October, 2022
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Missed the September Edition 2022 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the October Edition (pre-Halloween) edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News, written on a lovely day here in the Bay Area. Unusually, for this time of year, we are getting coastal fog rolling in and covering the Bay Area. This is great because it acts like a natural air conditioner and keeps the temperatures nice and reasonable. Great time to come visit us.

Thank you to all that visited the Chicago Toy Soldier Show, it was so nice to see many familiar faces. We hope everyone had as much fun as we did. We spent a lot of time hanging out with Britain’s. If you are a Britain’s collector, you will be in for a real treat. The upcoming releases look superb and with over 200 figures in the pipeline, everyone should be happy.

Cody has been going gang busters adding two significant consignment collections to our growing Collectors Corner. He has added St Petersburg figures from Aeroart, French and Indian War figures from Frontline and a brand new "Plastics from the Past" section featuring plastic figures and long retired playsets.

Plastics of the Past

Collectors Corner

We have also added lots to our Scratch & Dent pages, we are updating these every day.

Scratch & Dent

We have some great new announcements from King & Country, John Jenkins and Thomas Gunn.

For information on John Jenkins Future Releases.

John Jenkins Future Releases.

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Cyber October Sale

Cyber October Sale.

Newly added for a very limited time some John Jenkins items, do not miss out! Check out our Thomas Gunn, First Legion, King & Country and John Jenkins Sale items.

King & Country Mega Sale

First Legion Big Sale

Collectors Showcase Grand Sale

John Jenkins Grand 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
Thomas Gunn
King & Country
John Jenkins

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

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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.

Virtual Video Call Email

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Scratch & Dent

Do you enjoy repairing or modifying toy soldiers and vehicles. Every now and again we receive figures and vehicles in need of a new home and some special care. If yes, this may be the section just for you.

Scratch & Dent

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.

This month we have added a very large collection of Aeroart, St Petersburg figures and also a very large collection of Plastic figures and Play Sets. We have also added Frontline French and Indian War sets in perfect condition.

Consignment Highlight

This month we feature sets from Thomas Gunn, First Legion, Britain's, Jenkins, King & Country, Frontine, St Petersburg and Plastics.

Collectors Corner

Sierra Toy Soldier Britain's Exclusive

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive - In Stock Now!

Zulu Storehouse Attack

King & Country

King & Country October Releases!

Protecting and serving the Monarch

Just two weeks ago, as I wrote this part of ‘DISPATCHES’, the whole world had the unique opportunity to see on television the state funeral of Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Over many hours viewers around the globe could see the pomp, splendor and spectacle of the ceremonies involved in Britain’s official farewell to a much loved and respected Queen.

Central to these ceremonies was the participation of many thousands of military personnel from all branches of the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces as well as representatives from several key Commonwealth Defence Forces.

Among all those fine soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines on parade were a large number of men and some women belonging to the ‘Household Division’ which traditionally has provided those senior military units tasked with ceremonial and personal protection duties associated with the ruling monarch who, in Britain’s case, is also the country’s head of state.

For centuries now the Household Division has consisted of two regiments of Cavalry (The Life Guards and The Blues & Royals) and five Regiments of Foot Guards (Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh).

All of them are renowned for their unique proficiency and the legendary smartness with which they carry out their ceremonial duties. As modern soldiers they are also second-to-none for drill, discipline and reliability as their record on and off the battlefield testifies to. King & Country’s latest release in our ‘CEREMONIAL’ series spotlights one very important and colourful part of all the units of the Household Division… their Military Musicians!

An expanded version of our 21-figure Coldstream Guards Regimental Band bringing the band up to a strength of 43 musicians.

Another expanded version incuding two complete 21-figure Coldstream Guards Regimental Bands with additional musicians bringing it up to 51 soldiers. All 21 figures come packaged in their own specially designed box.

