November 22nd, 2015
- FJ023A — Kneeling Tank Hunter – kneeling tank hunter with Panzerfaust and the world’s first Assault rifle, the Stg 44
- FJ023B — Kneeling Tank Hunter – Winter
WWII German forces
- RS020C — Charging Japanese Marine in Helmet – is the last of our charging Japanese soldiers, slightly different to the A/B versions who wore caps, this figure comes with helmet. Limited to 80 pieces worldwide
- RS032A — Dead Japanese Soldier – Green – comprises a dead Japanese soldier, the A version all dressed in green with the B version wearing khaki hat and trousers. Limited to 100 in the A version and 80 pieces in the B version
- RS032B — Dead Japanese Soldier – Khaki
- RS033A — Japanese Machine gunner – features a Japanese machine gunner with helmet hammering out rounds at our unfortunate Aussies! Dressed all in green and limited to 80 pieces
- GW055A — Standing Aussie Rifleman in Blue Shirt – The A version represents an Australian infanteer wearing blue/grey shirt and the B version Aussie wears a white shirt. The British soldier variant of this figures wears a blue/grey shirt for the C version and the D version wears a white shirt.
- GW055B — Standing Aussie Rifleman in White Shirt
- GW055C — Standing British Rifleman in Blue Shirt
- GW055D — Standing British Rifleman in White Shirt
- GW056A — Kneeling Aussie Rifleman in Blue Shirt – The A version represents an Australian infanteer wearing blue/grey shirt and the B version Aussie wears a white shirt. The British soldier variant wears a blue/grey shirt for the C version and the D version wears a white shirt.
- GW056B — Kneeling Aussie Rifleman in White Shirt
- GW056C — Kneeling British Rifleman in Blue Shirt
- GW056D — Kneeling British Rifleman in White Shirt
- GW057A — Lying Down Aussie Rifleman in Blue Shirt – The A version represents an Australian infanteer wearing blue/grey shirt and the B version Aussie wears a white shirt. The British soldier variant wears a blue/grey shirt for the C version and the D version wears a white shirt.
- GW057B — Lying Down Aussie Rifleman in White Shirt
- GW057C — Lying Down British Rifleman in Blue Shirt
- GW057D — Lying Down British Rifleman in White Shirt
World War One
Napoleonic Wars –
Raised by a Royal Edict in 1813 calling for all men aged between 18 and 45 to bear arms as and when needed in the defence of the country, the Landwehr were an integral part of the Prussian military during the Napoleonic wars.
The performance of the Landwehr in combat varied mainly due to poor discipline and a lack of training. They stampeded on several occasions but also had some splendid actions. Digby-Smith wrote: ‘The Prussian Landwehr received their baptism of fire at Lowenberg, the Schweidnitz Battalion braved canister fire and threw the enemy back at the point of the bayonet.
They were only taken out of the line when they ran out of ammunition, when they marched past Yorck, he had his line regiments present arms to them’.
Blucher wrote: ‘At first it was only so-so with the Landwehr battalions, but now that they’ve had a good taste of powder, they’re as good as the line battalions.’ Napoleon, however, had a very different opinion of them. When he saw some captured Landwehr, he wrote: ”The enemy infantry is absolutely wretched; this encourages me.” However by 1815 at the battle of Ligny, the II Btn. of 1.Westphalian Landwehr formed a square on top of a hill near Brye. The Landwehr were charged three times by the French cavalry and each time the Landwehr musket volley repelled the French, obviously this sort of defence would not have encouraged Napoleon! We have 2 versions of Landwehr infantry for you to collect in this first release, the (A version) Silesian Landwehr wearing yellow collars and cuffs and the (B Version) Westphalian’s wearing green collars and cuffs. Very much an action packed release we plan to add a Command Group in 2016 to complement these first figures. These figures are slightly smaller than our WW2 figures and will fit in with Britain’s and K&C Napoleonic’s.
