New Releases Expected Late July
Enemies of Rome
Roman Army of the Mid-Republic
Roman Army of the Mid-Republic
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”.
American Revolution - Rhode Island Regiment
Rhode Island Regiment 1781
Revolution - Hessian Jager
Hessian Jager Corps
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
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
JJD Aircraft Collection
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.
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
- MRRWARSHIP Roman Warship - WARSHIP Dimensions 24 length x 16 1/2 wide x 12 1/2 height