ADDITIONAL MUSICANS:

For those collectors wishing to expand their Coldstream Guards Regimental Band and bring it up to full strength these solo figures are also available: Please Note: The Drum Major, Bass Drummer and Cymbalist figures are only available as part of the complete 21 x figure Regimental Band Set.

Ceremonial

Royal Danish Life Guards

Ceremonial

FOOT DRAGOONS ON GUARD

Here are the three latest additions to our French Napoleonic ‘Dragons a Pied’ (Foot Dragoons) series resplendent in their green tunics with the red facings and wearing the traditional brass helmet topped with the long, horse-hair crests

  • - As was the military tradition during the Napoleonic Wars all drummers and buglers in most French Regiments had their uniform coolers reversed in order that they could be seen more easily amidst the smoke and confusion of battle. Our Foot Dragoon Drummer wears a bold, red tunic together with green facings, on his head the regular brass helmet but with a pure white horse hair crest in order to create extra visibility on the battle field.

Napoleon's 'Dragons a Pied', the 'Foot Dragoons'

Archduke Franz-Ferdinand & His Wife Sophie

On Sunday, 28 June 1914 the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, the Archduchess Sophie were on a visit to Sarajevo, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian providence of Bosnia Herzegovina. While there a young Bosnian extremist, Gavrilo Princip, shot and killed the Royal couple as they drove through the city.

The assassinations, along with a European arms race, hyper-nationalism, the military ambitions of Imperial Germany and a toxic system of political alliances all contributed to the outbreak of the First World War just a few short weeks after Franz Ferdinand’s violent death.

King & Country’s two newest and alas ill-fated royal couple shows the Arch Duke and his wife in a lighter, happier moment before the tragic events of 28 June 1914.

The Royals

US Navy

Three more U.S. Navy figures to join the crew of King & Country’s latest range of USN ‘Bluejackets’.

  • - This officer is on ‘deck duty’ or perhaps in charge of the ‘Shore Patrol’ or leading a naval ‘landing party’. He is in his everyday normal working uniform of double breasted, navy blue jacket and trousers, officers cap with white cap cover, white shirt, black tie and highly polished shoes. As officer-of-the-day he is also wearing the standard webbing waist belt and pistol holster carrying the Colt 1911 automatic pistol which served as the standard side arm for America’s armed forces for almost 75 years!
  • - This smartly-turned out sailor is ‘presenting arms’ with the M1903 ‘Springfield Rifle’. First introduced in 1903, this rifle was widely used by all U.S. Forces and saw extensive service in WW1 and beyond. Our sailor wears the standard web cartridge belt with 10 ammunition pouches attached as well as his water canteen and bayonet scabbard. Befitting a Naval Landing Party he also has his navy bellbottom pants neatly tucked into long canvas gaiters.
  • - This particular ‘Bluejacket’ is practicing his aim with his personal Colt 1911 Automatic Pistol. Around his waist is his web cartridge belt with just 5 rifle ammunition pouches and a single .45 calibre ammunition pouch containing two additional clips of pistol rounds. This sailor also wears the canvas leg gaiters.

USNAVY

Deadly Young Opponents

Staying on dry land for a moment K&C continues to explore the bitter and bloody fighting taking place all over Normandy in the summer of 1944.

SIX additional and extremely useful young soldiers from the notorious 12th SS ‘Hitlerjugend’ Division that fought and died in and among the ‘bocage’ of the Normandy countryside in that fateful summer.

  • - Cautiously moving forward this youthful soldier had only just completed his infantry training before the Allies invaded France on 6 June 1944. Now, his training has become his reality!
  • - As allied artillery shells explode all around him this young soldier clutches his steel helmet as he sprints from one position to the next hoping to find a safe place to take cover.
  • - Another young infantryman dashes forward, rifle in hand and ready for action.
  • - Calmly signaling his men to go forward this soldier is one of the veteran NCOs who has already seen battle on the Eastern Front and for him Normandy is nothing new and considerably less dangerous than fighting the Soviets.
  • - Here the MP40 is in the capable hands of another young NCO (non commissioned officer) who kneels to take aim at the advancing Allied infantry. WS368 ‘HJSS Lying Prone w/Rifle’ This young soldier, after leaving school just 6 months before prepares for his first battle as the enemy gets nearer…

