March, 2021
Sierra Toy Soldier Company

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Missed the February Edition 2021 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the March Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News, written on a beautiful spring day here in the Bay Area. Sadly, February was a bust for us from a rain point of view. What is supposed to be one of our wettest months turned into a very dry one instead. This means we are heading into the summer months with a severe drought, which will not be a lot of fun.

Life here in Bay Area is starting to improve as our COVID numbers have been steadily dropping, moving Santa Clara county into the red tier. It means things are going to start to open again and hopefully this trend will continue, as more restrictions begin to loosen.

For us it means we are looking to re-open our showroom to visitors in the next few weeks, and we are looking forward to seeing you again. We will be operating on an appointment system to provide ample space for social distancing to occur. Please phone or email us and book a visit. This is to ensure that we do not have too many people at the same time. We may not be Disneyland, but we are the next best thing. We are still open for curbside and warehouse pickup.

We will over the coming weeks begin rebuilding a lot of our depleted displays with the goal of making our Toy Soldier Store a great place to visit.

The First Legion is still on going, but certain items are about to end. If you are a collector of Thirty Years War Figures, these items will be removed from sale on March 31st 2021. Please do not wait until the last day to order as they may be sold out. Do not miss out!

King & Country Sale

First Legion Sale

We have some great new announcements from King & Country and John Jenkins.

For information on John Jenkins Future Releases.

John Jenkins Future Releases.

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Hope you enjoy our newsletter.

Cyber March Sale

Cyber March Sale

Looking for a deal this 2021, look no further. We added lots of additional items in February from King & Country.

The First Legion is still on going, but certain items are about to end. If you are a collector of Thirty Years War Figures, these items will be removed from sale on March 31st 2021. Please do not wait until the last day to order as they may be sold out. Do not miss out!

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

Collectors Corner
Sierra Toy Britain's Exclusive
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!

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Sierra Toy Soldier Virtual Video Call

To set up a Virtual Video Call to see any of our latest releases or displays. Contact us via Email or Phone.

Virtual Video Call Email

Phone 408-395-3000

Collectors Corner

Occasionally we get a rare opportunity to acquire individual items and complete collections for collectors that are thinning out their collection or from other dealers. These pieces are items that we do not normally stock. All are in mint condition or and in their original boxes, unless specified in the description. Please note these may have been on display.

So these are ideal pages to view if you are looking for that missing piece in your collection or just looking to find some very unique pieces that are not normally available.

Consignment Highlight

This month we have added lots of  Britain's and King and Country sets all effectively brand new and unopened.

Collectors Corner

Sierra Toy Soldier Britain's Exclusive

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive - In Stock Now!

Zulu Storehouse Attack

King & Country

King & Country March Releases!

‘Yom Kippur & The Valley of Tears’

On the afternoon of 6 October 1973, a coalition of Arab states led by Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack against Israeli positions across the Suez Canal in the Sinai Peninsula and the Golan Heights above northern Israel.

Both areas had been successfully captured and occupied by Israel since the Six-Day War of 1967.

Perhaps lulled and maybe even over-confident by their previous victories over much larger Arab armies the Israeli Defence Forces were at first almost overcome by the wave after wave of Arab aircraft bombing their defences.

This was followed by massive artillery bombardments which then gave way to combined infantry and armoured assaults, first across the Suez Canal itself and then, further north, into the Golan Heights.

What made the Arab attack a ‘double surprise’ was that it took place on ‘Yom Kippur’, the holiest day of the Jewish religious calendar.

AGAINST ALL ODDS

Although initially caught unaware and, in some places, unprepared the Israeli Defence Forces rapidly called up their reserves and rushed reinforcements directly onto the battle fronts in the Sinai and up across the Golan Heights.

Even though vastly outnumbered by their enemies the Israelis fought desperately to regain the military initiative, by first delaying and then halting the Arab advance.

The Israelis then, launched a series of bold counter attacks that sent Egyptian and Syrian forces reeling back in disarray and confusion.

Once, more Israel had snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with superior tactics, better training and weapons wielded by men and women fighting for the very survival of their country and themselves.

SPECIAL NOTE: ‘Valley of Tears’ is an Israeli television series that depicts the dramatic battle to hold on to the Golan Heights during the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

One part of the story focuses on the exploits of a troop of Centurion SHO’T tanks attempting to hold back hordes of Syrian T54’s and T55’s.

