April, 2019
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Welcome to the Spring Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News written on a lovely spring day here in the Bay Area. The rain is almost coming to an end after what has been a terrific wet winter here in California. We received over 130% of normal rainfall. The ski resorts are taking about staying open until July 4th. It is a perfect time to visit the Bay Area. come visit us before we move to our new showroom. While in California you should also head out to Yosemite which is gorgeous at this time of year. The waterfalls are fuller, than they have been for many years, and are spectacular.

Do not miss out on visiting our store before we move to our new showroom. We expect our existing store to be open until least June 15th, so do not miss out. Our new showroom is located at 1350 Dell Avenue, Ste # 5, Campbell California 95008. It is about 10 minutes drive from Los Gatos and we will be open by appointments and on certain weekends. Hope you can visit.

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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 have added to our consignment corner many King & Country and John Jenkins. Arriving early next week, we have some magnificent Frontline American Civil War Sets.

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

Britain's New Releases - In Stock Now!
Museum Collection

Expected Late March 2019!

Museum Collection

Jack Tars

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

Clash of Empires

Clash of Empires

American Civil War

American Civil War

Norseman

Wrath of the Norseman

Zulu Wars

Battle of Isandlwana, 22 January, 1879

Good Soldier - Coffee Mug

The Good Soldier

King & Country

King & Country April Releases!

Roman

  • - This Legion officer is certainly mad at someone... whether it’s an unfortunate Legionnaire or some Barbarian enemy we will leave that decision up to you.

Romans

Crusades

Knight Hospitaller Men-At-Arms.

Unlike their occasional rivals The Templars, the Order of St. John of the Hospital of Jerusalem (or simply the Hospitallers) was not created as a result of the First Crusade in 1099. Instead it was previously established by a consortium of Italian merchants and noblemen from Amalfi in the mid 11th Century. Thanks to the financial support of this group volunteers and mercenaries came from all over Italy and beyond to join the order, which had already received the Papal blessing and set up its headquarters and training facility near Amalfi before leaving for The Holy Land.

As a consequence of the crusading movement ‘Hospitallers’ became recognized as one of the best disciplined and best-led of all the Crusader armies.

On the battlefield their principal colours were ‘black’ and ‘blood red’. This new release shows a range of Hospitaller Men-At-Arms in action wearing a variety of blood-red tunics and even some partially-red steel helmets.

  • - Moving into the attack, sword and shield in hand, this soldier fears no man!
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  • - Clutching his ‘sword arm’ this Man-At-Arms is still prepared to fight.
  • - Most medieval collectors are more than familiar with the Mel Gibson movie “Braveheart”, the semi fictional exploits of one of Scotland’s greatest heroes.
    The real Sir William Wallace was a far cry from the cinematic version... He never painted half his face blue and he never wore a kilt either!
    Wallace was a lowlander from a small town called Elderslie, near Glasgow not far from where yours truly was born.
    In battle Wallace was garbed in much the same contemporary military fashion as his enemies led by Edward I of England. He was a Scottish knight of Norman background who became one of the main leaders during the First Scottish War of Independence (1296-1328).
    His ‘finest hour’ came in September 1297 when he led his vastly outnumbered Scottish Army and defeated a much-larger English force of 3,000 mounted knights and about 10,000 foot soldiers at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
    Our K&C ‘Wallace’ is dressed in chainmail with a surcoat bearing the saltire St. Andrew’s Cross of Scotland. On his shield and horse’s coat is a white lion rampant on a red background... part of his family’s coat-of-arms. In his raised right hand he wields a one-handed ‘Ball & Chain Flail’... a wooden shaft connected by a chain to a spiked, metal ball... deadly and dangerous!
  • - Virtually all of the ‘Hospitaller Crossbowmen’ were either French or Italian in origin. Both countries specialized in this weapon and favoured it over the more traditional long-bow.
  • - Aim... Fire... Reload! A skilled Crossbowman could load and fire as many as six bolts a minute if required.
  • - As his crossbow comrades maintain a steady fire on the enemy this senior crossbowman shouts an order over the din of battle.
  • - Sir Archibald (1298-1333) was another Scottish nobleman and military leader during the struggle for Scotland’s independence. A son of the Douglas family and a friend of Robert The Bruce (1274-1329) this brave knight wears the colours and symbols granted to the Douglas clan after they took the dead king’s heart (as he had wished) on a crusade to The Holy Land. Our sword-wielding knight charges into battle ready to strike down the enemy be they English or Saracen!
  • - When a collector (or K&C dealer) buys ALL SIX of these great figures we like to ‘reward’ them with a special price... Grab ‘em while you can!

