September, 2019
Sierra Toy Soldier Company

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Missed the August Edition 2019 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the September Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News, written on a very nice Fall day here in the Bay Area.

This is the pre-Chicago Toy Soldier Edition, as we are busy packing boxes for the show. As always if there is anything you would like us to bring, please let us know as soon as possible as it helps with the guesswork as to what to pack. If you have not been to the Chicago show or even a toy soldier show, I would urge to come as it is a ton of fun.

Do not miss out we are holding our annual Chicago Customer Appreciation Dinner (15th Anniversary Year) - Friday, September 20 - Reserve Your Seat Today! - Do not miss out! If you are coming to the show, this is the event you should attend, it is a great evening, lots of fun and we still have some tickets remaining. Details of the event below!

In the meantime, we are still settling into our showroom location. We’ve had visitors from all over the country. All have been happy to come and see our ever-developing displays. Please stop by if you are in the area. We’re open every day except Sunday.

We have some great new releases this month from, Britain's, King and Country, John Jenkins, First Legion and Corgi.

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Events

Chicago Customer Appreciation Dinner (15th Anniversary Year) - Friday, September 20 - Reserve Your Seat Today! - Do not miss out!

Every year we at the Sierra Toy Soldier Company, team up with Treefrog Treasures & Troops of Time at the Chicago Show to honor our customers with a fun-filled evening of toy soldiers and great food at our Customer Appreciation Dinner. If you will be attending the OTSN Chicago Show we want to make sure you know you are invited to attend this dinner.

Since this is a customer appreciation event, of course it is meant specifically for our customers and is not open to the general collecting public. If you have ordered from us in the past year, you are definitely our customer and we hope you will be able to attend!

Guest Speaker
Ken Osen of Hudson and Allen will be our guest of honor and the evening's speaker. The focus of the chat will be on Dioramas.

Tickets are $40 per person, same as last year, and can be purchased by phone or email. We do not make tickets available online since the event is only for our customers. Please provide the name of each guest you wish to bring as well as the ages & gender of any children in attendance.

Children/young collectors are very welcome to attend.

Please reserve your seats early so you do not miss out.

We hope you can join us.

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

Showroom

We are open Monday - Friday 10.00 - 5.00pm, most Saturdays but please check first!

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

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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.

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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 are having a sale on a limited number of Frontline American Civil War Sets. We only have one of each available, so do not miss out. This sale ends October 1st.

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

Thank you to all of you that waited so patently for this item to be released. We have our fingers crossed that this should be arriving late September / October. Do not have an exact date yet, just a promise. If you have moved since you ordered, please let us know your new shipping address. Future updates to come. Thanks again.

Zulu Storehouse Attack

Britain's

Britain's New Releases

New Releases In Stock Now!

American Civil War

King & Country

King & Country September Releases!

Battle of Little Big Horn

  • - This Northern Cheyenne warrior, armed with a lance and shield helped defend the tribal lodges east of the main village on the Little Big Horn in the early stage of the battle.
  • - A Southern Cheyenne dog soldier who has the distinction of being the warrior who actually killed Custer!
  • - A Lakota Sioux killed fighting on ‘Reno Hill’. Here we see him being shot off his horse on June 25, 1976.

Battle of Little big Horn

Attack On Ouistreham

Ouistreham is a small port town on the coast of Normandy and, on June 6, 1944, the objective of 177 French commandos led by Capitaine de Frigate Philippe Kieffer.

The commandos task was to ‘knock-out’ a German strongpoint located in and on top of a pre war French casino.

This brave and bold story was replicated in the 1962 War epic, “The Longest Day” which showed the attack on the Casino.

Now K&C proudly introduce 10 all-action, fighting Free French commandos led by a special ‘solo’ figure of Kieffer himself. Two individual commandos and Two 4-man assault sets will be available... in two releases.

  • - Philippe Kieffer (1899-1962) was a French naval officer, a political personality and a true hero of the Free French Forces. Following the Fall of France in June 1940 he was one of the first regular French officers to leave for London to join Gen. De Gaulle’s Free French. In Britain he formed the first unit of French commandos known as the 1er Bataillon de Fusiliers Marins Commandos and took part in several important ‘raids’ on occupied Europe before leading his men into battle on D.Day. Our K&C representation shows him leading his men and carrying a Thompson submachine gun.
  • - Four ‘Fusilier Marins’ go into the assault ... Two firing their Sten guns while a third takes careful aim with his Lee Enfield .303 rifle. A fourth, lying prone commando provides covering fire with his Bren light machine gun.
  • - Holding his Sten gun in one hand, a running ‘Fusilier Marin’ rushes forward clutching a grenade in the other. SPECIAL NOTE: The remaining 4-man set of Free French Commandos will be released in November.

D-Day '44 - French

Operation Wacht am Rhein (Operation Watch on the Rhine)

The Wehrmacht’s code name for the last great German offensive in the West that erupted on the unsuspecting Allies in mid December 1944... just a few months after their Arnhem Victory.

