July, 2019
Sierra Toy Soldier Company

Sierra Toy Soldier Company

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Missed the June Edition 2019 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the July Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News written on a very pleasant day here in the Bay Area. We moved out of our store last weekend. It was a very sad day seeing the store so empty and bare. Very sad after 15 years of effort went in to creating it. I have promised that we will never do a move like this again - least until next time. Crazy how much you accumulate and then have to pack, about 2500 Toy soldiers, and accessories. We were exhausted. We couldn’t have done it without the hard input of Aidan, and Cody.

The good news is the layout looks terrific and the customers that have stopped by really like it. Aidan and Cody are busy creating displays and laying out all the items that they just packed up, now they have to unpack. With I believe 50 displays to do it is going to take a wee while. We anticipate being open on July 16th. It was totally crazy to think we were going to be open on July 1. It will be a work in progress and is likely to take until at least the end of the month. The other advantage is that all our inventory will be in one place. No more shuffling between the store, and warehouse. You can check for updates on Facebook and our other social media platforms. We have already had a few visitors, and are looking forward to more.

New opening hours will typically be open Monday to Friday 10.00 to 5.00. Saturdays: We will be open most Saturdays, but please check first. We will be stocking and displaying our full range of soldiers and model aircraft as per normal. The advantage will be that all items will be in one location. It will be a work in progress, but with the input of two young, enthusiastic guys Cody and Aidan, the end result will be terrific.

Our new location address is
Sierra Toy Soldier
1350 Dell Avenue. Ste #5
Campbell, CA 95008.

5 – 10 minutes from Los Gatos, so nice and close.

We have some great announcements from King & Country, John Jenkins, Thomas Gunn, Corgi and Hobby Master.

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King & Country
John Jenkins
Thomas Gunn
Corgi
Hobby Master

Retail Store

We are open Monday - Friday 10.00 - 5.00pm. Saturdays:We are open most Saturdays, please check first 10.00 - 5.00pm

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

 

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

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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 have added to our consignment corner many King & Country, John Jenkins and 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

King & Country

King & Country July Releases!

Ancient Egypt

  • - A young apprentice holds a piece of papyrus on which part of the plan for a new pyramid has been drawn and painted. Studying the plan is one of the principal architects. Is he happy with the progress so far...? Is it all going to plan...?
  • - Checking all the angles, dimensions and positions of each and every stone block before it is finally maneuvered into place is a daunting task... These two men ensure all that is... is as it should be.
  • - In Ancient Egypt the absence of rain, the scarcity of wood and an abundance of sunshine made ‘adobe’ the much-preferred building material. Nile mud was mixed with straw and other materials to form a surprisingly strong brick when molded and baked in the strong Egyptian sun. Well-tended mud brick walls could last for many generations. Here, a team of two ‘molders’ set about their task.
  • - This young girl brings two large baskets of freshly-baked bread out to the work-site for the builders’ mid day meal.
  • - A box of 10 sturdy, sandstone-coloured blocks perfect to begin construction of a city wall, a temple facade or even... your very own pyramid.

Ancient Egypt

Hercule Poirot

Back to Egypt again... not Ancient Egypt this time... but a murder mystery on a Nile river steamboat that became one of author Agatha Christie’s most successful stories and launched several very popular motion picture adaptations. Once again Christie’s most famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, is at the very centre of the murder, mystery and mayhem!

  • - M. Poirot is impeccably attired in a cream-coloured Egyptian cotton suit and comes complete with a dapper straw hat, dark sun glasses, his ebony cane and... a very handy fly whisk to chase away those very annoying local flies... and tourist guides!

World of Dickens

D'Day 44

  • - Two Rangers ‘hit the deck’ as they come under heavy machine gun fire from the German positions on the bluffs above Omaha Beach. One Ranger fires his B.A.R. (Browning Automatic Rifle) while the other gets ready with his M1 ‘Garand’ rifle.
  • 0 As all hell breaks loose around this Ranger Medic he runs forward to help a wounded buddy.
  • - Among the first men onto Omaha Beach were these soldiers carrying 12 pound ‘pack charges’ fixed to the end of long wooden poles. These were specifically designed to be shoved into a pillbox opening.
  • - Two Ranger riflemen making their way forward.
  • - A reissue of a classic K&C model... This specially-marked LCVP (Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel) commemorates the 75th Anniversary of D.Day. Our LCVP or ‘Higgins Boat’ is a superb mixed-media model (white metal, polystone and resin) and comes with a moveable ramp, a US Navy cox’n and two sailors manning their .30 cal. machine gun positions. Almost 24,000 were built during WW2 and they could carry a platoon of infantry or a jeep and trailer. Typically constructed from plywood, these shallow-draft, barge-like boats were usually launched from larger troop transports.

