November, 2019
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Missed the October Edition 2019 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the November Edition also known as the Pre-Thanksgiving Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News, written on a very warm and pleasant day here in the Bay Area. Our weather this time of year gets weird with very cold nights near freezing and very warm summer like days. Unfortunately, no rain is in the forecast, so the danger of wildfires looks like it will continue through the month of November.

We have had a couple more items delivered from Britain’s. We are trying to contact anyone that has preordered these items, so we can confirm address, and payment details. Please keep an eye on you email or contact us so we can get the items to you.

Great News: The West Coaster Show is being revived on March 1, 2020, details below. It is being held at the same location in Anaheim as the previous couple of shows. Just a short shuttle ride from Disneyland, making it possible to have a fabulous family weekend.

We are starting to gear up for the Holidays. I cannot believe how fast time is flying by and that is once again almost Christmas.

Our displays are continuing to grow. We hope many of you will be able to visit us during the Holidays.

We have some great new releases for you Britain's, King and Country, John Jenkins Collectors Showcase and First Legion.

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Events

West Coaster Toy Soldier Show.

March 1, 2020 Anaheim California.

Great news, the West Coaster Toy Soldier is being revived and is planned to take place the weekend of March 1, 2010. Room trading will occur on the Friday and Saturday. The event will be held at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Anaheim Garden Grove.

Please put this date on the Calendar and help support this great event and keep it alive.

We will publish details as they come available

We hope you can join us.

Sierra Blog
Events
Collectors Corner
Sierra Toy Britain's Exclusive
Britain's
King & Country
John Jenkins
First Legion
Collectors Showcase

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

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

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Sierra Toy Soldier Blog

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

Sierra Toy Soldier Blog

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 some John Jenkins and King and Country sets. We will be adding a large collection of Delhi Durbar 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

Sierra Toy Soldier Britain's Exclusive

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive Update - In Stock Now!

Thank you to all of you that waited so patently for this item to be released. Now in stock.

Zulu Storehouse Attack

Britain's

Britain's New Releases - In Stock Now!

Museum Collection

Friedrich Wilhelm August Heinrich Ferdinand Steuben was referred to as Baron von Steuben. He was a Prussian officer, who later served as inspector general of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He is credited with writing the first American military manual teaching the essentials of military drills, tactics and disciplines

Museum Collection

Rorke's Drift

Zulu wars in Matte Finish by Britain's

George Washington’s Inauguration

Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States at Federal Hall in New York, then the nation’s capitol.

Famously, Washington was reluctant to accept the presidency and had written that he had given up, "all expectations of private happiness in this world.” But he also knew that this burden of duty was one he could not decline. Washington was keenly aware that everything he did at the swearing-in would set precedent. Even though he had gained his reputation through military service, he chose not to be in uniform. Instead, he wore an American-made brown suit, fashioned from broadcloth, wishing to set a trend. "I hope…it will be unfashionable for a gentleman to appear in any other dress,” he told his friend, the Marquis de Lafayette. As a nod to his martial past, he wore a less ostentatious dress sword on his hip, sheathed in a simple steel scabbard.

Recreated here is that humble and noble scene. The three 1/30 scale figures stand approximately 2½” tall, are cast in white metal and hand painted in stunning detail – all mounted on a sturdy alloy base.

These historically accurate miniatures are sure to inspire and enchant enthusiasts and casual collectors alike.

This is the first in a series of national heroes. Look for additional releases in this National Honor collection in the future.

National Honor Presidents

King & Country

King & Country November Releases!

Romans

The Ballista, sometimes called the bolt-thrower was an ancient missile weapon that launched a deadly projectile at a distant target.

Originally designed by the Greeks, the Roman Army improved and adapted it to meet their more mobile military requirements as they campaigned throughout the Mediterranean and across Europe.

Because of its mobility and adaptability it could also be used on ships as well as to defend fixed fortifications.

Many different sizes and styles were employed however the most numerous in service were the smaller, easily portable versions similar to the one K&C has made. A crew of three Legionaries was usually employed to transport the weapon, assemble it and fully operate it in battle.

Romans

Napoleonic

Armies of the Napoleonic era often had female followers attached to them. Only the French Army ‘institutionalized’ and organized them!

The ‘Cantiniere’ was included on the official regimental strength of a particular unit.

Usually she would be the wife or widow of an NCO (non commissioned officer) and was recognized and sanctioned to be the official regimental sutler or canteen keeper supplying wines and spirits to the men.