Crusader - Cross & Crescent

Duke of Wellington

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) was an Anglo-Irish soldier and Tory statesman who was one of the leading military and political figures of the first half of the 19th Century.

His victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 puts him in the first rank of British military heroes. After serving in India he rose to prominence during the Peninsular Campaign of the Napoleonic Wars. Following Bonaparte’s exile to Elba in 1814 he became Britain’s ambassador to France and was granted a ‘Dukedom’.

During the Hundred Days Campaign of 1815 he commanded the Allied Armies which finally defeated the French emperor at Waterloo. Wellington’s battle record is second-to-none... he took part in and often successfully won some 60 military battles during the course of his long military career.

After leaving the army he entered politics and was elected twice as Britain’s Prime Minister.

Our K&C figure portrays him wearing just one of his many ceremonial uniforms from the period 1812-1815.

British Napoleonic Infantry & Artillery

Kings German Legion

The first of three additional King’s German Legion Light Dragoons to join the first four which we brought out last month.

  • - This particular Light Dragoon is galloping into battle with his sabre held downwards in his right hand.
  • - The second Light Dragoon brings his cavalry carbine to the fore as he charges the enemy. All dragoons carried a carbine in addition to their sabre and a brace of pistols.
  • - An essential member of any troop of cavalry... and always mounted on a white horse so he could be easily visible to his commanding officer in any charge, skirmish or patrol.

The King's German Legion

World of Dickens - Moriaty

Professor Moriarty is a fictional character in several of the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Moriarty is a criminal mastermind of the first order, described by Holmes himself as the ‘Napoleon of crime’. Based on the nefarious activities of an actual, late-Victorian criminal Conan Doyle introduced ‘Moriarty’ initially to ‘kill-off’ his most famous creation.

However, much as he wanted to eliminate Holmes he also discovered that his readership very much appreciated the appearance of this dastardly evil opponent to the world’s most brilliant detective.

Over the years as Sherlock Holmes popularity grew so too did Professor James Moriarty’s appearances multiply in other books, films and television series.

Wherever you find Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson... Professor Moriarty is sure to follow.

Here then is K&C’s interpretation... We see a tall, elegant, saturnine figure, black cane in one hand while his other hand is behind his back... In that hand he holds a deadly revolver.

Well, we told you he was dangerous... and devious!

World of Dickens

KING & COUNTRY KINGSIZE #1

In August 1940, just a short time after the Fall of France and the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk, a small group of men, the British Purchasing Commission, arrived in America to seek out all kinds of military hardware and transport for the much depleted British forces.

Among their most urgent requirements was the need for ‘Tank Transporters’, those special vehicles urgently needed to move tanks to and from the battlefield and help recover damaged fighting vehicles and return them to their repair depots behind the front lines.

One of the BPC’s first visits was to the Diamond T & Company of Chicago who had been developing a heavy truck / tractor and trailer for the U.S. Army. The British immediately recognized that this could fulfill their tank transporter needs. An order for 200 of these very special combinations was placed immediately and so began... The Diamond T at war!

The M19 Tank Transporter was a heavy tank transporter system used during WW2 and for many years afterwards. It comprised a 12-ton, 6x4 M20 Diamond T Model 980 truck / tractor and a companion 12-wheel M9 trailer.

Almost 6,000 of these combinations were produced between 1941 and 1945 and supplied to all Allied armies fighting in all the main theatres of war.

The British Army alone received over 1,000 of these vehicles and they remained in front-line service until the late 1950’s with the last of the breed being retired to an army museum in 1971!

