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Saturday, October 19, 2019

L’Omnibus Illustre (19 January 1890)

The French magazine L’Omnibus Illustre cover depicting the German Emperor Wilhelm II kids playing with a castle and toy soldiers (19th January 1890) . 

Friday, August 30, 2019

War Games in the Great Military Orphanage in Potsdam (Germany 1930s).

War Games: In the educational institutions of the National Socialists, the offspring should be brought early on line. The picture shows children in the 1930s in the Great Military Orphanage in Potsdam (Germany).

Monday, August 12, 2019

M├Ąrklin color catalog - Germany (1937)

Gebr. M├Ąrklin & Cie. GmbH or M├Ąrklin (M├äRKLIN or MAERKLIN in capital letters) is a German toy company. The company was founded in 1859 and is based at G├Âppingen in Baden-W├╝rttemberg. Although it originally specialised in doll house accessories, today it is best known for model railways, military and technical toys. In some parts of Germany and in Sweden, the company's name is almost synonymous with model railways.

Please use the link below to download the pdf version of the catalog (78 pdf color pages ):

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Toy Soldiers Reveal a Mysterious Past

Toy Soldiers Reveal a Mysterious Past
Clip: Season 10 Episode 5 | 15m 35s

 Growing up in Detroit during WWII, Jim played toy soldiers with his best friend, Fritz. The toys they played with bared a special mark “Lineol – Germany.” Jim vividly remembers on a summer afternoon in 1943 hearing a newspaper boy yell “Extra! Nazi spy ring broken in Detroit!” Fritz’s family soon moved away and Jim never saw him again. Was Fritz’s father a Nazi spy? Jim asks

Eduardo to find out.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

WW2 German crafted military models

At the beginning of the Second World War, the production of toys in Germany gradually came to a standstill, on March 19, 1943, it was banned by law. Therefore, the Hitler-Jugend (shot from 1942) had to pick up the jigsaw itself to make fighter planes, warships and tanks. The crafted toys were sold at Christmas markets of the HJ to raise the mood among the German population.

Friday, March 22, 2019

War Game (2002) by Dave Unwin - Exclusive Full Animated Film

Based on the picture book by Michael Foreman, WAR GAME tells the story of Will, Lacey and Freddie – three young Suffolk lads who leave their idyllic country lives to fight in the trenches of World War I. Surrounded by the chaos and confusion of war, they can only dream of their football team, their friends and the families they have left behind. On Christmas Day 1914 however, a football game is started between the Germans and the English. Scrambling onto No Man’s Land, the men come face to face with the enemy they have never seen and the true futility of their fight. For a brief moment - differences are forgotten, the men unite and the seeds of hope are planted. But joy has no place in war and the men are soon recalled to the trenches to continue the battle. From a football game in the fields of Suffolk to a football game in the heart of Flanders - WAR GAME follows the realisation of three young men’s ambitions to play for England and the ability of the human spirit to exist even in the harshest conditions. Featuring a powerful and moving sound track from the composer Julian Nott, and including Kate Winslet on the voice track. WAR GAME has 18 won awards worldwide including: The British Animation Awards; The Pulcinella Award, Italy; Best Television Special - Annecy International Animated Film Festival, France; BANFF International Television Festival, Canada; Tokyo Kinder Film Festival, Japan; Best Animation Prize, ANIMA, Argentina.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Elastolin Wehrmacht soldiers pulling a MG-08 cart

Elastolin Wehrmacht soldiers pulling a MG-08 cart (Germany 30s).

Monday, February 25, 2019

German Artillery Tractor from Tipp&Co (20s)

The first artillery tractors were designed prior to the outbreak of World War I, often based on agricultural machines such as the Holt tractor. Such vehicles allowed the tactical use of heavier guns to supplement the light horse drawn field guns. "Horseless artillery" available prior to World War I weighed 8 tons, had 70 horsepower and could go 8 mph.For example, in the British Army it allowed the heavy guns of the Royal Garrison Artillery to be used flexibly on the battlefield. This German Artillery Tractor (20s) was probably produced by Tipp&Co.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Siege of Breslau (13 February 1945 - 6 May 1945)

The Siege of Breslau, also known as the Battle of Breslau, was a three-month-long siege of the city of Breslau in Lower Silesia, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland), lasting to the end of World War II in Europe. From 13 February 1945 to 6 May 1945, German troops in Breslau were besieged by the Soviet forces which encircled the city as part of the Lower Silesian Offensive Operation. The German garrison's surrender on 6 May was followed by the surrender of all German forces two days after the battle.
These Wehrmacht soldiers were made by Elastolin in 70s and the 7.5 cm leichtes Infanteriegesch├╝tz 18 cannon was produced by Elastolin/Hausser in 30s. The street terrain is made by TTCombat.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

German Tank GAMA n65 (WW2)

This GAMA n65 tank was produced in Germany by GAMA in 40s before 1945. The company GAMA was headquartered in F├╝rth, Bavaria, near N├╝rnberg. It's probably the latest toy GAMA tank produced during the WW2 (before 1945). Its look probably resemles the Panzer III (Panzerkampfwagen III). The tank has the D.R.G.M. mark that stands for Deutsches Reichsgebrauchsmuster, meaning that the design or function of an item was officially registered inside all of the Germany states.The n65 tank model production was resumed quickly after WW2 and painted as US Army tanks. These after war GAMA n65 tanks were marked as "Made in US Zone Germany". 

 Ausf. D, Poland (1939)
Ausf.G, captured by the British in North Africa (1941).

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

German Africa Corps (Museu Militar do Porto).

German Africa Corps was the German expeditionary force in Africa during the North African Campaign of World War II. First sent as a holding force to shore up the Italian defense of their African colonies, the formation fought on in Africa, under various appellations, from March 1941 until its surrender in May 1943. The unit's best known commander was Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.

Captured Film of Romel's Afrika Korps

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Battle of Stalingrad : Red Army positions

The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943) was the largest confrontation of World War II, in which Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in Southern Russia.

The photographed soldiers are from different makers (Airfix, Pegasus and Marx).