Most times these women would also wear some parts of the regiment’s uniform and colours.

In battle they would help care for the wounded and even on occasion bear arms.

French Artillery, Infantry, and Dragoons.

D'Day - French Commando

  • - Four more French Commando (Fusilier Marins) going into action. As the Bren gunner opens fire, two riflemen and one Sten gunner back him up.

D-Day '44 - French

Flying Tigers

Claire Lee Chennault was a Texas-born pilot who served in the US Army Air Corps for many years before retiring in 1937 and joining the Nationalist Chinese Air Force to help train them to fight the Japanese invaders then rampaging across China.

In 1940 Chennault was sent to America to obtain 100 modern fighter planes, pilots to fly them and ground crew to carry the fight to the enemy.

Although America was not officially in the war, President Roosevelt secretly authorized 100 pilots (enough to man at least 3 squadrons) and almost 200 other ground crew personnel to be recruited along with approving the sale of 100 Curtiss P40’s.

Together they would form the ‘American Volunteer Group’ and Claire Chennault was to be its leader.

Anna Chan Chennault was Chennault’s second wife. Originally a reporter and war correspondent she became a prominent Republican member of the US China Lobby and a powerful woman in her own right. During WW2 she often wore traditional Chinese dress.

David ‘Tex’ Hill was one of the best known of the ex military aviators who were recruited to join the Flying Tigers. Originally trained and qualified as a US Navy pilot he would become an ‘ace’ with at least 6 victories while flying with the ‘Tigers’.

After his China service he would transfer to the Army Air Corps and eventually the US Air Force where he remained until his retirement in 1968 as a Brigadier General.

  • - This is the second version of our classic Curtiss P40 ‘Flying Tiger’ warbird. For several years now K&C collectors around the world, especially in Asia, have been requesting another release of this great aircraft model... well here it is! When the American Volunteer Group was formed its fighter aircraft came from the Curtiss assembly line producing P40 models for Britain’s Royal Air Force in North Africa. Part of this British order (100 aircraft) were crated and sent to Burma during the Spring of 1941. Once in Rangoon, they were assembled and sent on to China where they had their special markings added. Our K&C model is numbered #77 and served with the ‘Flying Tigers’ 3rd Pursuit Squadron and comes with a sliding canopy and rotating propeller.

Flying Tigers

Battle of TARAWA

  • - Most soldiers, given the opportunity, like to grab a ‘souvenir’ or two... This ‘leatherneck’ has picked up one of the best – a Japanese battle flag. Rifle in one hand ‘souvenir’ in the other he takes it back to show his buddies.
  • - Cautiously moving forward, ‘Tommy-gun’ ready, a Marine NCO makes sure the other Marines are following.
  • - Taking a break but not dropping his guard... This figure looks great alongside USMC017 “The Souvenir Collector”. Please note the USMC tattoo on his left shoulder.

Battle of TARAWA

Ceremonial

Three welcome additions to the equally colourful series of K&C military figures belonging to the Sovereign’s Household Division... Those soldiers tasked with protecting Britain’s Kings & Queens...

  • - A Garrison Sergeant Major in the British Army is the senior warrant officer of a garrison. In London, the nation’s capital, the GSM is always a member of one of Her Majesty’s Guards regiments and the most prestigious senior warrant officer post in the British Army. The Garrison Sergeant Major is responsible for all the important state occasions such as ‘Trooping The Colour’... as well as Royal Weddings and Funerals. This latest K&C Ceremonial figure belongs to The Coldstream Guards and stands firmly at attention, pace stick under one arm as he surveys the troops before him.
  • - One of the most striking of the Household Division’s mounted soldiers on parade is ‘The Sovereign’s Standard Bearer’. An ensign or junior officer is always chosen to carry the personal flag presented by the sovereign to each of her Household Cavalry regiments. (The Life Guards and The Blues & Royals). Our Sovereign’s Standard Bearer belongs to the Life Guards.
  • - Trumpeters in cavalry regiments are always mounted on grey or white horses... and our Life Guard Trumpeter is no exception.

Ceremonial

Battle of the Bulge

The Battle of the Bulge, also known as the ‘Ardennes Offensive’ was the last major German offensive on the Western Front. Launched in the early morning of December 16, 1944 the Germans achieved total surprise along an 80 mile stretch of the Allied lines running through Belgium and Luxembourg.

At first some of the American units fell back in disarray, surprised by the size and ferocity of the attack. Others however held bravely on and managed to delay and divert some of the German advances.

