August, 2022
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Missed the July Edition 2022 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the August Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News written on a hot and humid day here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sadly, the Bay Area is going through a wee bit of a Covid resurgence, with this new version being very nasty. To be on the cautious side we are asking visitors to wear masks.

Our shipping and receiving department is fully open and operational.

Because of Holidays and other family commitments, we may be operating on a reduced schedule at weekends during August. If you are planning on visiting our showroom, please call ahead on 4083953000, so we do not disappoint you. Thanks in advance.

Cody has been going crazy updating the consignment, Scratch and Dent and the sale items. Please check out these sections to find the latest additions.

The countdown to the Chicago Toy Soldier Show has begun. The event will be held on Sunday, September 25th, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency Schaumberg in Schaumberg, Illinois. We are planning on attending and will be partaking in room trading during the days leading up to the main event. As always, if you plan on attending and have anything from our website that you would like to see, please feel free to let us know via email or phone call and we will be sure to bring it!

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

For information on John Jenkins Future Releases.

John Jenkins Future Releases.

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Cyber August Sale

Cyber August Sale.

Newly added for a very limited time some John Jenkins items, do not miss out! Check out our Thomas Gunn, First Legion, King & Country and John Jenkins Sale items.

King & Country Mega Sale

First Legion Big Sale

John Jenkins Grand Sale

Thomas Gunn Grand Sale

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

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

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

Scratch & Dent

Do you enjoy repairing or modifying toy soldiers and vehicles. Every now and again we receive figures and vehicles in need of a new home and some special care. If yes, this may be the section just for you.

Scratch & Dent

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.

In May we greatly expanded our Collectors Corner section with some great St Petersburg Figures, plus we have added Britain's and King & Country.

Consignment Highlight

This month we feature sets from Thomas Gunn, First Legion, Britain's, Jenkins, King & Country, Frontine and St Petersburg. All effectively brand new and unopened.

Collectors Corner

Sierra Toy Soldier Britain's Exclusive

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive - In Stock Now!

Zulu Storehouse Attack

Britains

Britains August Releases!

Clash of Empires

New releases expected Late August / September not previously announced!

Clash of Empires

Clash of Empires

Restocks expected Late August / September!

Clash of Empires

American Revolution

American Revolution - Britains

Art of War

Art of War

American Civil War

American Civil War

Civil War Artillery

Civil War Artillery

Civil War Leaders

Civil War Leaders

Musuem Collection - Aviators - New Series

Aviator

Museum Collection

Museum Collection

Napoleonic - Old Guard

Battle of Waterloo, 1815

WWII - Germans

WWII Collection

Zulu War

Rorke's Drift - Matte Version

King & Country

King & Country August Releases!

‘The Battle of Goose Green... The Aftermath’

The first crucial land battle of the Falklands War took place over 14 hours on May 28-29, 1982.

Located on East Falkland’s central isthmus, the settlement of Goose Green was also the site of a small airfield. Almost 1200 Argentinean forces, mostly army but some airforce, were in a series of well-defended positions, within striking distance of San Carlos Water, where the British task force had just made its successful amphibious landing and therefor posed a potential threat.

The main British assault force consisted of the 2nd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment (2 Para) together with a troop of three 105mm guns from 29 Commando Regt., Royal Artillery and one Milan anti-tank missile platoon plus several Scout helicopters. In addition, close air support was provided by three Royal Air Force Harriers and naval gunfire from a Royal Navy frigate, HMS Arrow.

THE ATTACK

Initial intelligence suggested that Goose Green was lightly defended however as the British paras began moving forward across the bare, windswept landscape they came under increasing enemy fire while still managing to force some of their Argentinean opponents to fall back.

As the enemy retired they combined with other units and actually strengthened their defence line bringing down heavy machine gunfire on the advancing British forcing them to take cover.

With the advance held up 2 Para’s commanding officer, Lt. Col. ‘H’. Jones moved forward to see for himself the situation on the ground.

To regain the initiative and inspire his men Colonel H. led a charge towards one of the main enemy trenches and was fatally shot down by an Argentine army sniper.

In the hours following the death of their colonel the various elements of 2 Para began moving forward once more fighting a continuing series of fierce skirmishes and fire fights that again forced the enemy back.

