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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Explosive bursts and German composite soldiers

These Explosive bursts and injured German composite soldiers are produced by Elastolin, Leyla and Lineol in 30s ..The Elastolin burst is battery operated !

Saturday, August 31, 2019

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 26, 2019

German war toys in a window display case in Bucharest (July 1941)

 The German toy industry was already able to generate high turnover with glorifying toys since the National Socialists seized power in 1933. Here, in July 1941, passers-by look at German war toys in a window display case in Bucharest. Bildarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz/Hanns Hubmann Militärspielzeug nach 1945: Der Krieg unterm Bett : Spiegel Online 26.06.2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Fokker D.VII - 1/32 scale model from New Ray

The Fokker D.VII was a German World War I fighter aircraft designed by Reinhold Platz of the Fokker-Flugzeugwerke. Germany produced around 3,300 D.VII aircraft in the second half of 1918. Luftstreitkräfte. Number built. approximately 3,300. This Fokker D.VII - 1/32 scale model is from New Ray and German soldiers from Lineol and Mini Forma.

Hermann Göring, commander of Jagdgeschwader 1, beside his Fokker D.VII 5125/18. He holds a walking stick previously owned by Manfred von Richthofen

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Good Morning ! : Elastolin/Lineol German Kriegsmarine soldiers and Alexander von Humboldt II

Alexander von Humboldt II is a German sailing ship built as a replacement for the ship Alexander von Humboldt, which had been launched in 1906 and used for sail training since 1988. Constructed by Brenn- und Verformtechnik (BVT) in Bremen, the new ship was launched in 2011. Elastolin and Lineol Kriegsmarine toy soldiers produced in 30s(Germany). You can also see the figurine depicting Großadmiral Erich Raeder.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Hausser's Sd. Kfz. 223 and Elastolin/Lineol panzer soldiers

The Sd. Kfz. 223 was an armoured car with similar features to the Sd. Kfz. 221, but with the addition of a frame antenna and a 30-watt FuG 10 medium-range radio set. Later versions of the vehicle were equipped with an improved 80-watt FuG 12 radio set. It was originally armed with a 7.92 mm MG 13 machine gun, but in 1938 this was changed to a Maschinengewehr 34. The crew was increased to three by the addition of a radio operator. Production ran from 1936 to January 1944, with at least 567 vehicles being produced for the army. Its full name was Leichter Panzerspähwagen (Fu). I have this Sd. Kfz. 223 tinplate model. It's assumed that the model was  produced using the Hausser's spare parts that were found at the Hausser's warehouse after its bankruptcy in 1983.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Sharp Shooters by Hausser / Elastolin and Lineol

In 1937 the Lineol and Hausser sales catalogues showed for the first time a new type of figure which aimed to enhance the toy armies. Both manufacturers offered three different type of shooting toy soldiers with a special feature: they could actually fire their weapons. There was not only a bang, there was also a little bullet which launched from the end of the gun barrel. The mechanism was quite simple. The barrel of the rifle was made of a small metal tube and the firing mechanism was hidden within the knapsack. This had a little spring and could be fired off with a trigger. The whole mechanism works very similar to a real rifle. The "bullet" was a small wooden sick, about 5 mm long and the charge was similar to what is used nowadays in toy pistols. 
Unfortunately the chemicals used for the charge are very aggressive to metal so most original figures are now in a very bad condition with nearly all metal corroded. If you own such a figure today you should just enjoy it and not use the firing mechanism if you want the toy to survive. But if you do decide to use it, don't forget to clean the rifle like all soldiers do after combat.

by Norbert Schrepf
A picture from the 1939 Hausser sales catalogue showing the new firing figures.

Rear view of the Lineol figures. The firing mechanism hidden inside the knapsack can be clearly seen on the figure on the far right.

 Rear view of the Hausser figures. As you can see the knapsack opens to reveal the firing mechanism.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Eliminate the red trousers?

The British had adopted khaki after the Boer War, and the Germans were about to make the change from Prussian blue to field-gray. But in 1912 French soldiers still wore the same blue coats, red kepi, and red trousers they had worn in 1830, when rifle fire carried only two hundred paces and when armies, fighting at these close quarters, had no need for concealment. Visiting the Balkan front in 1912, Messimy saw the advantages gained by the dull-colored Bulgarians and came home determined to make the French soldier less visible. His project to clothe him in gray-blue or gray-green raised a howl of protest. Army pride was as intransigent about giving up its red trousers as it was about adopting heavy guns. Army prestige was once again felt to be at stake. To clothe the French soldier in some muddy, inglorious color, declared the army’s champions, would be to realize the fondest hopes of Dreyfusards and Freemasons. To banish “all that is colorful, all that gives the soldier his vivid aspect,” wrote the Echo de Paris, “is to go contrary both to French taste and military function.” Messimy pointed out that the two might no longer be synonymous, but his opponents proved immovable. At a parliamentary hearing, a former War Minister, M. Etienne, spoke for France. “Eliminate the red trousers?” he cried. “Never! Le pantalon rouge c’est la France!”

The photographed soldiers are Lineol and Elastolin produced in Germany (1930s).

Saturday, July 6, 2019

WW2 toys presented at Guernsey German Occupation Museum

WW2 toys presented at Guernsey German Occupation Museum

Hermann Göring, Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler and Rudolf Hess (Elastolin and Lineol 1930s)
Toy soldiers made from scrap lead heated and cast in moulds, sold to islanders at Baker's bazar in the Pollet.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

PGH Effelder and Lineol DDR NVA army soldiers (50s)

These DDR NVA army soldiers were produced by PGH Effelder and Lineol in 50s. The T34 with a clockwork drive (spring drive), was manufactured by MSB.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

14th of June 1940: German troops enter Paris

Paris started mobilizing for war in September 1939, when Nazi Germany invaded Poland, but the war seemed far away until May 10, 1940, when the Germans attacked France and quickly defeated the French army. The French government departed Paris on June 10, and the Germans occupied the city on June 14. During the Occupation, the French Government moved to Vichy, and Paris was governed by the German military and by French officials approved by the Germans. The toy soldiers from Elastolin, Lineol and Schusso produced in 30s.