Welcome to the March, 2017 edition of the Sierra Toy Soldier Newsletter, written on a beautiful day here in the Bay Area. The rain and storms have finally stopped, at least for now, and the weather has become sunny and hot with temperatures in the 70’s. The snow base at the ski resorts in Tahoe is at about 12 feet. They are predicting the resorts will be open through July 4th. If you fancy some warm weather, skiing, and visiting a Toy Soldier Store, this is the perfect time to come.
This month feels a bit out of place, because normally we are doing the West Coaster Toy Soldier Show, and of course was held in January, this year. Hopefully it will return to the regular March date next year. We have the Texas show at the end of May to get ready for, details below, hopefully you can join us.
Display wise, the boys have been busy and have done a super job. We have a Battle of Bosworth, Bushy Run and Robin Hood all set up. We will be replacing our large “Chinese New Year” display with French and Indian War display. It will be include an Indian Village, with John Jenkins Lacrosse players. This should be a big drawer for our local team, coached by one of our local collectors.
We have lots of great announcements including Britain’s, King and Country, Collectors Showcase, Figarti and Century Wings.
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Learn To Paint A Toy Soldier - Saturday
March 11, 2017 - Los Gatos, CA - 10.00 – 4.00pm
Come and have some fun learning how to paint a Toy Soldier. Designed for Little and Big Kids, Mums most welcome.
Sponsored by Britain's.
Texas Toy Soldier Show - May 27 - 28, 2017.
The show opens on Saturday May 27 at 9.00 - 4.00pm and Sunday 10 - 3.
The event is held at the
Historic Menger Hotel
204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas 78205
If you would like details, please contact us at
email@example.com - subject Texas Show.
We are open Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 6.00pm. Sundays 12.00 - 5.00pm
Just a reminder for those of you living in Northern California, or perhaps just
visiting, that our retail store dedicated to toy soldiers is now open 7 days a
week. The store is located at 29 North Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos, California
95030. (408) 395 3000
Check out all the latest announcements. This is updated as soon as there is a new announcement.
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(The Gurkha Battlecry)
FOR MORE THAN 200 years, The Gurkhas, the fighting men from the hills of Nepal, have been loyal and brave soldiers of the British Army.
Originally recruited by the British East India Company in 1815 they were first incorporated into the Indian Army in 1857 after The Great Mutiny.
By the outbreak of WW2 in September 1939, 10 regiments had been formed, each of 2 x battalions. Following the evacuation of Dunkirk and the Fall of France in June 1940 another 15 x battalions were raised and, by the end of the war a total of 43 were in action.
After India gained its independence in 1947 the original 10 Gurkha Regiments were divided between India and Great Britain with the former retaining 6 and the latter 4.
MALAYA 1941 / 42
During the Japanese attack on Malaya and Singapore in 1941 and into 1942, several Gurkha battalions fought stubbornly and bravely in that ill-fated campaign ... and suffered accordingly.
After the defeat in Malaya and the fall of Singapore many Indian troops were coopted into the pro Japanese ‘Indian National Army’ ... Not one Gurkha however joined them ... all remained loyal to their own regiments and the British Crown.
GURKHAS IN ACTION
King & Country’s newest battlefield figures show a Gurkha patrol taking on the Japanese somewhere on the Malayan peninsula.
6 x Individual fighting Gurkhas, led by their British officer are available as is one 2-man set where a Gurkha rifleman is about to decapitate a Japanese soldier using his famous “Kukri” knife!
These new additions to the series depicting the war in South East Asia provide even more variety and excitement to an area seldom covered in the world of toy soldiers and military miniatures.
FoB144 British / Gurkha Officer firing Tommy Gun - Up until today the majority of Officers in Gurkha Regiments have always been British. Among the most famous officers who served as a Gurkha was Field Marshal Sir William ‘Bill” Slim, who commanded the British 14th Army in Burma during the later part of WW2. Our officer takes careful aim with his Thompson submachine gun.
- FoB145 Gurkha Standing Firing Rifle - Marksmanship is highly-prized in Gurkha Regiments and Gurkhas have always been among the very best ‘shots’ in the British Army.
- FoB146 Gurkha Attacking with Kukri - Having unsheathed his famous fighting knife this Gurkha has to ‘draw blood’ from his enemy ... usually fatally!
