May, 2017
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Missed the April 2017 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the May Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News, written on a beautiful, sunny day here in the Bay Area. We have had some very weird weather with temperatures rising to 98 F and then the following day dropping to the low 60’s. The snow pack is starting to melt which means we are about to panic because the Rivers and Reservoirs are going to fill up to fast, which could lead to spring floods. We will see

Here we are planning our trip to the Texas Show. I hope you have a chance to come along and visit, it is great fun. There is plenty to do in San Antonio, for the whole family. If you are coming, and would like us to bring anything, now it is the time to ask us, as our parcels ship next week. It helps to take the guesswork out of and packing.

Our shop is beginning to welcome summer visitors, from all parts of the world. Our main display is the French and Indian War. We also have the Battle of Bosworth, and Australian Light Horse prominently displayed.

We have a great set of releases including King & Country, John Jenkins and First Legion.

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Hope to see you soon!

Events

Learn To Paint A Toy Soldier - Saturday May 13, 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
Phone: 210-223-4361

If you would like details, please contact us at sales@sierratoysoldier.com - subject Texas Show.

Super Sale

April Super Sale

This month we are having a very limited sale on a few overstock items from Thomas Gunn, Frontline and a few others. We have reduced the price on these items but only until the end of April, so do not miss out.

Super Sale

Sierra Blog
Events
Sierra Toy Exclusive
Britain's
King & Country
John Jenkins
First Legion

Retail Store

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 www.sierratoysoldier.com

 

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Check out our latest arrivals, new dioramas and events at our store!

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Check out all the latest announcements. This is updated as soon as there is a new announcement.

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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!

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

Monte Cassino

Britain's

New Britain's Spring 2017 Catalogue - Expected Late Summer!

New Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive Set - Expected Late Summer 2017!
Zulu Storehouse Attack

The fifth release in the Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive Range. With this set we wanted to continue to add to our mini series Zulu Storehouse Attack.

Zulu Storehouse Attack

King & Country

King & Country April 2017 Releases!

Romans!

Pre-Order now the Roman Fort available in 2 colours Grey and Sandstone. They are offering for a very limited time and on a pre-order basis only. The requirement is you must purchase eith 10 Roman Figures (Mounted ones count as 2) or have purchased them. This fort will be available only for a limited time.

They have also introduced expansion pieces not listed here, these require 2 figures to be ordered at the same time, per piece. Again availability will be limited.

Also introduced 4 new Roman figures expected in June.

Romans

From Gallipoli to Beersheba

  • - This Krupp-manufactured artillery piece was supplied by the Germans to their Turkish allies who employed it as mobile artillery during the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915.
    It was also much in evidence throughout the Ottoman Empire and several guns were captured by the Australian Light Horse after their epic charge at Beersheba in 1917.
  • - A second Turkish 77mm Gun is also available... This one has had one of its wooden wheels shattered by a ‘near miss’ while its crew has fled.

Middle East

GRUB’S UP!!!

“An army marches on its stomach!” As Napoleon once said... It also drives on its stomach too... Especially since the advent of mechanised warfare.

Uniform Note: All four crewmen are wearing the standard British Armoured Corps “Pixie” suit/overalls used by the British Army up until the late 1960’s!!!

D-Day '44 - British and Canadian

AMERICAN CAESAR

General Douglas MacArthur was one of America’s most famous and controversial military leaders of WW2.

Already a 5-star General he had been Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army in the 1930’s before being appointed ‘Field Marshal’ of the Philippine Army in 1937 upon his official retirement from the U.S. Army.

MacArthur was recalled to duty as Commander of all U.S. Army Forces in the Far East following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. Following the successful Japanese invasion of the Philippines he was extradited to Australia in March 1942 vowing “I shall return” to the Philippine people.

In Australia he was appointed Supreme Commander Allied Forces, Southwest Pacific Area and led the fightback campaign of ‘Island Hopping’ which eventually led to Japan’s ultimate defeat in August 1945. He oversaw the occupation of Japan from 1945 until 1951.

He also led the UN forces during the initial part of the Korean War (1950-53) before being removed from command for disobeying President Harry S. Truman.

By nature autocratic... he inspired great respect and admiration as well as great dislike and loathing by all who knew and worked with him.

An Australian WW2 General once said of MacArthur, “You will hear the best and worst of him... and both are true!”

  • - Standing in a typical “MacArthurian” pose the General wears his distinctive gold encrusted peak cap and holds his corncob pipe. A US Army Air Corps A2 Leather jerkin is worn over his tropical Khakis.

