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Friday, January 21, 2022

NVA composition soldiers from PGH Effelder

These composition DDR army (NVA - Nationale Volksarmee) soldiers were produced by PGH Effelder in the late 60s.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Royal Canadian Mounted Police dog sled ❄️❄️❄️๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Composition Royal Canadian Mounted Police dog sled produced in Belgium in 50s . Probably by Durso.(Source: eBay).

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Lineol Artilleriestand verdeckt

Starting from 1933, LINEOL offered a comprehensive range of bunkers, trenches, gun ditches and shelters, etc. These accessories certainly increased the play value for the comprehensive Lineol offer of fighting composition toy soldiers. The walkways and shelters were designed to be combined with each other in any way. Lineol continued its production of fortifications till 1939. This Lineol artillery positions (Lineol Artilleriestand verdeckt 5/526) are presented in the Lineol Export Catalog in 1937. At this photos you can also see Elastolin and Lineol soldiers representing Belgian and British armies. The cannon is made by Marklin.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

St. Mary's Abbey remains in Trim ๐Ÿ’ฃ๐Ÿ’ฃ๐Ÿ’ฃ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ☘️☘️☘️

The diocese of Trim was comparatively small and the Bishop of Trim often served as the Abbott of St. Mary's. The abbey had many incarnations over the centuries but the ruins today are from the abbey built in 1368 and operated by the Augustinian order. Just north-west of the St Mary’s Abbey building is the 40m Yellow Steeple, of Trim Castle in Trim, Meath. It takes its name from the colour of the stonework at dusk.Once the bell tower of the abbey, dating from 1368 but destroyed by Oliver Cromwell’s soldiers in 1649. Cromwell met the Irish soldiers coming from Trim at a hill and he drove the Irish back. After some years the hill was been dug up and they found many human bones. It was called Cromwell's hill.


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Russian WW1 Christmas postcard๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Happy New Year! [Petrograd: edition of N.I. Butkovskaya, between 1914 and 1917] (Publishing house "Contemporary Art").

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Visiting Trim Castle in January 2022 ⚔️⚔️⚔️๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ☘️☘️☘️

Trim Castle is a castle on the south bank of the River Boyne in Trim, County Meath, Ireland. With an area of 30,000 m², Trim Castle is the largest Cambro-Norman castle in Ireland. The design of the central three-storey keep (also known as a donjon or great tower) is unique for a Norman keep being of cruciform shape, with twenty corners. It was built on the site of the previous large ring work fortification in at least three stages, initially by Hugh de Lacy (c. 1174) and then in 1196 and 1201–5 by his son - Walter de Lacy. The land area of Meath was owned by the church but was granted to Hugh de Lacy, an Anglo-Norman landowner and royal office-holder, in 1172 by Henry II of England as one of the new administrative areas. De Lacy built a huge ringwork castle defended by a stout double palisade and external ditch on top of the hill. De Lacy left Ireland entrusting the castle to Hugh Tyrrel, baron of Castleknock, one of his chief lieutenants. The ringwork was attacked and burnt by forces of the Gaelic High King of Ireland, Ruaidrรญ Ua Conchobair. Tyrrel, having appealed in vain for help, was forced to flee. Ua Conchobair soon withdrew and De Lacy, or Raymond FitzGerald, immediately repaired or rebuilt the castle in 1173. After Hugh's death in 1186 his son Walter de Lacy succeeded as Lord of Meath. He continued rebuilding and the castle was completed in the 1220's, most likely in 1224. 

Braveheart, a movie starring Mel Gibson, was filmed in Trim during the summer of 1994. Gibson played the Scottish hero William Wallace, with Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan and Brendan Gleeson. Outside the castle walls was transformed into the thirteen century city of York which was besieged by William Wallace in the movie. The keep inside the walls became the Tower of London where Wallace was executed in 1305. Released in 1995 the movie won five Academy Awards including the award for Best Picture.

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Elastolin attacking infantry ๐Ÿ’ฃ๐Ÿ’ฃ๐Ÿ’ฃ

Elastolin attacking infantry, various fighting poses, circa 1938. The backround black and white photos are published in Reggie Polaine and David Hawkins's book "The war toys, Kriegsspielzeug. No 1. The story of Hausser-Elastolin".๐Ÿ’ฃ

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Gunboat La Bayonnaise (France) ๐ŸŒŠ⚓

This old metal model of gunboat La Bayonnaise (France) (c.1891) with two chimneys and four rowboats is presented at Musรฉe Basque (Bayonne, France).

Monday, January 3, 2022

The Peace Tree at St. Anne’s Park (Raheny Dublin, Ireland)

The Peace Tree, also known by the locals as The Tree Of Life, is an impressive sculpture located in Raheny that reflects the fauna of the area. In its 10 meters there are all kinds of animals carved in that are part of the wildlife of St. Anne’s Park (where the tree sits) and Bull Island located in the vicinity of the sculpture and parallel to the shore in front of Raheny. The sculpture is carved out of a 200-years-old Monterey cypress that was a landmark of the city but was unfortunately dying. The award-winning UK sculptor Tommy Craggs, author of this sculpture, transformed the ailing tree into the work of art that it is today. Despite appearing as though they were created with a chisel, the detailed animals were crafted with a chainsaw. Work on the tree began in 2015, but it was completed three years later in 2018. Upon completion, the tree was finished with oil.

Sunday, January 2, 2022

WW2 German Pontonbrรผcke (Part 2)

German Elastolin and Lionel soldiers cross a pontoon bridge. There are also Elastolin and Lionel made pontoons, a Goso LKW and a Gama tank.The trenches are produced by Kienel.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

WW2 German Bicycle Infantry ๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿšฒ

German bicycle units had been organised as part of cavalry regiments since 1936, and by 1939 all 15 cavalry regiments included partially motorised bicycle battalions, while each infantry division’s reconnaissance battalion included a bicycle troop. For the Blitzkrieg campaigns in Western Europe bicycle-mounted infantry were useful not only as reconnaissance troops but also as infantry support since they could more easily keep up with the fast-moving tanks. Bicycle troops also played a part on the Eastern Front, but the lack of good roads limited their effectiveness, and with the onset of winter they became largely foot soldiers. I have assembled these two bicycle soldiers using Lineol cavalry figures and metal bottle openers that I purchased this Christmas.๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿšฒ