April, 2021
Sierra Toy Soldier Company

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Missed the March Edition 2021 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the Easter Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News written on a wonderful spring day here in the Bay Area. It is official we are in a drought, told them so. With conditions ripe for a very nasty fire season, we hope that this prediction will be wrong.

Covid conditions in the Bay Area are improving and everything is starting to open again. We recently had our 2 injections, and we are expecting the rest of team to have their vaccinations later this week. We are opening our showroom very slowly and cautiously, as we have somehow survived this last year without catching the virus and are not interested in blowing it now.

For this Easter, we have some egg-cellent sales underway. We have begun a Grand Sale on Thomas Gunn items, so do not miss out, as the quality of their offerings are superb.

Thomas Gunn Grand Sale

We also have ongoing sales on both King & Country and First Legion. However, be aware that First Legion have begun removing items from their sale, so please see our cyber sale for up-to-date details.

If you have not checked our consignment pages recently, now might be a good time to do so, as we have added more items, while also adjusting the prices on some; so now might be a good time to find that long retired piece.

King & Country Sale

First Legion Sale

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

For information on John Jenkins Future Releases.

John Jenkins Future Releases.

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Hope you enjoy our newsletter.

Cyber April Sale

Cyber April Sale

Looking for a deal this Easter 2021, look no further. We have just added a Grand Sale of Thomas Gunn items.

Thomas Gunn Grand Sale

The First Legion is still on going, but certain items are about to end. If you are a collector of the following

LWG001 Winter King Tiger
BB034 Battle of the Bulge Panzer IV
GERSTAL050-054,
GERSTAL057 Stalingrad Germans

These items will be removed from sale on April 30th, 2021.

Please do not wait until the last day to order as they may be sold out. Do not miss out!

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

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

Showroom

We are open Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00pm.

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

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 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 East of India - Spartan Collection 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 March Releases! - In Stock Now!

Clash of Empires

New Releases and some long awaited restocks from March.  All in stock now!

Clash of Empires

American Civil War

American Civil War

Musuem Collection

Museum Collection

WWII - German

World War II Collection - W. Britain

King & Country

King & Country April Releases!

Pre WW1 Prussian Infantry

At the close of the 19th and the early years of the 20th centuries many national armies still clung to their traditional colourful uniforms... Among the most famous was the army of Kaiser Wilhelm II.

Before the official adoption of ‘Feldgrau’ (field grey) in 1910 the many different German states that comprised the recently-created Kingdom uniformed their infantry soldiers in dark blue for both parades and field operations.

In the summer months however many of these same regiments adopted white, cotton trousers especially the Prussian infantry regiments.

These ‘Second Edition’ figures shows the soldiers on their summer maneuvers. This is the initial release with more to follow... in action.

  • - Helmuth von Moltke (1848-1916) first saw active service in the Franco / Prussian War of 1870. Rapidly rising through the ranks of the officer corps he became aide-de-camp to Kaiser WilhelmⅡ, thus becoming part of the Emperor’s inner circle. In 1902 he was promoted to Lieutenant General and was given, two years later, the post of Deputy Chief of the General staff. Here he inspects the Prussian Infantry on maneuvers.
  • - Accompanying the General on his tour of inspection is one of the Prussian Regiment’s own senior officers, complete with binos.
  • - Apart from regular regimental musicians most Line Infantry regiments also relied on additional buglers drawn from its ranks of riflemen.
  • - With so many ‘top brass’ around this rifleman smartly offers a formal salute in the form of ‘present arms’ to his superiors.

Pre WW1 Prussian Infantry

Russian Naval Infantry - WWII

Four more Russian Naval Infantry go on the attack against the all-mighty Wehrmacht! All four of these figures were suggested by dedicated collectors of the Russian Naval Infantry and provide a little extra firepower against the hated invaders and despoilers of Mother Russia...

  • - This bolt-action rifle combined a simple, straight forward design with a 5 x round box magazine. Its long service life from 1892 until late in WW2 testifies to its sturdiness and reliability. Our standing Naval Infantryman leans forward while he aims his weapon and takes the shot.
  • - Again, this Naval Infantryman is using the Moisant Nagant... this time in the kneeling position.
  • - This particular Naval Infantrymen has acquired a much coveted German MP40... Better known as the ‘Schmeisser’. Unlike the Russian sub machine gun the German MP40 was a finely-detailed and expertly-made weapon. Our Naval Infantryman carefully moves forward his MP40 at the ‘ready’.
  • - With more than 300,000 specialist sniper rifles produced these particular Moisant Nagant weapons were a familiar sight on the Eastern Front battlefields.

Russian Front and Berlin 1945

Japanese Arillery - WWII

In the aftermath of Imperial Japan’s rapid ‘blitzkrieg’ across the Asia Pacific region in 1941 and 1942 a large number of captured coastal artillery guns were dismantled and repositioned all across a chain of islands in the Pacific.