- FoB147 Gurkha Kneeling Firing Rifle - This Gurkha adopts the second-most popular firing position.
- FoB148 Gurkha Lying Prone firing Rifle - The number-one most popular shooting position.
- FoB149 Gurkha firing Bren Gun - Although not the easiest position to fire the Bren from ... Firing from the hip, in an emergency, still results in enemy casualties!>
- FoB150 Gurkha Killing Japanese - On a man-for-man basis the little Gurkha is more than a match for any ‘Son of Nippon’. Although the Japanese like using their bayonets they were not-so-fond of being on the receiving end of a Gurkha armed with a Kukri.
NOTTINGHAM’s TOP BRASS
RH029 The High Sheriff of Nottingham - One of Robin Hood’s most implacable foes and a dangerous man to have as an enemy!
In movies he has been best portrayed by the late Alan Rickman in “Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves” and also Aussie actor, Peter Finch in “The Story of Robin Hood & His Merrie Men”. And now, here’s our interpretation ... suave, sophisticated and ... decidedly dangerous!
- RH030 The Bishop of Nottingham - Next to the Sheriff, the second most powerful man in Nottingham and the surrounding shire. Also perhaps, the richest and best fed.
Here, our portly and prosperous churchman gives up a small portion of his wealth as Robin & His Merrie Men invite him to be a ‘guest’ at one of their forest feasts.
After the D.DAY invasion as Allied troops fought their way off the beaches and into the Norman countryside it was more essential than ever to have good reconnaissance ahead of your advancing forces to help seek out the enemy, their strength and their position.
Specialized recon and scouting units used their own kinds of vehicles to help perform this vital task.
One of the best vehicles used in this role was the Daimler Armoured Car ...
This was one of the most successful British military designs of WW2. Conceived in parallel development to the Daimler “Dingo”Scout Car this heavier armoured car mounted a 2 pdr. Quick Firing cannon alongside a coaxial Besa 7.92 machine gun in the turret.
Occasionally a Bren Gun might also be added atop the turret for anti- aircraft defense.
After the success of our “Desert” version K&C decided to produce a second one for Northwest Europe. Produced in typical British olive drab this new version is in the markings of 44 Brigade belonging to XXX Corps which fought all the way from Normandy through France, into Holland and finally all the way up to Northern Germany by war’s end.
Our K& C model comes with an NCO vehicle commander belonging to the famous 11TH Hussars.
D-Day '44 - British and Canadian
“KIWIS & TURKS”
As many collectors know our K& C series based on the exploits of the Australian Light Horse has been very popular not just in Australia ... but all over the world. Fighting alongside the Australians in Palestine, Gallipoli, Egypt and the Western Front were their Antipodean ‘cousins’... The New Zealanders.
Although then as now New Zealand is a relatively small country (in terms of population) it has provided many thousands of fine fighting men in both world wars and other conflicts.
In 1914 it offered its best volunteers to help support the “Mother Country” in its war against Germany. Among those soldiers were the men of their own “Mounted Rifle Regiments” who performed in the same military role as Australia’s Light Horse units.
After arriving in Egypt in 1915 they helped form the very first joint ANZAC * mounted division.
*Australian New Zealand Army Corps
Over the years since we introduced our Light Horse figures we have been requested to design and release some of their Kiwi cousins ... and this is them.
AL072 Dismounted Rifleman - In appearance the uniform of the NZ Mounted Rifles volunteers was not dissimilar to the Australian Light Horse. Both wore a slouch hat although the ‘Kiwi’ trooper does not have an emu feather in his hat band but instead has the Khaki pugree (hatband) with a forest green stripe in the centre.
In addition the New Zealanders wore cloth puttees instead of the Aussies leather leggings.
Our figure is also in ‘shirtsleeve’ order wearing the army blue / grey collarless shirt together with braces and belt holding up his khaki trousers. Across his chest he wears the mounted troops ammunition bandoleer. His rifle is the standard SMLE (Short Magazine Lee Enfield) .303 rifle.
- AL073 Kiwi Flagbearer - This mounted rifleman carries the National Flag.
- AL074 Mounted Kiwi Charging w/Rifle - Galloping forward into the charge this soldier has already fixed his bayonet to his rifle.