D-Day '44

WWII - German

  • - Three Panzer commanders gather together to discuss today’s plan-of-action. During the Battle of Normandy it was virtually impossible for any German vehicle to appear on the roads during daylight. As the morning dawn begins to break these three have already moved their tanks into position during the previous hours of darkness... Now, they prepare for their ambush of the approaching Allied armour.
  • - Three dismounted tankers freshen up for breakfast, they know it’s going to be a busy day and a violent one too... who knows when they’ll get another chance...? A great little add-on set for all kinds of ‘behind-the-lines’ displays of German armour.

Normandy '44 - Waffen-SS & Wehrmacht

Vietnam

  • - These were the immortal words spoken by Colonel Bill Kilgore, a battalion commander in the 9th Air Cavalry Regiment in Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam epic “Apocalypse Now”. Kilgore is a surfing fanatic who loves war... and surfing. After successfully leading a helicopter assault on a coastal Viet Cong village the Colonel is delighted to find that the nearby beaches offer some excellent surfing opportunities. When one of his troopers questions the advisability of surfing near a Viet Cong stronghold Kilgore assures him that he has nothing to worry about because... “Charlie don’t surf!” A classic movie... a classic line... and a great little figure of an Air Cav Colonel who loves surfing.
  • - A young Aussie rifleman helps a Vietnamese girl wounded in the cross fire back to the platoon medic.
  • - This Australian officer is armed with the ‘Owen Gun’, an Aussie-designed weapon first developed back in 1939. The ‘Owen Machine Carbine’ was the only entirely Australian- designed and constructed submachinegun of WW2. It came into service in 1942 and continued until the mid 1960’s. It’s unusual appearance included the top-mounted magazine and a side-mounted sight however in combat the Owen proved reliable and sturdy. This particular figure is the ‘Show Special’ created for the Annual K&C Oz Visit down to Australia. A limited number of this figure are available.
  • - Tracker dogs have been an essential component of many armies for many years... The Australian Army is no exception. Here our Aussie Dog Handler, SLR in one hand... His dog rope in the other prepares to go out on patrol with his black Labrador.

Vietnam - Tet'68

Hong Kong

While the joys and pleasures of Cantonese Opera can, to the ears of most Western listeners, be a shock to the ears at first no one can deny that it is still a colourful spectacle...

Orient

John Jenkins

New Releases Expected Late July
Iceni Warrior

Enemies of Rome

Roman Army of the Mid-Republic

Roman Army of the Mid-Republic

Thracian

Thracians

Aztec Empire

Aztec Empire - Conquest of America 

American Revolution - Lt. Col. Heinrich Von Breymann

Heinrich von Breymann (died 1777) was a German Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel lieutenant colonel who fought as an officer in the service of Great Britain during the American Revolutionary War. He was commander of the Breymann Grenadiers, a Brunswick battalion hired into British service, and served under the command of John Burgoyne. During the Battles of Saratoga, Breymann's unit was driven behind a redoubt, where he grew frustrated at the poor performance of his men, allegedly attacking four with his saber. It is possible that he was killed by “friendly fire”.

Continental Army

American Revolution - Rhode Island Regiment

Rhode Island Regiment 1781

American Revolution - Hessian Jager

Hessian Jager Corps

American Revolution - 2nd New York Regiment

2nd New York Regiment

South Carolina Zouave Volunteers

Hampton's Legion was an American Civil War military unit of the Confederate States of America, organized and partially financed by wealthy South Carolina planter Wade Hampton III. Initially composed of infantry, cavalry, and artillery battalions, elements of Hampton's Legion participated in virtually every major campaign in the Eastern Theater, from the first to the last battle.

A legion historically consisted of a single integrated command, with individual components including infantry, cavalry, and artillery. The concept of a multiple-branch unit was never a practical application for Civil War armies and, early in the war, the individual elements were assigned to other organizations.

The South Carolina Zouave Volunteers formed company H of the infantry battalion of Hampton’s Legion. They adopted a grey jacked trimmed with blue, yellow woolen pantaloons, white canvas gaiters, and a red fez, with dark blue tassels.