These islands were to provide a strong fortified barrier against any expected Allied counterattack aimed at Japan itself.

Entire British, French, Dutch and American coastal batteries were dismantled and then reinstalled in dozens of lonely, island outposts throughout this newly-won Japanese empire. All of them prepared to open fire on their previous ‘owners’.

  • - This French-made 155mm gun first served during WW1. Afterwards some were adapted and shipped out to French Indochina and used in coastal batteries protecting the ports of Saigon in the South and Haiphong in the North. The same guns, captured in mainland France, were also utilized by the Germans to help defend their ‘Atlantic Wall’. This model has been recamouflaged in a typical Japanese colour scheme similar in design and composition to Japanese armour of the same WW2 period.
  • - This 4-man set of IJA gunners is the perfect accompaniment to JN067.

Battle of TARAWA

Vietnam

  • - The first three Marines of a section that will be on patrol when finally complete. The two ‘light green’ marines are carrying their M16’s while the ‘dark green’ ‘Grunt’ is humping the M60.
  • - These two ‘Grunts’ prepare to fire their mortar at the enemy. It was said during the Battle of Hue in early 1968 that mortar fire caused the greatest number of casualties... on both sides!

Vietnam - Tet'68

Ceremonial

Among the most popular of King & Country’s more recent series has been the ‘CEREMONIAL’ range of soldiers and marines on parade.

  • - In any military force the Non Commissioned Officers, NCO’s, are the backbone of that unit, regiment or corps. Britain’s ‘Sea Soldiers’, the Royal Marines have some of the finest. This particular RM Colour Sergeant is a Drill Instructor and the man who trains and instructs every Marine on the parade ground. Nothing escapes his eagle eye and woe betide any individual who gives less than 150% effort on the parade square. ‘Parade Drill’ is the movement and actions of a mass of soldiers moving in close-order formations. Originally intended to move bodies of troops on the battlefield it is now almost entirely used for ceremonial purposes although still practised to instill unit cohesion, discipline and martial pride.
    Our Colour Sergeant stands smartly at attention, his swagger stick held firmly under his left arm.
  • - This marching Black Watch Officer carries the 1828 Pattern Highland Officer’s Sword which was issued to all Officers of Scottish Highland Regiments such as The Black Watch. It was carried (and used) throughout many campaigns in the 19th Century and even saw limited service in WW1. Today it is still in use, but only for ceremonial occasions.
  • - This other Black Watch Officer is standing firmly at attention, again with his 1828 Highland Officer’s Sword held to the front ready to salute.
  • - This colourful 5-piece set comprises 2 x flag bearing officers, one holding the Regimental Standard, the other holding the Sovereign’s Standard (it can be the Queen’s Colour or King’s Colour, depending on the monarch on the throne). Between them marches a ‘Colour Sergeant’, usually a senior non- commissioned officer.
    Bringing up the rear are 2 x Black Watch Privates with rifles and bayonets fixed. Together they make a fine display and a terrific centerpiece leading any parade.

Ceremonial

Streets of Old Hong Kong

Hong Kong has always been justly famous for the quality of its tailoring. Back in the day all kinds of tailoring operations could be found all over the great port city and gateway to China.

Orient

Diorama Collection

From the biggest firebase to the loneliest outpost all across Vietnam it was important to show your ‘colours’... both to announce your presence and... to annoy the enemy!

  • - Using a trio of soil-filled, 50 gallon oil drums as a base topped by a few sandbags a length a steel pole supports the national flag of Australia. Flown since the beginning of the 20th Century, the flag consists of the British Blue Ensign joined by a large seven-pointed ‘Commonwealth Star’ and five smaller stars representing the constellation of the Southern Cross.
  • - Similar to the above but flying the ‘Stars ‘n’ Stripes’.

Diorama and Scenic Building Collection

John Jenkins

April Releases
WWII - German Armour

Design of the Panzer I began in 1932 and mass production proceeded in 1934. Intended only as a training tank to introduce the concept of armoured warfare to the German army, the Panzer I saw combat in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, in Poland, France, the Soviet Union and North Africa during the Second World War.

Experiences with the Panzer I during the Spanish Civil War helped shape the German Panzerwaffe’s invasion of Poland in 1939, and France in 1940.

The Panzer I’s performance in armoured combat was limited by its thin armour and light armament of two machine guns, which were never intended for use against armoured targets, rather , being ideal for infantry suppression, in line with inter-war doctrine. Although lacking in armoured combat as a tank, it formed a large part of Germany’s mechanized forces and was used in all major campaigns between September 1939, and December 1941, where it still performed much useful service against entrenched infantry and other ‘soft’ targets, which were vulnerable to machine gun fire.

Although it was quickly surpassed by more powerful successors, the Panzer I’s contribution to the early victories of Nazi Germany during WW 2 was significant.