- AL075 Mounted Kiwi Charging w/Rifle #2 - A second “Galloper,” rifle and bayonet pointing towards the enemy.
- AL080 Turkish Officer w/ Pistol & Binos - Looking out for the advancing ANZACS this officer stands ready with his German Naval Luger by his side.
- AL081 Turkish NCO Aiming Rifle - Wearing a colourful red fez this Turkish non-commissioned officer takes careful aim.
- AL082 Kneeling Firing Johnny Turk - A kneeling Turkish Soldier with rifle and bayonet fixed.
- AL083 Turkish Machine Gunner - Sitting behind his Maxim machine gun this soldier opens fire on the enemy.
- AL084 Turkish Soldier Kneeling Reloading - This kneeling ‘Johnny Turk’ is working the bolt of his rifle ... extracting an empty cartridge ... chambering a fresh round.
- AL085 Turkish Soldier Standing Firing - You can never have too many soldiers in your “firing line”
- AL086 Mounted Officer w /Pistol - Service revolver thrust forward this officer leads his men in the charge.
*To be released in April. All other New Zealand Mounted Rifles figures available in Mid March.
On 30 January 1933, Adolf Hitler formally became Chancellor of Germany. Who could or would have predicted the next 12 years ... ?
Here, two old soldiers meet for the last time ... One, Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg hands over the reins of power to a lowly former corporal ... Adolf Hitler ... soon to be Führer of all Germany!
LAH210 Taking Power - A seemingly humble ex-corporal silently shakes hands with an old general. The General maybe old but he is not senile ... he detests and despises the little Austrian corporal ... For the moment though the former corporal will play his part and gracefully accept the Chancellorship ... but only for the moment.
- LAH212 Like Father ... Like Son - Dressed in their brown shirt uniforms this father and his small son “Sieg Heil” the new Chancellor ... and Fuhrer.
“BEHIND THE FRONTLINES”
From the moment “Operation Barbarossa” began it was clear that it would be a war and a campaign fought with ever-increasing barbarity on both sides.
The campaign was driven by the Nazis ideological desire to conquer the Western Soviet Union, drive out the existing population and repopulate it with ethnic Germans. Any remaining locals would be used as ‘slave labour’ and totally expendable. Whether you were you were fighting the invading Germans or trying to live under the occupiers your life was totally at the mercy of these members of the master race ...
WS330 Do you know this man? - Behind the lines a member of SD (Sicherheitsdienst / Security Service) unit questions a Russian peasant about a portrait of Lenin that has been found during a routine search of the man’s cottage.
- WS331 The Threat! - Another SD officer points his pistol menacingly at the unfortunate peasant ...
Russian Front and Berlin 1945
By January 1945 Russian troops had crossed the River Oder and were just 100 miles from the centre of Berlin! After years of brutal warfare between both sides in Russia itself it was now time for the Soviets to inflict their own brand of death and destruction upon the Reich itself.
RA075 The Josef Stalin Tank - The JS-2 was a Soviet designed and built heavy tank with thick armour to counter the deadly effectiveness of the legendary 88mm gun.
The JS-2’s own 122mm gun was also powerful enough to knock out both the Tiger and Panther tanks of the Germans. It was also a ‘breakthrough’ tank capable of firing a high explosive shell that could easily penetrate and knock-out entrenchments and concrete and steel enforced bunkers.
The JS-2 first went into service in April 1944 and was used as the armoured spearhead of the Red Army’s final assault on Berlin itself.
Our K&C model is well and truly battletried and tested and maybe even a little bit battle-weary but it still carries that huge 122mm main gun and comes complete with 2 x crew figures.
- RA076 Captured! - A solitary, unarmed German soldier is roughly handled by his Red Army captor ... He should consider himself lucky he is only being manhandled because he is Wehrmacht ... If he was Waffen SS ... He would be shot out of hand!
Russian Front and Berlin 1945
War of the Roses
Wars of the Roses 1455-1487
Provincial Regiments 1759
These sets will only be offered for sale until the end of MARCH or until stock runs out.