This King & Country model is the largest, mixed-media (polystone, white metal and resin) model K&C has ever produced. It measures almost 24” (61cm) in length and is in the markings of a typical U.S. Army vehicle from the time of Normandy (June ’44) until May 1945. A driver is included.

The model comes in its own specially-designed box and contains a 4 page, full colour leaflet complete with photographs and background information.

If you collect Allied armour then the Diamond T Tank Transporter is destined to become one of the centerpieces of your collection.

Please Note: A ‘Desert’ Diamond T version is already in development.

D-Day '44

WWII - Mussolini

After K&C released the ‘Mussolini Rescue’ set a few months back quite a few collectors suggested adding some extra ‘Fallschirmjagers’... Here’s two more.

  • - Wearing the tropical FJ uniform and carrying the revolutionary FG42 assault rifle this German paratrooper waits for further orders.
  • - A standing Fallschirmjager NCO (non commissioned officer) blows his whistle to bring together all his men now that their mission is complete.

Luftwaffe

Vietnam

Briton Don McCullin is widely regarded as one of the greatest photographers of his generation. During the Vietnam War he made multiple visits to that country and took some of the most dramatic and memorable images ever shot of that terrible war.

In February 1968, he found himself embedded with the U.S. Marines in Hue during TET when they were attempting to retake the city from the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces. Many of his photos of that time have inspired more than a few of the figures in our K&C’s ‘Vietnam’ series. This figure of Don McCullin is based on an actual photo of him taken by fellow photojournalist Nik Wheeler in Hue during the battle.

  • - As any combat veteran will tell you battle often means sitting and waiting for something to happen 90% of the time... And then being terrified out of your mind the remaining 10%! This Marine is taking a break while he can.
  • - In most conflicts it’s the poor bloody civilians who get caught in the middle! Here, a Vietnamese mother carries her child to safety as the bullets and bombs fly all around them.
  • - Even in the midst of battle a Marine kneels down to bandage the leg of a young Vietnamese girl after she has been injured by a piece of shrapnel.

Vietnam - Tet'68

John Jenkins

New Releases Expected March 2019!
Knights Of The Skies

The Albatros D.III was a biplane fighter aircraft used by the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I. The D.III was flown by many top German aces, including Wilhelm Frankl, Erich Löwenhardt, Manfred von Richthofen, Karl Emil Schäfer, Ernst Udet, and Kurt Wolff, and Austro-Hungarian ones, like Godwin von Brumowski.

It was the preeminent fighter during the period of German aerial dominance known as "Bloody April" 1917.

Following the successful Albatros D.I and D.II series, the D.III utilized the same semi-monocoque, plywood-skinned fuselage. However, at the request of the Idflieg (Inspectorate of Flying Troops), the D.III adopted a sesquiplane wing arrangement broadly similar to the French Nieuport 11. The upper wingspan was extended, while the lower wing was redesigned with reduced chord and a single main spar. "V" shaped interplane struts replaced the previous parallel struts. For this reason, British aircrews commonly referred to the D.III as the "V-strutter."

The D.III entered squadron service in December 1916, and was immediately acclaimed by German aircrews for its maneuverability and rate of climb. Two faults with the new aircraft were soon identified. Like the D.II, early D.IIIs featured a Teves und Braun airfoil-shaped radiator in the center of the upper wing, where it tended to scald the pilot if punctured. From the 290th D.III onward, the radiator was offset to the right on production machines while others were soon moved to the right as a field modification.

Aircraft deployed in Palestine used two wing radiators, to cope with the warmer climate.

Albatros built approximately 500 D.III aircraft at its Johannisthal factory.

In the spring of 1917, D.III production shifted to Albatros' subsidiary, Ostdeutsche Albatros Werke (OAW), to permit Albatros to concentrate on development and production of the D.V.

Between April and August 1917, Idflieg issued five separate orders for a total of 840 D.IIIs. The OAW variant underwent its Typenprüfung in June 1917. Production commenced at the Schneidemühl factory in June and continued through December 1917. OAW aircraft were distinguishable by their larger, rounded rudders.

