August, 2019
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Missed the July Edition 2019 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the August Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News, not written this month from the Bay Area. Your roving Toy Soldier people are in Berlin, Germany. Yes, we are on vacation, for the first time in 5 years. We were able to get away and go on a trip to Vienna, Salzburg, Munich and finally Berlin. As I know you all want to know the local weather conditions, Berlin is very warm but expected to cool down tomorrow. All 4 locations were wonderful, if you can cope with the 1000’s of tourists of all nationalities that chose the same time as us. How do they all get the time off? If you are a beer lover, which I am, Austrian and German beer is very tasty, a little too good as I keep trying to drink it. Don’t tell the doctor.

We left the showroom and warehouse in the very capable hands of Aidan, Cody and Fay, and they have done a terrific job. So much so they say we do not need to come back, sadly that isn’t so, as we fly home on Wednesday.

The showroom is now up and running and getting rave reviews from our regular collectors, who like all the display space we have created. Michael (aka Kilted Vampire) retrofitted the cabinets with new and improved lighting. The move was harder than we imagined and could not have been done without the help of Aidan, Cody and Michael. You can keep up to date on our social media pages, as Aidan and Cody are updating it regularly.

We have some great new releases this month from, King and Country, John Jenkins (Check out the new Carthaginian Warship) and First Legion.

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Hope you enjoy our newsletter and good night from Berlin (way cool to say that).

Events

Chicago Customer Appreciation Dinner (15th Anniversary Year) - Friday, September 20 - Reserve Your Seat Today!

Every year we at the Sierra Toy Soldier Company, team up with Treefrog Treasures & Troops of Time at the Chicago Show to honor our customers with a fun-filled evening of toy soldiers and great food at our Customer Appreciation Dinner. If you will be attending the OTSN Chicago Show we want to make sure you know you are invited to attend this dinner.

Since this is a customer appreciation event, of course it is meant specifically for our customers and is not open to the general collecting public. If you have ordered from us in the past year, you are definitely our customer and we hope you will be able to attend!

Guest Speaker
Ken Osen of Hudson and Allen will be our guest of honor and the evening's speaker. The focus of the chat will be on Dioramas.

Tickets are $40 per person, same as last year, and can be purchased by phone or email. We do not make tickets available online since the event is only for our customers. Please provide the name of each guest you wish to bring as well as the ages & gender of any children in attendance.

Children/young collectors are very welcome to attend.

Please reserve your seats early so you do not miss out.

We hope you can join us.

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King & Country
John Jenkins
First Legion

Showroom

We are open Monday - Friday 10.00 - 5.00pm, most Saturdays but please check first!

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

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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 expect to add to our consignment corner many King & Country American Revolution and Ancient Egypt pieces, plus more Conte and Frontline American Civil War.So watch this section as we plan to add these before the end of the month.

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

King & Country

King & Country August Releases!

Order of St. Lazarus

The Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, also known as the Leper Brothers or simply, Lazarists, was a Catholic military order founded by crusaders around 1119 at a leper hospital in Jerusalem, whose care became its original purpose, named after their patron saint, Lazarus. Although they were centred on the care for the afflicted they also notably fought in major battles and campaigns throughout the Holy Land and also in the Defense of Acre in 1291. While their general military appearance and weapons were the same as other religious order the Lazarists adopted ‘green’ as their colour of choice for symbolic emblems of crosses on shields, banners and surcoats to make them different from their Templar and Hospitaller brethren.

Crusader - Cross & Crescent

Riding Across The Battlefield

The Age of Napoleon was also the Age of the Horse at least on the battlefield... and Napoleon had more than his fair share of both... battlefields and horses. The Emperor was a great believer in seeing for himself what was happening on the many fields of battle he fought over during his long military career. One of the ways he did this was to mount his horse and together with some of his Generals and Aides-de- camp ride out to various parts of the battle where he could ascertain the situation and decide whether to reinforce or even withdraw certain forces as the progress of the battle dictated. This was just one of the ways he could take advantage of the fluidity and chaos of battle and ensure his own forces flexibility and success...