Provincial Regiments 1759
French Militia 1759
Baron Dominique Jean Larrey served as Surgeon-in-chief of the French Napoleonic armies from Italy in 1797 to Waterloo in 1815. During this time, he implemented the modern method of having an Army Surgery, field hospitals and a system of ambulances. After he had seen the speed with which the carriages of the French artillery managed to maneuver around the battlefields, Larrey adapted a similar system of Ambulances for rapid transportation of the wounded, and also manned them with trained crews of drivers, and litter bearers.
Larrey also increased the mobility and improved the organization of field hospitals, effectively creating a forerunner of the modern MASH units. He established a rule for the triage of war casualties, treating the wounded according to the seriousness of their injuries and urgency of need for medical care, regardless of their rank or nationality. Soldiers of enemy armies, as well as those of the French and their allies, were treated.
Peninsular War 1807-1814
Knights of the
The Fokker D.VII was a German World War I fighter aircraft designed by Reinhold Platz of the Fokker-Flugzeugwerke. Germany produced around 3,300 D.VII aircraft in the second half of 1918.
In service with the Luftstreitkräfte, the D.VII quickly proved itself to be a formidable aircraft. The Armistice ending the war specifically required Germany to surrender all D.VIIs to the Allies.
This aircraft was flown by Wilhelm Leusch and featured a fire breathing dragon on the fuselage inspired by an Unterberg & Helme company advertisement.
Leusch was made commander of Jasta 19 in October 1918 and scored 5 victories. He was only 29 when he died in a glider accident in August 1921.
Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel 19 was founded on 25th October 1916, and was designated a “Hunting Group”, (i.e. a fighter squadron)
It flew its first combat patrols five days before Christmas, 1916. The new Jasta drew first blood on 6 April 1917, credit being given to Leutnant Walter Böning. On 2 February 1918, Jasta 19 was detailed into Jagdgeschwader II along with Jasta 12, Jasta 13, and Jasta 15.
The unit would score 92 verified aerial victories, including ten wins over enemy observation balloons. In turn, their casualties for the war would amount to eleven pilots killed in action, four wounded in action, and one taken prisoner of war.
Jasta 19 commander, Lt. Oliver von Beaulieu-Marconnay, was killed in action and superceded by Ltn R Wilhelm Leusch in October 1918. He led Jasta 19 until the end of the war, while the unit was based in Trier.
The overall paint scheme is typical of Jasta 19 markings, when the yellow nose was representative, while the blue fuselage was the Jagdgeschwader II marking. Jagdgeswader II units were Jasta 12 with a white nose, Jasta 13 with a green nose, Jasta 15 with a red nose and the already noted yellow nose of Jasta 19.
At the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914 Crossley Motors moved almost totally to war production. The only model made was the 20/25 which was supplied to the forces in huge numbers with production running at up to 45 a week. The first had been supplied to the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) in 1913 and at the outbreak of war they had 56. By the time of the armistice this had risen to over 6000.
Every squadron in the RFC was supposed to be equipped with nine Tenders and one Staff Touring Car but it seems likely that most never had the full complement. Vehicles went to France, Belgium, Mesopotamia, Salonica, Egypt, Russia, India and several parts of Africa.
The 34 cwt Tender had room for eleven men, three in front with the remainder facing each other on bench seats down each side of the rear. Weather protection was by two hoods, one for the front and one for the rear.
After the war the 20/25 continued in use by the RAF for several years and saw service in Iraq, Persia and India. The 20/25 model was also the first vehicle to be supplied to London's Metropolitan Police Flying Squad in 1920, some of which were fitted with radio equipment.
Knights Of The Skies - WWI
Century Wings - New Releases for May, 2017!
We have CW-001620 in stock now with 2 new Tomcat's expected to land in May!
CW-001620 F-14A Tomcat Diecast Model, USN VF-41 Black Aces, AJ100, USS Nimitz, 1978, Landing Configuration - In Stock Now!
- CW-001621 Grumman F-14A Tomcat USN VF-84 Jolly Rogers, AJ202, USS Nimitz, 1978
- CW-001622 Grumman F-14A Tomcat USN VF-84 Jolly Rogers, AJ203, USS Nimitz, 1979
Very best regards from Mike & Myszka Hall and the Sierra Toy Soldier team -
Aidan, Ann, Barbara, Evan, Gary, Fay, Michael (the Kilted Vampire) and Suzi.
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