November 9th, 2015
War of the Roses
- HLANC-015 — The Battle of Bosworth Field 1485, THE RETINUE OF HENRY TUDOR, EARL OF RICHMOND LANCASTRIAN ARCHERS
- NFYORK-015 — The Battle of Bosworth Field 1485, THE RETINUE OF JOHN HOWARD, 1st DUKE OF NORFOLK, YORKIST ARCHERS
- OXLANC-015 — The Battle of Bosworth Field 1485, THE RETINUE OF JOHN DE VERE, 13th EARL OF OXFORD, LANCASTRIAN ARCHERS
- RYORK-015 — The Battle of Bosworth Field 1485, THE RETINUE OF KING RICHARD III, YORKIST ARCHERS
Wars of the Roses 1455-1487
French & Indian Wars – Provincial Regiments
The 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot, better known under its later name, The King’s Royal Rifle Corps, has long been associated with Canada. After Braddock’s defeat by the French and Indians in 1755, authority was granted to raise a regiment of four battalions to be recruited in Germany and from German colonists in North America. The regiment was named the 62nd, or Royal American, Regiment of Foot; but it was re-designated the 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot in February 1757. Recruiting for the Royal Americans in North America was disappointing, and more than half its strength was drafted from men rejected by British regiments in Ireland. From this unlikely collection of foreigners and cast-offs was fashioned one of the most renowned corps of the British Army.
Provincial Regiments 1759
WWI – British
WWI – French
Chemical weapons in World War I were primarily used to demoralize, injure, and kill entrenched defenders, against whom the indiscriminate and generally slow-moving or static nature of gas clouds would be most effective. The types of weapons employed ranged from disabling chemicals, such as tear gas and the severe mustard gas, to lethal agents like phosgene and chlorine. This chemical warfare was a major component of the first global war and first total war of the 20th century. The killing capacity of gas was limited, with four percent of combat deaths caused by gas. Gas was unlike most other weapons of the period because it was possible to develop effective countermeasures, such as gas masks. In the later stages of the war, as the use of gas increased, its overall effectiveness diminished
The use of poison gas performed by all major belligerents throughout World War I constituted war crimes as its use violated the 1899 Hague Declaration Concerning Asphyxiating Gases and the 1907 Hague Convention on Land Warfare, which prohibited the use of “poison or poisoned weapons” in warfare.
WWI – German
The STURMPANZER A7V was a tank introduced by Germany in 1918, during World War I. One hundred chassis were ordered in early 1917, ten to be finished as fighting vehicles with armoured bodies, and the remainder as cargo carriers. The number to be armoured was later increased to 20. They were used in action from March to October of that year, and were the only tanks produced by Germany in World War I to be used in operations.
Unlike modern tanks, the A7V has no turret. Instead, it has a cupola for the commander and driver, and its main gun, a 57mm Maxim-Nordenfelt, is carried in a mounting in the front, allowing limited traverse. Six Maxim 08 machine guns are carried in mountings, two on each side and two to the rear.
The crew normally consisted of up to seventeen soldiers and one officer: commander (officer, typically a lieutenant), driver, mechanic, mechanic/signaller, twelve infantrymen (six machine gunners, six loaders), and two artillerymen (main gunner and loader).
Sturmpanzer A7V, named “Mephisto”, and numbered 506, was originally a 1st Lot, standard-production model produced by the Rochling factory, and was initially a female tank, only armed with machine guns. It was to be converted to a “buck-mount” male, and is today the only original A7V tank to survive.
In April 1918, the tank was issued to Abt.3, and was repainted and named “Mephisto”, with its upper left prow decorated just before the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, with the emblem of a red devil running with a snatched British rhomboid tank.
It was to participate in the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, but after a successful advance, which saw it take a large number of prisoners, it became disabled as it plunged into a large shell hole. The crew abandoned the tank, and went on to fight as an assault party.
Initially the tank remained inside the German lines, but was too close to the frontline for recovery. During this time it was hit by at least one shell in the forward fighting compartment, and Australian reports also claim that the tank was used as a strongpoint by German infantry.
The 26th Battalion of the 7th Brigade, mostly from Queensland, hatched a plan to capture it. In July 1918, under cover of an artillery barrage, the Australian infantry and two British vehicles (either Gun Carriers or Mark IV tanks) moved forward and dragged it back to their lines; the Germans were still in sight of the tank and firing at them. They had to don gas masks after poison gas was deployed.