  • - The Great Man himself, and one of our most popular K&C figures... Here dressed in the familiar grey greatcoat under which he wears the simple green uniform of a Colonel of the Chasseurs a Cheval of the Imperial Guard. This regiment most often served as the personal escort to the Emperor. Here, Napoleon is mounted once more on his favourite horse “Marengo”
  • - Roustan Raza (1783-1845) was the Emperor’s personal bodyguard and valet. Born in Tbilisi, Georgia to Armenian parents the young Roustan was kidnapped at just 13 and sold as a slave in Cairo to the Sheik of Cairo who, in 1798, presented him to Napoleon as a body servant. Roustan was to loyally serve the Emperor for the next 15 years and follow him through many of his most famous campaigns and battles. While in the earlier service of the Sheik in Cairo, Roustan had worn typical Mameluk costume, which he continued to do throughout his time with Napoleon. Acting as both servant and bodyguard the Mameluk supervised the cooking and serving of all the Emperor’s meals as well as cleaning and caring for his master’s weapons and uniforms. Acting as bodyguard he slept near the Emperor and attended him night and day, both on and off the battlefield. Our K&C Roustan gallops along just behind the Emperor.
  • - Antoine-Charles-Louis, Comte de Lasalle was one of Bonaparte’s favourite cavalry generals during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Often called the “Hussar General”, he first gained fame as a daring adventurer and skilled horseman and followed the Emperor to Egypt, then back to Europe with campaigns in Spain, Prussia and across the entire continent. Napoleon himself described Lasalle as one of his ‘lucky generals’! On, July 5, 1809 however the ‘Hussar General’s ‘ luck ran out at the ‘Battle of Wagram’. Leading a regiment of French cuirassiers in pursuit of enemy infantry he was first shot in the chest but continued to lead the charge. As the enemy retreat turned into a rout one of the fleeing infantrymen turned and fired his musket at the leading French officer hitting him, more by accident than aimed intention. General Lasalle reeled back in the saddle, shot between the eyes and dropped dead from his saddle. On the battlefield Lasalle was easily recognizable by his short, highly decorated Hussar pelisse (jacket) and his adoption of the mameluk’s long, loose fitting red trousers... and his fore and aft bicorne.
  • -Gaspard, Baron Gourgaud, also known as simply, Gaspar Gourgaud was originally a talented artillery officer who shared the emperor’s interest and fascination with all kinds of ordnance and the means to exploit them to the full. Although he followed Napoleon into exile on St. Helena after the latter’s defeat at Waterloo he soon tired of the petty squabbles and intrigues among the Emperor’s most trusted confidantes. He returned to France and, after Napoleon’s death in 1821 lobbied long and hard for the emperor’s remains to be returned to France which they eventually were in 1840. General Gourgaud as portrayed by K&C is dressed in the uniform of a very senior General of Ordnance.

French Napoleonic

World of Dickens

When the young Oliver Twist arrived penniless, homeless and friendless on the streets of London he was fortunate to meet a cheerful and cocky young Cockney going by the nickname of “The Artful Dodger”. Immortalized in Dickens’ ‘Oliver Twist’ and portrayed in films and television perhaps the best and most colourful representation of the pair was in the 1968 Carol Reed production of the musical film “Oliver”. These two young rascals were played by Mark Lester (Oliver) and Jack Wild (Dodger) and that’s where K&C drew the inspiration for this little 2-figure set.

World of Dickens

D-Day

This is the last 4-man set of Rangers in our 75th Anniversary commemoration of June 6, 1944. Included in this set are three more Rangers in various ‘action’ poses moving forward under fire with their M1 ‘Garand’ rifles. A fourth crouching Ranger supports his three buddies with his B.A.R. (Browning Automatic Rifle). This squad support weapon served U.S. forces loyally from its earliest days at the end of WW1 all the way up to and including WW2 and Korea