The South Carolina Zouave Volunteers were formed in 1861 at Columbia, South Carolina. They had intended to move immediately to join the Infantry Battalion of Hampton's Legion but at the time of the companies formation there was a measles outbreak in Columbia and they were detained.

After they were released from the temporary quarantine they were move to the Coastline between Charleston and Savannah by order of the Governor.

In July of 1862 the company finally joined the Legion in Virginia and was designated as Company H of the Infantry Battalion. In May of 1864 it was decided to mount the Infantry Battalion of the legion and a detachment, under Lieutenant Welch, was sent to Columbia to secure horses.

They surrendered with the Army of Northern Virginia on April 10th, 1865 at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia.

Hampton's Legion South Carolina Zouave Volunteers

PALMETTO RIFLES

The Palmetto Riflemen were raised in Anderson in 1861, South Carolina and were designated as Co. B, 4th South Carolina Infantry. By 1862 the regiment was re-organized as the 4th South Carolina Battalion, but by the end of that year it had been consolidated into two companies that became Cos. I and K of Hampton’s Legion.

Local women made the dark grey frock coats and trousers during February 1861, and an entry in the local “minute book” stated that the brass PR should be worn on the Hardee hats.

With the 1862 re-organization of the Confederate army, many men from the originally established South Carolina companies elected to re-organize into a newly created Regiment of Palmetto Sharpshooters.

Colonel Micah Jenkins was the founder and Commander of this Regiment, who under a special act of Confederate Congress was authorized to organize 12 Companies into a specialist regiment of sharpshooters, the Companies of which would have been detached to various Brigades wherever they were needed, their duties would have included advanced picket duties, point and flank guards to protect heavy infantry columns from cavalry attack, night assaults against federal outposts and pickets and of course general sharp shooting to create havoc anywhere in the Union lines.Unfortunately it would appear that they generally fought as heavy infantry throughout the war.

Palmetto Riflemen South Carolina Infantry

54th Regiment Massachusetts

54th Regiment Massachusetts

Royal Airforce

JJD Aircraft Collection

Sturmgeschütz III

The iconic Sturmgeschütz III (Assault Gun) was conceived by none other than Field Marshal Erich von Manstein. Created by mating an armored casemate to a Panzer III chassis, the StuG III was intended to support infantry forces with direct fire. Originally armed with a short barrel, low velocity 75mm cannon, it served admirably in this role. However, following German encounters with the heavily armored Russian T-34, KV-1 and KV-2, in 1942 the StuG III was modified to mount the powerful long barreled, high velocity 75mm StuK40/L48 cannon. With this heavier armament, the StuG III shifted roles to that of a tank destroyer, where its powerful cannon, heavy armor, and low silhouette made it a deadly opponent for Allied armor.

The most prolific model StuG was the Ausf G, with 7,720 produced from December 1942 until March 1945. It remained in service due to it's reliability, excellent combat performance, and inexpensive cost. In 1944, a StuG III cost 82,500 Rechsmarks to produce. In contrast, the Panther cost 117,100 Reichsmarks and a Tiger 250,800 Reichmarks. The StuG III served on all fronts, and even after the introduction of more advanced tanks by the Allies, the StuG III's 75mm cannon and 80mm of armor protection still proved a deadly combination, especially when used in ambush positions. By wars end, thousands of Allied tanks fell victim to the StuG III.

The Sturmgeschütz III (Assault Gun) was one of the most deadly German armored fighting vehicles of the Second World War. Although originally designed as an infantry support weapon, by 1944 its primary role had shifted to tank destroyer. It proved a deadly opponent to Allied armor, especially on the Western Front against the British and Americans. Its powerful high velocity 75mm StuK40/L48 cannon was able to destroy British and American armor with ease while it's 80mm armor protection proved difficult to defeat by the short barrel, low velocity 75mm cannon mounted on the majority of Allied Sherman tanks in France. Furthermore, its low silhouette made it difficult to spot, making it an ideal ambush weapon that blunted many Allied assaults.