The soldiers who captured Mephisto later hammered their names into the front armour: “TANK BOYS \ H. WILLIAMS, J. BYFORD, A. MCFARLANE, J. PICKLES, H. DUTTON, T. HUGHES
The tank was then graffitied by Australian troops, with a painting of the AIF rising sun emblem. Machinations began to take the tank back to Australia, but the British wanted to keep it for the Imperial War Museum. It was quickly put on a ship destined for Sydney with the Australian infantry that captured it. The ship was supposed to deliver it to Sydney, with plans for it to go to the war memorial in Canberra’s display, but it was diverted to Brisbane and unloaded there. Two steam traction engines moved it from the ship to the Queensland Museum, dragging it on its tracks.
Turkish hand grenades found on the Galliploi battlefield were usually simple hollow iron spheres filled with explosives. This was the standard type of grenade used by the Turkish Army at Gallipoli during the First World War. The matchhead was struck on an abrasive igniter carried by each bomber, which lit the five-second fuze. Initially, ten-second fuzes were used, but these sometimes allowed the British and Australian troops to return the bomb to the Turkish trenches.
“A feature of the fighting at Quinn’s was the bombing. In the early days the advantage here lay with the Turks as the Anzacs possessed no grenades while the Turks had a seemingly endless supply of cricket-ball shaped bombs.”
Battle of Gallipoli 1915
November 9th, 2015
King & Country 2016 Calendar
Yes it that time of year again, and the announcement of the new 2016 calendar. If you would like one let us know, for our regular King & Country customers we will be including one in your shipment. For new customers we will be pleased to include one, just for you. The calendar is also available to order on-line.
King & Country Calendar
“Flight Into Egypt”
This latest “Life of Jesus” release returns to an earlier time…just after the Nativity when, under threat of death from King Herod, Mary and Joseph and their small baby fled into Egypt where they remained until Herod’s death.
- LoJ041 — Mary, Joseph & The Infant Jesus – At dead of night Joseph leads Mary and the baby on their donkey towards Egypt and temporary safety.
Life of Jesus
“Where Are All The Good Little Girls & Boys..?”
For our Annual Yuletide release we have another delightful and merry little set…Here, we see Santa with his magnifying glass in one hand and his little book of “Who’s been good and Who’s been naughty this year” in the other…Studying a globe of the world and planning his Christmas Eve departure route.
Christmas – Limited Edition
Pike & Musket
”Pike & Musket” is a series that encompasses the Wars of the early-mid 17th Century and extends from English Civil War to the Thirty Years War and even into the fictional lives of such legendary characters as D’Artagnan, Athos, Aramis and Porthos and all points between! Here is just a small taste of the vitality and versatility of this colourful and exciting series.
- PnM039 — The Cardinal – Cardinal Richlieu, the “Red Eminence”, and the power behind King Louis XIII. Often known as the King’s “First Minister” he wielded enormous power and influence not just in France but throughout Europe at that time.He is also a leading character in Alexander Dumas’ “Three Musketeers” and the Musketeers main antagonist.We show him at the height of his power…sword drawn and wearing a suit of armour always prepared to defend what he believes is in France’s best interest.
- PnM050 — Standing Ironside Trooper– A dismounted Parliamentary cavalryman…arms folded.
- PnM051 — Le Comte De Rochefort– The Comte (or Count) de Rochefort is another villainous character from the Dumas novel and is an accomplice of the Cardinal and an ally to the beautiful but deadly Milady de Winter. A skilled swordsman and a ruthless adversary he can be recognized by his eye patch and a long scar across his cheek.
English Civil War – Pike & Musket
November 9th, 2015
It’s sometimes forgotten that Napoleon Bonaparte began his military career as a humble officer of Artillery. And, throughout his life he took a great interest in the development and use of artillery on the battlefield. To that end, here at K&C, we also have a great fondness for guns and gunners…Here are some of our latest French Foot Artillery additions…
- NA329 — Artillery Officer – Standing with his telescope this officer observes his men about to go into action.
- NA331 — Gunners Set #1 – A Gunner First Class with the linstock rod together with another Gunner carrying the “Charge Pouch” and musket.
- NA332 — Gunners Set #2 – Two more gunners…One with the ‘lantern pole’…the other with the ‘Spone Rod/Rammer’ and water bucket.
