January, 2019
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Missed the December Edition 2018 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the New Year Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News written on a wet, and potentially stormy day, here in the Bay Area. Good news is that there is tons of snow falling in the Sierra Mountains, which will be good for our water supply this summer.

For those of you who enjoy attending Toy Soldier Shows we may some bad news. Not finally confirmed yet but because of change in hotel management it looks like the West Coaster Show will be cancelled this year. This is a huge disappointment. There’s nothing like meeting our customers “Face to Face”.If anything changes, we will shout it from the roof tops This year’s San Antonio show has been cancelled due to cost increases at the hotel. We are sad that our annual trek to Texas will not be occurring. There are plans afoot for a new show in 2020 though time and place have not been set. Something to look forward to. These cancellations will allow you to save your pennies and hopefully come visit us at the Chicago show in September.

In the store our Christmas and winter displays are still up for the next couple of weeks. We always hate taking these down. If you get a chance stop by and visit us.

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We have some great releases from King & Country, John Jenkins, First Legion and Corgi

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year.

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Collectors Corner

Occasionally we get a rare opportunity to acquire individual items and complete collections for collectors that are thinning out their collection or from other dealers. These pieces are items that we do not normally stock. All are in mint condition or and in their original boxes, unless specified in the description. Please note these may have been on display.

So these are ideal pages to view if you are looking for that missing piece in your collection or just looking to find some very unique pieces that are not normally available.

Collectors Corner

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive with King & Country.
Wojtek the Bear - Available Now! - Final Sets Remaining!

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive with King & Country. First Edition of 300!

Monte Cassino

King & Country

King & Country January Releases!

Romans and Celt's

Additional Celts, Britons and Gauls enthusiastically rush forward to come to blows with their Roman invaders... what they lack in military discipline they more than make up with fighting ferocity and fierce, blood-curdling battlecries!

  • - This Gallic Warrior is feeling supremely confident as, sword and shield in hand, he charges towards the enemy!
  • - Rushing forward one spear in hand, two more held behind his shield.
  • - This local Chieftain urges his men forward... “You have nothing to fear except death itself!” Brave fighting words indeed.
  • - Wore betide any Roman soldier who gets within striking distance of this axe-wielding, blood-thirsty savage.
  • - Another Barbarian warrior who, for a brief moment, is content to scream defiantly at the Romans before closing for battle.
  • - One of the most senior officers in the Legion as can be seen by his richly-decorated body armour and fine quality uniform. Here he confidently stands observing the antics of his enemies and plotting their destruction.

Romans

Battle of Little Big Horn

These 4 re-releases came about because many new collectors of ‘Custer’s Last Stand’ could no longer find these early-released, now-retired pieces and wanted to add them to their collection. At the same time other existing collectors requested alternative variations to the ‘originals’ to help boost their cavalry numbers! So, to please them (and ourselves) we bring you these new adapted versions...

  • - One of Custer’s trumpeters blows a forlorn bugle in the vain hope that either Major Reno or Captain Benteen or perhaps both of them will hear the call and ride with their commands to the rescue of Custer’s besieged and beleaguered troopers.
  • - Although some of the 7th Cavalry’s mounts were killed in action many were actually shot by their riders in order to provide some kind of ground defence against the Indian assaults.
  • - This Cavalry NCO hugs the ground to make the smallest target for the Sioux and Cheyenne marksmen... Unfortunately no firing position is completely safe from Indian arrows fired up and down on top of the soldiers defences.
  • - This 7th Cavalry trooper prepares to fight on foot, carbine in hand, as his horse is shot from under him!

Battle of Little Big Horn June 25/26, 1876.