D-Day '44

Vietnam

  • - ‘Collateral damage’ is one of the scourges of modern war. Innocent civilians are all-too-often caught in the middle between opposing sides trying to kill each other. Here, one of our Marines is carrying a young girl wounded in the crossfire to safety and a Navy corpsman who will treat her wounds, and if necessary, have her evacuated to a civilian hospital.
  • - K&C’s little USMC M274 ‘Mule’ (VN017) has proved invaluable to Vietnam collectors as a way to transport the wounded out of harm’s way but it’s principal role was to ferry rations, supplies and ammunition to and from the Grunts in the field or on the frontline fighting the ‘bad guys’. Well, here is the perfect add-on for the ‘Mule’... a load of fresh .30 cal. and .50 cal. ammo as well as extra cased rounds for the K&C ‘ONTOS’ and its 106mm guns.
  • - Sitting dejected and forlorn this ‘Victor Charlie’ is lucky that the Marines captured him... If it had been the ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) that caught him his fate would be a lot more uncertain...
  • - After one of his buddies took a hit this Marine has crawled forward to see what he can do. Alas the first Marine is already dead and the second guy shouts out to the other Marines not to come forward. A poignant but cruel reality in a battlefield situation such as Hue in 1868.
  • - It rarely happened during the Vietnam War but just sometimes it pays to take no chances. This young Marine has attached his M7 bayonet to the lug of his M16 rifle barrel

Vietnam - Tet'68

Vietnam - Australian

Quite simply, this is one of the finest military vehicles King & Country has ever produced.

The Centurion was the primary British main battle tank of the post-Second World War period. First introduced in 1945, it is widely considered to be one of the most successful tank designs of the second half of the 20th Century.

The Centurion remained in production well into the 1960’s and took part in combat operations around the world until the 1980’s.

During its long service life more than 15 countries utilized it and it saw combat in Korea, the Middle East, Northern India and, of course, Vietnam.

IN AUSTRALIAN SERVICE

By the mid 1960’s almost 150 Centurions were serving with the Australian Army.

February 1968 saw the first deployment of Aussie Centurions to South Vietnam in support of Australia’s expanded military commitment there.

Over the next four years all three of Australia’s 1st Armoured Regiment’s squadrons would fight in Vietnam, providing close fire support for the Aussie Infantry.

The Centurion’s size, mobility and weaponry provided a powerful tool in both offensive and defensive operations.

ON ACTIVE DUTY

‘Vietnam’ Centurions were modified ‘in country’ to better suit the actual conditions of operating in a lush and tropical environment. The tank’s distinctive side skirt panels were removed to prevent local vegetation and mud building up between the tracks and the mudguards.

At the same time an externally-mounted fuel tank was added to the rear end of the Centurion providing an extra 100 Imperial-gallons of fuel.

This particular Centurion, call sign ‘32’ belonged to 2nd Lieut. ‘Mick’ Butler and helped defend ‘Firebase Balmoral’ against repeated North Vietnamese Army assaults between 26-28 May 1968.

BATTLE RECORD

Almost 60 different Centurions fought in Vietnam with 42 of them suffering varying degrees of battle damage... only 6 however were total ‘right-offs’... and just two crewmen were actually killed in battle.

An amazing safety record and a tribute to the tank’s sturdiness and reliability.

This King & Country ‘Centurion’ is dedicated to all Australians who fought and died in Vietnam and... a magnificent main battle tank.

Vietnam - Tet'68

Streets of Hong Kong

Orient

John Jenkins

New Releases Expected August 2019!
Carthaginian Warship - Pre Order Only

New Expected January 2020! Pre- Order Now! Will be sold on a Pre-Order Basis Only. PRE-ORDER PERIOD ENDS 31st AUGUST 2019!

Punic Wars

Enemies of Rome - Iceni

Enemies of Rome

Hastati

Roman Army of the Mid-Republic

Thracian

Thracians

Conquistadors

Conquistadors

Tlaxcaltec

Talaxcaltecs

Drums along the Mohawk

Drums Along The Mohawk

The 2nd Hampshire Regiment

The 2nd New Hampshire Regiment was formed in early May 1775, as the second of three Continental Army regiments raised by the state of New Hampshire during the American Revolutionary War. Its first commander was Colonel Enoch Poor, with Joseph Cilley as major. Many of the men who served in the unit hailed from southeastern New Hampshire and western Maine (then part of Massachusetts).

