September, 2020
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Missed the August Edition 2020 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the September Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News, being written just before the Labor Day Holiday here in the USA. We are expecting another super-hot weekend. August proved to be the hottest month on record for us. It was horrible, it also sparked several hundred dry lightning strikes causing massive wildfires all surrounding the Bay Area. This resulted in 2 weeks plus of smoke-filled air which continues at this time. Whilst most of the fires are now about 75% contained, many hundreds of homes have been lost. Luckily only one of our colleague’s family had to be evacuated, and they think their house is ok, but will not be allowed home for weeks yet. Fire season usually lasts till the rain starts in November, so another two months to go.

This time of year, we are normally gearing up for the Chicago Show, which will not be happening this year as an in-person event. They are planning a Virtual Online Show, I do not have the details yet, but keep space on your calendar for the 26 and 27 September. I will update you as soon as I can.

One of our good friends that we met through the show years ago is also a Master Craftsman and Diorama Builder we have worked with for years, Pat Gallagher. We have worked together on many Diorama Projects for customers over the years. The latest one he built is for the Zulu Wars and Rorke’s Drift. We used First Legion Figures for this, but the rest is all his work. I think it looks stunning. We thought you might enjoy seeing it. If you are ever interested in having a custom diorama made, please let us know and we can put you in contact.

Rorke's Drift 1

Rorke's Drift 2

Rorke's Drift 3

Rorke's Drift 4

The sales from both King & Country and First Legion continue at a rapid pace. First Legion’s sale is extended again until the end of the year. King and Country will be announcing more End of Run items that will be put on sale. If you have a chance check it out as there are some real bargains.

King & Country Sale

First Legion Sale

We have some great new announcements from Britain's, King & country, John Jenkins, First Legion and Corgi.

Stay safe, and look forward to cooler days.

For information on John Jenkins Future Releases.

John Jenkins Future Releases.

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Cyber September Sale

Cyber September Sale

Looking for a deal this September, look no further.. Even more Sales items are available in our showroom. We also have authorized King & Country items on sale! We have added an additional 40+ items this month.

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
Britain's
King & Country
John Jenkins
First Legion
Corgi

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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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 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 - In Stock Now!

Zulu Storehouse Attack

Britain's

Britain's Releases Expected to arrive in September.

Clash of Empires

Clash of Empires

Zulu War - Rorke's  Drift

Rorke's Drift - Matte Version

WWII

New Figure not previously announced.

WWII Collection

King & Country

King & Country September Releases!

Fallschirmjagers in Normandy

Here is the first batch of our fighting German ‘Fallschirmjagers’ (paratroopers) making their way through the Normandy ‘bocage’ and moving towards the landing grounds of their U.S. Airborne opponents in the hours and days following the Allied invasion of June 6, 1944.

Few of the fighting men of WW2 captured the imagination and respect of even their enemies as much as the Luftwaffe’s ‘Fallschirmjagers’.

Boldness and courage were the hallmarks of their airborne training and battlefield performance.

These German paratroopers were involved in some of the most daring actions of the entire war. From the assault on the key Belgian fortress at Eban Emael in 1940 and the invasion of Crete in 1941, to the daring rescue of Mussolini in 1943.

In addition, they saw plenty of other active service as elite line infantry in North Africa, Sicily and Italy itself.

They also fought on the Eastern Front before key elements were dispatched to France in preparation for the expected Allied landings of 1944.

These latest FJ’s are uniformed as they would have appeared in France and North West Europe at the time of the invasion and afterwards.

This first ‘advance guard’ of six figures are available as individual pieces or as a combined ‘Value Added ’ set. The second batch of fighting “Normandy Fallschirmjagers” will be available in a range of great ‘action’ poses in November.

