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: July 2021

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Friday, July 30, 2021

Visiting Spike Island : Drill Shed

The gun drill shed located at Spike Island and Britains Deetail soldiers. The 6 inch gun was mounted for for training purposes in a covered building on the north of the island known as the Drill shed.


Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Armoured vehicles of the Warsaw Pact

These plastic models (~1/30) of armoured vehicles were produced in DDR by Pneumant (VEB Plastaform Gräfenthal) company in 80s. You can see here PT-76 amphibious light tank, T-54 main battle tank and ZSU-57-2 Mobile self-propelled AA gun. These USSR designed armoured vehicles were operated by DDR NVA army and other countries of the Warsaw Pact (e.g. Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary). All these toy tanks are equipped by friction motors !

Monday, July 26, 2021

German Winterhilfswerk (WHW) Kriegsmarine battleships

These small plastic Kriegsmarine battleships, charity donation badges, were distributed within the Winterhilfswerk (Winter Relief) - an annual donation drive run by the National Socialist People's Welfare to help finance charitable work (plastic c. 55 X 15 mm).

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Day of the Russian Navy

Day of the Russian Navy honors the sailors in units of the Russian (USSR) Navy and its specialized arms (Naval Aviation and the Coastal Troops consisting of the Naval Infantry and the Coastal Missile and Artillery Troops). It is celebrated annually, on the last Sunday of July.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Lineol Infantry-band

Lineol(Germany) produced 7.5 cm sets of marching musicians for Heer, Luftwaffe and FLAK troops. Lineol made also figures of musicians representing different German paramilitary organisations of that time: SA, SS, RAD, Hitler Youth, Jungvolk, BdM, Stahlhelmbund and NSFK.


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

French postcard with military toys from WW1

This one will be a general ! Phototypie A. Bergeret, Nancy.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Vintage Postcard of Ron Wall Miniatures Toy Soldiers Display

Vintage Postcard of Ron Wall Miniatures Toy Soldiers Display at the Toy Shops in Galena IL from the W. Paul LeGreco Collection (c.1970).

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Visiting the Gun Park on Spike Island.

Spike Island (Ireland) is home to a unique collection of artillery pieces. The collection at Fort Mitchell traces the use of artillery in Ireland from the 1700’s up to the present-day Irish Army. The collection includes the Bofors L/60 and L/70 40mm anti-aircraft guns, and the British Ordnance QF 18 and 25-pounders. Others such as a 17-inch anti-tank gun and a 4.7-inch coastal gun are one of a kind examples in Ireland. You can also find the FV101 Scorpion tank, a British armored reconnaissance vehicle. 

Friday, July 16, 2021

Lineol Flak gun 950

This Lineol Flak gun 950 is quite a rare model. It was produced alongside the later 88mm gun for a while. This model was based on the real Flak 102 of the World War I.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

The ban on German military aviation by the Treaty of Versailles

The Treaty of Versailles from 28th of June 1919 prescribed to destroy the German military aviation - 15,714 aircraft and 27,717 aircraft engines had to be destroyed. 2 Elastolin pilots carrying propellers  (8372 Flieger, Propeller tragend). 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

6 Inch Gun Mark VII at Spike Island

This Breech loading (BL) Mark VII 6 inch gun was manufactured in the UK. It was used both as a naval and land gun and it was the main coast defense gun on Spike Island (Ireland) with a maximum range of up to 12 miles (19.3 km). The initial location of the gun was in an exposed position on the top of No.3 Bastion of Fort Mitchell facing south. It was positioned there by the British Army in 1902. On 11 July 1938 the Irish government gained control of the coastal forts in Cork Harbor and the armaments were handed over to the Irish Defense Forces. The 6 inch gun was manned around the clock from 1939 during World War II. In 1943, due to the risk of enemy bombardment, the Army Corps of Engineers constructed this new underground emplacement protected by concrete, and relocated the gun. To allow testing it was fired from here just once by the Irish Army. This gun was never fired in anger.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Fate of Sevastopol cannons

The British sent cannons seized at Sevastopol (Siege of Sevastopol (1854–1855)) to many towns in Britain, and several important cities across the Empire, including the British Isles: Armagh, Aberdeen, Ashton-under-Lyne, Bamburgh, Banff, Bath, Berkswell, Berwick, Birkenhead, Birr, Blackburn, Boston, Braddan, Bradford, Bridgenorth, Bridgewater, Brighton, Bristol, Burnley, Caernarfon, Carlisle, Cambridge, Canterbury, Cardiff, Cardigan, Carlow, Carmarthen, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Chester, Chobham, Cobh, Congleton, Coventry, Cricklade, Darlington, Dartmouth, Derby, Dublin, Dudley, Dumbarton, Dumfries, Dunfermline, Dun Laoghaire, Durham, Edinburgh, Ely, Ennis, Eton, Evesham, Flint Castle, Galway, Glasgow, Grantham, Great Yarmouth, Guernsey, Halifax, Harrogate, Hartlepool, Hastings, Hereford, Huntingdon, Knaresborough, Leamington Spa, Leicester, Leominster, Lewes, Lichfield, Limerick, Linlithgow, Lisburn, London, Londonderry, Lowestoft, Ludlow, Lymington, Maidstone, Malmesbury, Malton, Margate, Middlesbrough, Monmouth, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newry, Nottingham, Oldham, Plymouth, Pontefract, Portsmouth, Preston, Reading, Retford, Ripon, Rochester, Salford, Manchester, Sandhurst, Scarborough, Shaftesbury, Sheffield, Southampton, Southsea, South Shields, Stockport, Stockton, Stoke on Trent, Sunderland, Swansea, Taunton, Tiverton, Tralee, Trim, Walsall, Warrington, Waterford, Welling, Wells, Whitby, Winchester, Wolverhampton, Woolwich, Wootton Bassett, Wrexham, and York. 
I added some photos of Sevastopol cannons displayed in Irish towns: Cobh,  Trim, Dun Laoghaire and Tralee.
                                                                               Cobh (Ireland)

 Cobh (Ireland)
                                                                        Cobh (Ireland)
 Cobh (Ireland)

Thursday, July 8, 2021