Normandy '44 - Waffen-SS & Wehrmacht

John Jenkins

New October Releases - WWII - German Armour

German Panzerkampfwagen "Panther" Ausf. G (Sd.Kfz.171), Daimler Benz Factory "Ambush" Camo Panther #223 of Panzer-Regiment 31, 5. Panzer-Division, East Prussia, November 1944

The Panzerkampfwagen "Panther" was arguably the finest tank design of World War Two. Heavily influenced by combat experience against the Russian T-34 on the East Front, the Panther possessed an excellent balance of firepower, armor protection, and mobility.

The Panther's long barreled, high velocity 7.5 cm Kw.K. L/70 cannon possessed greater penetrating power than the 8.8 cm cannon on the Tiger I, and was capable of defeating any Allied tank. In addition, the extremely flat shooting trajectory made first round hits at distances in excess of 1,000 meters probable. This lethality was coupled with excellent armor protection, especially from the front, where the Panther's 80 mm front glacis plate sloped at 55 degrees provided more armor protection than the Tiger I. Coupled with 100 mm turret and gun mantlet armor, the Panther's frontal armor was impervious to the low velocity 75 mm cannon found on the US Sherman tank and British Cromwell's and Churchill's.

It was not uncommon for horrified Allied tankers to watch as multiple hits with armor piercing ammunition simply bounced off the Panther. Even the upgunned Allied tanks like the 76mm Sherman, 17-Pounder British Firefly, and Russian T-34/85 could not penetrate the glacis plate of the Panther at normal combat ranges. Therefore, Allied tankers usually maneuvered to get shots on the Panther's sides, where the weaker 45 mm turret sides and 40 mm hull sides could be penetrated at normal combat ranges.

Finally, the Panther rounded out its outstanding characteristics with excellent mobility. It was powered by the same Maybach engine as the Tiger I and King Tiger, but because it was significantly lighter, the Panther possessed a much higher horsepower to weight ratio than the German heavy tanks. This extra power, coupled with wide tracks that reduced the ground pressure to less than the Sherman tank, provided it with excellent cross country mobility.

The JJD Panther #223 represents a tank produced by the Daimler Benz assembly firm in the fall of 1944. It is painted in the iconic "Ambush" or "Licht und Shatten" (Light and Shadow) camo pattern with contrasting dots unique to the Daimler Benz assembly firm; the M.A.N. and M.N.H. assembly firms used a contrasting splinter pattern on their Ambush camo Panthers. These dots were only painted on the Panther's hull, and not on its cannon. Another unique feature of Daimler Benz Panthers was the location of the Balkenkreuz/Baltic Crosses, which were placed under the tool racks on the left forward/right center hull sides and on the rear left stowage bin.

Panther #223 was issued to Panzer Regiment 31 of the 5. Panzer Division. This storied regiment fought in the campaigns in Poland, France, Yugoslavia and Greece. It was earmarked to be shipped to North Africa to join Rommel's forces in 1941, but was diverted at the last minute to Russia, where it remained for the rest of the war. Panzer Regiment 31 and the 5. Panzer Division gained a fearsome reputation on the East Front, and Russian Generals often ordered their troops to avoid contact with the division at all costs.

Panther #223 is depicted as it appeared when used by Panzer Regiment 31 in November 1944 in East Prussia where, along with the Fallschirm-Panzerkorps "Hermann Goering", it successfully re-took Goldap (the first German city to fall to the Soviets). While the Germans held the city for the rest of the year, this was to be one of the last German victories of the war. On the forward turret sides it displays a striking Red Devil head (the unit insignia of Panzer Regiment 31) with the yellow "X" in a black box insignia of 5. Panzer Division is on the top of the turret rear. It also has the white section of the rear Balkenkreuz painted red as seen in period photos. This practice was to make the Balkenkreuz more difficult to see, so it could not be used as an aiming point by enemy gunners. Finally, Panther #223 carries a horseshoe welded to the front glacis plate; a common good luck charm of Panzer crews and seen on many of the Regiment's tanks.