It was launched through the densely forested Ardennes region which includes parts of Belgium, northern France and Luxembourg during the depths of a European winter.

The German intention was to split the Allied Lines, encircle and destroy four Allied armies and capture the great Belgian port of Antwerp.

Hitler hoped that this would force the Western Allies to negotiate a separate peace treaty and allow him to concentrate all his forces on the Eastern Front.

‘The Battle of The Bulge’ is also another of K&C’s most popular and widely collected WW2 ranges of figures and fighting vehicles...

  • - Four great-coated Panzer Grenadiers move cautiously forward towards the unsuspecting American front lines... In a few minutes a mighty German artillery barrage will open up and then these men and their comrades will fall upon the shaken and surprised ‘Amerikaners’!
  • - A small 2-man set of Panzer Grenadiers carrying the German equivalent of the ‘Bazooka’.
  • - Three Panzer Grenadiers rush forward in the assault... Although the snow is deep they have the advantage of surprise! Special Note: To support these nine Panzer Grenadiers in their attack a special winter edition of the Jagdpanzer IV* self propelled assault gun is also in the works... For release shortly.

Battle of the Bulge

Operation Market Garden

‘Operation Market Garden’ was the brainchild of Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery. Its objective was to create a 64 mile (103km) corridor through Nazi-occupied Holland and into northern Germany. This would involve the capture of 9 key bridges over various canals and rivers by 3 Allied airborne divisions (2xAmericans and 1xBritish). At the same time, British land forces would move along this captured corridor and into the Third Reich itself.

If successful, Montgomery believed, the war might be over by Christmas 1944. Orders were issued, plans were drawn up and the principal senior officers gathered to work out the precise details and duties of everyone involved.

This unique 4-man set brings together four of the senior officers tasked with the British objective... the Dutch town of Arnhem located on the banks of the River Rhine. Gathered around the large map board showing the objectives of all three airborne divisions and the DZ’s and LZ’s around Arnhem itself.

Lieut. Gen. ‘Boy’ Browning, commander of the 1 Airborne Corps and deputy commander of the 1st Allied Airborne Army during Operation Market Garden. During the planning of the operation he memorably said, “I think we might be going a bridge too far!” A former Guards officer and a little bit of a military ‘dandy’ Browning designed his own special uniform and created the British paras famous red beret and winged Pegasus badge.

Lieut. Gen. Brian Horrocks, commander of the British XXX Corps tasked with leading the ground assault of the ‘Market Garden’ operation.

Maj. Gen. Roy Urquhart, General Officer Commanding the British 1st Airborne Division at Arnhem. Urquhart’s division fought for nine days unsupported against the 2nd SS Panzer Corps in the ill-fated attempt to capture the famous bridge over the Rhine and lost three quarters of its strength (killed, wounded and captured) during the battle.

Maj. Gen. Stanislaw Sosabowski, commanded the 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade during the Arnhem battle... Even at the planning stage Sosabowski expressed serious concerns about the poorly conceived glider landing zones and parachute dropping areas believing, correctly, that they were too distant from their objectives.

All four of these ‘Market Garden’ senior officers with their map board come together in this special 75th Anniversary Set to tell an important part of the Arnhem ’44 story.

Operation Market Garden

War In The Pacific

The M4 Sherman with its powerful 75mm main gun and strong armour was more than a match for any Japanese tanks of WW2 as well as their anti tank artillery.

Mid 1944 saw the replacement of most of the Marine Corps tanks battalion’s earlier M3 Stuarts with the more powerful, heavier armoured M4 Shermans.

Although easily ‘out-gunning’ the enemy armour a new threat erupted when Japanese suicide teams, wrapping themselves with explosives, threw themselves onto American tanks.

Marine Corps ‘tankers’ improvised a whole range of field modified methods to keep the enemy at bay.

One common practice in the Pacific was to attach thick timber planks on each side of the tank to ward off the enemy attaching adhesive or magnetic mines and explosives.

They also provided additional protection against Japanese anti tank guns.

This great new K&C Sherman has also been camouflaged in shades of olive drab... rust-coloured brown and desert sand – it’s typical of U.S.M.C. combat operations of this late war period.

Our model also comes complete with the rare sighting of a USMC tank commander appearing just above the rim of his turret hatch to get a better look at the enemy.

Together with a high quality full-colour presentation box this K&C Pacific Sherman is a welcome reinforcement for all our fighting Marine riflemen battling their way up from the beach... into the jungle... and all the way to Tokyo!

Battle of TARAWA

A Descendant of The Sun Goddess...

The Emperor Hirohito (1901-1989) reigned as emperor of Japan from 1926 until 1989. He was the head of state during Japan’s expansionist assault on China and its entry into WW2 on 7 December 1941.

After Japan’s defeat in August 1945 he was not prosecuted for war crimes however his close involvement with wartime decisions and actions remains to this day controversial.