Afrika Korps

  • - Five AK infantry ‘half-body’ soldiers taking cover behind their long, sand-bagged trench. Included in this set is the full curved trench itself sand-bagged on all sides. Inside are a section commander observing the approaching enemy through his field glasses... the section ‘Gefreiter’ with his MP40 Schmeisser machine pistol and a firing MG34 machine gunner. Backing them up are two different riflemen aiming their KAR98 rifles towards their 8th Army opponents.
  • - A kneeling AK Non Commissioned Officer (NCO) on the field telephone telling his command centre that the enemy is approaching and, perhaps, requesting artillery support or more reinforcements.
  • - This 2-man team provides additional machine gun fire to help hold off any British, Australian or American advance.
  • - They say ‘attack is the best form of defence’ and these 4 Afrika Korps soldiers are going on the offensive! As the AK officer cautiously moves forward he aims his pistol at one of the enemy. Joining him are 2 different riflemen, one of whom has just been shot, plus one AK trooper with that famous or infamous, MP40 Schmeisser machine pistol.

Afrika Korps

Luftwaffe

During WW2 German Luftwaffe day and night fighter pilots ‘claimed’ over 70,000 aerial victories over Allied-flown aircraft... Approximately 25,000 were British and American losses and more than 45,000 were Soviet.

Of all those ‘kills’ most were ‘scored’ by ‘aces’, that is pilots who shot down 5 or more enemy aircraft during their aviation career.

It is almost certain that at least 2,500 Luftwaffe airmen achieved ace status between September 1939 and May 1945. Of that number about 500 pilots shot down between 20-40 enemy aircraft.

Another 360 claimed between 40 and 100 ‘victories’ and just 103 destroyed more than 100 Allied opponents.

Major Hermann Graf was a very special member of that exclusive club...

Hermann Graf (1912-1988) served on both the Eastern and Western Fronts during WWII. He became the first pilot in aviation history to claim 200 aerial victories – that is, 200 aerial combat encounters that resulted in the destruction of 200 enemy aircraft.

Graf, a prewar soccer player joined the Luftwaffe in 1936. He was initially selected for transport aviation, flying the legendary Junkers 52 before volunteering and being chosen to join the famous Jagdgeschwader 51 (JG51) in May 1939, just 4 months before the invasion of Poland and the outbreak of the Second World War.

During the so-called ‘Phoney War’ of late 1939 and early 1940 he was stationed on the Franco-German border flying uneventful patrols. He was then posted as a flight instructor to Romania in order to help train that country’s small air force. At the end of this period he even saw a little action in the closing days of the German invasion of Greece at the end of May 1941.

After the beginning of ‘Operation Barbarossa’, the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Graf finally claimed his first ‘kill’ in August 1941.

45 victories later Hermann Graf was awarded the prestigious Knights Cross of The Iron Cross in January 1942. By September of that same year his victory score had risen to an incredible 172 for which his honour was upgraded to the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds!

At the time of this presentation this was Nazi Germany’s highest military decoration.

On 26 September 1942 he shot down his 200th enemy plane. Now, a national hero he was withdrawn from combat flying and posted, once more, to a fighter pilot training school.

In November 1943, as British and American bombers and fighters continued to build up their aerial assaults on the Third Reich, Graf, once more returned to combat operations and was appointed Geschwaderkommodore (Wing Commander) of JG11 of the 11th Fighter Wing. It was with this unit that Hermann Graf scored his 212th and final aerial victory on 29 March 1944.

He was severely injured during that final encounter and spent many months recuperating before taking over command of JG52 in early 1945.

He remained in charge of JG52 until Germany’s surrender on 8 May, 1945.

Although Graf and his men surrendered to the Americans he and his men were then handed over to the Russians. Hermann Graf continued in Soviet captivity until 1949.

After his return to Germany Graf lived a fairly quiet life and died in his home town of Engen on 4 November, 1988.

ABOUT THE K&C MODEL

Of all the many aircraft Hermann Graf flew his personal favorite was Willy Messerschmitt’s Bf.109 ‘Gustav’.

Graf himself stated that the ‘Gustav’ was the best fighter aircraft he ever flew even after flying captured British ‘Spitfires’ and American ‘Mustangs’.