Among the fighting vehicles deployed to repulse the assault was one of the US Army’s latest and best ‘Tank Destroyers’...

The M36 ‘Jackson’ was the best American ‘tank destroyer’ of WW2. It combined the already well-proven and reliable chassis of the M4 Sherman and combined it with sloped armor and a massive new turret mounting a powerful 90mm main gun. First conceived in 1943, the ‘Jackson’ began arriving in Europe in October 1944 where it mostly replaced the older M10 Tank Destroyer.

Postwar the M36 saw extensive combat in the Korean conflict as well as serving with the armies of France, Italy, Yugoslavia, South Korea and many others.

Our K&C M36 ‘Jackson’ comes ‘snow-camouflaged’ and with a vehicle commander figure.

Special Note: As you can also see among the photos attached the M36 is supported by 3 x sets of our upcoming ‘Winter GI’s’ which will be released in December, just in time for the 75th Anniversary of The Battle of the Bulge and Christmas.

Battle of the Bulge

Beginners Gift Sets

New Gift Sets expected to be released in November. Please note pricing not yet set.

Beginners Gift Sets

John Jenkins

New Releases Expected November 2019!
Enemies of Rome

Enemies of Rome

Persian Cavalry

Persian Cavalry

Spartan Army

Sparta was pretty much like every other Greek state. They had music, art and poetry. During the seventh century, a musician named Terpander came to Sparta and established himself there. He is called the “father of Greek music”. The most widely known Spartan musician was Tyrtaeus. He lived during the Second Messenian War and it was said his music inspired many Spartan soldiers to new heights of bravery.

Spartan Army

Talaxcaltecs

Talaxcaltecs

Anglo Saxon/ Danish Shieldwall

Gyrth Godwinson (1032 – 14th October 1066) was the fourth son of Earl Godwin, and thus a younger brother of Harold Godwinson. He went with his eldest brother Sweyn into exile to Flanders in 1051, but unlike Sweyen he was able to return with the rest of the clan the following year. Along with his brothers Harold and Tostig, Gyrth was present at his father's death-bed.

Following the death of his father in April 1053, the Godwinsons managed to retain their hold on England. Harold inherited the Earldom of Wessex and became second in power only to the king. Gyrth was made Earl of East Anglia, Cambridgeshire and Oxfordshire between 1055 and 1057. Together with his brother Leofwine's Earldoms of Kent, Essex, Middlesex, Hertford, Surrey and probably Buckinghamshire the Godwinsons now controlled the entirety of East England.

According to Orderic Vitalis and William of Malmesbury, Gyrth tried (unsuccessfully) to prevent Harold from engaging William of Normandy in battle, saying that he instead could lead the English forces and that Harold must stay in London to lead another army, also reminding him of the oath which he had sworn to William.

Harold, however, ignored Gyrth's advice. Gyrth fought at and was killed in the Battle of Hastings alongside his brothers Harold and Leofwine.

Age of Arthur - Anglo Saxon/ Danish Shieldwall

American Revolution - Anglo-Allied Army

Anglo-Allied Army

Butler's Rangers

Butler's Rangers

Battle of Oriskany

The Battle of Oriskany on August 6, 1777 was one of the bloodiest battles in the American Revolutionary War and a significant engagement of the Saratoga campaign. A party of Loyalists and several Indian allies ambushed an American military party that was trying to relieve the siege of Fort Stanwix. This was one of the few battles in which almost all of the participants were Americans; Patriots and allied Oneidas fought against Loyalists and allied Iroquois in the absence of British regular soldiers.

The Patriot relief force came from the Mohawk Valley under General Nicholas Herkimer and numbered around 800 men of the Tryon County militia plus a party of Oneida warriors. British commander Barry St. Leger authorized an intercepting force consisting of a Hanau Jäger (light infantry) detachment, Sir John Johnson's King's Royal Regiment of New York, Indian allies from the Six Nations, particularly Mohawks and Senecas and other tribes to the north and west, and Indian Department Rangers, totaling at least 450 men.

The Loyalist and Indian force ambushed Herkimer's force in a small valley about six miles (10 km) east of Fort Stanwix, near the village of Oriskany, New York. Herkimer was mortally wounded, and the battle cost the Patriots approximately 450 casualties, while the Loyalists and Indians lost approximately 150 dead and wounded. The result of the battle remains ambiguous. The apparent Loyalist victory was significantly affected by a sortie from Fort Stanwix in which the Loyalist camps were sacked, damaging morale among the allied Indians. The battle also marked the beginning of a war among the Iroquois, as Oneida warriors under Colonel Louis and Han Yerry allied with the American cause. Most of the other Iroquois tribes allied with the British, especially the Mohawks and Senecas.

