April, 2018
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Missed the March 2018 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the April edition of Sierra Toy Soy Soldier News, written on a very pleasant and warm day here in the Bay Area. Our winter rains, what there was of them, are almost done. We have a small storm arriving at the end of the week and that should be it. We had about 1/3 of normal rainfall, but thanks to the heavy rain the previous winter, we should not have a major drought. It is a perfect time to visit the Bay Area and of course visit us, the highlight of any trip to California.

This month we start to think about our next event the Texas Toy Soldier Show Memorial Day Weekend. As always if there is anything you would like to see, let us know, as we start shipping mid-May. I hope you will get a chance to go, it is a great show and this year King and Country will be featuring their new series on the Vietnam war. To kick this off there will be a dinner on the Saturday with a very special Guest Speakers including Capt. Raymond Lau. Ray, a former U.S.M.C. officer was in Hue itself when TET erupted! Cut off behind enemy lines he, with four other American advisers, spent eight perilous days fighting their way out before rejoining friendly forces. His story is unique and provides another viewpoint of the Battle of Hue at that time... and well worth hearing.

The boys have been doing an outstanding job on displays and even better job of posting them on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Typically, you will see a new display posted on these pages every day. Please take a look, hope you enjoy!

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This newsletter we feature releases from King & County, John Jenkins, History Works and Thomas Gunn. Hope you enjoy!

Events

Learn To Paint A Toy Soldier - Saturday April 14, 2018 - 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.

Texas Toy Soldier Show - May 26 - 27, 2018.

The show opens on Saturday May 26 at 9.00 - 4.00pm and Sunday 11 - 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

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
King & Country
John Jenkins
History Works
Thomas Gunn

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

 

Sierra Toy Soldier Facebook Page

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

Sierra Toy Soldier Facebook Page

Sierra Toy Soldier Blog

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

Sierra Toy Soldier Blog

Collectors Corner

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

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

Collectors Corner

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive

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

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

Monte Cassino

Britain's

New Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive Set - Expected 2018!


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 2018 Releases!

Musketeers

Milady de Winter is a fictional character created by Alexandre Dumas for his great novel ‘The Three Musketeers’.

Set in France 1625, Milady is a spy and an assassin of the first order. She is in the pay and employ of Cardinal Richlieu and one of the dominant antagonists of the story.

Described as being uncommonly beautiful, her beauty masks a diabolically ruthless and cunning nature that is totally remorseless and unrepentant for her many misdeeds. She is also an expert swordswoman, a skilled shot and a talented poisoner. In short, a decidedly nasty piece of work!

Milady also turns out to be the former wife of one of the Musketeers!!! She eventually comes to a ‘sticky end’. Here however we see her in a somewhat happier but just as deadly mood...

Musketeers of the Guard

Battle of Little Big Horn

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

Buffalo Soldiers

  • - Another of director John Ford’s classic US Cavalry figures. This black NCO is based on a leading character in Ford’s 1960 Movie “Sergeant Rutledge” starring Woody Strode in the title role. Here Rutledge stands ready for action, his US ‘Army’ Colt revolver in hand. He will fit nicely together with the other K&C ‘Buffalo Soldiers’.
  • - Another character in the movie is a white Cavalry officer portrayed by Jeffrey Hunter. The K&C figure leaps into action firing his revolver at some attacking Indians

Apaches and Buffalo Soldiers

Poland 1939

  • - A dramatic galloping horse and rider in a ‘classic’ cavalry pose... This trumpeter sounds ‘The Charge’ as he rides towards the enemy.
  • - Another Polish Lancer thrusts his lance forwards about to ‘skewer’ one of the German invaders... This figure works particularly well with the following
  • - This figure was actually designed to oppose FoB163 but can also work equally well with other ‘classic’ Wehrmacht infantry.
  • - A Polish Cavalry Officer has had his horse shot from under him... Undaunted he gets to his feet sabre in one hand and clutching his pistol in the other... An apt symbol of the courageous fighting spirit of the Polish people.
  • - Three German soldiers grasp the frontier barrier and attempt to break it... Although it might be easier simply to lift it, these three want to destroy it!
  • - In another gesture of military vandalism a German soldier takes an axe to cut down the Polish border sign.

