This site is created for collectors of mainly composition vintage toy soldiers produced by great toy makers of the past: Elastolin, Hausser, Lineol, Durso, Kienel, Starlux, Leyla, Schusso, Armee, Trico, Duro, Durolin, NB, Triumph, GJ and many others.

Toy soldiers and real battles: May 2019

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

May 1942: The Second Battle of Kharkov

The Second Battle of Kharkov or Operation Fredericus was an Axis counter-offensive in the region around Kharkov against the Red Army Izium bridgehead offensive conducted 12–28 May 1942, on the Eastern Front during World War II. Its objective was to eliminate the Izium bridgehead over Seversky Donets or the "Barvenkovo bulge" which was one of the Soviet offensive's staging areas. After a winter counter-offensive that drove German troops away from Moscow but depleted the Red Army's reserves, the Kharkov offensive was a new Soviet attempt to expand upon their strategic initiative, although it failed to secure a significant element of surprise.
These plastic soldiers are from different makers : Marx, CTS, TSSD, Airfix, Engineer Basevich and DGN. The terrain is produced by TTCombat.

King & Country's : The Six-day war

King & Country's : The Six-day war that is also known as the June War, 1967 Arab–Israeli War, or Third Arab–Israeli War, was fought between 5 and 10 June 1967 by Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt ( the United Arab Republic), Jordan, and Syria.

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Danish soldiers air defense serving MG 08/15 machine gun.

Danish soldiers air defense serving MG 08/15 machine gun. The Lineol and Durso soldiers produced in 30s.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

King & Country's : The Fall of Malaya, Singapore, Hong Kong (1941-1942)

King & Country's : The Fall of Malaya, Singapore, Hong Kong (1941-1942)

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Pech Hermanos/Oliver (Spain) - 1/32 Figures: 1960 catalog

Pech Hermanos was a Spanish firm based out of Barcelona. Started by the Pech brothers, Jose and Manuel in 1945, they started out by recasting and cloning metal soldiers in 50mm. Towards the mid-50's they began casting figures in rubber and later on in plastic. This is also when they began to sculpt their own figures. These plastic sets are bigger in scale, in the 60mm range. They cover a wide variety or periods and nationalities, as well. In 60s, the business was dissolved, allegedly due to family difficulties, and some of the molds got sold to the firm Oliver, known today for their reproduction of the Pech Japanese. Other molds apparently ended up in the hands of BUM who still manufactures several of their WWII heavy weapons sets of the GIs, and some Spanish soldiers in parade poses.

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Legend of the death of Oleg the Prophet

Oleg of Novgorod (Old Norse: Helgi) was a Varangian (Viking) prince (or konung) who ruled all or part of the Rus' people during the late 9th and early 10th centuries. In the Primary Chronicle, Oleg is known as the Prophet, an epithet alluding to the sacred meaning of his Norse name ("priest"). According to the legend it was prophesied by the pagan priests that Oleg would take death from his stallion. To defy the prophecies, Oleg sent the horse away. Many years later he asked where his horse was, and was told it had died. He asked to see the remains and was taken to the place where the bones lay. When he touched the horse's skull with his boot a snake slithered from the skull and bit him. Oleg died, thus fulfilling the prophecy.

Reich Labour Service (Reichsarbeitsdienst; RAD)

The Reich Labour Service (Reichsarbeitsdienst; RAD) was a major organisation established in Nazi Germany as an agency to help mitigate the effects of unemployment on the German economy, militarise the workforce and indoctrinate it with Nazi ideology. It was the official state labour service, divided into separate sections for men and women. These tin soldiers are from the Dresden Bundeswehr Military History Museum's collection.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

WW2: Battle of the Caucasus

The Battle of the Caucasus is a name given to a series of Axis and Soviet operations in the Caucasus area on the Eastern Front of World War II. On 25 July 1942, German troops captured Rostov-on-Don, Russia, opening the Caucasus region of the southern Soviet Union, and the oil fields beyond at Maikop, Grozny, and ultimately Baku, to the Germans. Two days prior, Adolf Hitler issued a directive to launch such an operation into the Caucasus region, to be named Operation EdelweiƟ. German forces were compelled to withdraw from the area that winter as Operation Little Saturn threatened to cut them off. Red Army marines (Pegasus) are capturing the Wehrmacht Hanomag SdKfz 251 crew (Toy soldiers of San Diego).

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