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New Britain’s March Releases!

Sunday, March 12th, 2017


New Britain’s March Releases – Expected Late March!

WRATH OF THE NORTHMEN




Wrath of the Norseman

Clash of Empires




Clash of Empires

American Civil War




American Civil War

Museum Collection




Museum Collection

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection




Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

WWII




WWII


 

New Britain’s Winter 2017 Catalog – Available Spring 2017!

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Vikings


When the hero dies in the Old English epic poem Beowulf, we hear; “…Now flames, the blazing fire, must devour the lord of warriors who often endured the iron-tipped arrow shower, when the dark cloud loosed by bow strings broke above the shield wall, quivering; when the eager shaft, with its feather garb, discharged its duty to the barb.”

We know that the Vikings made use of the bow quite extensively both on land and at sea. As to how much the Saxons used archery we cannot be so sure. Certainly they knew of, and used, bows both as weapons of war and for hunting as the longbow was in continuous use in northern Europe ever since the late stone age.

The oldest longbow yet found in England is a yew bow from Somerset and is dated 2,665 BC, and ones even older have been found on the continent. Although fir and elm were known to have been used for bows, the best were made from Scandinavian yew.

Some of these bows were self nocked, others had nocks of horn or iron, some of them sharp enough to use as weapons at close quarters. Typically they were from 66″ to 78″ in length. Many of these bows were bound every few inches with linen or sinew tread; it is not certain whether this was purely decorative or was to help stop the wood from splitting.

A fair number of arrow shafts and hundreds of heads have survived. The shafts are made of hazel, pine or ash. Of the many arrowheads found the majority have been broadheads, with or without bards and were generally tanged, with sockets becoming more common through the ninth to eleventh centuries.

Traces of goose feather fletchings have been found and swan and eagle are also known to be good feathers for fletching. On how the archer was used is really unknown, But it is possible that archers in the period did what later English archers are known to have done; shoot in volleys at long range where the scale of the attack can make up for the lack of accuracy and then pick individual targets at closer range where the accuracy is better.



Wrath of the Norseman

Museum Collection




Museum Collection

Napoleonic




Brunswickers

Sudan War


The Egyptian army, led by Ahmed Urabi, rebelled in 1882, discontented with Egypt and its close ties to British and French financiers.

The United Kingdom reacted to protect its financial interests in the country, in particular the Suez Canal, and sent a force of 24,000 British and 7,000 Indian troops to quell the revolt.

The main Egyptian force dug in at Tel-el-Kebir, north of Cairo. The defenses were hastily prepared, but included trenches and redoubts and studded with 60 pieces of artillery.

Rather than making an out flanking movement around Urabi’s entrenchments, the British staged a night attack, relying on the element of surprise to secure
the field.

W.Britain captures the savage, close-quarter fighting of this desperate engagement with an offering of 18 dramatic, new figures.



Battle of Tamai March 13, 1884

WWI – British


While not the most effective, gas was certainly the cruelest weapon of World War One. A machine gun could saw you in half, an artillery shell, vaporize you in an instant, but gas…

Depending on which agent was deployed, gas would leave a soldier weeping and wheezing; blind and helpless; make his skin to blister and burn; cause a build-up of fluid in his lungs, ultimately drowning him.

Gas was heavier than air and would fill the trenches, dugouts and shell holes where it had been known to lurk for two or three days. It would permeate to a soldier’s clothing and cling to his equipment. Many of those who suffered exposure were unable to return to the front. Those who did recover were at higher risk of developing cancers later in life.

While gas accounted for less than 1% of the total deaths in WWI, by the end of the conflict, one in four of the artillery shells fired on the Western Front
contained gas.



Battle of the Somme

Zulu War




Rorke’s Drift – Matte Version

New Britain’s January Releases – In Stock Now!

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

WWII Collection




WWII Collection

American Civil War




American Civil War

Vikings




Wrath of the Norseman

Napoleonic




Napoleonic Collection

Britain’s Fall Releases!

Monday, November 14th, 2016

New Britain’s Fall Collection – Expected Release Winter 2016!

WRATH OF THE NORTHMEN




Wrath of the Norseman

Clash of Empires




Clash of Empires

American Civil War




American Civil War

Museum Collection




Museum Collection

Zulu War




Rorke’s Drift – Matte Version

New Britain’s October Releases!

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Wrath of the Norseman




Wrath of the Norseman

Clash of Empires




Clash of Empires

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection




Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

New Britain’s July Releases In Stock Now!

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

New July Releases Now In Stock!
Clash of Empires




Clash of Empires

American Civil War




American Civil War

Napoleonic Collection




Napoleonic Collection

Regiments Classic Collection




Regiments Classic Collection

New Britain’s April Releases

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Wrath of the Norseman




Wrath of the Norseman

Clash of Empires




Clash of Empires

Zulu War




Rorke’s Drift – Matte Version

WWII




WWII Collection

New Britain’s January Releases!

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection


Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

Clash of Empires


Clash of Empires

Rorke’s Drift


Rorke’s Drift – Matte Version

Battle of the Somme


Battle of the Somme

WWII Collection




WWII Collection

New Britain’s Winter Catalogue – Available Spring 2016!

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Wrath of the Norseman


Wrath of the Norseman

American Civil War


American Civil War

Regiments Classic Collection


Regiments Classic Collection

Napoleonic Collection


Napoleonic Collection

New Britain’s December Arrivals

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Battle of Waterloo, 1815



Battle of Waterloo, 1815

Battle of the Somme




Battle of the Somme

Wrath of the Norseman




Wrath of the Norseman

Rorke’s Drift




Rorke’s Drift – Matte Version