Another part of the story is the desperate struggle of a small group of Israeli infantry trying to defend and then escape from one of the ‘Listening Posts’ on top of a hill in the Golan.

  • - One of Israel’s greatest heroes and finest military commanders of the ‘Yom Kippur War’ was Ariel ‘Arik’ Sharon (1928-2014). A native-born Israeli, Sharon first served in the army during the War of Independence in 1948. A natural leader he proceeded rapidly up through the ranks in all of Israel’s wars and confrontations and by the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War in October 1973 he was assigned command of a reserve armoured division. Almost immediately he led his division in an unauthorized counter attack across the Suez Canal before moving north intending to cut supplies to Egypt’s Second Army. Along with another Israeli armoured division he went on to encircle and partially destroy the Egyptian Third Army before threatening its capital, Cairo. A UN-brokered cease fire was declared on 25 October 1973. The war had lasted just 19 days and cost Israel over 2,500 killed and three times that number wounded. This was more than all of Israel’s casualties in the previous wars combined.
    Arab losses however are estimated to have been much greater... in excess of 50,000 killed and wounded.
    Ariel ‘Arik’ Sharon was an often controversial figure but a superb and intuitive military commander who was described by former Israeli prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin as ‘Israel’s greatest field commander’ After retiring from the army, ‘Arik’ Sharon entered politics and eventually became the country’s 11th Prime Minister from 2001-2006. He died in 2014. Our K&C tribute to this formidable Israeli General shows him as he appeared during the Yom Kippur War of 1973, moving among his troops.
  • - This standing figure is dressed in the typical Israeli tank crew ‘overalls’ complete with binos around his neck and carrying his ‘bone-dome’ helmet under his left arm. On his right side he carries a 9mm Browning Hi-Power semi- automatic pistol in a holster on his web belt. Israeli tank commanders were ‘infamous’ for exposing themselves in the open top turret hatch... All the better to see what was happening all around their tank. Their Arab opponents however preferred to stay ‘locked-down’, inside their turrets therefore limiting their visual awareness of what was happening all around their tanks.
  • - This walking Israeli ‘tanker’ is again dressed in the standard, olive drab ‘overalls’ but wearing his ‘bone-dome’. In addition, for personal protection, he carries the excellent 9mm ‘UZI’ submachine gun.
  • - This is the ‘STAR’ of these ‘Yom Kippur War’ releases... The CENTURION SHO’T was the Israeli adopted and adapted designation of the British-designed 105mm L7 gun-armed Centurion tank. These entered IDF service in the late 1960’s and fought throughout the 1970’s with some even serving until the early 1980’s. SHO’T in Hebrew means ‘whip’ and that’s exactly what this Israeli-modified and improved main battle tank did to its Arab opponents during the SIX-DAY War of 1967 and Yom Kippur War of 1973. On the Golan Heights in October 1973 a single brigade of 180 Centurion / SHO’T tanks held off 2 reinforced Syrian armoured divisions with almost 1300 Soviet tanks (mostly T54’s and T55’s) destroying more than half for the loss of 70 of their own.
    This K&C model has mounds of crew stowage on top of and around the turret in typical Israeli military fashion.
    Also included is the tank commander figure behind a turret-mounted, shoulder-fired FN General Purpose Machine Gun. Peering out of the other open turret hatch is a second member of the crew.
    This very special tank model comes in its own very special box.

Six Day War

BATTLE OF BRITAIN

In the days and weeks following the evacuation of most of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk in late May and early Jun 1940 only the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force stood between Britain and the might of Nazi Germany.

The Nazi leadership knew that if they were going to successfully invade Britain they must first have control of the air before they could launch a seaborne assault.

And to achieve that they had to destroy just 50 RAF squadrons of Hurricanes and Spitfires... Less than 650 aircraft in total...

After conquering most of Western Europe in just 6 weeks that particular task should not be all that difficult... At least that’s what Luftwaffe chief, Hermann Goering thought!