  • - Just 7,000 of this remarkable weapon were produced due to its complexity and cost... and most went to the Fallschirmjagers! The weapon could fire ‘single-shot’ or full automatic. It could even be fitted with a special spike bayonet and folding bipod legs.
  • - Wearing his traditional Luftwaffe style cap this officer favours the tried and tested MP40 ‘Schmeisser’ machine pistol. This simple, highly-effective ‘blow-back’ design was issued in larger quantities to the Fallschirmjagers than to any other German troops except for Panzer crews, Panzer Grenadiers and, of course, Waffen SS troops.
  • - Armed with another MP40 this sergeant is using a simple whistle to issue commands and instructions to his men.
  • - This guy is taking no chances and is ‘ready-for-action’ with his machine pistol in one hand and the infamous German ‘potato-masher’ grenade in the other. On his waist belt he has one more grenade and a Walther P.38 automatic pistol.
  • - This paratrooper is carrying the superb MG42 machine gun, probably the best and most lethal, belt-fed machine gun of WW2. With a high rate of fire of 25 rounds per second the gunner needed to impose strict fire discipline. Here, he also carries a box full of extra ammunition. Normally, he would also have one, possibly two other comrades carrying even more boxes of 7.92 belted ammunition to ‘feed’ the gun.
  • - This Fallschirmjager is carrying and using the man-portable field radio always essential while troops are on the move. His personal weapon is the ‘Karibiner 98K Rifle’.
  • - We combine all of these SIX great figures at a special ‘Value-Added’ price.

Fallschirmjagers

Russian Naval Infantry

Russia’s Naval Infantry has a long and varied history... The first force of ‘Sea Soldiers’ was formed in 1705 and since that time it has fought in the Napoleonic Wars... the Crimean War... the Russo-Japanese War and the 1st and 2nd World Wars.

Of all these wars and campaigns the most important was WW2 and the Naval Infantry took part in the heroic defense of Odessa, Moscow, Leningrad, Sevastopol and, of course, Stalingrad. During that war over 350,000 Soviet sailors served in the Naval Infantry and they were a familiar sight on many battlefields especially in their blue and white striped jerseys, blue ‘P’ jackets and sailor caps.

During the summer months they would often wear their off-white drill trousers tucked into the typical Russian jackboots.

These first five Naval Infantry are in ‘Assault Mode’ and carry an assortment of typical Soviet WW2 weapons and equipment.

Additional reinforcements will be available shortly.

Please Note: A second batch of Russian Naval Infantry will be available in November 2020.

Russian Front and Berlin 1945

Vietnam

Due to the continuing growth of interest in our ‘Vietnam Conflict’ here are a few, new additions...

  • - These two free standing Palms are mounted on a stable textured polystone base and measure 7” and 6” in height. Packed in an attractive box the two ‘Palm Frond’ sections come together in the box with the two trees themselves and are easily assembled.
  • - Here’s the perfect add-on to our two recently-released 105mm Howitzers VN075 and VN076 A ‘pyramid’ of 11 x 105mm Artillery Rounds together with 6 x individual ‘spent’ shell cases.
  • - Even amidst all the trouble and turmoil of a country at war the ordinary peasant still has to try and earn a living somehow. Here, a young girl makes her way from her local village down to a nearby town to sell some flowers and, hopefully, earn a few “piasters” for her trouble.
  • 0 War however is never far away... A North Vietnamese Regular aims his Czech-made SKS rifle at an enemy patrol moving across a flooded paddy-field.
  • - An older Viet Cong encourages his comrades to open fire. Up until the TET Offensive of 1968 the majority of the fighting in South Vietnam was conducted by locally-recruited Viet Cong... After TET, when the VC were decimated, the leading role in the struggle was taken over by the NVA.

Vietnam - Tet'68

Six Day War

Because of its precarious geographical and political position in a generally hostile neighbourhood Israel and its Defence Forces always have to be ready for conflict at a moment’s notice.

This is reflected in the size and composition of the Israeli Defence Forces. Although a relatively small country Israel has a total of 176,500 men and women on active service. The army contains most of them, about 133,000 of which just 26,000 are professional ‘regulars’ and the other 107,000 are conscripts.

These however are backed up by over 500,000 reservists who can be ‘called-up’ within hours of an emergency.

K&C’s latest Israeli soldiers are a mix of professional, conscripts and reservists.

  • - A reservist stands by a roadside with his CAR 15 rifle and backpack waiting for a passing motorist to take him to his unit. In Israel it is common for motorists to stop to pick up any soldier seen waiting by the road and deliver him to his unit free-of-charge.
  • - A three-man section moves through an Arab neighbourhood or perhaps along a disputed border area. The NCO is charge is a ‘regular’, his two comrades are both conscripts.
    Note the variety of weapons carried back in the 1970’s...
    The section leader carries the CAR 15 Assault Rifle, the standing conscript carries an AK47... Before and during the 1973 Yom Kippur War the Israelis captured thousands of these excellent Assault Weapons and put them to good use.
    The kneeling conscript has the M16 M203 rifle with the underslung grenade launcher.
  • - This Israeli soldier is carrying the Belgian-designed FN Self Loading Rifle which continued to be in front-line use during the 1973 war and was not fully replaced until the mid 1980’s. His more casual appearance suggests he might also be a ‘reservist’ just recently called-up.