JJ WWII Collection

Troy

Large towers were usually built into the walls of Troy to defend a major gateway. The South tower was built to guard the Scaean Gate. The Eastern wall was also reinforced by a large tower. This massive bastion at the north east corner of the city was built to defend a well which was the main water supply.Large towers were usually built into the walls of Troy to defend a major gateway. The South tower was built to guard the Scaean Gate.

The total width of all the Troy wall sets together, asseen in the above picture will be 32" and approximately 8" depth.

Troy and her allies

Greeks

Antilochus was the son of king Nestor, and the brother of Thrasymedes.

He accompanied his father and his brother to the Trojan war. He was distinguished for his beauty, swiftness of foot, and skill as a charioteer.

Though he was among the youngest of the Greek princes, he commanded the Pylians in the war and performed many deeds of valour.

He was a favourite of the gods and a friend of Achilles, to whom he was commissioned to announce the death of Patroclus.

When his father Nestor was attacked by Memnon, Antilochus sacrificed himself to save him, thus fulfilling an oracle which had warned to “beware of an Ethiopian”.

Antilochus’ death was avenged by Achilles, who drove the Trojans back to the gates, where he is killed by Paris.

His ashes, along with those of Achilles and Patroclus, were enshrined in a mound on the promontory of Sigeion, where the inhabitants of Ilium offered sacrifice to the dead heroes.

Among the Trojans he killed were Melanippus, Ablerus, Atymnius, Phalces, Echepolos and Thoon. At the funeral games of Patroclus, Antilochus finished second in the chariot race and third in the foot race.

From what is known of chariot warfare it is unlikely that the chariots of this era were used in battle en- masse. It seems more probable that a chariot warrior, armed with a round shield and a short spear, would dismount to fight, with his chariot retiring a short way in order to await events.

The traditional Mycenean chariot battle would see the chariots advance into contact with other chariots. The heavily armoured warrior would brace himself levelling his long spear for the inevitable clash with his opponent. As the lines of chariots inter-penetrated, the chariots would veer passed each other, an unlucky warrior having been knocked from his vehicle by a well aimed thrust.

The heavy Dendra Panopoly, a suit of armour made from 15 pieces of beaten sheet bronze, would have been worn by the Mycenean warrior.

In the Iliad Nestor delivers a pre-battle speech to the Greek chariotry. He instructs the charioteers to control their teams so they can charge in formation, the warriors to thrust with the spear from their chariot as “the men before your time sacked tower and city”.

Nestor is known for reminiscing about his youth, where he had fought battles and gained experience of tactics that were falling out of use. This seemed a suitable opportunity to depict one of Nestor’s sons, in traditional armour, as his father would have previously worn.

Greeks

Macedonian

Macedonian phalanx

Saxon's

Age of Arthur - Anglo Saxon/ Danish Shieldwall

Viking's

Age of Arthur - Vikings

Spanish

Nearly all the warring factions in Spain during this period used local Andalusian troops as allies in their armies. Andalusian mercenary infantry archers were commonplace and were often deployed behind spearmen in battle. These figures are perfect as defenders of the Andalusian Castle.

El Cid and the Reconquista

Aztec

Aztec Empire

Aztec Temple

Tenochtitlan was the capital city of the Aztec Empire. The city was built on an island in what was then Lake Texcoco in the valley of Mexico.

In the centre of Tenochtitlan was a walled square, where in temples on top of high pyramids Aztec holy men honoured their gods with colourful ceremonies and human sacrifices.

The jjDesigns Aztec Temple Complex pieces can be combined to create a suitable backdrop which can fit on a standard 36” wide shelf. Either the exterior of the walled complex or the interior of the walled complex can be represented.

