jjDESIGNS 10th ANNIVERSARY
The second “BOOSTER/STARTER” Set for May will be a set of Beja Casualties, to accompany last months Royal Marine Light Infantry.
John hopes to present 6 new Mahdist casualty figures at the June London show.
This set will only be offered for sale to dealers until the end of MAY, or until stock runs out.
First Sudan War 1884 – 1885
For May we continue the 10th Anniversary celebrations, with the next two “BOOSTER/STARTER” Sets!
Six new FRENCH MILITIA figures will be released over the next few months, and a set of 10 of the older French Marines will be offered as a Booster/Starter set.
Ten of the current FRENCH MARINE figures will be packaged in one box and offered at a special 10th Anniversary Price.
This set will only be offered for sale to dealers until the end of MAY, or until stock runs out
Battle of the Plains of Abraham
Provincial Regiments 1759
Provincial Regiments 1759
For the campaign of 1759 the militia companies were amalgamated into 3 brigades by region of origin. They wore the knitted “tuque” or stocking cap typical of the French habitant, in different colours according to their brigade. Red was for Quebec, White for Trois Rivieres, and blue for Montreal.
French Militia 1759
American Civil War
The full dress for enlisted Marines consisted of a dark blue, double breasted frock coat, with two rows of Marine buttons. The high standing collar bore 2 loops of yellow worsted lace, with a small Marine button at the end of each. The collar was edged all around with scarlet trim. The two loop cuff flaps, and pockets in
the rear skirts were also trimmed with scarlet. Brass epaulettes were fixed to each shoulder. Sky blue trousers were worn in cold weather, and white linen in summer. Headgear was a dark blue cap patterned after the French Kepi.
American Civil War, 1861 – 1865
Knights of the Skies
The SPAD S.XIII was a French biplane fighter aircraft of World War I, developed by Société Pour L’Aviation et ses Dérivés (SPAD) from the earlier highly successful SPAD S.VII. It was one of the most capable fighters of the war, and one of the most-produced, with 8,472 built and orders for around 10,000 more cancelled at the armistice.
The Bleriot-built SPAD XIII was one of several aircraft known to have been flown by Frank Luke during his remarkable two week balloon busting spree, during which at least five fighters were written off by him due to combat damage between 12-16th September 1918.
By September, when he was shot down and killed while flying an Adolphe Bernard-built SPAD XIII S7984, Frank Luke had four enemy aeroplanes and 14 balloons to his credit.
This astounding feat saw him posthumously awarded the first Medal of Honour to be bestowed upon a pilot serving with the US Army Air Service.
Frank Luke Jr. (May 19, 1897 – September 29, 1918) was an American fighter ace, ranking second among U.S. Army Air Service pilots after Captain Eddie Rickenbacker in number of aerial victories during World War I (Rickenbacker was credited with 26 victories, while Luke’s official score was 18). Frank Luke was the first airman to receive the Medal of Honor.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Luke – cite_note-afm-1 Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, a U.S. Air Force pilot training installation since World War II, is named in his honor.
Between September 12 and September 29, Luke was credited with shooting down 14 German balloons and four airplanes: These 18 victories, which Luke earned during just ten sorties in eight days, was a feat unsurpassed by any pilot in World War I
Knights Of The Skies – WWI
American Expeditionary Forces
Mack AC “Bulldog” haulers are legendary workhorses. During their 20-plus years of production (1916-1939), they were employed in many heavy industries including logging, petroleum, construction, and nearly anywhere a rock-solid chassis cab was needed. They were available with up to a 7.5-ton load capacity. The U.S. military made extensive use of the AC during WWI. Many of them remained in the countries where they served and were put to use by civilians for decades afterward.
Mack delivered over 6,000 trucks, both to the United States and Britain’s military. A legend surfaced that British soldiers would call for Mack Bulldogs to be sent when facing adversity.
Mack Trucks, Inc., is an American truck–manufacturing company and a former manufacturer of buses and trolley buses. Founded in 1900 as the Mack Brothers Company, it manufactured its first truck in 1907 and adopted its present name in 1922.
In 1916 The Mack ACs are introduced and over 40,000 of these trucks were produced.
American Expeditionary Forces
WWI – German
Battle of Gallipoli
The Turkish made “Ball” grenade was used extensively throughout the Gallipoli campaign.
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.”
These were employed by a specific trained unit of soldiers, usually the Pioneers/Engineering companies that existed as a separate branch under the pre-war establishment.
There are photographs showing Turkish grenade soldiers (engineers) using the British designed Leach Trench Catapult (sometimes called a Leach-Gamage Catapult). These had an effective range of 200yds.
Over 150 were made in 1915, and sold by the Gamages department store in Central London.
Copies of the Leach Catapult were also made locally by the Royal Engineers during the Gallipoli Campaign.
Battle of Gallipoli 1915