Six Day War

The Black Watch

  • - When a battalion is stationed in barracks and not on active service it still has to perform certain public duties as well as protect and safeguard the barracks itself.
    Back in the day barracks, camp locations and perimeters had to be regularly patrolled and policed allowing only those with the proper authority to both leave or enter the premises at any given times.
    Overall the Officer-of-the Day would have the ultimate responsibility however he would delegate to the Guard Sergeant the actual duties of inspecting and replacing all of those on patrol and sentry duty at any given time.
    Our “Sergeant-of-the-Guard” goes over the duties and responsibilities of each sentry and members of the Guard as they go on and off duty.
  • - Standing smartly at attention with his Lee Enfield rifle with fixed bayonet on the left shoulder.
  • - Although most of the actual duties of inspection and security of the barracks or camp is taken on by the Sergeant-of-the-Guard, a good Officer-of-the Day should make regular visits to and around the various locations to ensure that proper care and attention is being paid to his instructions and orders. In between his ‘rounds’ the Officer-of-the Day is allowed to relax in The Officers’ Mess.
  • - When approached by any officer an armed sentry should come smartly to attention and “present arms” in the manner shown as a salute to his superior.

Ceremonial

John Jenkins

New September Releases
Roman Army of the Mid-Republic

Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus (236/5 – 183 BC) was a Roman general and later consul who is often regarded as one of the greatest military commanders and strategists of all time.

His main achievements were during the Second Punic War, and is best known for defeating Hannibal at the final battle of Zama in 202BC. This victory was one of the feats that earned him the agnomen “Africanus”.

His conquest of Carthaginian Iberia culminated in the Battle of Ilipa in 206BC against Hannibal’s brother Mago Barca.

Roman Army of the Mid-Republic

Carthaginian

Carthaginian

Numidian

Numidian

Spanish

Spanish

Persian Cavalry

Persian Cavalry

Aztec

Aztec Empire - Conquest of America

Conquistadors

Conquistadors

The Vikings

In the Viking world, berserkers were those who were said to have fought in a trance like fury, a characteristic which later gave rise to the modern English word “berserk”, meaning “furiously violent or out of control”.

In battle, the berserkers were subject to fits of frenzy. They would howl like wild beasts, foamed at the mouth, and gnawed the iron rim of their shields. According to belief, during these fits they were immune to steel and fire, and made great havoc in the ranks of the enemy. When the fever abated they were weak and tame. Accounts can be found in the sagas.

When Viking villages went to war in unison, the berserkers often wore special clothing, for instance furs of a wolf or bear, to indicate that this person was a berserker, and would not be able to tell friend from foe when in "bersærkergang". In this way, other allies would know to keep their distance.

  • - The old Norse form of the word was “berserkr”, which likely means “bear-shirt”, or as a thirteen century historian interpreted as “bare shirt”, which could refer to those warriors who went into battle without armour.
  • - Other historians reinforce their theory of the “bear shirt” by the fact that it is believed berserkers drew their power from the bear and were devoted to a bear cult, which was once widespread across the northern hemisphere. The bear-warrior symbolism survives to this day in the form of the bearskin caps worn by the guards of the Danish monarchs.
  • - Wolf warriors appear among the legends of many countries. The Germanic wolf warriors have left their trace through shields and standards that were captured by the Romans and displayed in Rome. The warriors wearing the skins of wolves were actually called “Ulfheonar” (wolf coat), which was another term associated with berserkers. These warriors were said to wear the pelt of a wolf when they entered battle, and are sometimes described as Odin’s special warriors.

Age of Arthur - Vikings

Norman Knights

Age of Arthur - Norman Knights

Crusades

Crusades

American Revolution

Anglo-Allied Army

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts - Mountain Men

A mountain man was an explorer who lived in the wilderness. They were instrumental in opening up the various Emigrant Trails (widened into wagon roads) allowing Americans in the east to settle the new territories of the far west by organized wagon trains traveling over roads explored and in many cases, physically improved by the mountain men and the big fur companies originally to serve the mule train based inland fur trade.

