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Showing posts with label Belgium. Show all posts

Saturday, October 12, 2019

White cossacks from Neumann (Belgium)

This white army cossack composite figure was produced by a Belgian manufacture - Neumann in 30s. Neumann made composite figures for a quite limited time period in the middle of 30s. The company released nice sets of mountain troops : Alpine hunters (Chasseurs Alpins) and Ardennes hunters(Chasseurs Ardennais). Neumann also made soldiers inspired by the Italian-Abyssianian conflict of 1935. The soldiers had the oval base with broken corners and stamped with the inscription "Fabrication Belge". The similar inscription was also used by Michel Klimov (1905 - 2004) for his early famous Durso soldiers also produced in Liege.The cossacks soldiers were one of the most popular themes in the Neumann toy soldiers product line. Jean-Louis Boussart in his book "Le jouet a Liege de la Belle Epoque aux annes 50" recalls his conversation with Michel Klimov, the Durso company founder (known also as monsieur Durso), about Neumann soldiers. Klimov told him that the pre-war Neumann cossacks were the fruit of the work of Russian White Army immigrants, Neumann workers, living in Liege.The Cossack theme was really dear to them.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The relief map of Audenarde (Oudenaarde - Belgium) from the Lille Museum of Fine Art.

The relief map of Oudenaarde (Belgium)  made in 1747 is quite exceptional from a technical point of view. Its turnedwood base, its blue frame embellished with gold, its gilded cartouche in the centre of the flood plain and the amount of detail on the map make the Oudenaarde made model the prize exhibit. It was made by Nicolas de Nezot, who also created the relief map of Lille and Aire-sur-la-Lys for King Louis XV. Its state of conservation is equally unusual: no traces of earlier restoration were found on its surface. The relief map of Oudenaarde as it is displayed here, closely resembles its original look.

Map dimensions: 5.53 x 4.22 M = 23 m2 (11 tables !).
Scale : 1/600

Sunday, August 11, 2019

The relief map of Ypres (1702) from the Lille Museum of Fine Art.

The city of Ypres was almost entirely destriyed during the First World War (1914 - 1918). Chemical weapons were used in the early stages of the war. Mustard gas, so named because of its smell, is also called Yperite, after the city of Ypres where it was used for the first time in combat in 1915. At the end of the conflict, the town officials in Ypres carefully studied the relief map made in 1702 before starting the reconstruction of its historic centre.The relief map is a silent witness of a past once destroyed and has served different purposes throughout its existence.

Map dimensions: 6.51 x 5.47 M = 36 m2 (12 tables !).
Scale : 1/600


Monday, April 1, 2019

Vintage WW1 Tank Souvenirs at Sanctuary Wood Museum (Hill 62)

Vintage WW1 Tank Souvenirs at the Sanctuary Wood Museum (Hill 62) (Ypres, Belgium)

Thursday, March 21, 2019

WW1 Yorkshire Trench - the In Flanders' Fields Museum (Ypres, Belgium)

'Yorkshire Trench' was the name given to a front line position dug by units of the 49th (West Riding) Division near the Yser canal at Boesinghe in 1915/16.The In Flanders' Fields Museum's exposition.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Hooge in World War I

In World War I, the area around Hooge on Bellewaerde Ridge, about 2.5 mi (4 km) east of Ypres in Flanders in Belgium, was one of the eastern-most sectors of the Ypres Salient and was the site of much fighting between German and Allied forces. Within a 0.62 mi (1 km) radius of Hooge are the sites of Château Wood, Sanctuary Wood, Railway Wood and Menin Road. There are four Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) war cemeteries in this area and several museums and memorials. Hill 62 and Mount Sorrel (Also Mont Sorrel) are further south, while the sites known to British and Commonwealth soldiers as Stirling Castle and Clapham Junction are further east.

Monday, March 18, 2019

The Battle of Passchendaele - the In Flanders' Fields Museum (Ypres, Belgium)

The Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, was a campaign of the First World War, fought by the Allies against the German Empire.The battle took place on the Western Front, from July to November 1917, for control of the ridges south and east of the Belgian city of Ypres in West Flanders, as part of a strategy decided by the Allies at conferences in November 1916 and May 1917.The In Flanders' Fields Museum's exposition.

Mark IV tank

Friday, March 15, 2019

Visiting the Gravensteen castle in Ghent

The Gravensteen (Dutch; literally "Castle of the Counts") is a medieval castle at Ghent, East Flanders in Belgium. The current castle dates to 1180 and was the residence of the Counts of Flanders until 1353. It was subsequently re-purposed as a court, prison, mint, and even as a cotton factory. It was restored over 1893–1903 and is now a museum and a major landmark in the city.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Second Battle for Kesternich: 30 January - 1 February 1945

The Second Battle for Kesternich (Belgium) took place from 30 January 1945 to 1 February 1945. In the battle, the American 311th Infantry Regiment fought against the 272. Volksgrenadier-Division. This time the offensive was conducted under William H. Simpson's Ninth Army. Over the preceding weeks the volksgrenadiers had infiltrated back into and created strongpoints throughout the village. While this battle was no less a struggle than the earlier battle, the entrenched Germans inside the village could not stave off the unrelenting American attack and the village of Kesternich fell into American hands (Toy Soldiers of San Diego, 21st Century Toys (Jagdpanzer)).

Monday, January 28, 2019

Officers of the Force Publique: Call of the jungles

The Force Publique was a gendarmerie and military force in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1885 (when the territory was known as the Congo Free State), through the period of Belgian colonial rule (Belgian Congo – 1908 to 1960). The officers of the Force Publique were entirely European. They comprised a mixture of Belgian regular soldiers and mercenaries from other countries who were drawn by the prospect of wealth or simply attracted to the adventure of service in Africa. These officers of the Force Publique are made by Durso (30s/50s).

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Battle of the Bulge (Part 2)

The Battle of the Bulge (Dec 16, 1944 – Jan 25, 1945) was the second-most lethal American battle by estimated number of Americans killed (19,276 killed).Winston Churchill, addressing the House of Commons following the Battle of the Bulge said, "This is undoubtedly the greatest American battle of the war and will, I believe, be regarded as an ever-famous American victory." The photographed toys soldiers are produced by Lineol,Leyla and Kienel (German troops) and US soldiers are issued by BMC and Safari.