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THE FIELD OF WATERLOO


Here are three fine and useful additions to our K&C version of the Old Guard’s last stand at Waterloo…


French Imperial Guard

SADDLE UP!


Another, fine addition to our ‘John Ford Cavalry’ series this one depicts a character from “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon”. As you can see this officer is wearing his cavalry coat and cape and stands ready with both pistol and sword.


Apaches
and Buffalo Soldiers

POLAND 1939


On September 1, 1939 Hitler launched his armies on his neighbor Poland in a dazzling and deadly military display of combined arms that came to be known as “Blitzkrieg” or… ‘Lightning War’.

As vast columns of fast moving German armour smashed across the Polish frontier aerial armadas of ‘Stuka’ dive bombers, Heinkel, Junkers and Dornier bombers backed up by swarms of Messerschmitt fighters roamed and ruled the skies above.

Descending from the clouds the German Luftwaffe bombed and strafed both the Polish military and civilians alike with merciless accuracy and devastating effect. Most of the Polish Air Force was destroyed in the first few days… both in the sky and on the ground. Long columns of civilian refugees were also attacked as they fled causing all kinds of mayhem and delays to the Polish troops attempting to make their way forward to battle the enemy.

One particular part of the Polish Army however was able to avoid much of the confusion and chaos of the roads… Poland’s famed Cavalry.

These mounted regiments and brigades could travel ‘cross country’ and use the woods and forests to provide ample cover from the eagle eyes of the German aviators.

What this meant was that, on some occasions, they had the element of surprise with them when they came upon German armour and infantry that had halted to replenish supplies or had simply gone too far ahead of their support elements.

Time and again Polish Cavalry charged forward with lance and sabre following in the centuries-old tradition of Poland’s famous horsemen. It’s no coincidence that Napoleon himself considered his Polish Lancers among his finest Light Cavalry regiments.

King & Country’s latest mounted figures portray these proud Polish Lancers at their bravest taking the fight to the hated invader…

SPECIAL NOTE:These first four Polish cavalrymen are only the ‘advance guard’… Three more cavalry figures will follow next month.



Poland 1939

AT LAST THE FOLGORE!”


  • IF041 Kneeling Machine Gunner – Crouching behind his ‘Breda M37 machine gun’ this Folgore paratrooper takes careful aim at the enemy.
    It’s an unfair assumption that ALL Italian soldiers during WW2 were badly-led, under-equipped and ill-suited to military life… Among the finest WW2 soldiers of that conflict were the paratroopers of the ‘Folgore’ airborne division. Their ‘esprit de corps’ and fighting abilities were praised and valued by none other than Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, who considered them some of the best and most reliable in the Afrika Korps.
  • IF042 Folgore Fire Team (3-man set) – A kneeling NCO firing his Beretta sub machine gun is ably supported by 2 x riflemen… Note the specially designed loose and practical uniforms worn by the Folgore and their Italian paratroop helmets.
  • IF043 Folgore Grenadier – An extra paratrooper prepares to hurl a grenade at the opposition.
  • IF044 The Desert Sahariana – The SPA-Viberti AS.42 Sahariana was the most famous Italian reconnaissance vehicle of WW2. Specially-designed for desert operations it had four-wheel steering and ample space for extra fuel, water and ammunition.
    Its origins go back to requests from Italian forces operating in North Africa for a long range, highly manoeuvrable vehicle able to perform duties and tasks similar to those used by the British ‘Long Range Desert Group’.
    It could be fitted with an array of different weapons… Our K&C model includes a 20mm Breda cannon as well as a German machine gun. Although primarily used in the Desert a number were shipped to the Eastern Front and operated by both Italian and German troops there.



Italian Forces

ON PARADE IN NUREMBURG

If any collector has seen Leni Riefenstahl’s epic documentary film “TRIUMPH OF THE WILL” they will remember the carefully staged scenes of the “Reichsarbeitsdienst” (RAD) Reich Labour Service on parade in the middle of the film.

One of the ways the Nazis helped solve Germany’s huge unemployment problem was to ‘draft’ young men into huge construction and public works battalions to build roads, dams, bridges, buildings and other structures that would serve the state and public alike.

Men would serve between 6 months and 2 years doing this kind of work within a highly regimented and organized units spread the length and breadth of the country… All under the control and auspices of the Nazi Party. After completing their stint in the RAD they were often then inducted into military service.

With the Nazi love for uniforms of all kinds… the RAD had their own unique style of dress and headgear with ceremonial, highly-polished spades and shovels replacing rifles and machine guns!

  • LAH104 Reichsarbeitsführer Konstantin Hierl (Reich labour leader) – Hierl led the RAD almost from its foundation in the early 1930’s and during WW2.
    This particular figure is a re-issue from a previously released one and is perfect to review these new pieces.
  • LAH230 RAD on Parade – Standing ‘at-ease’ with his ceremonial, highly-polished shovel in front you can see the distinctive RAD headgear as well as their brown-shaded uniform.
  • LAH231 RAD Marchpast – Same uniform and accessories as LAH230 but marching past the saluting platform.
  • LAH232 RAD Banner Bearer – A junior RAD leader carrying one of the RAD’s own colourful flags.
  • LAH233 Saluting RAD Leader – One hand holding his RAD ceremonial dagger his other raised in the Nazi salute the senior leader also marches past.



Triumph Of The Will – 1934

ISRAELI REINFORCEMENTS


  • IDF010 Israeli Para w/GPMG – One of the most important weapons in the Israeli armory was the Belgian-designed and manufactured FN General Purpose Machine Gun. Produced and in operation since the early 1960’s this belt-fed, man-carried gun has been used and operated by many of the world’s leading armies.
    Here, our paratrooper walks forward with it ready, if required, to fire ‘from the hip’ if necessary… Great backup for his squad.
  • IDF012 Sitting SniperOne of the most important weapons in the Israeli armory was the Belgian-designed and manufactured FN General Purpose Machine Gun. Produced and in operation since the early 1960’s this belt-fed, man-carried gun has been used and operated by many of the world’s leading armies.
    Here, our paratrooper walks forward with it ready, if required, to fire ‘from the hip’ if necessary… Great backup for his squad.
  • IDF013 Crouching Para – Taking cover but still battle-ready with his FN self-loading rifle.
  • IDF014 Kneeling and Taking Aim
  • IDF018 Moving Forward
  • IDF019 Over Here! – An UZI-armed squad leader directs his men.


Six Day War

STREETS OF OLD HONG KONG



Orient

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