Mountain men were most common in the North American Rocky Mountains from about 1810 through to the 1880s (with a peak population in the early 1840s). Approximately 3,000 mountain men ranged the mountains between 1820 and 1840, the peak beaver-harvesting period. While there were many free trappers, most mountain men were employed by major fur companies. The life of a company man was almost militarized. The men had mess groups, hunted and trapped in brigades and always reported to the head of the trapping party.

This man was called a "boosway", a bastardization of the French term bourgeois. He was the leader of the brigade and the head trader.

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

THE FIRST BATTLE OF BULL RUN, 1861
THE 11th REGIMENT NEW YORK VOLUNTEER INFANTRY

The 11th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry was an infantry regiment of the Union army in the early years of the American Civil War. The regiment was organized in New York City in May 1861 as a zouave regiment, known for its unusual dress and drill style, by Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth, a personal friend of US president Abraham Lincoln.

The troops were drawn from the ranks of the city’s many volunteer fire companies, and the unit was also known as the Ellsworth Zouaves, First Fire Zouaves, First Regiment New York Zouaves, and US National Guards.

The unit was among the first to occupy the territory of a Confederate state when it captured Alexandria, Virginia on May 24th 1861, less than 24 hours after the commonwealth seceded from the Union.

The regiment then went on to suffer extensive casualties during the First Battle of Bull Run, during the fighting on Henry House Hill, and whilst serving as a rearguard for the retreating Union army.

The regiment would later be stationed near Hampton Roads during the Peninsula Campaign, but experienced little fighting. It was sent back to New York city in May 1862, and the regiment was mustered out of service on June 1862.

There were several attempts to reorganize as a light infantry regiment through the summer of 1863, and many new enlistees were involved in suppressing the New York Draft riots. This was to fail and the enlistees were transferred to the 17th New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

Ellsworth’s Fire Zouaves marched to Manassas in their zouave jackets and trousers, with red firemen’s shirts and blue fezzes. In the July heat the zouave jackets were abandoned, and most men continued in their red or white firemen’s shirts, and some even added havelock-covered kepis to replace the fezzes. With the officers dressed in Grey, this gave the unit, a motley, multi coloured appearance.

11th Regiment New York

THE FIRST BATTLE OF BULL RUN, 1861
Stonewall Brigade

Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson (January 21st, 1824 – May 10th 1863) served as a Confederate general during the American Civil War, and became one of the best known Confederate commanders after General Robert E. Lee.

Jackson was to play a prominent role in nearly all military engagements in the Eastern Theatre of the War until his death, and had a key part in winning many significant battles.

Jackson rose to prominence and earned his most famous nickname at the First Battle of Bull Run (First Manassas) on July 21st 1861. As the Confederate lines began to crumble under heavy Union assault, Jackson’s brigade provided crucial reinforcements on Henry House Hill, demonstrating the discipline he had instilled in his men. Although under heavy fire for several continuous hours, Jackson received a wound breaking the middle finger of his left hand, about midway between the hand and the knuckle, the ball passing on the side next to the index finger.

The troops of South Carolina commanded by Gen. Barnard Elliott Bee Jr. had been overwhelmed, and he rode up to Jackson in despair, exclaiming, “They are beating us back!”. Jackson replied “Then, we will give them the bayonet!” As he rode back to his command, Bee exhorted his own troops to re-form by shouting, “There is Jackson standing like a stone wall. Let us determine to die here, and we will conquer. Rally behind the Virginians!”

Jackson’s brigade, which would from then on be known as the “Stonewall Brigade”, stopped the Union assault and suffered more casualties than any other Southern Brigade that say.

After the battle Jackson was promoted to Major General and given command of the Valley District with its headquarters in Winchester.

Stonewall Brigade

Knights of the Skies - LFG Roland C.II

The LFG Roland C.II, usually known as the Walfisch (Whale), was an advanced German reconnaissance aircraft of World War I. It was manufactured by Luft-Fahrzeug-Gesellschaft G.m.b.H. LFG, later changed their name to Roland to avoid confusion with LVG (Luft-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft).

They were responsible for some of the most aerodynamic and innovative aircraft designs of the Great War. The “Walfisch” was designed as aerodynamically as possible at the time, which resulted in a smooth fuselage featuring many compound curves and mounting the top wings to the fuselage to avoid drag from the struts.