  • - Sir Hugh Dowding (1882-1970) was the Air Officer Commanding RAF Fighter Command before and during The Battle of Britain. He is credited with playing the crucial role in Britain’s air defence, and hence, the ultimate defeat of Hitler’s plan to invade Britain in the autumn of 1940.
    Thanks to his prudent management of scarce Spitfires and Hurricanes the Royal Air Force managed to inflict heavy casualties on the German Luftwaffe’s more numerous bombers and fighters attacking Britain from nearby France and Belgium and distant Norway.
    This K&C figure, our second of Sir Hugh, shows him in service dress about to meet some of his young fighter pilots.
  • - Arms folded and relaxed this senior NCO (non commissioned officer) enjoys a few rare moments of relaxation in between ‘scrambles’.
  • - For many this is simply the best and most beautiful fighter aircraft of WW2. The Spitfire flew from the very first days of WW2 and right up to the very last! More Spitfires were built than any other British combat aircraft before, during or since WW2... 20,341 in total.
    Designed by Reginald Mitchell of Supermarine Ltd., it entered service with the RAF in the summer of 1938.
    This King & Country Spitfire Mk.I/II is representative of those machines that flew during the Battle of Britain. It’s also K&C’s most popular ‘warbird’ ever and joins a select group of other Spitfires Mk.I/II's that have been produced by K&C over the years.
    This particular ‘Spit’ is in the markings of No. 610 Squadron ‘City of Chester’ Royal Auxiliary Air Force and comes complete with a sitting pilot figure in the cockpit.
  • - The Royal Air Force Police provided personnel to protect all RAF buildings and airfields around Britain as well as security for senior RAF officers. Easily identified by their white cap covers, accoutrements and very smart appearance.

Royal Air Force

ROME AT WAR

In Ancient Roman times the ‘Testudo’ formation or ‘Tortoise Formation’ was a kind of shield wall formation commonly used to protect a large group of soldiers moving towards the enemy.

In the ‘Testudo’ the soldiers would align their shields to the front and on top of their formation... Some groups would also carry their shields on both flanks of the formation for additional protection.

This mode of defence offered some a degree of protection against rocks, arrows and other projectiles while the unit still advanced towards the enemy slowly but surely.

This K&C ‘Testudo’ comprises the following:

  • 9 x Legionnaires advancing carrying their shields above their heads.
  • 3 x Legionnaires advancing with their shields to the front and their ‘pilums’ held horizontally forwards.
  • 2 x Legionnaires advancing with their shields on the right and holding their swords in their left hands.
  • 2 x Legionnaires advancing with their shields on the left and their swords in their right hands.

This large 16 x figure set comes in its own specially designed box.

  • - In Roman times the ‘Cane Corso’ dogs were used in all kinds of vicious and cruel ‘blood sports’ such as bull-baiting, tiger and lion fighting as well as gladiatorial battles and dog-fighting.
    By necessity the animals were bred to be big and very dangerous to everyone with the obvious exception of their trainers and handlers.
    The Roman Army also made use of these large fighting dogs to attack their enemies and help guard their prisoners... Some Roman units even produced special armour to protect their animals.
    This set includes the dog and his handler with sword drawn moving towards the enemy.
  • - For those fortunate collectors who wish to enlarge their ‘Testudo’... Here is the handy solution...
    3 x Legionnaires advancing with shields above their heads.
    1x Legionary advancing with shields on the right and ‘gladius’ sword in the left.
    1x Legionary advancing with shields on the left and ‘gladius’ sword in the right.
  • - All solo figures are also available as part of ROM051 “The Roman Testudo” and ROM055 “Roman Testudo Reinforcements”
  • - All solo figures are also available as part of ROM051 “The Roman Testudo” and ROM055 “Roman Testudo Reinforcements”
  • - All solo figures are also available as part of ROM051 “The Roman Testudo” and ROM055 “Roman Testudo Reinforcements”

Romans - King and Country

AT THE COURT OF THE ROMANOVS

Alexandra Feodorovna (1872-1918) Empress of Russia and the wife of the Emperor Nicholas II was destined to be the last Tsarina of the Romanov Dynasty. A favorite grand daughter of Queen Victoria, Alexandra was a German Princess who was to marry a Russian monarch and bear him four daughters and one son. Her reputation for encouraging her husband’s resistance to change and the surrender of his autocratic authority severely damaged her popularity in general and the Romanov dynasty in particular especially in its latter years. In addition her faith in and reliance in the Russian mystic, Rasputin further angered and encouraged her detractors and enemies. Tragically her, her husband and their children were all to be murdered by the Bolsheviks more than a year after the Tsar’s abdication in 1917.

  • - Here we see Alexandra in happier times dressed in a classic white ball gown and wearing a few of her many awards and valuable jewels.