JJ WWII Collection

Roman Army of the Late Republic

By the first decades of the 1st century, the COHORT had replaced the maniple as the standard tactical unit of the legions.

The three lines of the manipular legion were combined to form the cohort, which generally numbered about 480 to 500 men. Maniples and centuries continued to be used as military and administrative subdivisions for the cohort.

There were six centuries in a cohort, which were now all 80-men strong.

Each Centuria was commanded by a Centurion, and also included an Optio, a Signifer and a Cornicen

The Centurions also appointed the bravest men as standard bearers, or Signifers.

A signifer was a standard bearer of the Roman legions. He carried a signum (standard) for a cohort or century. Each century had a signifer so there were 59 in a legion. Within each cohort, the first century's signifer would be the senior one.

The signum that he carried was the military emblem of that unit. It had a number of phalarae (disks or medallions) along with a number of other elements mounted on a pole. The pole could be topped with a leaf-shaped spear head or later a manus (open human hand) image denoting the oath of loyalty taken by the soldiers. It sometimes included a representation of a wreath, probably denoting an honour or award.

The task of carrying the signum in battle was dangerous, as the soldier had to stand in the first rank and could carry only a small buckler. It was that banner that the men from each individual century would rally around. A soldier could also gain the position of discentes signiferorum, or standard bearer in training. If the signifer was lost in battle, the whole unit was dishonored.

In addition to carrying the signum, the signifer also assumed responsibility for the financial administration of the unit and functioned as the legionaries' banker. He was paid twice the basic wage.

An Optio was an officer appointed by the centurion, and was stationed at the rear of the centuria to keep the troops in order. Their duties would include enforcing the orders of the centurion, taking over the centurion's command in battle should the need arise, supervising his subordinates, and a variety of administration duties. Optio pay was double the standard legionary pay and they were the most likely men to replace the centurion if the position became vacant.

A Centurion at this time can be distinguished from other Legionaries by several methods. He usually wore greaves, and the crest of his helmet was usually turned so it ran transversely across the helmet. His sword was worn on the left and his dagger on the right which is the opposite of a Legionaire.

Each Centuria would also contain a hornblower or Cornicines. A cornicen (plural cornicines) was a junior officer in the Roman Army. The cornicen's job was to signal salutes to officers and sound orders to the legions. The cornicines played the cornu (making him an aeneator). Cornicines always marched at the head of the centuries, with the signifer. The cornicines were also used as assistants to a centurion (like an optio). The cornicen was a duplicary or a soldier who got double the basic pay of the legionary.

The legion was now composed of ten cohorts rather than thirty maniples, and numbered an average of about 5,000 men.

Roman Army of the Late Republic

Carthaginian

The backbone of any Carthaginian army and their most reliable troops were the Liby-Phoenician spearmen. The Libyans were not merely mercenaries but could be provided by allied city states or might have been conscripted from a peasant base.

Before Hannibal’s Italian campaign they were presumably armed with long spears, round or oval shields and wore bronze helmets, and wore a linen cuirasses as protective armour.

Carthaginian

El Cid and the Reconquista

Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, was born near Burgos around 1043AD, and was the son of a minor Castilian noble. He became a Castilian knight and warlord in medieval Spain. The Moors called him EL CID, which meant the Lord, and the Christians called him EL CAMPEADOR, which means “The Champion”, in modern Spanish, but can also be translated as “The Master Of The Battlefield”.

Vivar became well known for his service in the armies of both Christian and Muslim rulers, and is probably one of the most famous warriors of the middle Ages.

Unlike the shadowy Arthur of Britain, Spain’s national hero has left us with a written history of his exploits, and even his signiture as proof that this great warrior once existed. After his death, El Cid became Spain’s celebrated national hero and the protagonist of the most significant medieval Spanish epic poem, “El Cantar de Mio Cid”.

The Spanish Warlord is probably best known as a slayer of Moors immortalised in the 1961 movie, especially by the compelling final image of Charlton Heston riding through hordes of black clad Almoravids outside the walls of Valencia.

El Cid and the Reconquista

Punic Wars

Punic Wars

Conquistadors

Conquistadors

Vikings

Age of Arthur - Vikings

Norman Knights

Age of Arthur - Norman Knights

Crusades

Crusades

American Revolution - 12th Massachusetts Regiment

12th Massachusetts Regiment

Mountain Men

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

American Civil War - 11th Regiment New York

11th Regiment New York

First Legion

New April Releases
Napoleonic Russian Hussars

Presented in this section of our catalog are two different regiments of Russian Hussars, NAP0655-NAP0659 Russian Izumsky Hussars and NAP0660-NAP0665 Russian PavlogradskyHussars. These regiments are so colorful that we felt we had to produce at least two different regiments. Also of note is that the Pavlogradsky Hussars were the only regiment in 1812 that carried their standard in the field.

Russian Hussars

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

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