In July and August 1775 Herkimer headed the Tryon County Committee of Safety, and became colonel of the district militia. After the split in which Loyalist militia members from the area withdrew to Canada, he was commissioned a brigadier general in the Tryon County militia by the Provincial Congress on September 5, 1776. In June 1776, he led 380 men of the Tryon County militia to confront Joseph Brant (Mohawk) at Unadilla, New York. Herkimer asked the Mohawk and five other Iroquois nations to remain neutral, while Brant said the Indians owed their loyalty to the King.

When Herkimer learned of the siege of Fort Stanwix to the west in late July 1777, he ordered the Tryon County militia to assemble at Fort Dayton. He marched them out to Fort Stanwix, about 28 miles to the west. His force marching in column was ambushed on August 6 by a mixed force of British regulars, Tory militia, and Mohawk in the Battle of Oriskany. Herkimer's horse was shot, and he was seriously wounded in the leg. In spite of his injuries, he sat propped up against a tree, lit his pipe, and directed his men in the battle, rallying them to avoid two panicked retreats. When they withdrew, they carried him home.

The brigade surgeon, William Petrie, dressed Herkimer's wound in the field and placed him on a litter. The wound quickly became infected, but the decision to amputate the leg was delayed for about ten days after the battle. The operation was performed by an inexperienced surgeon, Robert Johnson, because Petrie had also been wounded in the battle and was not available. The operation went poorly, the wound bled profusely, and Herkimer died of the injury on August 16, at around the age of 49.

The new militia figures can also be used to bulk out any American Revolution Continental regiments.

Battle of Oriskany

54th Regiment Massachusetts

54th Regiment Massachusetts

Hampton's Legion

Hampton's Legion South Carolina Zouave Volunteers

Palmetto Riflemen

Palmetto Riflemen South Carolina Infantry

Inter-War Aviation

Inter-War Aviation Collection

Second World War Aircraft

JJD Second World War Aircraft Collection

First Legion

New November Releases!
Vikings

Similar in concept to our Roman Testudo, the figures have been designed with interlocking bases to allow collectors to really set them up very close together to get the effect of a true Viking shieldwall. In addition, the 12 different figures, each with a unique shield pattern, can be setup in any way that a collector wants, thus offering great flexibility in terms of the composition and size of your display. And finally, by mixing in existing previous releases of other figures, you can represent areas where a section of the shieldwall is engaged or has been broken into by inserting those other figures into a section of the shieldwall. The sky's the limit in terms of how it's displayed and which figures you use to get the results you want.

Vikings

Battle of the Bulge

The Panzerkampfwagen IV with all of its variants and evolutions throughout the war was the most highly produced and used tank by the German Army during WWII. Our version is the latest version of the tank produced during the war and features both side and turret skirts, with the side skirts being removable to allow for a variety of display options. With it's 7.5cm KwK 40 L/48 gun, it had plenty of penetrating power against most Allied tanks. OUr model is consistent with the other tanks we've relesaed in that it is part of the 1st SS Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler Division, Kampfgruppe Peiper. With every hatch on the model being able to be opened or closed, there are a large variety of display options and different crew figures and tank riders from our available sets (sold separately) can be used with this stunning model.

First Legion Battle of the Bulge

Roman Camp Life

The Roman Camp Tents have been restocked in limited numbers

Glory of Rome - Roman Camp Life

Collectors Showcase

11th Mississippi

The 11th Mississippi served in many of the most famous and bloody battles of the war. The most famous engagement of the 11th was at Pickett's Charge. The 11th penetrated further into the Union position than any other unit, but at the terrible cost of sustaining 100% casualties-every soldier was either killed or wounded.

11th Mississippi

Berghof

The Berghof was Adolf Hitler's home in the Obersalzberg. Besides the Wolfsschanze, his headquarters in East Prussia Hitler spent more time at the Berghof than anywhere else during World War II. This highly accurate model is made of metal and marbled gypsum. We've even created a flag banner that is removable. This delicately painted museum piece is one of the most limited edition we've ever created. Numbering just 100 sets worldwide.

Berlin 1938

Vietnam

Vietnam

Collectors Showcase

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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