BATTLEFIELD SITUATION

By last light on 28 May the British Paratroopers had, after many hours of fighting, surrounded, but not captured, the enemy position at Goose Green. The paras were exhausted, cold and low on water, food and ammunition and their temporary commander, Major Chris Keeble came up with a cunning plan... He sent a message to the Argentine garrison commander offering him the opportunity to surrender his force and save lives or face an ongoing battle the next morning where he and his men would suffer the horrendous consequences... and many more casualties.

Early the following day, 29 May, the enemy commander agreed to an unconditional surrender and the Argentineans laid down their arms.

An amazing and vitally important victory was won by guts, perseverance and more than a little guile too!

THE AFTERMATH

No battle, no matter how successful, comes without a cost...

The British lost 18 killed (16 Paras, one Royal Marine pilot and one commando engineer) and 64 wounded.

The Argentine forces had almost 60 killed, another 86 wounded and more than 950 captured.

This latest ‘Falklands’ release shows six soldiers of both nations (3 paras and 3 Argentineans) in the immediate aftermath of the surrender as the British ‘Toms’ disarm and escort their prisoners towards a secure holding area.     

Falklands War

“The Emperor’s Own Imperial Guards’ Fifes & Drums”

Here’s a neat and colourful little set of seven Napoleonic musicians from the Emperor’s own Imperial Guard better known as ‘The Old Guard’, possibly the most prestigious formation of Napoleon’s ‘Grande Armee’.

Famously devoted to their Emperor, he even referred to them as ‘my children’, the members of the ‘Old Guard’ were specially selected based on their physical traits, most notably, above average height and previous military experience and battlefield bravery.

Similarly the musicians accepted into the regiment had to be of proven musical ability and meet the same physical requirements. The sole exceptions were the young boy musicians who were often orphans or teenage children of serving Guardsmen who were trained by their elder fellow band members.

This seven-figure set includes the decoratively dressed Drum Major wearing the be-plumed bicorne alongwith TWO adult side drummers and ONE younger drummer. Alongside them are TWO more ‘Old Guard’ fifers and a junior fifer.

The seven-figure set comes in its own special box with a decorative full colour label.

French Imperial Guard

On The Streets of Old Saigon

  • - The traditional national dress of Vietnamese girls and women is the ‘Ao Dai’, a long, form fitting, silk tunic worn with pants and most commonly seen on special occasions such as TET, the New Year celebration or for weddings and funerals. Before the ready availability of Western dress for Vietnamese women many schools and colleges also required their female pupils and students to wear some form of everyday ‘Ao Dais’ as part of their uniform. This young women wears a colourful, pink-patterned version of the national costume as she navigates her gleaming white Vespa through Saigon’s bustling streets.
  • - As two more young Vietnamese women make their way about town, the passenger here rides ‘side saddle’ as she clutches a small bunch of flowers... Perfect for any Vietnam street scene!

Vietnam - Tet'68

Bluejackets In Action’

World War II U.S. Navy uniforms have a unique lineage that dates all the way back to the War of Independence.

All the uniform details such as bell-bottom trousers, neckerchiefs and sailors collars all evolved from decorative or functional items of past naval uniforms and modes of dress.

This means that when certain uniform features become several generations old, they often become ‘traditions’. It is these traditions that still inspire pride in every sailor who wears the uniform of the United States Navy.

One tradition that began in the mid 19th Century and lasted well into the 20th Century was the term of referring to sailors as ‘bluejackets’. This came about from the introduction of the regulation navy-blue jumpers, bell-bottoms and caps for all enlisted seamen. Eventually the navy blue uniform would become cold weather wear and part of the full dress parade uniform. These latest U.S. Navy sailors / bluejackets are an alternative version of K&C’s long-retired but very popular ‘Sand Pebbles’ crew from a few year back. Then all of our ship’s crew were dressed in ‘undress whites’ suitable for service in the tropics and the Far East. The only exception were a pair of ‘swabbies’ on shore patrol duty. Personally speaking I’ve always liked the navy blue uniform and thought it would be fun to provide the alternative. Although these first four sailors are in familiar poses lookout for future releases of all-new U.S. Navy sailors in their ‘bluejacket’ landing party role.