Our K&C model depicts just one of several ‘Gustavs’ that Hermann Graf flew during the middle part of the war. It is easily recognized by the red ‘tulip’ nose and the white tail complete with ‘kill’ markings and his Knight’s Cross award.

This model also has a canopy that can open and close. Each aircraft comes in a specially-designed box with a spectacular cover painting and a free full-colour print by noted Australian artist, Ian Hill plus an information card on Graf himself.

Just 300 of this very Special Edition Hermann Graf Bf. 109 ‘Gustav’ are being released.

Luftwaffe

Vietnam

This particular VIETNAM Section of ‘DISPATCHES’ could just as easily (and accurately) been headlined, “NO MARINE LEFT BEHIND”.

The Battle of Hue, during the TET offensive of 1968, has justly gone down in the annals of the U.S. Marine Corps as one of the fiercest and most bloody conflicts of the 20th Century.

Sitting proudly alongside Belleau Wood... Iwo Jima and The Chosin Reservoir the battle clearly illustrates why the Marine Corps can be both your best friend... and your worst enemy!

Many courageous acts of brave marines were on display during the days and weeks that the fighting raged across the city. One however stands as almost a memorial in itself to the bravery of all... The exploits of Gunnery Sgt. John Canley USMC.

Marine Gunnery Sgt. John Canley served multiple tours in South Vietnam between 1965 and 1970. In January 1968 he was with Alpha Co., 1st Btn., 1st Marine Regt., 1st Marine Division stationed near the old Imperial Capital of Hue in central Vietnam.

While serving as Company Gunnery Sergeant, he was part of the USMC forces sent into Hue to help recapture the city and releave the beleaguered American and South Vietnamese troops then being besieged by the joint NVA and VC offensive which had captured most of the city.

On numerous occasions, despite being wounded himself, ‘Gunny’ Canley ran across fire-swept terrain to rescue and recover other wounded Marines and bring them to safety.

When his own Commanding Officer was seriously wounded and no other officer was available the ‘Gunny’ took command of the company and continued to lead it forward.

For three whole days he continued in command of Alpha and at the same time, led a number of assaults on enemy bunkers and defences often exposing himself to direct enemy fire.

On February 6, 1968, on two separate occasions the Gunnery Sergeant climbed over a wall, in full view of the enemy to pull and carry casualties to a more protected position.

For this kind of inspired and dedicated leadership and courage ‘Gunny’ Canley was at the time awarded the Navy Cross.

Many years later, in 2017, this award was belatedly but well-deservedly upgraded to the Medal of Honor when in 2018 President Donald J. Trump presented John Canley with his medal.

Although a Gunnery Sergeant in Vietnam in 1968, John Canley eventually rose to the rank of Sergeant Major before retiring from the USMC in 1981 after 28 years of loyal and courageous service to his country and his beloved corps.

King & Country is proud and privileged to dedicate this special ‘Vietnam’ figure set to a very special and courageous Marine.

  • - Every Marine, regardless of rank and Corps specialty is, first and foremost, a Marine Rifleman! This ‘Grunt’ goes down on one knee to take up a firing position and ‘take-out’ one of the enemy.
  • - Holding his M16 in his right hand and about to throw his M18 Red Smoke Grenade with his left.

Vietnam - Tet'68

John Jenkins

New Releases Expected January 2019!
Thracians

Thracians were a group of Indo-European tribes inhabiting a large area in Eastern and Southeastern Europe

The Thracians in classical times were broken up into a large number of groups and tribes (over 200), though a number of powerful Thracian states were organized, such as the Odrysian kingdom of Thrace and the Dacian kingdom of Burebista.

In the first decade of the sixth century BC, the Persians conquered Thrace and made it part of their satrapy Skudra. Thracians were forced to join the invasions of European Scythia and Greece. According to Herodotus, the Bithynian Thracians also had to contribute a large contingent to Xerxes' invasion of Greece in 480 BC.

