November, 2021
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Missed the October Edition 2021 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the November (Thanksgiving) and Guy Fawkes Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News, written on the start of winter here in the Bay Area. Normally I am complaining about the lack of rain, last week we got deluged with a one-day event called a “Rain Bomb,” which was part of a bigger event called an atmospheric river. We received the most rain in a single day since records were kept in the mid 1800’s, but then the rain stopped. We are hoping for much more as our rainy season officially starts today.

Please follow the British tradition on November 5th of lighting bonfires, setting off fireworks and celebrating the life of Guy Fawkes, who tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, we wish you a most pleasant day and hope with all the craziness going on currently that you get a chance to relax, spend time with friends and family, and watch a few football games. Just enjoy yourself with the company that you keep and forget the outside world.

The holiday season is just around the corner, and we anticipate that it is going to look a little different this year. As you have all probably heard, it is expected that shipping will be delayed as consumers begin to ramp up shopping for the holidays. We fully anticipate that carriers will be posting longer than normal delivery times, which is why we ask that you get your orders in sooner, rather than later, to guarantee that your packages arrive on-time. We will be publishing our “Holiday Shipping Guide” shortly.

In anticipation of an increase in visitors to our super showroom, the workers here (Aidan, Alex, and Cody) have been doing an amazing job of setting up our dioramas. These include, in no particular order, our Battle of Hastings, Aztec, American Revolution, Vietnam, Sword Beach, and World of Dickens displays. Additionally, they have plans to rework their Great War section and produce a major battle for the Napoleonic’s range, featuring many figures from King & Country and W. Britains. They have also been working on creating viewing areas that highlight many of the items on sale from First Legion, King & Country, and Thomas Gunn Miniatures. They have even begun displaying some of the consignment sets we have been receiving lately to provide customers with a plethora of options to choose from this year. In other words, these three have been very busy bunnies and we expect that they are only going to get busier as the holiday season approaches.

Speaking of consignment items, please also direct your attention to our “Collector’s Corner” section of our website, as it has been increasing steadily these last few months. In an earlier edition of this newsletter, I had mentioned that some model aircraft would be making an appearance and we have delivered as Aidan (our consignment guy), has nearly finished uploading all those items. Those aircraft will be especially enticing to those of you who collect allied aircraft, especially bombers. If airplanes are not your cup of tea, then fret not, as the “Collector’s Corner” section features plenty of toy soldiers from varying eras of history, which means we should have something almost for everyone.

We have some great new announcements from Britain's, King & Country, John Jenkins and First Legion.

John has re-started his future release updates, for the latest information on John Jenkins Future Releases, please visit.

John Jenkins Future Releases.

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Cyber November Sale

Cyber November Sale / Black Friday Sale

We have added more items our sale items. Check out our Thomas Gunn, First Legion and King & Country Sale items.

King & Country Mega Sale

First Legion Big Sale

Thomas Gunn Grand Sale

We will have lots of items on sale between 25 - 45% off throughout the month, please look at the special pricing being offered. We will be adding daily to our list of items on sale.  So please check back often and you may find a pleasant surprise.

Collectors Corner
Sierra Toy Britain's Exclusive
Britain's
King & Country
John Jenkins
First Legion

Showroom

We are open Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00pm.

Just a reminder for those of you living in Northern California, or perhaps just visiting, that our Showroom dedicated to toy soldiers is now open 6 days a week. 1350 Dell Avenue, Ste #5, Campbell, California 95008. (408) 395 3000

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Sierra Toy Soldier Virtual Video Call

To set up a Virtual Video Call to see any of our latest releases or displays. Contact us via Email or Phone.

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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.

Consignment Highlight

This month we feature sets from Britain's, Jenkins and King & Country. All effectively brand new and unopened.

Collectors Corner

Sierra Toy Soldier Britain's Exclusive

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive - In Stock Now!

Zulu Storehouse Attack

Britain's

Britain's November Releases!

Musuem Collection

New releases not previously announced!

Musuem Collection

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

American Civil War

New releases not previously announced. We are currently waiting for the final production pictures.

American Civil War

Vikings

New releases not previously announced. We are currently waiting for the final production pictures.

Wrath of the Norsemen

King & Country

King & Country November Releases!

Santa & His Polar Bear

As Santa lives at the North Pole it seems natural that he should have some kind of a ‘pet’ to keep him company during those long winter nights. So, what better animal to have around as a ‘pet’ than a Polar Bear. After all, he could have chosen one of his reindeers but didn’t like to pick ‘favourites’ among all his sled-pullers. And so ‘Snowball’ the Polar Bear seemed the logical choice... plus he was house-trained and had an aversion to reindeer meat. Here they are about to go off and deliver some presents to lots of little boys and girls who have been specially good this past year!