A display simular to the Roman Fort can be created, which can represent a simple shelf backdrop or a complete fort/temple complex!

PLEASE NOTE THESE STAIRS ARE DESIGNED TO FIT THE AZTEC STRAIGHT WALLS AZ-105. UNFORTUNATELY THERE WERE NO AZ-105 STRAIGHT WALLS AVAILABLE AT THE TIME OF TAKING THE PICTURES.

Aztec Temple Complex

Conquest of America - Skraeling

Skraeling

GEMPEI WAR 1180-1185

Please note due to a misunderstanding at the factory the Katana is not a phot etched “steel” blade, but a normal painted part of the casting.

Gempei War 1180 - 1185

American Civil War - 39th New York Infantry Regiment, Garibaldi Guard

39th New York Infantry Regiment, Garibaldi Guard

American Civil War - Army of the Shenandoah, 33rd Virginia Infantry Regiment, Company E, Emerald Guard

The 33rd Virginia Infantry Regiment was raised in the commonwealth of Virginia for service in the Confederate States Army and was part of the famed “Stonewall Brigade”.

When the Union and Confederate armies engaged near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on July 21st 1861, General Jackson and his brigade earned the nickname “Stonewall”.

Eight of the ten companies in the 33rd were present.

By late May 1861, the regiment was placed under the command of Col. Arthur C. Cummings, who was a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute who practiced law in Abington, Virginia at the far southernmost end of the valley and would twice represent Washington County, Virginia in the Virginia House of Delegates (first beginning in 1863 and again in 1871)

At the height of the battle, it was Jackson's first brigade, and more specifically, the undersized regiment of Colonel Cummings that turned the tide of battle with a well-timed charge against an exposed artillery battery.

The successful capture of the guns is thought to be largely because, due to the lack of formality in early war uniforms, Jackson's men were dressed in blue, just like their Federal counterparts. Though the 33rd Virginia succeeded in capturing the guns, the number of men that made the charge (only about 250) were unable to maintain possession and were forced to retreat. The charge had halted the steady advance of the Union Army up to that point, and precipitated further charges by Jackson's other regiments. By day's end, the actions of the 33rd led to the complete rout of the Union Army, and played a major role in immortalizing the brigade.

The cost of immortality for Cummings' regiment was high. Of the 450 men who were present at the battle, the 33rd would suffer 43 killed and 140 wounded.

Company E, The Emerald Guard, having participated in the battle, suffered 15 casualties including most of the company officers and NCO's. Captain Sibert was shot through both legs; Lt. Thomas C. Fitzgerald and 2d Lt. John Ireland were also wounded; in addition, Sgt. Michael Gavagan was wounded and Corp. John O. Sullivan was killed.

Captain Marion Sibert was born January 23, 1826 near the town of New Market, Shenandoah County. When the war began, he was thirty-four years old, stood 5'11" and was described as "handsome" having a "fair complexion, light hair and hazel eyes." Wyland's History of Shenandoah County suggest that Sibert and his family were in the hotel business prior to the war.

Following John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry in 1859, Marion Sibert organized a volunteer artillery company in the New Market area known as the Tenth Legion Artillery. Despite their lack of cannon, they were called upon by the State Governor to perform guard duty at Shepherdstown on December 9, 1859 during Brown's trial.

Having returned to New Market after the trial, Sibert would not have long to wait until another opportunity presented itself. On April 18, 1861 war had erupted and Virginia, having voted in favor of secession, placed itself in danger of being invaded. When the Governor, John Letcher extended a call for certain counties to begin organizing companies for State defence in early May, Sibert once again put his business and homelife on hold and began recruiting a new company of men. This time, he targeted a distinct class of men that would form the nucleus of the company. Recruiting amongst the Irish laborers that had made their way to the Lower Valley through working on the Manassas Gap Railroad prior to the war.