The Thracians were a warrior people, known as both horsemen, but mainly as lightly armed skirmishers with javelins, which were known as peltasts. They were regarded by other peoples as warlike, ferocious, and bloodthirsty.

The peltast, was a type of soldier of the ancient period, which probably originated in Thrace.

Thracian peltasts were to have a notable influence in Ancient Greece.

A Thracian Peltast carried a crescent-shaped wicker shield and was armed with several javelins (akontia).

The style of fighting used by peltasts probably originated in Thrace and the first peltasts used by Greek armies were recruited from the Greek cities of the Thracian coast.

They are generally depicted on Greek vases and in other images as wearing the typical Thracian costume, which includes the distinctive Phrygian cap made of fox-skin, with ear flaps. They also usually wore a patterned tunic, fawnskin boots and a long cloak, called a zeira, which was decorated with a bright, geometric, pattern.

Peltasts gradually became more important in Greek warfare, in particular during the Peloponnesian War.

They became the main type of Greek mercenary infantry in the 4th century BC. Their equipment was less expensive than that of traditional hoplites and would have been more readily available to poorer members of society.

When faced by hoplites, peltasts operated by throwing javelins at short range.

If the hoplites charged, the peltasts would retreat.

As they carried considerably lighter equipment than the hoplites, they were usually able to evade successfully, especially in difficult terrain.

They would then return to the attack once the pursuit ended, if possible, taking advantage of any disorder created in the hoplites' ranks.

The Athenian general Iphicrates destroyed a Spartan phalanx in the Battle of Lechaeum in 390 BC, using mostly Thracian peltasts.

In the first decade of the sixth century BC, the Persians conquered Thrace and made it part of their satrapy Skudra. Thracians were forced to join the invasions of European Scythia and Greece

According to Herodotus, the Bithynian Thracians also had to contribute a large contingent to Xerxes' invasion of Greece in 480 BC.

Later the conquest of the southern part of Thrace by Philip II of Macedon in the fourth century BC made the largest Thracian state, the Odrysian kingdom extinct for several years. After the kingdom had been reestablished, it was a vassal state of Macedon for several decades under generals such as Lysimachus of the Diadochi.

Thracians

Roman Army of the Mid-Republic

The Roman army of the mid-Republic (also known as the manipular Roman army or the "Polybian army"), refers to the armed forces deployed by the mid-Roman Republic, from the end of the Samnite Wars (290 BC) to the end of the Social War (88 BC). The first phase of this army, in its manipular structure (290–ca. 130 BC), is described in detail in the Histories of the ancient Greek historian Polybius, writing before 146 BC.

The central feature of the mid-Republican army was the manipular organisation of its battle-line. Instead of a single, large mass (the phalanx) as in the Greek and Early Roman army, the Romans now drew up in three lines (triplex acies) consisting of small units (maniples) of 120 men, arrayed in chessboard fashion, giving much greater tactical strength and flexibility.

The Republican army of this period, like its earlier forebear, did not maintain standing or professional military forces, but levied them, by compulsory conscription, as required for each campaigning season and disbanded thereafter (although formations could be kept in being over winter during major wars). Service in the legions was limited to property-owning Roman citizens, normally those known as iuniores (age 16-46).

For the vast majority of the period of its existence, the Polybian levy was at war. This led to great strains on Roman and Italian manpower, but forged a superb fighting machine. During the Second Punic War, fully two-thirds of Roman iuniores were under arms continuously. In the period after the defeat of Carthage in 201 BC, the army was campaigning exclusively outside Italy, resulting in its men being away from their home plots of land for many years at a stretch. They were assuaged by the large amounts of booty that they shared after victories in the rich eastern theatre. But in Italy, the ever-increasing concentration of public lands in the hands of big landowners, and the consequent displacement of the soldiers' families, led to great unrest and demands for land redistribution. This was successfully achieved, but resulted in the disaffection of Rome's Italian allies, who as non-citizens were excluded from the redistribution. This led to the mass revolt of the socii and the Social War (91-88 BC). The result was the grant of Roman citizenship to all Italians and the end of the Polybian army's dual structure: the alae were abolished and the socii recruited into the legions. The Roman army of the late Republic (88–30 BC) resulted, a transitional phase to the Imperial Roman army (30 BC – AD 284).