Fields of Battle

INNOCENT CIVILIANS

  • - A very traditional French or Belgian Nun carries a young child in her arms... “Where are the child’s parents...?” Perhaps, only God knows... but for the moment the child is in the safe hands of the Sister.
  • - These two small ‘Orphans of War’ can hardly comprehend what is going on all around them ... Hopefully they will find a safe refuge.
  • - The Nun now has three young children to look after... A special ‘Combined Set’ at a special price.

Fields of Battle

BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE FRANCE 1940

An alternative camouflage scheme to FOB118... Goes very well with our K&C long-retired Vickers MK VI tank. Perfect for any “Dunkirk” or “Fall of France 1940” scenario.

ALL British and French soldiers and vehicles of May, June 1940 can be seen and found under the K&C’s “Fields of Battle” series.

Fields of Battle

THE THREE KINGDOMS

Zhao Yun was a military leader who lived and fought in the late “Eastern Han Dynasty” and early ‘Three Kingdoms’ era. His life and exploits have been portrayed in books, TV series and movies... In the great Chinese historical novel, Romance of the “Three Kingdoms” he was praised as one on the ‘Five Tiger Generals’.

The Imperial Chinese Collection

The SIX-DAY WAR

June 1967 saw a war erupt in the Middle East that still has a far-reaching influence on the world we live in today.

Since Israel’s founding in 1948 it has been surrounded by a sea of Arab and Muslim hostility. During its relatively short existence the Jewish state has had to fight a number of wars and countless counter-insurgency operations with many of its neighbors in the area and terrorist groups determined to wipe it off the face of the map.

The SIX-Day War, sometimes known as the June War, the 1967 Arab-Israeli War or even the Third Arab-Israeli War was fought between June 5 and 10, 1967 by Israel against Egypt, Jordan and Syria.

After heightening tensions between primarily Egypt (whose military forces were already mobilizing) in the first half of 1967 and increasing hostility from Syria in particular, the Israelis decided to act.

Outnumbered in men, tanks, artillery and aircraft Israel decided to ‘strike first’ and launched a series of early morning raids on Egyptian airfields (their most numerous opponent with the biggest and most modern Arab airforce).

On June 5, 1967 almost the entire fleet of Israeli fighter / bomber aircraft flew under the radar towards Egypt’s military airfields and virtually wiped out their entire airforce... on the ground.

Simultaneously, Israeli armour poured into the Sinai and sowed death and destruction on the Egyptian Ground Forces there... Destroying hundreds of tanks, capturing thousands of prisoners and driving the whole Egyptian Army back in disarray.

After destroying the Egyptian Air Force the Israelis now did the same to the air arms of Syria and Jordan.

At the same time elite Israeli paratroopers and tanks fought their way into the divided city of Jerusalem fighting a series of hard-fought battles against Jordanian defenders.

Meanwhile other Israeli soldiers and armour were attacking the Syrians on the Golan Heights on the northern Israel / Syrian border.

This dramatic new postwar military series of figures and fighting vehicles will tell, in miniature, just why Israel had to do what it did and how with a relatively small regular and part-time army it fought and defeated some of its most numerous, best equipped and belligerent neighbors.