- NA336 — The Gribeauval 8-pounder Cannon – Some of the parts on this gun were interchangeable with those of the 12-pounder. Almost 1,000 of these guns were employed by Napoleon’s artillery.
- NA337 — Gunner w/ Rammer – A single Artilleryman.
French Artillery, Infantry, and Dragoons.
World of Dickens
Christmas and Dickens seem to go together very well and this year they go even better with a family of carol singers.
- WoD034 — Carol Singers Set #1 – A mother and father join together to spread a little Christmas Cheer by singing traditional old Christmas Carols.
- WoD035 — Carol Singers Set #2 – To accompany Mum and Dad in the festivities their two children also join in to sing Christmas Carols.
World of Dickens
Four additional releases to add to our Imperial Japanese Forces during WW2 in the Pacific and South East Asia.
- JN011 — Imperial Navy Officer-of-the-Watch – Dressed in tropical whites and clutching his binoculars this officer is on duty watching his men service the Mitsubishi “Zeroes” as they prepare to fly off their carriers.
- JN012 — Aircraft Armourers – Holding an aircraft manual in one hand and his tool kit in the other this Petty Officer goes about his duties on the flight deck.
- JN012 — Deck Crew Petty Officer Mechanic – Holding an aircraft manual in one hand and his tool kit in the other this Petty Officer goes about his duties on the flight deck.
- JN013 — Aircraft Armourers – A pair of armourers, kneeling and standing carrying belts of machine gun ammunition for their aircraft positioned on the carrier’s flight deck.
- JN015 — Japanese Infantryman 1942 – The first of an upcoming series of regular Japanese Army infantry…marching with his Arisaka rifle on the shoulder. Based on an actual photograph this soldier is extremely casual in his dress…even by Japanese standards!
World War II Pacific – Tora!Tora!Tora!
ON THE EUROPEAN FRONT
- DD273 — “The Sarge” – Hollywood, both the movies and television, have always loved WW2 and when it comes to portraying the American GI there has been no shortage of great actors
ready to represent them on the big screen and the little one too…Among those portrayals there is usually the rough, tough and occasionally gruff sergeant who is firm but fair with the men under his command…Think of Sgt. Horvath in “Saving Pvt. Ryan” or Sgt. Rick Saunders in “COMBAT” and you get the idea. Here is our little tribute to the fictional “non-coms” as well as all the real ones! “Tommy Gun” resting on the hip and watching out for his men “The Sarge” is ready for combat!
- DD274 — The M36 ‘Jackson’ Tank Destroyer – Developed towards the end of WW2 the M36 “Jackson” was the most powerful U.S. tank destroyer of its time mounting a massive 90mm gun. It replaced the much weaker M10 which only carried a 76mm gun. Supplies of the M36 finally began to arrive in the European Theatre of Operations in September 1944 where it immediately proved to be more than a match against any of the heavy tanks of the Germans. It also saw ‘active duty’ in the Korean conflict easily defeating the Russian-supplied armour used by both the North Koreans and the Chinese. Even after Korea, M36’s turned up in the former Yugoslavia and saw action in the 1990’s! Our K&C M36 is painted in typical olive drab finish complete with Allied ‘white star’ and would have certainly took part in The Battle of the Bulge in December ’44 and the drive into Germany in the first 5 months of 1945. Dismounted tank crew figures will be available in a later release.
- DD275 — Capt. Dale Dye… Weapons Training – A many of you war movie buffs know Capt. Dale Dye USMC ret’d has carved out a unique place for himself in the film world. He has worked both behind and in front of the cameras on such outstanding movies and TV series as “Platoon”…”Born on the Fourth of July”…”Band of Brothers”…”The Pacific” and, of course, “Saving Pvt. Ryan” to name but a handful. He’s also a good friend of myself and K&C and was one of our very special “Guests of Honour” at the last “Texas Toy Soldier Show”. Capt. Dye’s military contribution to making
many of these films and series more accurate and realistic is considerable and widely praised. Here at K&C we wanted to say “thank you” for Dale’s work in our own small way and here it is…
We based our figure on several photos taken during the production of “Saving Pvt. Ryan” where Capt. Dye was instructing the main actors and some of the principal extras on the correct use and safe
handling of real weapons…Including in this case the M1 carbine. Capt. Dye totally immerses himself in all of the productions he gets involved with. In this case, he is dressed as a “Ranger” captain and is wearing the same uniform as the men of Capt. Miller’s squad in the movie.