Imperial Russian Army

Vietnam

  • - Not all ‘Victor Charlies’ wore black pajamas! A Vietnamese woman moves carefully forward carrying her captured M16.
  • - Moving towards an enemy position or perhaps making his way down the ‘Ho Chi Minh Trail’... you decide
  • - Although most women who served with the Viet Cong were in support and nursing roles a fair number volunteered for combat duty and became expert marksmen and fought on the frontlines alongside the men. This volunteer carries her AK47 and is looking for trouble!
  • - This kind of sand-bagged guard post could be seen all over South Vietnam during the war... Sometimes helping to protect a bridge or stretch of highway or even at the main gate of a military outpost, camp or airfield. Very useful and very versatile. The roof is also detachable allowing figures to be placed inside.

Vietnam - Tet'68

Diorama

  • - It’s amazing what a difference a modest little section of wall and a simple metal gate can make to a display.
    Here is an updated and upgraded version of an old favorite.
    This style of ‘country architecture’ can be found all over Europe and even further afield in the Americas and elsewhere. This set can be used on its own or combined with other K&C Display items, walls and buildings
  • - Two more stretches of traditional stone walls to add on to SP114 and make your display or scene even bigger and better!

Diorama from King & Country

John Jenkins

March Releases
Knights Of The Skies - Fokker Dr.I Dreidecker

The Fokker Dr.I Dreidecker (triplane) was built by Fokker-Flugzeugwerke. The Dr.I saw widespread service in the spring of 1918. It became renowned as the aircraft in which Manfred von Richthofen gained his last 20 victories, and in which he was killed on 21 April 1918.

Compared to the Albatros and Pfalz fighters, the Dr.I offered exceptional maneuverability. Though the ailerons were not very effective, the rudder and elevator controls were light and powerful. Rapid turns, especially to the right, were facilitated by the triplane's marked directional instability. Vizefeldwebel Franz Hemer of Jasta 6 said, "The triplane was my favorite fighting machine because it had such wonderful flying qualities. I could let myself stunt — looping and rolling — and could avoid an enemy by diving with perfect safety. The triplane had to be given up because although it was very maneuverable, it was no longer fast enough.

Knights Of The Skies - WWI

Enemies of Rome

Enemies of Rome

Mid-Republic Romans

A military tribune was an officer of the Roman Army who ranked below the Legate and above the Centurion. Young men of equestrian rank often served as military tribune as a stepping stone to the senate. In the Republican period there were six appointed to each legion. Authority was given to two at a time. To attain the position of tribune, one only needed to be a member of the ruling class. By 311 BC the people acquired the right to elect sixteen tribunes of the soldiers, that is four out of the six tribunes assigned to each of the four legions that formed the Roman Army.

Mid-Republic Romans

Roman Marching Camp

The GROMA or Gruma was a Roman Surveying instrument. It comprised of a vertical staff with horizontal cross-pieces mounted at right angles on a bracket. Each cross piece had a plumb line hanging vertically at each end. It was used to survey straight lines and right angles, thence squares or rectangles. They were stabilized on the high ground and pointed in the direction it was going to be used. The assistant would step back 100 steps and place a pole. The surveyor would tell the assistant where to move the pole, who would then set it down. The groma surveying instrument may have originated in Mesopotamia or Greec before the 4th Century BC, and is believed to have been brought to Rome by the Etruscans.

Roman Marching Camp

Punic Wars

Punic Wars

Carthaginian

Carthaginian

Spanish

Spanish

Tlaxcaltec

Talaxcaltecs

Vikings

Age of Arthur - Vikings

Norman Knights

Age of Arthur - Norman Knights

El Cid and the Reconquista

This period, during the lifetime of El Cid 1040-1100AD saw the rise of heavy cavalry charges and other northern European influences, especially in the kingdoms of Aragon and Catalonia, which had the strongest links to France.

El Cid and the Reconquista

Drums Along The Mohawk

Drums Along The Mohawk

American Revolution - 12th Massachusetts Regiment

The 12th Massachusetts Regiment, also known as the 18th Continental Regiment and Phinney’s Regiment was raised on April 23rd 1775, under Colonel Edmund Phinney outside of Boston Massachusetts. The regiment saw action at the Battle of Bunker Hill, Battle of Valcour Island, Battle of Saratoga and the Battle of Monmouth. The regiment was disbanded on January 1st 1781, at West Point New York. The brown coats with red facings was a popular uniform for American Continental Regiments, and these figures could represent several units for this period.

12th Massachusetts Regiment

American Revolution - 2nd New Hampshire Regiment

2nd New Hampshire Regiment

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

ACW - 11th Regiment New York

11th Regiment New York

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

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