Hastati (singular: Hastatus) were a class of infantry employed in the armies of the early and Mid Roman Republic.

They were originally some of the poorest men in the legion, and could afford only modest equipment. Later, the hastati contained the younger men rather than just the poorer, (though most men of their age were relatively poor.) Their usual position was the first battle line.

The hastati were formed into 10 maniples of 120 men each, therefore 1,200 men per legion.

Battles were conducted in a similar fashion; the velites would gather at the front and fling javelins to cover the advance of the hastati. If the hastati failed to break the enemy, they would fall back on the principes.

If the principes could not break the enemy, they would retire behind the triarii, who would then engage.

Roman Army of the Mid-Republic

Enemies of Rome - Iceni

The Iceni were a Brittonic tribe of eastern Britain during the Iron Age and early Roman era. Their territory included present-day Norfolk and parts of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire,

Julius Caesar does not mention the Iceni in his account of his invasions of Britain in 55 and 54 BC, though they may be related to the Cenimagni, who Caesar notes as living north of the River Thames at that time. The Iceni were a significant power in eastern Britain during Claudius' conquest of Britain in AD 43, in which they allied with Rome.

Increasing Roman influence on their affairs led to revolt in AD 47, though they remained nominally independent under king Prasutagus until his death around AD 60. Roman encroachment after Prasutagus' death led his wife Boudica to launch a major revolt from 60–61. Boudica's uprising seriously endangered Roman rule in Britain and resulted in the burning of Londinium and other cities. The Romans finally crushed the rebellion, and the Iceni were increasingly incorporated into the Roman province.

Enemies of Rome

Aztec

The TZITZIMITL or “Demon of the Dark” War-suit, was worn only by rulers and senior chieftains. It is also depicted in yellow and blue versions.

The Tlacochcalcatl or Captain of the Armoury wore this white tlahuiztli surmounted by a skull helmet with a black wig. The outfit represented the Tzitzimitl, a mythical demon who brought death and destruction to mankind.

Aztec Empire - Conquest of America

American Revolution - 2nd Massachusetts Regiment

2nd Massachusetts Regiment

American Revolution - Brunswick Grenadiers

Brunswick Grenadiers

American Revolution - Hessian Jager Corps

When the American Revolution began, the British Army was too small to overwhelm the rebellious colonies with armed might. Subsequently, United Kingdom entered treaties with a number of German principalities, which provided the British Crown with allied contingents for service in North America in return for monetary subsidies. A mutual aid- and alliance treaty between United Kingdom and Hesse-Hanau was entered in February 1776.

A Jäger corps under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Karl Adolf Christoph von Creutzburg was among the units in the Hesse-Hanau contingent

The Jägers were recruited from state foresters and other professional hunters. They were selected for their marksmanship, and were all volunteers, in contrast with the drafted or pressed soldiers that filled the ranks of the Hesse-Hanau infantry. The pay was higher than for ordinary troops. The British government especially requested Jägers for the American campaign, as they were perceived as better able to endure the North American wilderness.

Hessian Jager Corps

American Revolution

A split-rail fence or log fence (also known as a zigzag fence, worm fence or snake fence historically due to its meandering layout) is a type of fence constructed in the United States and Canada, and is made out of timber logs, usually split lengthwise into rails and typically used for agricultural or decorative fencing. Such fences require much more timber than other types of fences, and so are generally only common in areas where wood is abundant. However, they are very simple in their construction, and can be assembled with few tools even on hard or rocky ground. They also can be built without using any nails or other hardware; such hardware was often scarce in frontier areas. They are particularly popular in very rocky areas where post hole digging is almost impossible. They can even be partially or wholly disassembled if the fence needs to be moved or the wood becomes more useful for other purposes