After Enoch Poor was promoted to Brigadier, Nathan Hale was commissioned colonel of the 2nd New Hampshire Regiment in April 1777.

Flags or colors which belonged to the 2nd NH were captured at Fort Anne in July 1777 during the retreat from Fort Ticonderoga. After more than a century, they were returned from Britain, and are on display today at the Tuck Library of the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord. They are among the only American battle flags from the Revolutionary War known to exist. The colors containing the motto "The Glory Not the Prey" are marked "2nd NH Regt", while the other colors captured at the time, the linked 13 rings, were likely a type of national color. Two other flags captured by the British at Skenesboro were also noted and they had similar designs, especially another with the 13 linked rings. While their colors were lost, the 2nd New Hampshire fought bravely in the autumn of 1777, where they were heavily engaged with British forces at Saratoga, leading to the surrender of General John Burgoyne's army.

Please note that the New Hampshire Regiment figures will be re-paints of the previous Continental Figures.

2nd New Hampshire Regiment

Anglo- Allied Army

The 62nd Regiment of Foot was an infantry regiment of the British Army, which was raised in 1756 and saw service through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Under the Childers Reforms it amalgamated with the 99th (Lanarkshire) Regiment of Foot to form the Wiltshire Regiment in 1881.

In October 1756 a second battalion to the 4th Regiment of Foot was formed as part of measures to strengthen the army at the start of the Seven Years' War with France.

In January 1758 four companies of the 2nd/4th Regiment embarked at Plymouth as Marines under Major T Hardy in five ships of Admiral Boscawen's fleet while Battalion Headquarters and the remaining companies stayed at Plymouth. The fleet sailed for Halifax, Nova Scotia, the base for a seaborne attack on French Canada. However, on 21 April while the fleet was part way across the Atlantic came news of a change of name following an official decree that the new second battalions throughout the Army would be numbered as separate regiments. Under this re-organisation the 2nd/4th Regiment became the 62nd Regiment of Foot.

Throughout the Canadian campaign the 62nd continued to serve as Marines, providing landing parties, manning ships' boats, putting artillery pieces ashore and providing local protection for them. During this time the Regiment won its first Battle Honour 'Louisburg' in 1758, but it was not awarded until 152 years later. The reason for this was that since they were employed on board ship the men were on the strength of the navy, not the army, so that at the time the War Office stated they had no record of the Regiment's participation!

The Regiment was still in Ireland when fighting broke out near Boston between the Colonists and British troops and an American force set out to conquer Canada in 1775. The 62nd sailed for Quebec the following year. The Regiment acted as Light Infantry and were involved in the advance from Canada into the rebel New England colonies under General Burgoyne. They won great praise for their steadfastness and fortitude in a number of actions.

On 19th August 1777, Burgoyne began a movement to encircle the American fortifications on Bemis Heights. Burgoyne’s intention was to take possession of the high ground to the west of the American fortifications and use the advantage of greater elevation to bombard the Americans from their flank. Brigadier Fraser, with the British Right Wing, pushed into the woods along the northern side of a deep ravine. Hamilton followed him with the British Centre, accompanied by Burgoyne. Riedesel and his German troops remained on the riverside with the boats and supplies. Once in a line the three contingents would advance on the Americans.

Gates had no aggressive plan with which to counter the British move. He planned to await attack in his fortified position on Bemis Heights. His subordinate, Arnold, had no such intention. He was determined to take the fight to the advancing British and use the advantage his men had in forest fighting. Arnold pressed Gates to attack with the whole army. Gates refused, but finally agreed that Arnold could take his own division forward against the British line.

Morgan’s riflemen were the first American troops to attack, launching an assault on a small force of Canadians and Indians of Fraser’s Right Wing. Morgan’s men were followed by Arnold’s division of New Hampshire Continentals. As the Canadians and Indians fell back, Morgan’s riflemen rushed on in pursuit and were dispersed by a British counterattack.

The New Hampshire Continentals were repelled by Fraser’s Grenadiers and Light Companies.