As the company formed and began to drill in earnest, a contemporary newspaper account provided a glimpse to its readers of this new company.

“Through the energy and zeal of Maj. M.M. Sibert, a company of Irishmen, numbering about 60, has been raised and are in barracks at this place (New Market). These men, impelled by devotion to their adopted country, patriotically and promptly responded to the call of their State, and are now hourly preparing themselves to resist the encroachments of the mercenary hordes, who are let loose upon us by our oppressors.”

As this quote and archival records suggest, the company never reached the regulation size of 100.

The Emerald Guard was formed in and around the town of New Market during May and early June of 1861. It was organized by a thirty-four year old Shenandoah County native named Marion Marye Sibert. and as it's name implied was formed from the Irish laborers that worked in the Valley when the War began. The company would become among the most colorful and volatile companies of the famed "Stonewall Brigade". "In their adopted sector," one historian would write, "the Sons of Erin did not mesh easily with their conservative neighbors, most of whom were of German and Scotch-Irish descent. The Celts' predilection for hard liquor and their affinity for world-class brawling at the least provocation engendered a definite air of notoriety.

Many of the Irishmen who joined the unit in May and June of 1861 were thought to be laborers who had been engaged on the construction of the Manassas Gap Railroad.

By the middle of May, the company elected its officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs). Sibert naturally assumed the role of Captain of the Company. To compliment Sibert's militia experience, Thomas C. Fitzgerald proved to be a "most valuable acquisition" and was elected 1st Lieutenant of the company. Prior to his immigration to the United States, Fitzgerald boasted prior military experience with the British Army during the Crimean War. For this reason, he was thought "well qualified for drilling the company.

The 33rd Virginia remained in the Stonewall Brigade in Thomas J. Jackson’s Second Corps until the restructuring of the Army of Northern Virginia after his death in the spring of 1863. It was placed under Richard Ewell’s command until the spring of 1864, when it dissolved following heavy losses at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House.

Army of the Shenandoah, 33rd Virginia Infantry Regiment, Company E, Emerald Guard

Battle of Assaye - 74th Highland Regiment of Foot

The regiment was raised in Glasgow by Major-General Sir Archibald Campbell for service in India in October 1787. In accordance with the Declaratory Act 1788 the cost of raising the regiment was recharged to the East India Company on the basis that the act required that expenses "should be defrayed out of the revenues” arising there.

The regiment embarked for India in February 1789 and took part in the Siege of Bangalore in February 1791 and the Siege of Seringapatam in February 1792 during the Third Anglo-Mysore War.

At the Battle of Assaye in 1803 casualties were so high, every officer in the regiment was killed or wounded and what was left of the unit had to be led out of action by its regimental sergeant major.

From an initial strength of about 500, the 74th lost ten officers killed and seven wounded, and 124 other ranks killed and 270 wounded.

The predominant arm in India was the infantry. The King’s and EIC native battalions were organized on similar lines, with the only difference being that the EIC battalions had 2 Grenadier companies and no light company, as it was believed that the native Indian soldier was considered a poor skirmisher.

The 74th (Highland) Regiment of Foot wore kilts and plaids of Government tartan from the time they were raised in 1787. However, they were soon ordered to India, where the regiment spent 18 years.

On arrival at Madras the kilt was discontinued as unsuitable. In 1803 the soldiers wore linen white trousers and black round hats.

Captain A. B. Campbell of the 74th, who had on a former occasion lost an arm, was seen in the thickest of the action with his bridle in his teeth, and a sword in his right hand, "dealing destruction around him”. He was to survive the battle although "one of the enemy in the charge very nearly transfixed him with the bayonet, which actually pierced his saddle”.

Wellesley’s infantry formed up in two lines on the far bank, with the British regiments on the outside flanks, the 74th opposite Assaye, the 10th Madras Native Infantry in the centre of the first line and the 4th and 12th Madras Native Infantry in the second.