United States Navy

KOKODA: The Long Bloody Trail

By the middle of 1942 Japan’s empire extended in depth across vast tracts of China, the Pacific and Southeast Asia. During the six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hong Kong had fallen, rapidly followed by Malaya and Singapore, then the Philippines and finally, the Dutch East Indies. Now the Japanese stood poised to attack Australia’s territory in New Guinea, just one hundred miles north of the great southern continent. With New Guinea as a forward base Japan’s navy and airforce could attack Australia, threaten its link to America and also act as a ‘shield’ to protect its newly-acquired Dutch East Indies. Beginning in March 1942 the Japanese had already landed at various points on the north coast of New Guinea and started to advance towards the key objective, Port Moresby, the territory’s capital and main port. In May 1942 however, the Battle of the Coral Sea thwarted an additional Japanese plan to launch an amphibious assault directly on the port. The main effort now would be an overland thrust south westwards along the Kokoda Trail (or track) running across the rugged Owen Stanley Mountains via the native village of Kokoda. At this time, the island’s Australian commander mistakenly believed the Trail was impassable for large-scale troop movements and the Japanese only encountered minimal resistance from a small force of New Guinea volunteers. By the end of July 1942 the Japanese had captured Kokoda and brought almost 14,000 battle-hardened troops into action.

FIGHTING WITHDRAWAL

As the military situation deteriorated more experienced Australian units began arriving at Port Moresby and were immediately rushed northwards to the front-line towards the rapidly advancing Japanese. Following the first clash of arms on August 26 the Australian reinforcements were pushed back once more to a ridge overlooking Port Moresby. Once there fresh Australian reinforcements arrived to bolster the Aussie line and the fighting moved elsewhere. Soon however the Japanese realized they had seriously over-extended their supply lines resulting in severe shortages of food and ammunition. Even in retreat however the Japanese could still prove a deadly foe and many more battles were to take place before, in November 1942, the Aussies managed to retake Kokoda itself and a nearby airfield.

AUSSIE GRIT & GUTS

The struggle for the Kokoda Trail was marked by great courage and endurance in the most appalling conditions by the soldiers of both sides. Those who took part would never forget the harsh physical and mental demands of fighting in a steep mountainous terrain with the constant damp of the tropical jungle and the ever-present dangers of disease and discomfort. For Australians in particular the Kokoda Trail Campaign is a testament to their amazing endurance and tenacity that equals even the Legend of Gallipoli. This new King & Country series of figures once more pays tribute to the honour, memory and sacrifice of all the Australian fighting men who fought and died on that long bloody trail in a place called ‘KOKODA’.

KOKODA: The Long Bloody Trail

John Jenkins

New August Releases
Trojan War Greeks - Acamas

Acamas was an Athenian prince, the son of Theseus and Phaedra, and the brother of Demophon. He was the husband of Laodice (who was a daughter of Priam). Joined the war at a later date, but was a valiant member of the Greek force at Troy. Along with his brother Demophon, he was to rescue his grandmother Aethra during the sacking of Troy.

  • - The bow as a hunting weapon was well established, and arrows were effective in piercing bronze armour. As illustrated on the “Lion Hunt Dagger” and other frescoes, it seems common for archers to be combined with tower shield spearmen as a strong defensive unit, especially to withstand early chariot warfare. In such massed formations, the 12ft long spear would be far from impractible, and would have been a perfect weapon for levelling against an opposing line of infantry, or for defence against chariots.

Greeks

Trojan War - GLAUCUS

Glaucus, the son of Hippolochos, accompanied Sarpedon to Troy along with his troops from Xanthos. Himself a prominent warrior, Glaucus meets the Greek hero Diomedes on the battlefield, who is leading the Greek forces with the help of the goddess Athena. Glaucus and Diomedes exchange words and upon learning about each other's ancestry, the two warriors decide to not fight each other despite being on opposing sides. Coincidentally both their grandfathers shared a bond of friendship in the past. They continue the tradition of friendship by giving each other their own armour as a gift and part ways as friends.