Burgoyne’s and Hamilton’s Centre approached Freeman’s Farm, leaving a substantial gap between themselves and Fraser’s more distant force. Arnold rallied his men and resumed the attack into the gap between the British Centre and Right Wing. More American regiments from Arnold’s Division came up and joined the assault. Burgoyne’s flank regiment, the 21st Foot, was forced to fall back to avoid being overwhelmed. This left the 62nd Regiment at the angle of the line and under heavy fire.

A desperate battle developed between the attacking Americans and the regiments of the British Centre. During this fighting, which was described by veteran British soldiers as very heavy, General Phillips led a bayonet charge of the 20th Regiment, to enable the 62nd to withdraw and re-organise. Gates, still in the American position on Bemis Heights, refused to commit further formations of the American army to the battle. If he had done so, it is generally accepted that the British Centre would have been overwhelmed. In contrast to Gates’ refusal of requests for assistance from Arnold, Riedesel on the British Left responded with alacrity to the crisis. Leaving the British 47th to guard the baggage, Riedesel marched his regiments up the hill. He arrived to find the British Foot in great difficulty, and, without delay, launched a flank attack on the American troops. The fire of his artillery and foot was sufficient to relieve the pressure on the British regiments and force the Americans to withdraw. By this time night was falling. The Americans fell back in some confusion to their fortified camp on Bemis Heights.

At the battle of Freeman's Farm in the Saratoga campaign of 1777 the losses were so heavy that at the end only five officers and 60 men of the 62nd were fit for duty. Lack of reinforcements and supplies eventually caused General Burgoyne to surrender and the remaining members of the 62nd were taken prisoner. By 1780 most of the officers had been exchanged and were back home but few of the men ever saw England again.

Anglo-Allied Army

Butler's Rangers

Butler's Rangers (1777–1784) was a Loyalist, British provincial military unit of the American Revolutionary War, raised by Loyalist John Butler. Most members of the regiment were Loyalists from upstate New York.

John Butler was a French and Indian War veteran-turned landowner with a 26,000 acre estate near Caughnawaga in the Mohawk Valley. However, on the outbreak of American Revolutionary War, Butler abandoned these landholdings and fled to Canada in the company of other Loyalist leaders, such as the Iroquois chief, Joseph Brant.

During the Saratoga Campaign Lieutenant Colonel Butler distinguished himself at the Battle of Oriskany on August 6, 1777. As a result, he was commissioned a lieutenant colonel and allowed to raise his own British provincial regiment. This military group would come to be known as Butler's Rangers.

Similar to other Loyalist regiments that fought for the British Crown during the American Revolution, Butler's Rangers were made up of American Loyalist refugees who had fled to Canada, following the outbreak of the American Revolution.

The Rangers were accused of participating in — or at least failing to prevent — the Wyoming Valley massacre of July 1778 and the Cherry Valley massacre of November 1778 of European settlers (including some Loyalists) by Iroquois forces under the command of Joseph Brant. These actions earned the Rangers a reputation for ruthlessness no holds barred warfare tactics. They fought principally in Western New York and Pennsylvania, but ranged as far west as Ohio and Michigan and as far south as Virginia.

Butler's Rangers

WHISKEY, SCALPS AND BEAVER PELTS

A mountain man was an explorer who lived in the wilderness. They were instrumental in opening up the various Emigrant Trails (widened into wagon roads) allowing Americans in the east to settle the new territories of the far west by organized wagon trains traveling over roads explored and in many cases, physically improved by the mountain men and the big fur companies originally to serve the mule train based inland fur trade. Mountain men were most common in the North American Rocky Mountains from about 1810 through to the 1880s (with a peak population in the early 1840s). Approximately 3,000 mountain men ranged the mountains between 1820 and 1840, the peak beaver-harvesting period. While there were many free trappers, most mountain men were employed by major fur companies. The life of a company man was almost militarized. The men had mess groups, hunted and trapped in brigades and always reported to the head of the trapping party. This man was called a "boosway", a bastardization of the French term bourgeois. He was the leader of the brigade and the head trader.