Drums along the Mohawk

Second World War

JJD Second World War Aircraft Collection

First Legion

New January Releases - Expected Week of December 17th!
Rome

The inspiration for this set was the Triumphs that were held to commemorate the victories of Emperors or Generals. During those processions it was common for slaves, prisoners, and various booty and plunder to be displayed as a celebration of Rome’s conquests. Our rendition has 3 Gallic/Germanic prisoners tied to the back of a treasure laden wagon drawn by a pair of oxen. Also in the rear of the wagon is the enemy leader tied to a stake. While not the most pleasant of sets to the feint of heart, such scenes of brutality were the norm in the period of Ancient Rome.

Glory of Rome - Legio VI Victrix

Crusaders

Battle of Lake Peipus

Retreat from Moscow

We continue to expand our Retreat from Russia series with a selection of French and French Allies engaged at the Battle of Berezina. For those of you who worry that this series is slowing down, don’t. We have additional French in the form of Cavalry and a few other special pieces for release in 2019.

Retreat from Russia

Franco-Prussia War

The Franco-Prussian War was fought between the French under Napoleon III and the Prussians of Otto von Bismarck from 1870-1871. The war was provoked by Bismarck to further his agenda of creating a unified German State, rallying the southern German states to his cause who believed France to be the aggressor. A quick series of victories in by the Prussians and Germans in Eastern France lead to the capture of several key cities and Napoleon III himself, leading to the fall of the Second French Empire and the rapid creation of the Third French Republic. The Republican forces were defeated as well culminating in the Siege of Paris. The war ended with the Treaty of Frankfurt in May 1871 and the result of the conflict was a unified German Nation State opening the door for German expansionism and Imperialism. France was ordered to pay significant reparations and to cede Alsace-Lorraine to Germany. The combination of French bitterness and German nationalism resulting from the Franco-Prussian War planted the seeds of the larger First World War some 40 years later.

Franco-Prussian War

Normandy

The 17th SS Pz Gren Div Gotz von Berlichingen was established in 1943 from replacement units and conscripts and saw action against the American forces in Normandy where it suffered extremely heavy losses. The Sturmgeschütz IV (StuG IV) was an assault gun based on the chassis of the Panzer IV. It performed admirably in it's role as a tank killer and was typically attached to infantry divisions. It had the same main armament as the German Panzer IV, the 7.5 cm StuK 40 L/48 and a crew of four men. Out variant features opening and closing hatches, raising and lowering gun barrel, and removable side skirts such that you can configure the model as you prefer, with all skirts, no skirts, or a mix them as desired.

Battle of Normandy

Battle of the Bulge

For our WWII series, we have a new selection of Winter Tank Riders! These are extremely flexible figures primarily in white/winter camo meant to ride on our white washed late war tanks such as LWG002 German King Tiger. However, though coded LWG, most of these figures fit perfectly well with our Battle of the Bulge Series as well and can be used with them as non-SS tank riders (except LWG008 which is Waffen SS).

First Legion Battle of the Bulge

Stalingrad

This incredibly detailed vehicle adds to your Stalingrad German display options and a armored column is brought to life when combined with our other 14th Panzer Division Winter Vehicles. Additionally, as was the case with our previous Grey 251 for Stalingrad, a winter version of the figure firing from the rear will be released soon as well. Finally, it comes with a driver figure seated in place who can be seen from back as well as through the driver vision port.

Stalingrad Germans

Corgi

New 2019 Releases
WWII Allied Fighter Aircraft

New 2019 releases expected to be released during 2019!

British and USA Fighter Aircraft

WWII Allied Bombers

Allied Bombers

WWII German Aircraft

German

Helicopters

Helicopters

Modern Aircraft

Modern Aircraft

WWI Aircraft

World War I

Very best regards from Mike & Myszka Hall and the Sierra Toy Soldier team - Aidan, Barbara, Christian, Cody, Gary, Howard, and Michael (the Kilted Vampire).

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