WS290 — Kneeling w/ Binos
Normandy ’44 – Waffen-SS & Wehrmacht