Werner Voss, during his period with Jasta Boelcke, flew this highly decorated Albatros DIII. Whilst the cowling remained grey, the nose on Voss’s plane was painted red, which was common for almost all the planes in Jasta 2. The plywood fuselage had a red heart , edged white, similar to a Valentine’s Day chocolate box on each side, and later a third heart was painted on the top of the fuselage. Also on each side of the plane , a white swastika surrounded by an olive wreath was painted. This was considered a sign of good luck or fortune, and was a common symbol which could be found on many planes from almost every nation during WW1.

Werner Voss (13 April 1897 – 23 September 1917) was a World War I German flying ace credited with 48 aerial victories.

By 6 April 1917, Voss had scored 24 victories and awarded Germany's highest award, the Pour le Mérite. The medal's mandatory month's leave removed Voss from the battlefield during Bloody April; in his absence, Richthofen scored 13 victories. Nevertheless, Richthofen regarded Voss as his only possible rival as top scoring ace of the war.

His last flight came on 23 September 1917, just hours after his 48th victory. After he fell in solo opposition to eight British aces, he was described by his preeminent foe, James McCudden, as "the bravest German airman.

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

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

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

As late as March 1918, there were still nearly 200 D.IIIs in service on the Western Front, eight months even after the introduction of its successor.

Knights Of The Skies - WWI

Iceni Warrior

Enemies of Rome

Roman Fort

The original design of the Roman Fort was as a facade. John had many requests to turn this into an actual Roman Fort. After much arm twisting john agreed to produce Straight Walls to allow you to construct a full fort if you wished. We do not know the production quantity, so would recommend ordering sooner rather than later as we think this will be a limited production run.

Roman Army of the Late Republic

Thracian Peltast

Thracians

Conquistadors

The Spanish were known to have had four falconets and ten brass lombards with them when they first landed in 1519. Spanish gunners had a poor reputation, and crews were mainly made up of seamen, and a mix of foreigners from Italy, Netherlands and Portugal.

Conquistadors

Aztec - Tlaxcalans

Talaxcaltecs

2nd Massachusetts Regiment

2nd Massachusetts Regiment

Hessian Jager Corps

Hessian Jager Corps

Continental Army - Benedict Arnold

Benedict Arnold was an American military officer who served as a general during the American Revolutionary War, fighting for the American Continental Army before defecting to the British in 1780. Arnold was born in the Connecticut Colony and was a merchant operating ships on the Atlantic Ocean when the war began in 1775. He joined the growing army outside Boston and distinguished himself through acts of intelligence and bravery. His actions included the Capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775, defensive and delaying tactics at the Battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain in 1776 which allowed American forces time to prepare New York's defenses, the Battle of Ridgefield, Connecticut (after which he was promoted to major general), and operations in relief of the Siege of Fort Stanwix.

Arnold was to distinguish himself in both Battles of Saratoga, even though General Gates removed him from field command after the first battle, following a series of escalating disagreements and disputes that culminated in a shouting match.

During the fighting in the second battle, Arnold disobeyed Gates' orders and took to the battlefield to lead attacks on the British defenses. It was the American forces, led by Major General Benedict Arnold, which managed to take the Breymann Redoubt, which gave them a strong position behind the British lines. The loss of the Redoubt rendered the British position untenable. The British Army was forced to pull back to the river, from which position they would attempt to retreat north the next morning.

Continental Army

The 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry

The 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment that saw extensive service in the Union Army during the American Civil War. The unit was the first African-American regiment organized in the northern states during the Civil War. Authorized by the Emancipation proclamation, the regiment consisted of African-American enlisted men commanded by white officers.

The The regiment's first battlefield action took place in a skirmish with Confederate troops on James Island, South Carolina, on July 16. The regiment stopped a Confederate assault, losing 42 men in the process.

