September, 2021
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Missed the August Edition 2021 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the September Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News. Sadly, Summer is coming to an end as we begin to look towards Thanksgiving and Christmas. Believe it or not, Christmas is just around the corner. Summer seemed to go super quick this year.

I am writing this on a very warm day, in the bay area with lots of smoke in the air, due to all the wildfires north of us. So far, we have been very lucky and escaped the wildfires. With two more months of the official wildfire season to go, a lot can change. We are all praying for rain in November.

We are starting our packing preparation for the Chicago show. The event is going ahead, and I hope many of you will be able to attend, it is truly a fun event. The dates are Thursday, September 23 September to September 26. If there is anything you would like us to bring, please let us know as it makes our packing decisions so much easier.

We will be showing off a King & Country Chicago Show special, that can be purchased at the show.

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We also hope to have some prototypes from John Jenkins on display.

Along with our friends at Treefrog and Troops of Time, we have a plan for a small social gathering on Friday evening in the 5th-floor seating area near the elevators. It is a meet and greet with snacks and hopefully a glass of wine or a soft drink. It will be an opportunity for us to say hello and for you to meet some of your fellow collectors.

The event will be on Friday, September 24, 2021. Between 6.00 to 7.00 PM. Registration Required.

Open to all and is free of charge for registered participants. So that we can cater the event we ask that you register. If you would like to attend, please contact us by Phone, Email, or Carrier Pigeon.

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

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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Hope you enjoy our newsletter.

Cyber September Sale

Cyber September Sale

I thought by now there was nothing else to add, but I was wrong. 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
Thomas Gunn

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

www.sierratoysoldier.com

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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

Phone 408-395-3000

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 September Releases!

American Civil War

For September Britain's have announced the following Restocks and a new release.

American Civil War

Clash of Empires

Clash of Empires

Zulu War

Rorke's Drift - Matte Version

King & Country

King & Country September Releases!

D-Day '44 - LCVP

In a 1964 interview former President and Supreme Allied Commander of the Normandy invasion, Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke about one of the most important war-winning weapons of the Second World War... the humble ‘Higgins Boat’ and the man who designed it.

“Andrew Higgins is the man who won the war for us. He designed and built those Landing Craft that could put troops onto an open beach anywhere, anytime. Without these LCVPs (Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel) the whole strategy of the war would have been very different... and much more difficult!”

That is just one of the many reasons why this particular landing craft is such an essential part of any D. DAY collection and forms the central element of King & Country’s latest selection of figures and fighting vehicles that depict the events of 6 June 1944 and the battle for Normandy that followed it...

  • - Although the vast majority of the over 23,000 ‘Higgins Boats’ produced during WW2 went to the US Navy and Coastguard several hundred were also supplied to Britain’s Royal Navy which used them to supplement their own LCA’s (Landing Craft Assault).
    Royal Navy LCVPS carried the same number of crew as their American counterparts (usually 3 or 4) and were painted in the distinctive RN camouflage colours of white and cold sea blue.
    K&C’s LCVP carries a crew of 3 (1 x cox’n and 2 x gunners manning a pair of .30 cal. machine guns in armoured gun mounts). In addition, the ramp of the LCVP can be raised and lowered as the collector prefers.
  • - As above but with a different hull number (for those collectors wanting two LCVP’s for their collection). The standing cox’n with raised right arm is also unique to this second version. DD336 has a cox’n gripping the steering wheel with both hands.
    All crew on both LCVPs are wearing the American supplied and much preferred U.S. Navy-style inflatable Life Vests together with their British steel helmets and white anti flash hoods, more for warmth than as a fire retardant protection.

D-Day '44 - British and Canadian

D-Day '44

  • - Here is the ‘classic’ fighting pose of the British Bren Gunner in action. For almost 50 years the Bren gave sterling service for the British Army since its introduction in 1938. It was so useful and popular that when the L1A1 Self Loading Rifle was brought into service in the late 1950’s the Bren was updated and upgraded to fire the same 7.62mm ammunition.
  • - The same figure as above but with a ‘grass’ base and very suitable for displays and dioramas depicting the battle for Normandy after the Allied troops moved away from the landing beaches and moved inland to capture towns, villages and other real estate.
  • - This British ‘Tommy’ edges cautiously forward with his Lee Enfield rifle. This figure rests on no base therefore can be used equally well in both ‘beach’ and ‘inland’ battle scenes.
  • - One more fighting ‘Tommy’ with no base so he can be easily positioned on a beach, in a field, on a tank or even inside a landing craft... very versatile!
  • - These two riflemen are taking the fight to the enemy as they move across the beach.
  • - After successfully defeating the enemy on the beach this deadly duo move inland across the Normandy fields and countryside.
  • - Similar to DD343 and 344 this ‘Tommy’ requires no base and can be used in a multitude of locations and positions.
  • - Another essential action pose for any battle scene.
  • - As above but suitable for a more rural setting.