The GA-21 model represents a STUG of the 1. SS-Panzer Division "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler" during the Battle of Normandy. Nicknamed "Hitler's Fire Brigade", the soldiers of the LSSAH proved tenacious fighters and were routinely shuttled from one crisis point to another where they could always be found in the most critical fighting. When Operation OVERLORD occurred on June 6th, 1944, the LSSAH was still reconstituting in Belgium following horrendous casualties sustained in Russia during late 1943. Initially held as a German reserve, the LSSAH made its way to Normandy in early July and fought first against the British, where Hitler's bodyguard unit was instrumental in stopping Montgomery's Operation GOODWOOD offensive. Later, following the U.S. breakout of Operation COBRA, it fought against the Americans during Operation LÜTTICH, Hitler's last panzer offensive in France. Although it fought tenaciously, LSSAH was unable to halt the Allies, and was eventually surrounded and virtually annihilated in the Falaise Pocket, where it suffered horrendous casualties and lost the majority of its armor and heavy weapons.

Stug #212 of 1. SS-Panzer Division LSSAH was produced by Alkett and possesses later design features of the production series. These include an "acorn" style cannon muzzle brake, shell deflector for the front of the commander's cupola, and cast "Topfblende" gun mantlet (commonly referred to as a "Saukopf" mantlet because its shape resembled a pig's head) that provided superior ballistic protection from the earlier rectangular version. Finally, it is painted in a messy field applied tri-camo camouflage scheme and shows five white kill rings on the barrel, representing a veteran "ace" of the LSSAH Stug Abteilung.

While Stug #212 is meant to serve as an LSSAH vehicle, the SS division insignia was intentionally left off the model in order to maximize its usability for collectors. As depicted, Stug #212 will also work for numerous other Waffen SS and regular Heer (German Army) units including Panzer Divisions, Panzergrenadier Divisions, and Independent Stug Brigades from late 1943 until the end of the war.

Please note this model has all four opening rear hatches with interior details.

WWII

THE PUNIC WARS- ROMAN WARSHIP

This month the first of the much anticipated Punic Warships will be available for pre-order. Pre-Ordered items will be available with an approximate 15% discount.

PRE-ORDER PERIOD ENDS 31st JULY 2019
NO PRE-ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE 31st JULY 2019

The Punic Wars were a series of three wars fought between Rome and Carthage from 264 BC to 146 BC. At the time, they were some of the largest wars that had ever taken place. The term Punic comes from the Latin word Punicus (or Poenicus), meaning "Carthaginian", with reference to the Carthaginians' Phoenician ancestry.

The main cause of the Punic Wars was the conflicts of interest between the existing Carthaginian Empire and the expanding Roman Republic. The Romans were initially interested in expansion via Sicily (which at that time was a cultural melting pot), part of which lay under Carthaginian control. At the start of the First Punic War (264-241 BC), Carthage was the dominant power of the Western Mediterranean, with an extensive maritime empire. Rome was a rapidly ascending power in Italy, but it lacked the naval power of Carthage.

The Second Punic War (218-201 BC) witnessed Hannibal's crossing of the Alps in 218 BC, followed by a prolonged but ultimately failed campaign of Carthage's Hannibal in mainland Italy. By the end of the Third Punic War (149-146 BC), after more than a hundred years and the loss of many hundreds of thousands of soldiers from both sides, Rome had conquered Carthage's empire, completely destroyed the city, and became the most powerful state of the Western Mediterranean. With the end of the Macedonian Wars – which ran concurrently with the Punic Wars – and the defeat of the Seleucid King Antiochus III the Great in the Roman–Seleucid War (Treaty of Apamea, 188 BC) in the eastern sea, Rome emerged as the dominant Mediterranean power and one of the most powerful cities in classical antiquity. The Roman victories over Carthage in these wars gave Rome a preeminent status it would retain until the 5th century AD.

The Punic Wars are most remembered for the Carthaginian Hannibal's crossing of the Alps. His army invaded Italy from the north and resoundingly defeated the Roman army in several battles, but never achieved the ultimate goal of causing a political break between Rome and its allies. While fighting Hannibal in Italy, his brother Hasdrubal in Hispania, and Sicily, Rome simultaneously fought against Macedon in the First Macedonian War. Eventually, the war was taken to Africa, where Carthage was defeated at the Battle of Zama (201 BC) by Scipio Africanus.

The Punic Wars, is one of the most varied and colourful ancient periods. It would also not be possible to represent this period without presenting the naval war aspect of the conflict.

The Carthaginians were famed in antiquity for their seafaring skills and innovation in ship design. The empire their navy protected stretched from Sicily to the Atlantic coast of Africa. Able to match the tyrants of Sicily and the Hellenistic kingdoms Carthage’s dominance of the seas would be challenged and ultimately replaced by the Romans, who were able to create a navy that became just as successful as their land army.

