- AK111 Soldier Lifting Jerricans – An AK soldier together with a pair of fresh water jerricans.
- Ak112 Wounded German Soldiers – Two lightly-wounded AK soldiers awaiting transport.
- AK113 Panzer II Ausf B – One of the mainstays of Rommel’s armoured force the Panzer II could be seen all over the North African battlefields. Lightly armed (as well as armoured) the little Panzer II still had a vital role to play especially in reconnaissance and for outflanking enemy positions.
Our new K&C version (we produced another one many years ago) is in the markings of the 21st Panzer Division and comes with the vehicle commander.
- AK114 Afrika Korps Motorcycle – This single seat BMW motorcycle comes complete with the AK Dispatch Rider.
Battle of the Bulge – British
- BBB009 The Piper – To accompany our recently released British / Scots “winter” infantry we decided to add on a kilted bagpiper of the Royal Scots Fusiliers as he would have appeared in late 1944 / early 1945. Although chilled to the bone by the terrible winter weather this ‘hardy soul’ is still brave enough (and sturdy enough too) to wear his regimental kilt!
Battle of the Bulge – German
- BBG110 SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer Otto Skorzeny – One of Hitler’s favourite soldiers… This Waffen SS officer made his reputation rescuing deposed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from his hidden mountain imprisonment on Gran Sasso. Since then Skorzeny was promoted and given a number of undercover missions to perform before being put in charge of a small unit of English-speaking German soldiers who, dressed in US Army uniforms, and using captured U.S. Vehicles were to infiltrate Allied lines and create panic and confusion in advance of the German attack during the Battle of the Bulge.
Skorzeny himself never donned US Army uniform but was a well known and easily recognized figure in the Third Reich thanks to Propaganda Chief Goebbel’s publicity machine and won the Oak Leaves to his Knight’s Cross for his efforts, late in the war, trying to defend Frankfurt.
After the war he still led a colourful and exciting life … escaping Allied internment … advising foreign governments … and even working with MOSSAD, the Israeli intelligence service !!!
He died in Spain in 1975 aged 67.
Our latest Skorzeny figure portrays him during the “Battle of the Bulge” wearing the reversible SS Winter / Autumn camouflage smock / jacket and grey trousers complete with SS “Feldschmutze” (field cap).
- BBG111 SKODA Radschlepper Ost – On the Eastern Front one of the most urgent German necessities was for a heavy, multi-purpose tractor that could haul supplies and artillery over the very rough Russian road network.
In late 1941, famed German designer, Ferdinand Porsche proposed a large, four-wheeled drive tractor mounted on huge metal wheels that he believed could fill the requirement.
He proposed that his design could be built at the Skoda Automobile Plant in German controlled Bohemia and Moravia utilizing its Czech workforce. Work began immediately and by mid 1942 the first samples of Porsche’s design were ready to be tested.
The results were at best … mixed. However an order was placed for 200 of the now-called “Radschlepper Ost”.
Although originally meant for service on the Eastern Front, only a handful ever went in that direction. The vast majority served in the West particularly Normandy, the Netherlands and even some during the Ardennes campaign.
K&C has chosen the snow-camouflaged “winter” version of the vehicle as its first release. Each piece includes a driver, moving wheels and a detachable rear canvas covering.
- BBG112 KLAUS – Rifle over one shoulder, this soldier wears the Army pattern – “Splinter Camouflage” hooded smock and carries a valuable jerrican of rare gasoline.
- BBG113 ERICH – A Waffen SS “Chained Dog” (military policeman) indicates the way to some of his advancing comrades. Like Skorzeny, he wears the reversible SS Autumn / Winter Camo Jacket and carries the StG44, the revolutionary German Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifle.
- BBG114 WILLI – By this late stage in the war the sheer variety of uniforms worn by Germany’s soldiers was simply staggering … A few however were still more traditionally dressed and this front-line soldier still wears the long army greatcoat. However he is carrying the “Gewehr 43” the semi automatic rifle developed during the war following riflemen’s actual combat experiences on the battlefield with the existing bolt-action K98. Utilizing a 10 round box magazine the rifle, strangely enough, did not have a bayonet mount!
- BBG115 Hauptmann Stossel – This Wehrmacht captain is wearing a non regulation fur cap together with his “Splinter Camo” jacket … his steel helmet by his side.
- BBG116 FRIEDRICH – Our last infantryman of this release has found himself a white “Snow Smock” and carries his K98 with bayonet fixed! He’s also obtained a nice pair of captured binoculars!
- LAH208 Adolf in Lederhosen – As most of us know the Fuhrer was fond of the great outdoors and, from time to time would take himself away up to the mountains and enjoy the wonders of nature … Here he is, nattily attired, in traditional Bavarian “Lederhosen” for a little jaunt in the woods.
- LAH209 Lederhosen Heini – Next to the Fuhrer the most likely candidate to accompany Adolf into the woods was his trusted Reichsfuhrer SS, Heinrich Himmler.
Of all the leading Nazis, Herr Himmler was the one who most enjoyed the long mountain walks in the fresh Alpine air listening to the future plans of the future Fuhrer.
Gang of Heroes
During the 1950’s and 1960’s rarely did a year go by without a “Prisoner of War” movie being released by major British and American film companies.
“Stalag 17” … “The Colditz Story” … “The Wooden Horse” … “ Von Ryan’s Express” … and, of course, “The Great Escape”.
All of these great movies told daring tales of plucky and persistent Allied POW’s who, despite all kinds of privations and problems, used their combined wits, talents and cunning to foil their German captors best efforts to keep them all locked-up and safely contained within the multiple barbwire fences of their prison camps.
This is King & Country’s tribute in miniature to the real men behind the wire and the many fine movies (and some TV series) that told their stories …
- TGE001 The Great Escapers – Squadron Leader Roger Bushell, immortalized as “Big X” in “The Great Escape” movie … Next to him stands a US Army Air Force officer famed for his insubordinate nature and a persistent escaper … The third member of the trio is also an American, an original member of one of the Royal Air Force’s “Eagle” squadrons, made up of American volunteers who chose to fly for the RAF before America entered the war.
Like many other POW’s these men decided not to just sit-out the war behind the barbed wire … They were going to do their best (and their worst) to escape and give the Germans a real ‘run for their money!’
- DD300 Master Sergeant Joe Gunn – Another favorite movie of mine is (was) “SAHARA”, the wartime 1943 film starring Humphrey Bogart and a large General Lee tank called “Lulubelle”. In the dim and distant past K&C produced a Lee tank together with a standing figure of “Lulubelle’s” commander.
An M3 Lee tank, attached to the British Army in North Africa, has become separated from its unit … Now, its commander, Master Sergeant Joe Gunn has become separated from his tank !!!
A nice single reminder of one of K&C’s oldest tank sets.