D-Day '44 - British and Canadian

VISTULA LANCERS

Originally known as the ‘Vistula Uhlans’, they were exceptionally well-trained Polish Lancers and first-class horsemen in the service of Napoleon and among his favourite regiments of light cavalry.

The regiment saw plenty of action during Napoleon’s campaign in Spain between 1808 and 1811. In 1812 they followed their Emperor into Russia and suffered accordingly. They also took part in his final ‘100 Days Campaign’ of 1815... Loyal to the end.

Here are the first three K&C ‘Vistula Lancers’ this month... with two more to follow.

French Napoleonic

Hound of the Baskervilles

‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ is the third of the four crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and featuring the noted detective, Sherlock Holmes.

The story is set largely on lonely, desolate Dartmoor in Devon in England’s West Country and tells the tale of an attempted murder by a fearsome, diabolical hound of supernatural origin.

Mr. Sherlock Holmes and his intrepid companion, Dr. John Watson are dispatched to Devon to investigate the case.

As one of Sherlock Holmes most enduring mysteries the story has been translated into more than 20 films and television series all over the world including Britain, of course, America, Germany, India and even the former Soviet Union as well as Australia, Italy and the Ukraine.

It’s fair to say that this particular Baskerville Hound gets around the world with amazing ease!

And now it appears in the world of miniatures...

  • - This unique little set features the three principal characters of the story... Mr. Sherlock Holmes wearing his trademark ‘deerstalker’ hat with ‘Inverness’ cape and coat stands four square his right arm extended and aiming his .44 caliber revolver at the approaching beast.
    Supporting his friend is the sturdy figure of Dr. Watson, suitably clad in his sensible ‘Harris Tweed’ Norfolk hunting suit. In his hands the good Doctor carries his trusty ‘Elephant Gun’.
    And finally we come to the beast itself... a large and ugly looking brute who none of us would like to meet on a dark night on Dartmoor... or anywhere else come to that!
    Bright red glowing eyes sit above a gaping, snarling mouthful of sharp, vicious looking teeth sitting above a huge, werewolf-like body... a wild animal of nightmarish proportions!
    However putting all that aside... a great little set and the perfect gift for any Sherlock Holmes enthusiast.
  • - Back by popular demand... London’s most famous address (after ‘Buckingham Palace’ that is.)
    This handsome 3-storey residence is typical of many 19th Century townhouses which can still be seen all over London today.
    It is also the perfect backdrop for our Sherlock Holmes characters or any from the ‘World of Dickens’.
  • - As mentioned before, London is fortunate to still have many different variations of these styles of dwellings all over the capital.
    This new version works well on its own or put alongside ‘221b Baker Street’.
    Add a few more and you can create a whole street!

World of Dickens

‘CHICAGO’ CONNECTION

To connect the figure to Chicago I decided to make him from Woodfield Illinois, the location of the Chicago Toy Soldier Show.

Our G.I. is also a ‘Chicago Cubs’ fan, hence his baseball cap. And... we invited him up on stage, to meet a real, live ‘Playboy Playmate’ who also comes from Chicago.

Now, this gorgeous little ‘bunny’ knows she’s in a real, live combat zone which is why she’s wearing a specially-designed, ‘Tiger-Stripe’ camouflage bunny costume!

With a bit of luck our boy will get her to autograph his copy of ‘Playboy’, maybe even get a little kiss on the cheek and well... we’ll leave the rest to your imagination!

Vietnam - Tet'68

John Jenkins

New September Releases
American Civil War - 14th Regiment, New York State Militia

The 14 th Regiment New York State Militia, which was also called the 14 th Brooklyn Chasseurs, was a volunteer militia regiment from the city of Brooklyn, New York.

During the civil war the men of the 14 th Brooklyn became well known by both armies and throughout the country for their hard drill, hard fighting, and constant refusal to stand down from a fight. There were two things the men of the Fourteenth jealously guarded. Their regimental numeral, and their red trousers.

At their time of their muster into Federal service, the men were promised by no less a figure then General Irvin McDowell, that they could use the number “14”. Officially, however the regiment bore the number “84” on the roster of New York volunteer regiments, and there was in fact another regiment called the 14 th New York Volunteers.

This situation always annoyed the officers and men of the Fourteenth, and throughout the unit’s civil war career, use of the number “84” was scrupulously avoided. All correspondence, payrolls, and reports were headed “14 th New York State Militia”, while the regiment commonly referred to itself, and was commonly known throughout the army, as the “14 th Brooklyn”.

The Chasseur uniform was adopted in 1860, and the regiment first paraded in it on 18 th April 1861. These uniforms had been furnished by the city of Brooklyn. From this date until its men were mustered out in 1864, the Chasseur uniform was worn on virtually all occasions except fatigue. They received their nickname, the “Red legged Devils”, during the First Battle of Bull Run. Referring to the regiment’s colourful red trousers, as the regiment repeatedly charged up Henry House Hill, Confederate General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson yelled to his men, “Hold on Boys! Here come those red legged devils again!”

