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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Stalingrad Battle : Operation Uranus (Part 2)

The plastic red army soldiers from TSSD and Biplant, and the tinplate T34 produced by MSB (DDR in 50s).

Exploring Medieval Birmingham 1300

The model interactive of medieval 14th century Birmingham on display in the exhibition 'Birmingham: its people, its history' at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

The First Battle of Ypres (19 October – 22 November 1914)

The First Battle of Ypres ( 19 October – 22 November 1914) was a battle of the First World War, fought on the Western Front around Ypres, in West Flanders, Belgium. The battle was part of the First Battle of Flanders, in which German, French, Belgian armies and the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) fought from Arras in France to Nieuport on the Belgian coast, from 10 October to mid-November. My Belgian and British troops are presented by composite soldiers from Lineol, Elastolin, Durso,Nazaire Beeusaert, Solido, Au Bon Marche and Clairon. The attacking German troops are made by Leyla, Elastolin, Lineol, Armee and Kienel. You can also see the Britains Deetail 9740 18 Heavy Howitzer. This gun is really amazing !

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Cooking the perfect steak with a flamethrower ...

Cooking the perfect steak with a flamethrower...These Durso and Elastolin flamethrowers have been helping me to cook the perfect steak ...Did you think that flamethrowers are primarily used only against battlefield fortifications and bunkers?

The Stalingrad Battle : Operation Uranus

Operation Uranus was the code-name of the Soviet 19–23 November 1942 strategic operation in World War II which led to the encirclement of the German Sixth Army, the Third and Fourth Romanian armies, and portions of the German Fourth Panzer Army. The operation was executed at roughly the midpoint of the five-month long Battle of Stalingrad, and was aimed at destroying German forces in and around Stalingrad. Planning for Operation Uranus had commenced in September 1942, and was developed simultaneously with plans to envelop and destroy German Army Group Center (Operation Mars) and German forces in the Caucasus. The Red Army took advantage of the German army's poor preparation for winter, and the fact that its forces in the southern Soviet Union were overstretched near Stalingrad, using weaker Romanian troops to guard their flanks; the offensives' starting points were established along the section of the front directly opposite Romanian forces. These Axis armies lacked heavy equipment to deal with Soviet armor. The plastic toy soldiers from TSSD and the tinplate T34 produced by MSB (DDR in 50s).

Saturday, November 16, 2019

WW1 Toby Jugs - Marshal Foch and King George (Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery)

Toby jug of Marshal Foch & Toby jug of King George. Slip cast earthenware painted in over-glaze enamels, England, Burslem, Staffordshire, made by Arthur J Wilkinson Ltd, designed by Francis Carruthers Gould, 1918.

Marshal Foch is shown drinking a toast from a bottle of champagne marked "Au diable le kaiser" ("the devil take the Kaiser"), while the cockerel emblem of France and the British lion strut and stalk around the plinth on which he sits.

King George V is one of the character jugs from a set of eleven celebrating allied leaders of the First World War produced as patriotic souvenirs between 1915 and 1919. 

Allied paratroopers WW2 : Have a nice weekend !

These allied paratroopers were produced by Belgian company Triumf from Mechelen (1945 - 1950).

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Remember Belgium !

When World War I began, Germany invaded neutral Belgium and Luxembourg as part of the Schlieffen Plan, in an attempt to capture Paris quickly by catching the French off guard by invading through neutral countries. It was this action that technically caused the British to enter the war, as they were still bound by the 1839 agreement to protect Belgium in the event of war. On 2 August 1914, the German government demanded that German armies be given free passage through Belgian territory, although this was refused by the Belgian government on 3 August.The King Albert I addressed his Parliament on 4 August, saying "Never since 1830 has a graver hour sounded for Belgium. The strength of our right and the need of Europe for our autonomous existence make us still hope that the dreaded events will not occur."

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Musée de l'Armée Hôtel national des Invalides (Paris, 🇫🇷)

Room of artillery models and figurines at Musée de l'Armée  Hôtel national des Invalides (Paris, 🇫🇷)
Historical figurines collection

 The 5000 or so pieces, representing all the different types of historical figurines, reflect the diversity of the Army Museum’s collection, which is made up of around 140,000 pieces in total. This room features displays of the four main types of figurines, which are mostly arranged in parade formations. First, we have the card figurines which were made by and for adults using stiff cardboard from the beginning of the 18th century. Then there are the so-called “tinplate” figurines which were produced during the second half of the 19th century. These are followed by the lead figurines, which were originally produced as children’s toys and still to this day represent the images of “toy soldiers” found in our collective imagination. Finally, we have the plastic soldiers, which became immensely popular during the 20th century due to the fact that they were stronger and less expensive.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

World War One ended at 11am on 11 November, 1918.

This became known as Armistice Day - the day Germany signed an armistice which caused the fighting to stop. People in Britain, France and the countries that supported them celebrated.

Albert, France

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Saturday, November 9, 2019

King Leopold III of Belgium (1901 - 1983) inspects some of his troops on horse-back.

King Leopold III of Belgium (1901 - 1983) inspects some of his troops on horse-back.
It's time to review my Belgian troops together with King Leopold III. The Belgian army is presented by toy soldiers from Belgian and German makers of 30s (Durso, Lineol, Neumann, Elastolin, Nazaire Beeusaert).

King Leopold III