Carthage took over the old Phoenician colonies in the Mediterranean and created many new ones so that its empire included North Africa, the Iberian peninsula, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, and many other islands. To maintain trade contacts between these cities and to police their interests the Carthaginians used a naval fleet which became the envy of the ancient world. Such was its strength that Rome, although successful in land battles, was forced to build its first ever fleet in order to defeat Carthage and claim the western Mediterranean for its own. For three centuries prior to the Punic Wars, though, the Carthaginian fleet ruled the waves.

The main aim in a naval battle was to ram and hole an enemy vessel or break its bank of oars. Sails were not used in battle conditions, but oar-power could give a ship a speed of 7-8 knots. Crews had to be well-trained to not only manoeuvre a ship as best as possible but also know when not to drive too far into an enemy ship and so become stuck when the ram impaled it. The second stage was to assault the enemy with missiles and, if necessary, board using grappling hooks and fight hand-to-hand. Polybius describes the skills and tactics of the Carthaginian navy in battle thus, They much surpassed the Romans in speed, owing to the superior build of their ships and the better training of the rowers, as they had freely developed their line [formation] in the open sea. For if any ships found themselves hard pressed by the enemy it was easy for them, owing to their speed, to retreat safely to open water and from thence, fetching round on the ships that pursued…them, they either got in their rear or attacked them in the flank. As the enemy then had to turn around they found themselves in difficulty owing to the weight of the hulls and the poor oarsmanship of the crews, [so the Carthaginians] rammed them repeatedly and sunk many. (quoted in Salimbeti, 49)

Rome quickly realised that to defeat Carthage they would have to do what they had never done before - build their own naval fleet. Accordingly, in the spring of 260 BCE, Rome constructed a fleet of 20 triremes and 100 quinquereme warships in only 60 days. Copying the design of a captured Carthaginian ship, the Romans then added a whole new feature: the corvus (raven). This was a rotating 11-metre long platform with a giant holding spike (like a beak, hence the bird name) which could be lowered onto an enemy vessel to allow a heavy infantry unit (perhaps 80-120 men) to board them. The idea would negate the superior seamanship of the Carthaginians and make naval combat more like a land battle. This masterstroke of inventiveness was an immediate success when their fleet of 145 ships defeated the Carthaginian fleet of 130 ships at the battle of Mylae (Milazzo) in 260 BCE. The Carthaginians, so dismissive of their opponent’s seafaring skills, had not even bothered to form battle lines. When the Carthaginian flagship was captured, the commander was forced to flee in a rowing boat. The Roman commander Duilius was honoured with a Roman triumph, the first in Rome’s history to be awarded for a naval victory.

Please note that these ships are designed to represent the naval battles of the Punic wars, to create a practical display with figures, and are not accurate scale models of the ships of the period.

Please note figures will become available in 2020, once preorders for the Warships have been completed.

The Preorder period for the Carthaginian Warship will be in August 2019.

PRE-ORDER PERIOD FOR THE ROMAN WARSHIP ENDS 31st JULY2019

Punic Wars

Thomas Gunn

New Releases Expected Late July 2019!
Pavlowski Grenadier

Napoleonic by Thomas Gunn

WWII - BDM

One of the organisations designed to enrapture the German youth with the Nazi ideology, was the Hitler Youth for the boys. For the girls there was the Bund Deutscher Madel or BDM. The wing had two sections initially, the Young Girls League for those aged up to 14 years old and the League Proper for girls aged 14 to 18 years old. In 1938 a third wing for girls aged 17 to 21 was introduced but this was entirely voluntary.

WWII German forces

WWII - FJ

Kurt Student was a General of Paratroops, a Knights Cross recipient and the highest ranking Fallschirmjager officer of WW2. He led the Fallschirmjager in their air assault on the Hague in 1940 and despite the Germans taking three airfields on their first day of operations against the Dutch, they lost all three airfields the same day due to counter attacks by spirited Dutch troops supported by armour. Student was himself shot in the head during the assault on the Hague. Not an auspicious start for Germany's airborne assault arm.

However things went much better in Belgium where 85 German Paratroops landed by gliders and overwhelmed the strongest fortress in the world at Eben-Emael. In a few hours they managed to destroy/disable many of the fixed gun emplacements and pin down the 650 Belgian soldiers manning the guns, until the main German attack force arrived by land. The total casualty toll on the German side being 6 dead and 21 wounded. For this achievement Student was awarded the Knights Cross and all the surviving Fallschirmjager who took part were personally decorated by Hitler (yes Adolf was definitely pleased with his boys on this particular day!)