The Crow, called the Apsáalooke in their own Siouan language, or variants including the Absaroka, are Native Americans, who in historical times lived in the Yellowstone River valley, which extends from present-day Wyoming, through Montana and into North Dakota, where it joins the Missouri River.

Pressured by the Ojibwe and Cree peoples (the Iron Confederacy), who had earlier and better access to guns through the fur trade, the Crow had migrated to this area from the Ohio Eastern Woodland area of present-day Ohio, settling south of Lake Winnipeg. From there, they were pushed to the west by the Cheyenne. Both the Crow and the Cheyenne were pushed farther west by the Lakota (Sioux), who took over the territory west of the Missouri River, reaching past the Black Hills of South Dakota to the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming and Montana. The Cheyenne eventually became allies of the Lakota, as they sought to expel European Americans from the area. The Crow remained bitter enemies of both the Sioux and Cheyenne.

From about 1740, the Plains tribes rapidly adopted the horse, which allowed them to move out on to the Plains and hunt buffalo more effectively. However, the severe winters in the North kept their herds smaller than those of Plains tribes in the South. The Crow, Hidatsa, Eastern Shoshone and Northern Shoshone soon became noted as horse breeders and dealers and developed relatively large horse herds. At the time, other eastern and northern tribes were also moving on to the Plains, in search of game for the fur trade, bison, and more horses. The Crow were subject to raids and horse thefts by horse-poor tribes, including the powerful Blackfoot Confederacy, Gros Ventre, Assiniboine, Pawnee, and Ute. Their greatest enemies became the tribes of the Blackfoot Confederacy and the Lakota-Cheyenne-Arapaho alliance.

“Paints-His-Shirt-Red” is a fictional character inspired by the 1972 film “Jeremiah Johnson.”

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

American Civil War - 54th Regiment Massachusetts

54th Regiment Massachusetts

Hampton's Legion

Hampton's Legion South Carolina Zouave Volunteers

Palmetto Riflemen

Palmetto Riflemen South Carolina Infantry

First Legion

New August Releases!
Ancient Dacia

Ancient Dacia was located north of Macedon and Greece on the eastern side of the Danube river. The Dacians were always considered a threat to the Roman empire because of their location on the border of some of the furthest provinces of the Empire. Rome fought several wars against the Dacians, the first from 86-88 AD under Emperor Domitian after the Dacian Army of King Duras attacked the Roman Province of Moesia in 86 AD, killing the Roman governor. After initial Roman defeats, the Romans continued their offensive and eventually a truce was agreed too by Domitian in 88 AD due to more pressing military matters elsewhere. The more famous wars with the Dacians were Emperor Trajans two wars, the first between 101-102 AD and the second from 105-106 AD. In the first war, Roman military power and engineering carried the day and the now Dacian King Decebalus requested peace. However, he continously violated the terms of the peace and Trajan again advanced his legions. The Dacian wars were costly to Rome's military, but eventually Dacia was subjugated and it was a great triumph for Emperor Trajan. The conclusion of these wars marked the start of a period of sustained growth and peace for the Roman Empire

Dacian Warriors

Normandy

NOR090 German Flakpanzer IV "Wirbelwind" with 2 Summer Crew Figures, 17th SS Pz Gren Gotz von Berlichingen . 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. Painted in a slightly different camo scheme than our usual Normandy figures, this vehicle adds some much needed air defense to stave off the allied "Jabos!"

Battle of Normandy

Battle of the Bulge

LWG013 German Flakpanzer IV "Wirbelwind" with 2 Crew Figures, Staff Company France 1945. 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. This model more than any other highlights why we created the Late War German series of products. We found an interesting concept, a Wirbelwind with the turret #31 and whitewash over camo that was captured in France in February 1945. As such it doesn't really fit into any of our normal ranges, but the LWG series gives us a platform to produce such vehicles. And as it doesn't have a divsional insignia, it really can be used in any winter 1944-1945 situation. We have produced this model in very limited numbers and it's an interesting variant of the Wirbelwind with it's unique turret number and camo scheme.

Battle of the Bulge

Stalingrad Germans

Stalingrad Germans

75mm Painted Figures

75mm Painted Figures

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

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