Poland 1939

Afrika Korps

Hermann – Bernhard Ramcke (1889-1968) was an outstanding senior officer of German paratroop forces during WW2. He was the rare recipient of the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds... one of just 27 soldiers granted this high honour during WW2.

Under the command of Paratroop General Kurt Student he helped plan the successful but costly airborne invasion of Crete in 1941.

By 1942 he led his brigade of Fallschirmjagers to North Africa to join Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Korps. There, he and his men saw plenty of action and fought with great valour and distinction at the pivotal battle of El Alamein in late 1942.

Despite their best efforts Ramcke and his command found themselves vastly outnumbered and surrounded. Rather that surrender Ramcke and his paratroopers fought their way out of their encirclement losing almost a quarter of the Brigade. They soon captured a British supply column which provided them with food, fuel, ammunition and transport vehicles that allowed them to ‘battle’ their way west to rejoin the remnants of the Afrika Korps.

Eventually just 600 Fallschirmjagers made it to the safety of the German Lines.

After North Africa Ramcke took command of the 2nd Parachute Division in Italy before being transferred with his division to Normandy in 1944 just in time to fight the invading Allies there. He remained in France leading the defence of the great port of Brest until it surrendered in September 1944.

Our figure shows him in a typical pose in North Africa in 1942.

Afrika Korps

Lili Marleen

This figure is based on one of the most famous songs of WW2, ‘Lili Marleen’ and the character it portrays.

Originally recorded in Germany in 1939 by the singer Lale Andersen it tells the story of the sweetheart of a German soldier who waits for him every evening under the lamp light outside his barracks.

Other interpretations of the ‘sweetheart’ have her waiting under the lamp light for more mercenary reasons and willing to meet any soldier that ventures out of the barracks in the evening!

The song however became very popular with the Afrika Korps and, also crossed the battlefield and enjoyed equal popularity with the men of the British 8th Army.

Over the years it has been recorded by many but perhaps the most famous ‘other’ versions were by Britain’s Vera Lynn and the legendary Marlene Dietrich.

Our pretty little figure can and will happily accompany, either German, British or American soldiers!

Fields of Battle

Russia - German Tank Crew

After releasing these same figures first as ‘Assault Gun Crews’ in feldgrau (field grey) it was always our intention to bring them out in ‘Panzer Black’ for tank enthusiasts.

  • - One of the crew enjoys a mug of hot coffee while talking with his wounded tank commander.
  • - Three more tankers is various relaxed off duty poses.
  • - Max Wunsche enjoyed a successful military career in the SS from 1935 until his capture by British troops in Normandy in September 1944. At that time he was commanding the 12th SS Panzer Regt., part of the 12th SS ‘Hitlerjugend’ Division Shortly before his capture he had been wounded in action as you see here. Also of interest is his field jacket which is made up from Italian camouflage material normally utilized by Italy’s paratroopers... The Folgore. After his capture he was sent to Scotland as a POW and released in 1948... He died peacefully in Germany in 1995 aged 80.

Russian Front Winter 1941

USMC

  • - Four battle-weary ‘Leathernecks’ carry a wounded buddy back to safety and down to the beach where a landing craft will ferry him out to one of the hospital ships lying offshore. Five great character-filled figures combine into one special set that is a worthy and necessary addition to our very popular USMC series.

Battle of TARAWA

Israel Defence Force

One of the many great advantages the Israeli Army had over its Arab opponents was its mobility.

Its troops could range over the battlefield rapidly and relatively safely thanks to their ample use of armoured personnel carriers.

In 1967 the bulk of these vehicles were the US-designed and manufactured M3 Halftracks originally built for service in WW2!

These sturdy and reliable vehicles were the ‘workhorses’ of the mobile Israeli infantry during the SIX-DAY WAR and for years afterwards.

In 1967 the majority of Israel’s M3’s came from French Army surplus stocks which in turn had been supplied from US Army surplus stocks after WW2.

The Israelis then dismantled them, re-engined them, added additional armour and ‘up-gunned’ them.

This new K&C model is one such example... and armed to the teeth! On both sides of the vehicle are mounted Belgian-made FN General Purpose Machine Guns firing a 7.62mm round, the same as the combat rifles used by the Israelis at that time. Upfront of the vehicle is the pole-mounted Browning .50 cal. Heavy Machine Gun together with a .30 cal. Light Machine Gun sighted next to the driver in the passenger position.