K&C Christmas

CRUSADERS IN BATTLE

Crusaders

LOVE & KINDNESS

  • - This little 2-figure set is based on one of the most famous parables told by Jesus... A travellers is waylaid by robbers who beat him and steal everything from him including most of his clothes. As he lies severely injured by the side of the road several people pass by but refuse to help the victim until a stranger, not even a countryman of the traveller, stops to help and rescue him. The point of the story is that people should not limit their love and compassion for others to only those they know... but provide help and understanding even to those they do not know. This set shows the kneeling good Samaritan supporting the unfortunate traveller and offering him a drink of water and aid.
  • - As a companion piece to LOJ049 or as a ‘stand-alone’ set on its own... A young boy stands holding the head reins of a donkey. It might even be the good Samaritan’s own animal.
  • - Jesus, in his travels the length and breadth of Judea always made time to talk to children... Here he meets with a young boy and his sister.

Life of Jesus

Onto the Beach... And into the Woods

Here is the third and ‘final’ batch of British D.Day Infantrymen for 2021. Fear not however, additional figures and fighting vehicle releases are already in development for 2022. As before each of these figures is available with a choice of either sand (Beach) base or grass (Inland) base as the collector chooses. In addition three of the upcoming infantry ‘Tommies’ have NO BASE and so can be used in either types of battle scenes.

British & Canadian Forces

Tank Commanders

  • - A set 4 x half body tank commander figures suitable for a wide range of K&C German armoured fighting vehicles.

Normandy 1944 - German Forces

WEHRMACHT FORDS

The Ford Motor Company opened its first sales office in Weimar Germany in 1925 during the aftermath of WW1. Six year later it built its first factory and assembly plant near Cologne. By the time the Nazis came to power in 1933 the factory was already producing several different kinds of vehicles, mainly American designs, adapted to suit the European market. It was not until just before the outbreak of WW2 in 1939 that the company was tasked with designing and manufacturing a medium size truck for the Germany Army. By that point the company itself was operating virtually independently of its American parent. The result of their efforts was the Fordwerke V3000 which, after the Opel ‘Blitz’ was the most produced medium truck of the Wehrmacht.

  • - This all-new King & Country model comes with a seated army driver and 2 x removable bench seats which, when fitted, can seat at least 8 infantrymen. When the benches are removed the open space can also accommodate all kinds of cargo, ammunition, supplies and even a 20mm flak gun and crew.
  • - A set of 4 x seated Panzer Grenadier Infantry, 3 with rifles and 1 x NCO with an MP40 submachine pistol.

German Wehrmacht

ROYAL COLONELS

It has been a long tradition in the British Army that senior members of the Royal Family are given honorary titles connected to many of the Army’s most famous regiments... Especially those regiments belonging to the Household Brigade whose first duty has always been to protect and defend the sovereign.

  • - The Grenadier Guards have a very special relationship with the Royal Family going back over 350 years. Until 2017 the late Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh was the regiment’s Honorary Colonel since 1975... an amazing term of duty of some 42 years! Our K&C figure of the Prince is based on an actual photo taken in 2003 at Windsor Castle. The Prince stands at ease, one arm behind his back watching a parade march past.
  • - This standing figure of the King who was never crowned. He abdicated in 1936 and is in the ceremonial, full dress uniform of the Welsh Guards, the Guards regiment he was most fond of. After abdication he became the Duke of Windsor but would never wear this splendid uniform again.

Ceremonial

John Jenkins

New November Releases
THE RED BARON, MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, born 2nd May 1892 – 21st April 1918.

Known in English as Baron von Richthofen, and most famously as the “Red Baron”, was a fighter pilot with the German Air Force during the First World War.

He is considered as the Ace of Aces of the war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories.

Originally a cavalryman, Richthofen transferred to the Air Service in 1915, becoming one of the first members of fighter squadron Jagdstaffel 2 in 1916. He quickly distinguished himself as a fighter pilot, and during 1917 became the leader of Jasta 11, also known as the Red Squadron, and later on he led the larger fighter wing Jagdgeschwader 1, better known as “The Flying Circus” or “Richthofen’s Circus” because of the bright colours of its aircraft, and perhaps because of the way the unit was transferred from one area of Allied activity to another, moving around like a travelling circus, and frequently setting up in tents on improvised airfields.

By 1918, Richthofen was regarded as a national hero in Germany, and respected by his enemies.

Richthofen was shot down and killed near Vaux-Sur-Somme on 21st April 1918.

There has been considerable discussion and debate regarding aspects of his career, especially the circumstances of his death. He remains one of the most widely known fighter pilots of all time, and has been the subject of many books, and films.

Richthofen was a Freiherr (literary “free Lord”), a title of nobility often translated as Baron.