  • - Moshe Dayan (1915-1981) was Defense Minister of Israel during the SIX-DAY WAR. As a former soldier with many years of practical experience he was the right man in the right place at the right time in June 1967.
    Our K&C figure shows the one-eyed general on a tour of inspection just after the capture of Old Jerusalem on 7 June ’67. He wears simple, olive drab fatigues, his pistol belt and an old British Paratrooper helmet as he makes his way forward.
  • - Sometimes nicknamed the “Isherman” the M51 was a much modified version of the classic WW2 American M4 Sherman. It served the Israeli Defense Forces from the mid 1950’s up until the early 1980’s... a remarkable military achievement!
    Israel received almost 300 of these models from France in the mid 1950’s... Sometime in the early 1960’s these M51’s were ‘upgunned’ with a powerful 105mm main gun and were also reengined with the ‘Cummins Diesel Engine’.
    M51’s and their Sherman stablemates the M50 saw combat over a wide area of battle during the short SIX-DAY WAR. They fought in the Sinai... helped retake Jerusalem and the West Bank and helped capture the Golan Heights.
    Our K&C model mounts the big 105mm main gun together with the secondary armament of a hull-mounted .30 cal. machine gun and a turret-mounted .50 cal. heavy machine gun.
    Two Israeli tankers come with the vehicle and the tank also ‘sports’ a broad, black-bordered white aircraft recognition stripe on top of the turret and over the rear engine compartment. And now for the infantry support... A squad of elite Israeli paratroopers in action...
  • - At this time, 1967, Israeli Forces were equipped with a number of weapons including the FN FAL series of Assault Rifles and Light Machine Guns.
    Using a 7.62mm round Israel order 2 x different versions... One standard rifle for the regular infantryman and the heavy-barrel version complete with bipod as a squad support machine gun.
    Our advancing Para Machine Gunner carries his weapon with the bipod folded underneath.
  • - Our fast-moving Para officer is carrying the world-famous ‘UZI’ submachine gun. Israeli designed and built the UZI was used as a personal defense weapon by officers, artillery and armour troops as well as elite light infantry assault forces.
    The UZI has also been a great military export success... delivered in large quantities to over 90 countries. From the 1960’s up through the 1980’s the UZI was THE most popular submachine gun for military, law enforcement and security forces around the world.
  • - Cautiously moving forward this Israeli Para keeps his FN FAL rifle to the fore.
  • - Our crouching Radio Operator is also carrying an UZI as he listens in to all radio traffic on his American-made field radio AN/PRC25 commonly referred to as the “Prick 25”!
  • - The Israeli Defense Forces are one of the few international militaries that have a mandatory military requirement for women.
    Since the country’s foundation women have played a vital role in Israel’s Armed Forces. Generally speaking Israeli female soldiers operated in the support role during the ’67 war however many were fully trained to use and carry the UZI especially in or near combat and rear areas where terrorists might operate.
  • - This Israeli Para is scanning nearby rooftops for snipers or any other hostile activity.
  • - Adopting the horizontal firing position this ‘trooper covers his buddies as they move forward towards another area.
  • - Purchase ALL SIX IDF Paratroopers AND Gen. Moshe Dayan and we will provide you the Israeli Female Soldier with our compliments!
  • - Purchase ALL of the above IDF-S01 set AND our M51 “Isherman’ Tank and we will make it even better value for you!!!

Six Day War

Pike & Musket ... Blood & Guts

In the mid 17th Century even a minor battlefield injury could prove fatal! Standards of hygiene and professional medical skills and knowledge were to put it mildly... few and far between. Surgery was often performed by barbers of all people!!!

  • - A wounded officer is attended to by, what we hope, is a qualified doctor...? With no kind of anaestetic the probing and the pain has to be endured. One side of the battlefield that is rarely seen...

English Civil War - Pike & Musket

THE ADVENTURES of ROBIN HOOD

  • - A fiery Merchant together with his horse and cart have met one of Robin’s Merrie Men as they traverse the forest.
    As almost everyone knows Robin & His Merrie Men like to invite forest travelers to their encampment for a friendly meal... Providing of course they are happy to part with a share of their goods!
  • - One of Robin’s trusty band extending a friendly welcome and the hand of friendship to the irate Merchant.
  • - Another of Robin’s Merrie Band of Outlaws... He’s on his way back to the forest encampment with a hefty bag of flour... Just in time for the feast!

Robin Hood

Berlin 1938

  • - Munich’s bierkellers saw the birth of the National Socialist movement and all that came with it... One of the bierkeller serving wenches.
  • - Another of Munich’s frauleins with a handful of full beersteins.
  • - Wearing traditional lederhosen this local raises his beer in greeting.
  • - The Nazis in Bavaria gathered about them a wide range of country and mountain folk who already had very right-wing views even before the NSDAP came on the scene!
  • - Even in conservative, right wring Bavaria the Nazis had their violent opponents... hence the wooden baton held in the left hand of this Standard Bearer.
  • - “SA MANN Brand” was a German film made around the time Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. It was released in June 1933. This brownshirt is on the street promoting it.

Berlin'38 Leibstandarte

John Jenkins

John Jenkins - New April Releases! - Expected to Arrive Next Week!

10th Anniversary

Another of John's aims for the 10th Anniversary was to release a 2006/2007 Collectors Club Annual. Unfortunately, again due to circumstances beyond his control he was unable to produce the Annual. The Annual was to be accompanied by a special 44th Regiment of foot, Grenadier figure, to commemorate the first set that was released. Since he had managed to produce the figure, this has now been released on its own without the Annual. The 2006/2007 Annual will not now be produced.

Battle of Monongahela, 1755

Knights Of The Skies

The Albatros D.III was a biplane fighter aircraft used by the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I. It was the pre-eminent fighter during the period of German aerial dominance known as "Bloody April" 1917.