- DD276 — Colonel Robert F.Sink – This figure also has a connection with Dale Dye…The actual Col. Sink was the Commanding Officer of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division which of course featured the men of “Easy company” from “Band of Brothers”.Capt. Dye, in addition to training all of the actors and extras for the Television series also played Col. Sink in the series.Our figure shows the ‘real’ Colonel Robert F. Sink in his jump suit delivering orders to his men prior to the D. Day Operation.A regular prewar U.S. Army officer he had a long and distinguished military career and rose to the rank of Lieutenant General before retiring in 1961. He died in 1965.
Gang of Heroes
Wehrmacht In Action
- WH040 — Officer w/ Binos – Standing, observing the enemy and about to issue an order.
- WH041 — Kneeling Machine Gunner – Taking careful aim with his MP40 machine pistol.
- WH042 — Kneeling Rifleman
- WH043 — Firing Rifleman
Note: All of the above figures can be used on either Eastern or Western Fronts…as the individual collector prefers.
On The Streets of
The Nazis were past masters of propaganda publicity and promotion in their rise to power and throughout their 12 years in power. They used every means at their disposal…cinema, radio, very early television and, of course, all kinds of printed materials and posters to get their message across…especially on the public streets of Germany.
- LAH190 — Vote for Hitler! #1 – A standing “Sturmabteilung” (Stormtrooper) man carries his political “sandwich board” complete with Nazi posters front and back.
- LAH191 — Vote for Hitler! #2 – A second Stormtrooper stands with his poster of “Der Fuhrer” looking menacing.
- LAH196 — Tall Poster Column – All over German towns and cities these kind of tall, multi poster displays could be seen advertising all kinds of products, goods and services as well as
theatres and cinemas. In this case Herr Hitler is front and centre as well as other National Socialist posters.
“Read All About IT!”
A young street vendor enjoys one of his own book collection as he presents a stall-full of “used-books” for his customers to peruse and…hopefully buy!
“A Very Special Man”
WL001 Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015) was the first and longest-serving Prime Minister of Singapore after its independence. He was the visionary leader who can rightly be said to be the “father of modern Singapore” and almost single-handedly turned a sleepy, former British colony into one of Asia’s most successful and dynamic city/states.
Our figure shows him delivering a speech during the early days of independence in the mid 1960’s. He is simply dressed in white shirt and white trousers emphasizing that he and his party (the People’s Action Party) are both clean…and honest…a relative rarity in Asian politics.
Singapore Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015)
By popular demand we are re-releasing this great little set of two Japanese Officers once more…
- FOB080 — General. Yamashita & Staff Officer Sugita – “The Tiger of Malaya” and one of his most trusted Staff Officers on their way to demand the surrender of their British opponents in Singapore, February 1942.
Fall of Singapore
October 25th, 2015
New Additions for November Release!
WWII – Allied
Flight Lieutenant David Lord VC relaxing in a wicker chair with cricket bat and cat accessories! Lord was born in Ireland where his father was serving with the
Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He enlisted in the RAF in 1936 and in 1939 was accepted for pilot training, upon completion of training he was posted to India and the
Middle East flying transport aircraft. In 1944 Lord was posted back to the UK to undertake further training in the dropping of paratroops and supplies during
airborne operations. It was during the Market Garden operation at Arnhem that Lord was awarded a Victoria Cross albeit posthumously, when despite the Dakota
aircraft he was flying being on fire, he returned to complete another circuit drop as two of his supply containers were still attached to the underwing of the
aircraft. Lord knew that his aircrafts condition was in a perilous state and as soon as the containers were jettisoned he ordered his crew to bail out,
unfortunately it was too late and the plane plunged to the ground, only 1 crew member survived to relay the story in 1945 after being released from a POW camp.
Lord was awarded the VC for his selfless action and is now buried in Arnhem Cemetery along with his other crew members.