This is not a given name nor strictly a hereditary title, since all male members of the family were entitled to it, even during the lifetime of their father.

Richthofen painted his aircraft red, and this combined with his title led to him being called “The Red Baron”.

In Germany he was more frequently described in German as “Der Rote Kampfflieger”, variously translated as “The Red Battle Flyer” or “The Red Fighter Pilot”. This name was used as the title of Richthofen’s 1917 autobiography.

Knights of the Sky

Roman Army of the Mid-Republic

Roman Army of the Mid-Republic

Norman Knights

Age of Arthur - Norman Knights

Anglo Saxon/ Danish Shieldwall

Age of Arthur - Anglo Saxon/ Danish Shieldwall

Crusades

Crusades

El Cid

El Cid and the Reconquista

Wars of the Roses

Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

Conquistadors

Conquistadors

Battle of Assaye, 1803 - Wellington

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, (1st May 1769 – 14th September 1852), was an Anglo Irish soldier and Tory statesman who was one of the leading military and political figures of 19th Century Britain, serving twice as prime minister.

He ended the Napoleonic Wars when he defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Wellesley was born in Dublin. He was commissioned as an ensign in the British army in 1787, serving in Ireland as aide-de-Camp to two successive lords lieutenant of Ireland.

He was a Colonel by 1796 and saw action in the Netherlands and in India, where he fought in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War at the Battle of Seringapatam.

He was appointed governor of Seringapatam and Mysore in 1799 and as a newly appointed Major-General, won a decisive victory over the Maratha Confederacy at the Battle of Assaye in 1803.

Arriving in Calcutta in February 1797 he spent several months there, before being sent on a brief expedition to the Philippines, where he established a list of new hygiene precautions for his men to deal with the unfamiliar climate.

Returning in November to India he learnt that his elder brother Richard, now known as Lord Mornington, had been appointed as the new Governor-General of India.

In 1798, he changed the spelling of his surname to "Wellesley"; up to this time he was still known as Wesley, which his eldest brother considered the ancient and proper spelling

In September 1802, Wellesley learnt that he had been promoted to the rank of Major-General. He remained at Mysore until November when he was sent to command an army in the Second Anglo-Maratha War. When he determined that a long defensive war would ruin his army, Wellesley decided to act boldly to defeat the numerically larger force of the Maratha Empire. He attacked the nearest Maratha fort on August 8th 1803. The fort surrendered on 12th August after an infantry attack had exploited an artillery breach in the wall. With the fort now in British control Wellesley was able to extend control southwards to the river Godavari.

Wellesley had split his army into two forces to pursue and locate the main Maratha army. His intelligence reported the location of the Marathas’ main army between two rivers near Assaye. Waiting for the arrival of the second force of his army, meant the Marathas would be able to mount a retreat, so Wellesley decided to launch an attach immediately.

On 23rd September 1803, Wellesley led his army over a ford in the river Kaitna, and the Battle of Assaye commenced. After crossing the ford the infantry was organized into several lines and advanced against the Maratha infantry. He ordered his cavalry to exploit the flank of the Maratha army near the village. During the Battle Wellesley himself came under fire, and two of his horses were shot from under him.

A good stable of horses was an important asset for any commander, particularly a man like Wellesley, who was capable of riding upwards of 40 miles a day, therefore needing frequent changes. Diomed his favourite horse, had originally belonged to a Colonel Ashton, a friend of Wellesley’s who bequeathed his horse to Wellesley as he lay dying from a duelling wound. With the horses fitness and agility, Diomed got Wellesley out of numerous tight spots in India, only to die from a pike wound at the Battle of Assaye.

An officer wrote of the importance of Wellesley’s personal leadership, “The General was in the thick of the action the whole time…. I never saw a man so cool and collected as he was…. Though I can assure you, til our troops got the order to advance the fate of the day seemed doubtful….” With some 6,000 Marathas killed or wounded, the enemy was routed, though Wellesley’s force was in no condition to pursue. British casualties were heavy, the British losses were 409 soldiers killed out of which 164 were Europeans and the remaining 245 were Indian. A further 1,622 British soldiers were wounded ( the British casualty figures were taken from Wellesley’s own dispatch). He was troubled by the loss of men and remarked that he hoped “I should not like to see again such a loss as I sustained on 23rd September, even if attended by such gain.” Years later , he remarked that Assaye, and not Waterloo, was the best battle he ever fought.

Wellington is famous for his adaptive defensive style of warfare, resulting in several victories against numerically superior forces while minimizing his own losses. He is regarded as one of the greatest defensive commanders of all time, and many of his tactics and battle plans are still studied in military acadamies around the world.