The regiment gained recognition on July 18, 1863, when it spearheaded an assault on Fort Wagner near Charleston, South Carolina. 270 of the 600 men who charged Fort Wagner were "killed, wounded or captured." At this battle Colonel Shaw was killed, along with 29 of his men; 24 more later died of wounds, 15 were captured, 52 were missing in action and never accounted for, and 149 were wounded. The total regimental casualties of 270 would be the highest total for the 54th in a single engagement during the war.

Although Union forces were not able to take and hold the fort (despite taking a portion of the walls in the initial assault), the 54th was widely acclaimed for its valor during the battle, and the event helped encourage the further enlistment and mobilization of African-American troops, a key development that President Abraham Lincoln once noted as helping to secure the final victory. Decades later, Sergeant William Harvey Carney was awarded the Medal of Honor for grabbing the U.S. flag as the flag bearer fell, carrying the flag to the enemy ramparts and back, and singing "Boys, the old flag never touched the ground!" While other African Americans had since been granted the award by the time it was presented to Carney, Carney's is the earliest action for which the Medal of Honor was awarded to an African American.

The service of the 54th Massachusetts, particularly their charge at Fort Wagner, soon became one of the most famous episodes of the war, interpreted through artwork, poetry and song. More recently, the 54th Massachusetts gained prominence through the award-winning film Glory.

American Civil War, 1861 - 1865

Inter-War Aviation

A U.S. Navy Aircraft carrier’s deck crew exists to do one thing: to consistently put aircraft into the air and safely recover them after they launch. In order to make this happen, there exists a small army of flight deck facilitators, and each individual has their own role primarily designated by the color of the shirt they wear.

During flight operations, fire fighters and crash crews usually had at least two men standing by wearing asbestos suits as a fire rescue team.

These were nicknamed “Hot Papas”, and it was their job to literally pull men out of burning planes.

Inter-War Aviation Collection

Second World War Aircraft

A U.S. Navy Aircraft carrier’s deck crew exists to do one thing: to consistently put aircraft into the air and safely recover them after they launch. In order to make this happen, there exists a small army of flight deck facilitators, and each individual has their own role primarily designated by the color of the shirt they wear.

During flight operations, fire fighters and crash crews usually had at least two men standing by wearing asbestos suits as a fire rescue team.

These were nicknamed “Hot Papas”, and it was their job to literally pull men out of burning planes.

JJD Second World War Aircraft Collection

First Legion

WWII - Battle of the Bulge

The Wirbelwind was a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun developed by the Germans during WWII based on the chassis of the Panzer IV tank. The turret was removed from the Panzer IV and replaced with a 9 sided turret that carried the quad mounted 2 cm Flakvierling 38 AA gun. Because of it's high rate of fire and armor, the Flakpanzer IV was also used against ground targets including light armored vehicles, trucks, and of course infantry targets. Our model has been produced as part of SS Panzer Abteilung 501, Kampgruppe Peiper. We have produced this model in very limited numbers and as with most of our vehicles, we don't expect it to be around very long. It's a great addition to our Battle of Bulge figure series and something a bit different to what we usually produce.

Battle of the Bulge

WWII - Stalingrad Germans

Stalingrad Germans

WWII - Russian

Stalingrad Russians

Seven Years War - Prussian Grenadiers

The 25th Infantry regiment was in constant combat from the outset of the Seven Years War, taking parts in the battles of Kolin, Breslau, Leuthen, the Siege of Olmutz, Zorndorf, and Kunersdorf. At Torgau in 1760, both battalions were almost totally destroyed, yet the reconstituted unit continued to see combat after this in several other battles. The Grenadiers of the 25th were combined with the Grenadiers of the 19th to form Grenadier Battalion 19/25. The 25th Infantry are truly one of the storied regiments of the Prussian Army of the Seven Years war and it was said of them at the Battle of Kolin "where on this bloody day, it showed the greatest courage with frequent attacks against the steepest heights...whereby it however lost one third of its officers, and yet did not fall back." We have presented the figures in a variety of advancing poses such that a unit sized display can be created as shown in the image below. Or, if you prefer, you can limit it to the more "marching" type poses for a more non-combat display.

Prussian Grenadiers 25th Regt

Wild West

Wild West

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

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