After the death of Sarpedon, Glaucus, filled with anguish and sorrow over his fallen commander and cousin, reminds Hector of his duty to the Trojan allies. Fierce fighting breaks out around the body of Sarpedon as both sides aim to claim the body of the Lycian commander. Just as Trojans take the armour from his body, Apollo appears, accompanied by Hypnos and Thanatos, to cleanse the body and ease it back to Lycia. Glaucus follows in the steps of Sarpedon by leading the Lycian troops after his death

Troy and her allies

GEMPEI WAR 1180-1185 - New Series

The Gempei War which took place between 1180 and 1185 was a national civil war between the Taira and Minamoto clans during the late Heian period of Japan. It resulted in the downfall of the Taira and the establishment of the Kamakura shogunate under Minamoto no Yoritomo, who appointed himself as Shogun in 1192, governing Japan as a military dictator from the eastern city of Kamakura.

The name Gempei or Genpei comes from the words Minamoto (Gen) and Taira (Hei, which was pronounced as pei)

These two families were fierce rivals, both were ancient families, descended from royalty.

The Heike or Taira had close ties with the court, and were well known as accomplished artists and men of letters as well as great warriors.

The Genji or Minamota were rustics, and each side derided the other for their chosen lifestyles.

  • - A Torii is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the mundane to the sacred. The first appearance of Torii gates in Japan can be traced to at least the mid-Heian period, as they are mentioned in a text written in 922. Torii gates were traditionally made from wood or stone. They are usually either unpainted or painted vermillion with a black upper lintel.
  • - The monastic sohei, made a third force, and sometimes fought for the Genji and sometimes for the Heike. The first major battle, the battle of Uji Bridge in 1180 the sohei from Todai-ji, which was a pro Minamota temple, engaged a huge force of Heike. The warrior monks initially played a major role in the Gempei war.The monks favourite weapon seems to have been the naginata, and they wore basic armour under the traditional monk’s robes.

Gempei War

Viking "Shield Wall"

Age of Arthur - Vikings

El Cid - ALMORAVIDS

PLEASE NOTE THESE WILL BE THE LAST RELEASES OF THE ALMORAVIDS.

Almoravid

Scythians

Scythians

American Civil War - 14th REGIMENT, NEW YORK STATE MILITIA 1861-1864

14th Regiment, New York State Militia

39th NEW YORK VOLUNTEER INFANTRY REGIMENT

39th New York Infantry Regiment, Garibaldi Guard

5th Virginia Infantry Regiment

5th Virginia Infantry Regiment

BATTLE OF ASSAYE 1803 - MARATHA CAVALRY

Maratha Cavalry

CROW FAMILY TRAVOIS

A Travois is a frame structure that was used by the plains Indians of North America, to drag loads over land. There is evidence to support that travois were used in other parts of the world before the invention of the wheel.

Initially the travois was pulled by dogs. The basic dog travois consisted of two aspen or cottonwood poles, notched and lashed together at one end with buffalo sinew, with the other ends splayed apart.

Cross bars are lashed between the poles near the splayed ends, and the finished frame looks like a large letter A with extra cross bars.

The apex of the A, wrapped in buffalo skin to prevent friction burns, rests on the dog’s shoulders, whilst the splayed ends drag over the ground.

Women both built the travois and managed the dogs. Buffalo meat and firewood were typical travois loads.

Although the dog travois were small, they were capable of pulling up to 20-30kg. In hot weather travel was slower as it was more tiring for the dogs. Dog travois can be seen in the paintings of Karl Bodmer.

By the mid 18 th Century, the dog travois had given way to the horse travois. When dogs were replaced by horse, the greater pulling power allowed trips to increase in size and household goods to multiply.

Instead of specially constructed sleds, the plains Indian tribes would simply cross a pair of tepee poles, across the back of the horse, and attach a burden platform between the poles behind the horse. This served two purposes at once, as the horses could then simultaneously carry the tepee poles and some additional baggage. Children often were able to ride in the back of the horse travois.

Some tribes it was also traditional to leave the tepee poles behind at the old camp, for use by the next tribe or family to camp there.

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

SKRAELINGS, THE BEOTHUK

Skraeling

Brunswick Grenadiers

Special Booster Sets

Brunswick Grenadiers

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

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