The 19th Light Dragoons and the 3 Madras cavalry regiments formed the reserve. The Mysore cavalry remained on the near bank of the Kaitna.

During the Battle of Assaye in 1803, Wellesley’s right flank was in turmoil. The commander of the right flank, Lieutenant Colonel William Orrock, had mistaken his orders and continued on an oblique path directly towards Assaye. The 74th under command of Major Samuel Swinton had moved so far north, it created a large gap in the centre of the British line, and brought the units on the flank under a barrage of cannonade from the artillery around the village and the Maratha left. The two battalions began to fall back in disarray, and Pohlmann ordered his infantry and cavalry forward to attack. The Maratha cavalry virtually annihilated the pickets, but the remnants of the 74th were able to form a rough square.

Realising the destruction of his right flank would leave his army exposed and outflanked, Wellesley ordered a detachment of British cavalry under Colonel Patrick Maxwell, consisting of the 19th Light Dragoons and elements of the 4th and 5th Madras Native cavalry into action.

The cavalry dashed directly towards the 74th’s square, crashed into the swarming Maratha cavalry and routed them.

The regiment remained on home service until 1810, when it was sent to the Peninsular War (1808-1814) for four years.

It fought at Busaco in 1810, Fuentes de Onoro in 1811, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Salamanca in 1812, Vitoria, Nivelle, Orthes and Toulouse.

The Regiment saw service in Ireland at the time of Waterloo in 1815, and spent most of the following three decades in Canada and the West Indies.

In 1851, it arrived in the Cape Colony (in what is now South Africa) for the Eighth Cape Frontier War(1850-1853)

The troopship "Birkenhead” foundered off the coast of Southern Africa, the largest draft of new troops on board was intended for the 74th foot. Their discipline on deck as the vessel sank, later known as the "Birkenhead Drill”, allowed the women and children on board to be saved.

The Regiment was to return to India in 1854, remaining there for ten years and fighting in the Indian Mutiny (1857-59)

74th Highland Regiment of Foot

Battle of Assaye - Pindarrie

Pindarries were an irregular light horse formation who were paid a fee or provided their retainers with a percentage, normally one sixth of any booty taken for the right to plunder. They were used in the military role for screening the movement of troops, reconnaissance, raiding and cutting supply lines. They were not good against formations of steady infantry or cavalry, but were perfectly capable of cutting down unwary troops.

Maratha Cavalry

Mountain Men

The Red River cart was a large two-wheeled cart made entirely of non-metallic materials. These carts were often drawn by oxen, although also by horses or mules. The carts were used throughout most of the nineteenth century in the fur trade and in westward expansion in Canada and the United States, in the area of the Red river and on the plains west of the Red River Colony.

The cart was a simple conveyance developed by the Metis for use in their settlement on the Red River in what later became Manitoba. With these carts, the Metis were not restricted to river travel to hunt bison.

The Red River cart was largely responsible for commercializing the buffalo hunt.

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

1st Canadian Regiment

Special Booster Sets

1st Canadian Regiment

Thomas Gunn

New releases for October
Ancient Egypt

We wanted to create a scene reminiscent of Ancient Egypt with all its decadence and glory but of course it needed to be different from what has come before from other manufacturers. This mini diorama of palace life will be expanded in the future but for now we have five great looking figures that definitely tell a story. This first release features three of the Pharaoh's daughters preparing for the day ahead, overseen by a palace guard and also a potential future threat to their safety, in the form of the Pharaoh's mistress.

Enemies of Rome

Roman Market

Enemies of Rome

Winter Patrol

The masters were painted in St Petersburg and the quality in the final production figures is noticeable, we are sure you will be happy with the final results.

WWII German forces

Indochina - Road Block

Two new additions to our Indochina range, this time a couple of Legionnaires on Gendarme duty man a road block. One Legionnaire is armed with a MAT 49 machine gun, one of the best post WW2 sub machine guns to be produced and our other Legionnaire sports a Carbine.

Indochina

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

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