During the post-war period, he became the symbol of the new state now emerging and the peace and prosperity it promoted and enjoyed

Here however we see him during WW2...

  • - On December 8 (December 7 in Pearl Harbor) 1941, Japanese forces struck simultaneous attacks on Hong Kong, Malaya, Singapore, The Philippines and elsewhere in the Pacific. In Tokyo, the Emperor took a keen interest in military progress and was involved in helping to plan several military operations. In order to boost both military and civilian morale he also chose to wear the everyday uniform of a Japanese general complete, of course, with the traditional ‘Samurai Sword’... And that’s how we have portrayed him.

Imperial Japanese Navy

John Jenkins

New Releases Expected September 2019!
Aztec

Aztec Empire

Age of Arthur - Anglo Saxon/ Danish Shieldwall

The death of King Edward the Confessor of England in January 1066 had triggered a succession struggle in which a variety of contenders from across north-western Europe fought for the English throne. These claimants included the King of Norway, Harald Hardrada.

The Battle of Stamford Bridge took place at the village of Stamford Bridge, East Riding of Yorkshire, in England on 25 September 1066, between an English army under King Harold Godwinson and an invading Norwegian force led by King Harald Hardrada and the English king's brother Tostig Godwinson. After a bloody battle, both Hardrada and Tostig along with most of the Norwegians were killed. The battle has traditionally been presented as symbolising the end of the Viking Age,

Harold's victory over the invading Viking army was short-lived. Three days after the battle at Stamford Bridge, on 28 September, a second invasion army led by William, Duke of Normandy, landed in Pevensey Bay, Sussex, on the south coast of England. Harold had to immediately turn his troops around and force-march them southwards to intercept the Norman army. Less than three weeks after Stamford Bridge, on 14 October 1066, the English army was decisively defeated and King Harold II fell in action at the Battle of Hastings, beginning the Norman conquest of England

  • - Harold Godwinson (c. 1022 – 14 October 1066), often called Harold II, was the last crowned Anglo-Saxon king of England. Harold reigned from 6 January 1066 until his death at the Battle of Hastings, fighting the Norman invaders led by William the Conqueror during the Norman conquest of England.
    His death marked the end of Anglo-Saxon rule over England.
    Harold was a powerful earl and member of a prominent Anglo-Saxon family with ties to Cnut the Great. Upon the death of his brother-in-law King Edward the Confessor on 5 January 1066, the Witenagemot convened and chose Harold to succeed; he was the first English monarch to be crowned in Westminster Abbey. In late September, he successfully repelled an invasion by rival claimant Harald Hardrada of Norway before marching his army back south to meet William the Conqueror at Hastings two weeks later.
  • - The Anglo Saxon/Danish army’s standard infantry battle formation throughout this era was the shield wall. The “bord-weal” or “scyld-burh”. The whole army formed up in one massive phalanx several ranks deep. Though there were attempts at outflanking or turning flanks there was basically an absence of tactics. Volleys of spears, javelins and arrows opened a battle, but once shield walls collided it was merely might, determination and often numbers which decided the day, the loser generally suffering considerably in the rout. The coreof the army was made up of the Fyrd. The Fyrd or levy of the common people may have come from the old Germanic custom that all fit men had to be ready to serve in war when the need arose.

Age of Arthur - Anglo Saxon/ Danish Shieldwall

American Revolution - 2nd New Hampshire Regiment

2nd New Hampshire Regiment

American Revolution - Anglo-Allied Army

Anglo-Allied Army

American Revolution - Butler's Rangers

Butler's Rangers

American Civil War - 54th Regiment Massachusetts

Robert Gould Shaw (October 10, 1837 – July 18, 1863) was an American soldier in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Born into a prominent abolitionist family, he accepted command of the first all-black regiment (54th Massachusetts) in the Northeast and encouraged the men to refuse their pay until it was equal to the white troops' wage. At the Second Battle of Fort Wagner, a beachhead near Charleston, South Carolina, Shaw was killed while leading his men to the parapet of the Confederate held fort. Although they were overwhelmed and driven back, Shaw's leadership passed into legend with a unit that inspired tens of thousands more African-Americans to enlist for the Union and contribute to its ultimate victory.

54th Regiment Massachusetts

American Civil War - Hampton's Legion South Carolina Zouave Volunteers

Hampton's Legion South Carolina Zouave Volunteers

American Civil War - Palmetto Riflemen South Carolina Infantry

Palmetto Riflemen South Carolina Infantry

First Legion

New September Releases!
Battle of the Bulge

New September Releases available now.

First Legion Battle of the Bulge

Samurai

Age of the Samurai

Corgi

Corgi - New arrivals for September

Scheduled to arrive next week.

World War I Aircraft

WWII - German

German Bomber and Fighter Aircraft

WWII - Allied

British and American Bombers plus other large Aircraft

Helicopters

Helicopter Legends

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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