Other Israeli M3’s mounted 81mm mortars and even 20mm cannon...

Around our vehicle are all kinds of stowage items allowing more space for soldiers riding in the back of the M3. In this model we include a seated driver and three sitting Paratroopers (including a radio operator).

The model itself also sports the broad, black edged, white air recognition stripe found on all Israeli fighting vehicles of this era.

This is a welcome addition to K&C’s previously released M4 ‘Isherman’ tank (IDF002) and the more recent M38 Jeep with the recoilless rifle (IDF017).

Six Day War

John Jenkins

New John Jenkins April Releases!
Gauls

Enemies of Rome

Aztec

Soldiers who succeeded in capturing two enemies were awarded a uniform consisting of a body suit called a “tlahuiztli”, a tall conical cap called a “copilli” and a shield marked with black designs described as “hawk scratches”.

The Tlahuiztli was made of sewn cotton. Red, yellow, blue or green feathers were meticulously stitched to the cloth in the workshops of conquered city-states and sent to Tenochtitlan each year as tribute.

The Huaxtec area held a particular fascination for the Aztecs because it was rich in cotton. The goddess of spinners and weavers was called Tlazolteotl.

For this reason the soldiers thought it appropriate to wear hanks of un-spun cotton through their ear spools, as well as the “Yacameztli” or “nose moon” in gold in honour of her role as a patron of the moon.

Aztec Empire - Conquest of America

Drums along the Mohawk

Drums Along The Mohawk

Girls with Guns

The militia/frontiersman spirit derives from an early American dependence on arms to protect themselves from foreign armies and hostile Native Americans. Survival depended upon everyone being capable of using a weapon.

Prior to the American Revolution there was neither budget nor manpower nor government desire to maintain a full-time army. Therefore, the armed citizen-soldier carried the responsibility. Service in militia, including providing one's own ammunition and weapons, was mandatory for all men.

Firearms therefore played a vital role in American settlement and expansion, therefore American women were no stranger to their use, and even competent in the manufacture and repair of weapons.

Both the necessity to hunt and the need for protection from the sometimes hostile native culture, made the use of firearms a crucial component in the settlement of America.

Raid on Saint Francis, 1759

Knights of the Skies

Many variations of aircraft engine starting have been used since the Wright brothers made their first powered flight in 1903. The methods used have been designed for weight saving, simplicity of operation and reliability. Early piston engines were started by hand, with geared hand starting, electrical and cartridge-operated systems for larger engines being developed between the wars.

Hand starting of aircraft piston engines by swinging the propeller is the oldest and simplest method, the absence of any onboard starting system giving an appreciable weight saving. Positioning of the propeller relative to the crankshaft is arranged such that the engine pistons pass through top dead centre during the swinging stroke.

As the ignition system is normally arranged to produce sparks before top dead centre there is a risk of the engine kicking back during hand starting, to avoid this problem one of the two magnetos used in a typical aero engine ignition system is fitted with an 'impulse coupling', this spring-loaded device delays the spark until top dead centre and also increases the rotational speed of the magneto to produce a stronger spark. When the engine fires, the impulse coupling no longer operates and the second magneto is switched on. As aero engines grew bigger in capacity (during the interwar period), single-person propeller swinging became physically difficult, ground crew personnel would join hands and pull together as a team or use a canvas sock fitted over one propeller blade, the sock having a length of rope attached to the propeller tip end. Note that this is different from the manual "turning over" of radial piston engine, which is done to release oil that has become trapped in the lower cylinders prior to starting, to avoid engine damage. The two appear similar, but while hand starting involves a sharp, strong "yank" on the prop to start the engine, turning over is simply done by turning the prop through a certain set amount.

Knights Of The Skies - WWI

British WWI

British Forces

Corsair

The Vought F4U Corsair is an American fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in World War 2 and the Korean War.

The Corsair was designed as a carrier based aircraft. Initially its difficulty in landing on carriers, rendered it unsuitable for Navy use until the Royal Navy overcame the landing issues.

After the carrier landing issues had been tackled, it quickly became the most capable carrier based fighter bomber of the Second World War.