Early D.IIIs featured a radiator in the center of the upper wing, where it tended to scald the pilot if punctured. From the 290th D.III onward, the radiator was offset to the right, on production machines while others were soon moved to the right as a field modification. Aircraft deployed in Palestine used two wing radiators, to cope with the warmer climate.

Von Richthofen and most other German aces won the majority of their victories on the D.III, and it even turned out to be more successful than its alleged successor, and continued in production for several months after the introduction of the D.V.

Peak service was in November 1917, with 446 aircraft on the Western Front. 1,866 Albatros D.III planes were produced.

The D.III did not disappear with the end of production, however. It remained in frontline service well into 1918.

As late as March 1918, there were still nearly 200 D.IIIs in service on the Western Front, eight months even after the introduction of its successor. identified as the machine flown by Ltn. Erich Lowenhardt of Jasta 10. This DIII had a white wavy “snake –line” applied to the fuselage sides and top surface of the upper wing. The standard yellow Jasta 10 nose colour was also applied, as well as a small personal number “15”.

** PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A RE-STOCK of ACE-07 BUT UPGRADED WITH NEW DETAILS AND MATERIALS**

Knights Of The Skies - WWI

Wheels of the Desert

The 1st Light Car Patrol was formed in Melbourne during 1916 as part of the Australian Imperial Force during World War I.

First named the 1st Armoured Car Section, it was also known as the 1st Armoured Car Battery.

The unit fought against the Senussi in the Sudan and Western Desert. The 1st Armoured Car Section became the 1st Light Car Patrol on 3 December.

As their original three armoured car vehicles became worn out from hard use in the Western Desert and were irreparable due to shortages of spare parts, the unit was re-equipped with six model T-Ford light cars.

The cars were given names: Anzac, Billzac, Osatal, Silent Sue, Imshi and Bung.

These were traded in for six new Fords on 11 December 1917.

In May 1917 the unit was redeployed to Palestine by rail, and served throughout the campaign there. Like similar British units of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force it was used to conduct long range reconnaissance and patrol duties, often operating well in advance of forward cavalry units. By November 1918 they had reached Aleppo with the British Indian 5th Cavalry Division, where they were believed to be the furthest advanced Australian unit at the conclusion of the campaign.

The Long Range Desert Group was the brain child of Major Ralph Gagnold, Royal Signal Corps. To understand how the LRDG came about we must go back to 1916.

Italy had occupied Lybia in 1911, and although had been at war with the Senussi, an Islamic Religious sect, with Germany’s help they were able to persuade the Senussi to join the fight against the British.

The Senussi were expert raiders who could seemingly strike from nowhere and then disappear. Their usual method of attack was on camel back, and the Senussi were better fighters on camel back and they knew the desert well than the British camel mounted regiments which were initially formed to combat the Senussi threat.

The senussi camels were however vulnerable to artillery and machine gun fire. But mobility was needed to chase down the raiders. The answer came from the use of armoured cars, specifically the Rolls-Royce, but they could not keep pace with the fast moving camels, and were quick to bog down in the desert.

What was needed was a lighter more reliable car, that could move swiftly and carry the additional fire power. This was the modified Ford Model T and gave birth to the Light Car Patrols. The LCP patrols operated in modified Ford Model T’s armed with Lewis machine guns, had wider tires, radiator condensers, and primitive sun compasses.

By a combination of LCP’s, Rolls Royce armoured cars, camel corps, and BE2 aircraft, the British were able to defeat the Senussi. With the end of WW1 the LCP was disbanded, however the lessons were not forgotten.

Egypt 1915

Conestoga wagon

The Conestoga wagon is a heavy, covered wagon that was used extensively during the late eighteenth century and the nineteenth century in the eastern United States and Canada. It was large enough to transport loads up to 6 tons.

It was drawn by horses, mules, or oxen.

It was designed to help keep its contents from moving about when in motion and to aid it in crossing rivers and streams, though it sometimes leaked unless caulked.

The term "Conestoga wagon" refers specifically to this type of vehicle; it is not a generic term for "covered wagon". The wagons used in the westward expansion of the United States were, for the most part, ordinary farm wagons fitted with canvas covers. A true Conestoga wagon was too heavy for use on the prairies.

The first known mention of a "Conestoga wagon" was by James Logan on December 31, 1717 in his accounting log after purchasing it from James Hendricks.It was named after the "Conestoga River" or "Conestoga Township" in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and thought to have been introduced by Mennonite German settlers. The Brethren of Lancaster County, an offshoot sect of the Mennonites, said that there was a local Native American tribe called the Conestoga.