The C.II had much lower drag than comparable aircraft of its time. It featured a monocoque fuselage built with an outer skin of two layers of thin plywood strips at an angle to each other (known as a Wickelrumpf, or "wrapped body" design)

This had both lower drag and better strength per weight than typical aircraft of the time, but it was relatively slow and expensive to build. (This approach was further developed in the de Havilland Mosquito of World War II.) The deep fuselage completely filled the vertical gap between the wing panel center sections, eliminating any need for cabane struts commonly used in biplanes, and gave the aircraft its "whale" nickname. Struts and wires were reduced, without suffering the weight penalty of cantilever wings, like those used on the pioneering all-metal Junkers J 1 of late 1915. There was even some attempt to flair the wings into the fuselage, to eliminate dead air space, a feature prominently missing from the Schneider Trophy contestants of the following decade. The engineer in charge of the design was Tantzen, who was a student of Ludwig Prandtl, the founder of mathematical aerodynamics and the one to introduce the concept of boundary layer.

The C.II was powered by a single 160 hp (120 kW) Mercedes D III, providing a top speed of 165 km/h (103 mph), a ceiling of 4,000 metres (13,000 ft) and an endurance of four hours.

The C.II entered service in the spring of 1916. Operationally, handling was reported as difficult but performance was relatively good. Due to the crew positions with eyes above the upper wing, upward visibility was excellent, but downward visibility was poor. It was also used in a fighter escort role and had a crew of two, pilot and observer/gunner.

Because of its speed, when it was first introduced, it could be intercepted only from above. Because of the lack of downward visibility, it was best attacked by diving below and coming up at it

Albert Ball, whose first victim was a C.II, said in the latter half of 1916 that it was "the best German machine now".

It was flown by a number of famous German aces including The Red Baron,, Manfred Von Richthofen.

ACE-53, was flown by Lt. Seibert (pilot) and Hptm. Pfleger (observer) of the Bavarian Feldfliegerabteilung 5, Western Front, Autumn 1916. The aircraft had an interesting fishscale motive fuselage, which obviously refered to the Roland C.II’s nickname “Whalefish”, which was painted over the standard light blue-grey camouflage.

Lt. Richard Seibert was killed in action on December 11th 1916.

As well as the two crewmen discussing their flight plan, in the pipeline are also two action crew for the plane. These will be sold separately, and will be suitable for the ACE-50 as well as the new ‘fishscale’ version.

Please note the figures for the Roland CIIa will not be available until early 2021.

Knights Of The Skies - WWI

WWII Collection

Design of the Panzer I began in 1932 and mass production proceeded in 1934. Intended only as a training tank to introduce the concept of armoured warfare to the German army, the Panzer I saw combat in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, in Poland, France, the Soviet Union and North Africa during the Second World War.

Experiences with the Panzer I during the Spanish Civil War helped shape the German Panzerwaffe’s invasion of Poland in 1939, and France in 1940.

The Panzer I’s performance in armoured combat was limited by its thin armour and light armament of two machine guns, which were never intended for use against armoured targets, rather , being ideal for infantry suppression, in line with inter-war doctrine. Although lacking in armoured combat as a tank, it formed a large part of Germany’s mechanized forces and was used in all major campaigns between September 1939, and December 1941, where it still performed much useful service against entrenched infantry and other ‘soft’ targets, which were vulnerable to machine gun fire.

Although it was quickly surpassed by more powerful successors, the Panzer I’s contribution to the early victories of Nazi Germany during WW 2 was significant.

As the war progressed new types of more modern and efficient combat vehicles were developed and built. The Panzer I’s quickly became obsolete and were relegated to secondary roles, both at the front and the rearguard.

The Panzer I was used as a medical tank for casualty evacuation for the panzer units on the front. These tanks had no armament at all, with the turrets removed, and white circles with a red cross in the middle were painted on the sides and rear, to denote their assignement to frontline medical platoons.

JJ WWII Collection

First Legion

New releases arriving in September
Battle of the Bulge

Battle of the Bulge

Stalingrad Germans

Stalingrad Germans

Corgi

Corgi

New Releases Expected in September.

World War I Aircraft

WWII Bombers

WWII European Theater Bombers & Fighter Planes

Helicopters

Helicopter Legends

Modern Aircraft

Modern Aircraft

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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