Battle of Little
TRW155 Black Cloud - 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.
- TRW156 Brave Bear - A Southern Cheyenne dog soldier who has the distinction of being the warrior who actually killed Custer!
- TRW157 Breech Cloth - 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.
DD330 Capitaine de Fregate Philippe Kieffer - 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.
- DD331 Free French Commandos Set #1 - 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.
- DD333 Free French Commandos Grenadier - 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...
BBG121 Advancing Thru' The Snow - 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’!
- BBG122 The Panzerschreck Team - A small 2-man set of Panzer Grenadiers carrying the German equivalent of the ‘Bazooka’.
- BBG123 Winter Attack! - 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.
MG076 Planning Market Garden
- MG077 On The Road To Arnhem - Three British paratroopers making their way from the ‘Drop-Zone’ towards Arnhem. So far… so good… Little do they know what lies ahead.
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...
JN058 The Emperor Hirohito - 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