The left horse near the wagon was referred to as the wheel horse and was sometimes ridden. The Conestoga wagon began the custom of "driving" on the right-hand side of the road.

**PLEASE NOTE THE WAGON COMES PACKED WITH SEPARATE WHEELS ….. and a pair of tweezers**

**PLEASE NOTE HORSES ARE NOT INCLUDED, PLEASE USE BAL-03 HORSE SETS**

Battle of Monongahela, 1755

Birch Bark Canoes

Birch Bark Canoes were the main type and mode of transportation used by the Native American tribes who inhabited the Northeast woodlands, and eastern Canada. The design and style of the birch bark canoes were based on the natural resources that were available to the tribes, in this instance the people made use of the numerous birch trees found in the forests and woodlands of their tribal lands. The tribes built canoes made from the bark of the birch trees over a wooden frame. These canoes were broad enough to float in shallow streams, strong enough to shoot dangerous rapids, and light enough for one man to easily carry a canoe on his back.

The birch bark canoes were built in many different sizes. They could be used by a single person but were usually built for 4 - 6 people. Some of the war canoes could take up to 12 Native Indians

The Huron canoes measured about 21 feet long (7 metres) and 3 feet wide (1 metre) and could carry four or five men and about 200 pounds of cargo (91 kilograms). Their ability to travel long distances was seen as great assets by the French who quickly allied with the Huron to gain an advantage in the lucrative beaver fur trade

These sets are perfect for collectors wishing to add some extra elements to their dioramas. Also the canoes can be used with the additional Indian sets CAN-04 and CAN-07.

Additional Woodland Indian and French militia sets will be added in the future.

Raid on Saint Francis, 1759

Wars of the Roses

Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

Battle of Bushy Run

The Battle of Bushy Run was fought on August 5-6, 1763, in western Pennsylvania, between a British column under the command of Colonel Henry Bouquet and a combined force of Delaware, Shawnee, Mingo, and Huron warriors. This action occurred during Pontiac's Rebellion. Though the British suffered serious losses, they routed the Native American Tribesmen and successfully relieved the garrison of Fort Pitt.

It was to become a situation that closely resembled the predicament of Braddock years earlier at the Battle on the Monongahela. An advance guard ran into hostiles, then support was sent forward, musket fire broke out, from the woods on both flanks and the rear of the main British force.

It seemed it was Braddock's Defeat all over again. The difference it seems was the maintenance of order and the troops' confidence in their commander.

Colonel Henry Bouquet formed up in a near-hollow square on a hillside.

During the second day of fighting, Bouquet decided upon trickery. He feigned a retreat, lured the woodland Indian tribesmen in, then hit them on the flanks with his light infantry companies.

The maneuver was successful. Though Indian casualties were lighter than that of the British, the Battle of Bushy Run, August 5 & 6, 1763, was over, and broke the back of Indian resistance in these parts. Fort Pitt was relieved. The settlements came and a great city would one day stand at this fork in a wilderness river.

The relief column under Colonel Henry Bouquet, consisted of about 500 British soldiers, from the 60th Royal Americans, 42nd Highland Regiment, and the 77th Highland Regiment.

The 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot was a Scottish infantry regiment in the British Army also known as the Black Watch. Originally titled Crawford's Highlanders or The Highland Regiment and numbered 43rd in the line, in 1748, on the disbanding of Oglethorpe's Regiment of Foot, they were renumbered 42nd and in 1751 formally titled the 42nd (Highland) Regiment of Foot.

The 77th Regiment of Foot (Montgomerie's Highlanders) was a Highland Regiment raised in 1757. The regiment was raised at Stirling by Major Archibald Montgomerie as the 1st Highland Battalion and ranked as the 62nd Regiment of Foot in 1757. It was renamed the 77th Regiment of Foot (Montgomery's Highlanders) in June 1758. The regiment participated in the capture of Fort Duquesne in November 1758. It sailed for the West Indies in June 1761 and took part in the Invasion of Martinique in January 1762 and the Battle of Havana in June 1762. It went on to New York City in October 1762 and saw action at the Battle of Bushy Run in August 1763 after which it was disbanded later in the year.

Battle of Bushy Run

First Legion

New May Releases!

Samurai

Age of the Samurai

Glory of Rome

Glory of Rome - Legio VI Victrix

Polish Winged Hussars

Polish Winged Hussars

Retreat from Russia

Retreat from Russia

Battle of Normandy

Battle of Normandy

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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