Student was of course involved in the airborne invasion of Crete where many Fallschirmjager died or were wounded, something like a 25% casualty rate is considered to be accurate for the Crete landings. Crete has always been dubbed a Pyrrhic victory for the Germans due to the high casualties suffered. Throughout the remainder of the war, Student served in France, Russia and Italy where he also directed the successful rescue of Mussolini.

In the final days of the war Student surrendered to the British and post war was put on trial for war crimes committed in Crete. He was sentenced to only 5 years in prison and escaped a heavier sentence mainly due to the efforts of Brigadier Lindsay Inglis, commander of the 4th NZ Brigade, who also took part in the defence of Crete but was on the opposite side!

Our figure of Kurt Student has him dressed in his greatcoat with issue green combat trousers and boots.

WWII German forces

WWII - German

  • - comprises 2 x Goliath Beetle tanks without the operator, these can be used as an accessory on the battlefield or as a truck cargo, whatever takes your imagination really.
  • - An SS soldier equipped with flamethrower, one of the most feared weapons on the battlefield!
  • - SS infantry soldier with grenade, can be used on his own or as a back up for our flamethrower operator.
  • - An SS infanteer kneeling with his rifle takes aim, can be used as an individual figure or with our flamethrower and grenadier figure to make an effective killing team.
  • - SS Brigade-Fuhrer Heinz Harmel was commander of the 10th SS Frundsberg division at Normandy and a Knights Cross recipient. Harmel's division fought in Normandy where they suffered heavy losses when ordered to try and break through the Allied lines, in order to relieve the encircled German army at Falaise. Post Normandy, Harmel was promoted and transferred with his unit to the Netherlands for rest and recuperation. It was here in mid September that Harmel and his division fought and frustrated the British Paras as they tried to seize the bridge at Arnhem for 30 Corps. Harmel was noted for fighting a clean war and was never tried for war crimes, he was in fact presented with a commemorative medal in Bayeux in 1994 for his post war efforts at reconciliation. He died aged 94 in the year 2000 on September 2nd .
  • - SS Brigade-Fuhrer Fritz Kraemer was transferred over from the Wehrmacht to act as an operational staff officer for the SS by Sepp Dietrich. He served with the 1st SS division before being transferred over to the 12th SS Division, eventually replacing Hubert Meyer as its commander. He then moved to the 6th Panzer army for the Bulge campaign and after the war was convicted of being partially responsible for the Malmedy massacre. His implied guilt seems to have mainly stemmed from being directly under the command of Dietrich, he was given a 10 year sentence whereas Dietrich was sentenced to death for his part in the massacre.
  • - German Goliath tracked mine vehicle with engineer operator. The Goliath came in 2 versions, battery powered or with a petrol engine. It could carry 60 or 100 kilos of explosives depending on the variant being operated. Used by the Germans at Anzio and later at the Normandy landings, they were known as Beetle tanks by the Allies due to their diminutive size. Vulnerable to small arms fire and with a limited cross country capability they were not rated a great success. However they can be considered one of the early predecessors of the many remotely controlled weapons we see so often on todays battlefields.
  • - Karl Gerd von Runstedt was a German field marshal and Knights Cross recipient during WW2. Runstedt had in fact retired from military service by 1938 but was recalled for the invasion of Poland and the battle for France, it was his 'halt' order that saved the British army as a fighting formation from total destruction at Dunkirk, allowing them to evacuate across the channel to safety. Although relieved of command in December 1941 he was recalled and appointed Commander in Chief in the West in 1942. Sacked once again after the defeat in Normandy he was recalled again in September where he held the same post, but true to form he was once again dismissed in March 1945 by Hitler. Runstedt was aware of some of the various plots to depose Hitler but refused to support them. After the war he was charged with war crimes but was released due to old age and poor health in 1949.

WWII German forces

Club Figures

Thomas Gunn Club

WWII - Pacific

WWII Pacific

Corgi

Corgi - New Arrivals In Stock

Corgi - New Arrivals

Hobby Master

New Releases Expected December / January
Hobby Master - 1:32 Scale

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) - 1:72 & 1:32 Scale.

WWII - Pacific - 1:48

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) - 1:48 Scale.

WWII - Europe - 1:48

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) - 1:48 Scale.

Modern Aircraft - 1:72

Modern Air Power Collection

Ground Power - 1:72

Ground Power Collection

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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