WWII Allied Forces
WWII – German
Comprises a new version of an anti tank team very reminiscent of TGM003 released some 6 years previous. The Panzerschreck was a mid war anti tank weapon based on captured samples of the American Bazooka utilising previous German technology. The main difference between the German and American weapons was that the German variant fired an 88mm rocket which could penetrate any Allied armour, but at the same time produced more smoke upon firing, giving it the nickname Stovepipe. The large amount of smoke produced meant that the crews had to change positions after firing in order to avoid being attacked by surviving tanks and infantry, this in itself was hazardous especially under battlefield conditions. A shield was added later, adding a further 2 Kilos to the overall weight. But in true
battlefield tradition this new shield was sometimes removed by its crew in order to make carrying less labour intensive! Our unique set features two Fallschirmjager wearing gas masks (without the canister attachment), ammunition crate and 2 x personal side-arms for the crew.
WWII German forces
WWII – Japanese
Type 41 75mm Japanese artillery cannon with 3 man crew as per the attached pictures. The Type 41 was a licensed copy of the German Krupp 08 mountain gun
and was issued at a rate of 4 per Infantry Regiment within the Japanese military. It could be dismantled and transported by 6 horses or be pulled by
hand if necessary. The type 41 was a very accurate weapon and saw service throughout the war. Our A version crew come in all green uniforms with a green
painted mountain gun, the B version crew come in mixed green/khaki uniforms and a brown/green camouflage colour cannon. Complete set comes with 3 crew, cannon, 2 x crew rifles, spare cannon shell and ammunition crate.
Features a British Redcoat making a desperate charge bayonet fitted against the Zulus. Comes in 3 versions with the 100 of an A version in traditional blue
trousers, 50 of the B version wearing white trousers and 50 of the C version wearing locally made faded brown trousers. For those of you wanting to recreate
a multiple scenario of these figures charging, the different colours in uniforms will definitely help you out here!
October 25th, 2015
New Series Release Expected December 2015!
American West – Road to Glory
A new series featuring the ride to the Battle of Little Big Horn, where destiny awaits!
- BH-1301 — General Custer 1876
- BH-1302 — Lieutenant W, Cooke, 1876
- BH-1303 — Indian Scout
- BH-1304 — Cavalry Flag Bearer, 1876
- BH-1305 — U.S. Cavalry Bugler, 1876
- BH-1306 — U.S. Cavalry Corporal, 1876
- BH-1307 — U.S. Cavalry Sergeant, 1876
- BH-1308 — U.S. Cavalry Trooper 1, 1876
- BH-1309 — U.S. Cavalry Trooper 2, 1876
- BH-1310 — U.S. Cavalry Trooper 3, 1876
- BH-1311 — U.S. Cavalry Trooper 4, 1876
- BH-1312 — U.S. Cavalry Trooper 15, 1876
Road to Glory
October 25th, 2015
New Release’s Expected November 2015!
American Civil War – Wheat’s Tigers
WWII – German
World War II Collection
WWII – American
American Force WWII
Masterworks 1/6 Statues
October 5th, 2015
Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive with King & Country. Wojtek & His Handler!
Wojtek the Bear was adopted as a young cub, in 1942 by soldiers of the 22nd Transport Company, Artillery Division of the Polish 2nd Corp. The 2nd Corp was made up of Polish Prisoners, and deportees, released from labor camps in Siberia. They fought in the Middle East, North Africa, and Italy. Wojtek, was given his own pay-book, rank and serial number so he could accompany his adopted family. He loved to wrestle his companions, share their rations, including beer and cigarettes. The bear considered himself a soldier, and would copy what they did.
When his Company fought at the Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek helped carry ammunition, never dropping a shell. After the battle, a likeness of Wojtek holding a shell became the official badge of the 22nd Transport Company. At the end of the war Wojtek was demobilized in Scotland. He was placed in Edinburgh Zoo. He was very popular with the visitors, and became especially excited when he heard anyone speaking the Polish Language. Wojtek died in 1963. Many books have been written about his exploits. There are numerous pictures and films showing his exploits available online. Several statues of Wojtek have been erected in many parts of the world. Wojtek’s memory will live on.
Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive with King & Country. First Edition of 300!