Wellington in India - Battle of Assaye, 1803

Battle of Assaye, 1803 - Madras Native Infantry

Wellington in India - Battle of Assaye, 1803

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

Blackfoot

The Niitsiapi, also known as the Blackfoot or Blackfeet Indians, were found in the Great Plains of Montana and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Only one of the Niitsitapi tribes were called Blackfoot, or Siksika.

The name is said to have come from the colour of the peoples’ moccasins.

It is believed that the leather used to make the moccasins came from the soot-stained leather at the top of the wigwam.

Others believe they had dyed or painted the soles of their moccasins black.

One legendary story claimed that the Siksika walked through ashes of prairie fires, which in turn colored the bottoms of their moccasins black.

Historically, the member peoples of the Blackfoot Confederacy were nomadic bison hunters and trout fishermen, who ranged across large areas of the northern Great Plains of western north America. They followed the bison herds as they migrated between what are now the United States and Canada, as far north as the Bow River.

In the first half of the eighteenth century, they acquired horses and firearms from white traders and their Cree and Assiniboine go-betweens. The Blackfoot used these to expand their territory at the expense of neighbouring tribes.

They eventually became a formidable example of the classic Plains Indian culture. They were a powerful force, controlling an area that extended from current day Edmonton, Alberta Province, nearly to Yellowstone Park, and from Glacier Park to the Black Hills of South Dakota.

The Badger-Two Medicine Area is a significant sacred site for the tribe.

Up until around 1730, the Blackfoot traveled by foot and used dogs to carry and pull goods. They had not seen horses, but were introduced to them on the Plains as other tribes, such as the Shoshone, had already adopted their use.

The Blackfoot called the horses Ponokamita (elk dogs). The horses could carry much more weight than dogs and moved at greater speed, and they could be ridden for hunting and travel.

Horses revolutionized life on the Great Plains and soon became to be regarded as a measure of wealth. Warriors regularly raided other tribes for their best horses, and were generally used as universal standards of barter. Medicine men were paid for cures and healing with horses, and those who designed shields and war bonnets were also paid in horses. The individual’s prestige and status was judged by the number of horses that he could give away.

Blackfoot war parties would ride hundreds of miles on raids. A boy on his first war party was given a derogatory name, but after he had stolen his first horse or killed an enemy, he was given a name to honour him. Warriors would strive to perform various acts of bravery called “counting coup”, in order to move up in social rank.

The coups in order of importance were; Taking a gun from a living enemy, and or touching him directly, capturing lances, and bows, scalping an enemy, killing an enemy, freeing a tied horse from in front of an enemy lodge, leading a war party, scouting for a war party, stealing headdresses, shields, pipes (sacred ceremonial pipes) and driving a herd of stolen horses back to camp.

In subsequent years, mountain men trapping in Blackfoot country generally encountered hostility. When John Colter, a member of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, returned to Blackfoot country, he barely escaped with his life! In 1809, Colter and his companion were trapping on the Jefferson River, by canoe when they were surrounded by Blackfoot warriors. Colter’s companion John Potts, did not surrender and was killed. Colter was stripped of his clothes and forced to run for his life, after being given a head start (which famously became known in the annals of the West as Colter’s Run). He eventually escaped by reaching a river five miles away and diving under either an island of driftwood or a beaver dam, where he remained concealed until nightfall. He then trekked another 300 miles to a fort.

Like many other Great Plains Indian nation, the Niitsitapi often had hostile relationships with white settlers. Despite the hostilities, the Blackfoot stayed largely out of the Great Plains Indian Wars, neither fighting against nor scouting for the United States army. When the Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho were fighting the United States army, they sent runners into Blackfoot territory, urging them to join the fight.

Crowfoot, one of the most influential Blackfoot chiefs, dismissed the messengers and threatened to ally with the NWMP to fight them if they came north into Blackfoot country. News of Crowfoot’s loyalty reached Ottawa and from there to London. Queen Victoria praised Crowfoot and the Blackfoot for their loyalty.

The Blackfoot also chose to stay out of the Northwest Rebellion. News of the continued neutrality reached Ottawa, where Lord Lansdowne the governor general, expressed his thanks to Crowfoot again on behalf of the Queen back in London.

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

Drums along the Mohawk

Drums along the Mohawk

American Civil War

14th Regiment, New York State Militia

First Legion

New November Announcements
Tuetonic Nights

New Releases expected November, 2021!

Battle of Lake Peipus

Stalingrad

Stalingrad Russians

Vietnam

First_Legion_Vietnam

Unpainted Metal Kits - Scale 60mm and 75mm

Unpainted Metal Kits - Scale 60mm and 75mm

Very best regards from Mike & Myszka Hall and the Sierra Toy Soldier team - Aidan, Alex, and Cody.

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