USS Bunker Hill (CV/CVA/CVS-17, AVT-9) was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. The ship was named for the Battle of Bunker Hill in the American Revolutionary War. Commissioned in May 1943 and sent to the Pacific Theater of Operations, the ship participated in battles in the Southwest Pacific, Central Pacific and the drive toward Japan through Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and air raids on the Japanese homeland.

While covering the invasion of Okinawa, Bunker Hill was struck by two kamikazes in quick succession, setting the vessel on fire. Casualties exceeded 600, including 346 confirmed dead and an additional 43 missing, the second heaviest personnel losses suffered by any carrier to survive the war after Franklin. After the attack, Bunker Hill returned to the U.S. mainland and was still under repair when hostilities ended.

After the war, Bunker Hill was employed as a troop transport bringing American service members back from the Pacific, and decommissioned in 1947. While in reserve the vessel was reclassified as an attack carrier (CVA), then an antisubmarine carrier (CVS) and finally an Auxiliary Aircraft Landing Training Ship (AVT) but was never modernized and never saw active service again. Bunker Hill and Franklin were the only Essex-class ships never recommissioned after World War II

Fighter Squadron 84 or VF-84 was an aviation unit of the United States Navy. Originally established on 1 May 1944, it was disestablished on 8 October 1945. It was the first US Navy squadron to be designated as VF-84.

VF-84 flew F4U Corsairs and was formed around a nucleus of veterans of VF-17, the Jolly Rogers. The new squadron's commanding officer was Lt. Cdr. Roger R.Hedrick, former executive officer of VF-17.

VF-84 was assigned to the USS Bunker Hill. As part of Task Force 58, the carrier and Carrier Air Group 84 (CVG-84) participated in the final drive across the central Pacific. Roger Hedrick was promoted to head CVG-84 on the combat loss of the air group's commanding officer, and Lt. Cdr. Raymond "Ted" Hill took over the fighter squadron.

VF-84 took part in the invasion of Iwo Jima; raids on Tokyo and other targets in Japan; the discovery and sinking of the Japanese battleship Yamato and support of the invasion of Okinawa, including combat air patrol over the invasion fleet to defend against Kamikaze attack, ground support, and combat air patrol over targets on Okinawa.

On 11 May 1945, while off Okinawa, two Japanese kamikazes struck the Bunker Hill in quick succession, with a bomb penetrating to the pilots' ready room, killing 22 members of VF-84. Both the Bunker Hill (then the TF-58 flagship) and CAG-84 were knocked out of the war. Although VF-84 was reformed in July 1945 as an F6F Hellcat squadron, the war ended while it was still in training. While in the Pacific, VF-84 was credited with 92 kills for a loss of 4 aircraft and nine of the squadron's pilots became aces.

  • - Roger Hedrick was an ace with 12 confirmed victories. He left VF-17 and became the CO of VF-84 aboard the USS Bunker Hill. In his career he received Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with 3 gold stars in lieu of 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Flying Cross; Air Medal with 2 gold stars in lieu of 2nd and 3rd Air Medal; Presidential Unit Citation; Navy Unit Commendation; American Defense Service Medal: American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 4 bronze stars; Victory Medal, World War ; China Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal.
  • - Caswell flew over 100 missions in WW2, destroyed 10 or more enemy aircraft in the air and 25-30 aircraft on the ground. Remarkably, he never received a bullet hole in any Corsair he ever flew. He was awarded the Silver Star, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 5 Air Medals. Dean Caswell was assigned to the USMC VMF-221. On April 28, 1945 a 6-aircraft Corsair flight from VMF-221 was operating from the USS Bunker Hill in the vicinity of Okinawa when they encountered approximately 30 Japanese aircraft. The Japanese were trying to stop the U.S. landings on Okinawa. 1st Lt., Dean Caswell and group immediately attacked and Caswell scored 3 victories and 1 probable, this action turned back the Japanese attack. In WWII Caswell had 7 victories and did two tours in Korea and time in Vietnam.

JJD Second World War Aircraft Collection

German Tank Crew

JJ WWII Collection

History Works

History Works - American Civil War - New in Stock Now!

History Works - New WWII - New In Stock Now!

History Works

Thomas Gunn - Wings of War

Thomas Gunn - Wings of War - WWII

Please click on the links for a description of each aircraft.

Wings of War

Thomas Gunn - Wings of War - WWI

Please click on the links for a description of each aircraft.

Wings of War

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

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