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: December 2023

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Sunday, December 31, 2023

Happy New Year 2024 ! πŸΎπŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ»πŸŽπŸŽ†πŸŽ‡

A very happy Happy New Year 2024 to all subscribers of !!! πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ†πŸŽ†πŸŽ†πŸŽ†

Saturday, December 30, 2023

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Visiting Northern Ireland War Memorial museum πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

The Northern Ireland War Memorial museum was established to provide an enduring memorial for the men and women of Northern Ireland who died in the two World Wars, and to commemorate the American presence in Northern Ireland during the Second World War.

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Tipp & Co. catalog from 1939 πŸš›πŸššπŸ›»πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ’₯⚔️⚔️⚔️

Tippco company was founded in 1912 by Philipp Ullmann in Nuremberg. Tippco was a major German producer of tin military toys in the years leading up to WWII.

 Please use the link below to access the TippCo catalog 1939 (48 pages): 

Saturday, December 23, 2023

WW1 William Britains Machine Gun Section Set #198 πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Wartime games for childrenoften reflected the tiemes in which they lived. The machine gun section of tin soldiers was made by well-known toy soldier makers William Britains of London.The Ulster Museum (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 

Thursday, December 21, 2023

πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬⚔️πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί WW1 Bulgarian and Russian 8.5 cm infantry produced by Lineol

Lineol (Germany) produced its 9 cm(8.5 cm) series of composition soldiers from c.1910 to 1932. Unlike in the later figure scales of Lineol figures, in which Russians and Bulgarians are among the rarities, figures of both nations are rather more common in the 9 cm (8.5 cm) series. This certainly depends on the participation of both countries in the World War 1 together, with Russia being one of the important war opponents of Germany, while Bulgaria fought on the side of the Central Powers. The figures of both nations were probably mostly only sold during the war in Germany (1914 - 1918). For the both nations, Lineol consistently used a head with a peaked cap in all scales. The figures can only be distinguished by the colour of the uniforms. Russians have green uniforms throughout, the Bulgarians usually have uniforms in brown tones, which varied slightly over time. The Battle of Dobrich took place between 5 and 7 September 1916 between a joint Bulgarian-German force, consisting mainly of the Bulgarian Third Army, and a Romanian-Russian force, including a Division of Serbian Volunteers serving under the Russian 47th Corps. The battle was part of the Romanian campaign. It ended with a Central Powers victory.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

The US army pilots (Nazaire Beeusaert) and JHK 542 plane

Two composition American pilots produced by Nazaire Beeusaert(Belgium) in the end of 40s and the JHK 542 tinplate plane made by Hammerer and KΓΌhlwein (Germany) in 1949.

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Sandbox diorama work with Lineol soldiers, 1943 πŸŒ‰⛏️⛏️πŸ›ΆπŸ›Ά

Two students of the Westendschule Eberswalde at their sandbox diorama work with Lineol composition soldiers for the exhibition "Ran an den Sandkasten" of the National Socialist Teachers' Association (Reich Administration,NS-Lehrerbundes Berlin). 16 February 1943. It depicts a river crossing with pontoon bridges and toy tanks. Source: Scherl/SΓΌddeutsche Zeitung Photo. 

Saturday, December 16, 2023

French WW1 postcard - His first sorrow

French WW1 postcard issued in 1916. His first sorrow...Belgian artist Albert Beerts.

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Elastolin Pioniere soldiers and Tippco Pioniere lkw from 30s ⛏⚒⛏⚒⛏⚒

Elastolin produced its series of Pioniere [series 662/-] composition soldiers ("combat engineer and construction troops"). The Pioniere tinplate clockwork Lastkraftwagen (181/167) is produced by Tippco (Nurnberg, Germany) in 30s.

Saturday, December 9, 2023

Elastolin Eisenbahn Figuren πŸšƒπŸ›€πŸš‚

Elastolin produced a line of more than 30 civilian figures for use with toy trains (Eisenbahn Figuren). This line included DRB (Deutsche Reichsbahn) workers, station workers, Schupo policemen (Schutzpolizei) and passengers. These figures were produced primarily in 7-cm (Normalgroße) although some were also available in 5-cm (6-cm) and 3-cm sizes. I have some 6 cm Elastolin railway figures.

Friday, December 1, 2023

Children playing with toy soldiers

French postcard : Children playing with toy soldiers.