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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Russo-Finnish war: Italian composition soldiers ❄️ ๐Ÿฅถ

Confalonieri Chialu (Milan, Italy) produced Russian and Finnish composition soldiers in white snow-suits. These Winter War soldiers were produced in 30s/50s. Some of the figures were reissued by Chialu in 50s. These photos were published in Confalonieri Chialu : Soldatini Giocattolo in Cartapesta 1934 - 1967 written by Franco Paoletti and Giuseppe Roveri.


Monday, June 21, 2021

22 June 1941 - German invasion of the Soviet Union

Operation Barbarossa, which started on Sunday, 22 June 1941, put into action Nazi Germany's ideological goal of conquering the western Soviet Union. The German offensive was launched by three army groups. Red Army soldiers (Durso, Belgium) defending the Soviet border against German Wehrmacht pioneers (Pioniere) troops riding an inflatable boat (Elastolin,Germany).

Saturday, June 19, 2021

An unknown German soldier ...

About two years ago I acquired this German Wehrmacht soldier with a Karabiner 98k. This is quite small soft metal (pewter? zinc?) figurine about 4cm high. Does anybody know the maker of this soldier by any chance?

Friday, June 18, 2021

Myles Walter Keogh - the only Irish officer to fight in the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Myles Walter Keogh (25 March 1840 – 25 June 1876) was an Irish soldier. Serving the armies of the Papal States during the war for Italian unification in 1860, he was recruited into the Union Army during the American Civil War, serving as a cavalry officer, particularly under Brig. Gen. John Buford during the Gettysburg Campaign and the three-day Battle of Gettysburg. After the war, Keogh remained in the regular United States Army as commander of I Troop of the 7th US Cavalry Regiment under George Armstrong Custer during the Indian Wars, until he was killed along with Custer and all of his men at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.Photos from the County Carlow Military Museum exhibition.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

"Unknown" German panzerwaffe tank

This wooden tank was produced by an unknown maker is 30s. I found it in Austria. Looking at the turret, it seems that the maker was inspired by the Panzerkampfwagen III (Panzer III). Some Durso 1/24 soldiers are added for scale.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Elastolin motorcycle infantry soldier with BMW motorcycle and sidecar with LMG

In the 1930s BMW were producing a number of popular and highly effective motorcycles for German Army. In 1938 development of the R75 model started in response to a request from the German Army. During the military campaigns that spread across Europe and into the Soviet Union, German motorcycle troopers served a variety of functions including chauffeuring officers, delivering dispatches and even hot meals, and scouting on patrol. Motorcycles also were point vehicles taking the brunt of battle, sometimes as specially equipped tank destroyers. As with all motorcyclists, there was a kinship among these soldiers who called themselves “kradfahrer.” They rode exposed without the armor plating of the Panzers, without the safety of hundreds of foot soldiers beside them—moving targets, as it were, or sniper magnets. And then there were minefields, artillery fire, and strafing aircraft to contend with. To follow this growing use of military motorcycles, Elastolin started its own production of tinplate BMW motocycles models for its composition soldiers (Scale 1/24) (Catalog models 591/4 and 591/1).

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Visiting the Battle of Vinegar Hill and Enniscorthy (Part 3) : Rebels atrocities on the hill

In the days and weeks before the battle, the Hill was occupied by rebel factions who held a number of loyalist prisoners captive in the windmill. These were "systematically" tried in makeshift courts before being  condemned to death by firing squad of piking. The arrival of the main Rebel Army and official command put an end to the atrocities, but not before some 100 prisoners had been murdered. (The National 1798 Rebellion Centre in Enniscorthy). 

Friday, June 11, 2021

Louis Marx's boy scouts plastic set at the Carlow County Museum

This Louis Marx's set of boy scouts is presented at the 90 years of scouting exhibition in the Carlow County Museum (Ireland).The set was produced in 50s.Sean Farrell used this set for his "A Typical Scout Camp" model installation when he was an apprentice at the Carlow Sugar Factory in 1959.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Visiting the Battle of Vinegar Hill and Enniscorthy (Part 2) : The fight for the bridge

The bridge across the River Slaney was a key strategic landmark, hotly contested by both Crown and Irish Rebel forces. Pushed back through the town by the advancing Crown forces, the rebels made their stand at the bridge and managed to hold it for long enough to allow the main force of the Rebel Army on the Vinegar Hill to escape. However, the contingent defending bridge was wiped out. (The National 1798 Rebellion Centre in Enniscorthy). 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Visiting the Battle of Vinegar Hill and Enniscorthy (Part 1) ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง⚔️๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

The Battle of Vinegar Hill was an engagement during the Irish Rebellion of 1798 on 21 June 1798 when over 13,000 British soldiers launched an attack on Vinegar Hill outside Enniscorthy, County Wexford, the largest camp and headquarters of the Wexford United Irishmen. It marked a turning point in the rebellion, as it was the last attempt by the United Irishmen to hold and defend ground against the British military. The battle was actually fought in two locations: on Vinegar Hill itself and in the streets of nearby Enniscorthy town.