After the Battle of First Bull Run, there was a short period when it seemed that the Fourteenth would be obliged to go into the regulation blue uniform.According to its Colonel, “... the red pants being worn out.... The army blue had to be substituted until others could be supplied by contract and, although the blue looked neat and comfortable, the men were not pleased with them as they would not be found dead without red pants on. The government soon supplied the distinctive uniform of the regiment and continued to furnish it during its term of service.”

14th Regiment, New York State Militia

1st Virginia Cavalry Regiment

1st Virginia Cavalry Regiment

Romans

Mid-Republic Romans

Punic Wars

Punic Wars

Roman Cavalry

Normans

Age of Arthur - Norman Knights

Saxon

Age of Arthur - Anglo Saxon/ Danish Shieldwall

Viking

Age of Arthur - Vikings

Viking Longship

For space reasons please click on the item for the full description.
Please note that the Pre Order Periiod for this item ends September 30th! Do not miss out!

Age of Arthur - Vikings

El CID

El Cid and the Reconquista

Conquistodors

Aztec Empire - Conquest of America

WELLINGTON IN INDIA THE BATTLE OF ASSAYE 1803 MADRAS NATIVE INFANTRY

A Sepoy was originally the designation given to a professional Indian infantryman, usually armed with a musket, in the armies of the Mughal Empire.

In the Eighteenth Century, the French East India Company and its other European counterparts employed locally recruited soldiers within India, mainly consisting of infantry designated as “Sepoys”. The largest of these Indian forces, trained along European lines, were those that belonged to the British East India Company.

The term “Sepoy” is still used in the modern Nepalese, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh armies, where it denotes the rank of private soldier.

In its most common application, sepoy was the term used in the British Indian Army and earlier in the army of the British East India Company, for an infantry private.

A cavalry trooper was known as a “Sowar”.

The term Sepoy came into common use in the forces of the British East India Company in the eighteenth century, where it was one of a number of names, such as Peons, gentoos, mestees and topasses, used for various categories of soldier.

Initially it refered to Hindu or Muslim soldiers without regular uniforms or discipline. It later generically referred to all native soldiers in the service of the European powers in India.

Close to ninety six percent of the British East India Company’s army of 300,000 men were native to India and these sepoys played a crucial role in securing the subcontinent for the company. The East India Company initially recruited sepoys from the local communities in the Madras and Bombay Presidencies. The emphasis was for tall and soldierly recruits, broadly defined as being “of a proper caste and of sufficient size”. In the Bengal army however, recruitment was only amongst high caste Brahmin and Rajput communities, mainly from the present day Uttar Pradesh and Bihar regions. Recruitment was undertaken locally by battalions or regiments often from the same community, village and even family. The commanding officer of a battalion became a form of substitute for the village chief or “gaon bura.” There were many family and community ties amongst the troops and numerous instances where family members enlisted in the same battalion or regiment.

The izzat (honour) of the unit was represented by the regimental colours, with the new sepoys having to swear an oath in front of them on enlistment. These colours were stored in the quarter guard and frequently paraded before the men, and formed a rallying point in battle.​

The salary of the sepoys employed by the East India Company, while not substantially greater than that paid by the rulers of Indian states, was usually paid regularly. Advances could be given and family allotments from pay due were permitted when the troops served abroad. There was a commisariat and regular rations were provided. Weapons, clothing and ammunition were provided centrally, in contrast to the soldiers of local kings whose pay was often in arrears. In addition local rulers usually expected their sepoys to arm themselves and to sustain themselves through plunder. This combination of factors led to the development of a sense of shared honour and ethos amongst the well drilled and disciplined Indian soldiery who formed the key to the success of European feats of arms in India and abroad.

In the days of the East India Company, infantry companies in native regiments were commanded by British or Indian officers. The rank structure was the same for native officers as british counterparts, but with different names. A Subedar was a captain, and a Jemadar was a Lieutenant. The 1/8 Madras Native Infantry were originally raised as the 9 th Battalion Coast Sepoys in 1760, becoming the 1/8 th Madras Native Infantry in 1796. They retained this title until 1902 when they became the 8 th Gurkhas until they were disbanded. During the years that Wellesley was in India, they took to calling themselves “Wellesley’s Own”. The 2/12 th Madras Native Infantry were to become the 10 th Battlaion 1 st Punjab Regiment.

Wellington in India - Battle of Assaye, 1803

American Revolution

Drums along the Mohawk

American Frontier

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

Thomas Gunn

New September Announcements
German Panzer 4

Thomas-Gunn-WWII-Europe-German

Roman

Glory of Rome -Thomas Gunn

Zulu Warriors

African Wars

Boer War

Thomas-Gunn-African Wars

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

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