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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.


Friday, October 11, 2019

The White Army in the Russian Civil War (1918 - 1921)

While resistance to the Red Guard began on the very day after the Bolshevik uprising, the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk and the instinct of one party rule became a catalyst for the formation of anti-Bolshevik groups both inside and outside Russia, pushing them into action against the new Soviet government. A loose confederation of anti-Bolshevik forces aligned against the Communist government, including landowners, republicans, conservatives, middle-class citizens, reactionaries, pro-monarchists, liberals, army generals, non-Bolshevik socialists who still had grievances and democratic reformists voluntarily united only in their opposition to Bolshevik rule. Their military forces, bolstered by forced conscriptions and terror as well as foreign influence, under the leadership of General Nikolai Yudenich, Admiral Alexander Kolchak and General Anton Denikin, became known as the White movement (sometimes referred to as the "White Army") and controlled significant parts of the former Russian Empire for most of the war. 
These plastic soldiers are from different makers including Engineer Basevich, Armies in Plastic and Technolog.   




Monday, October 7, 2019

The Russian Civil War (1918 - 1921) : Red cavalry is chasing a "white" Cossack ...

The Russian Civil War (1918 - 1921) : Red cavalry is chasing a "white" Cossack ...

The Red cavalry soldiers are produced by Engineer Basevich (Russia) and the "white" Cossack soldier is a rarity from Neumann (Liege, Belgium, 30s).



Saturday, October 5, 2019

Red Army vs. Green Army (the Russian Civil War)

The Green armies were armed peasant groups which fought against all governments in the Russian Civil War from 1917 to 1922. The Green armies were semi-organized local militias that opposed the Bolsheviks, Whites, and foreign interventionists, and fought to protect their communities from requisitions or reprisals carried out by third parties. The Green armies were politically and ideologically neutral, but at times associated with the Socialist-Revolutionary Party, by far the largest grouping of the Russian Constituent Assembly elected in 1917. The Green armies had at least tacit support throughout much of Russia, however their primary base, the peasantry, were largely reluctant to wage an active campaign during the Russian Civil War and eventually dissolved following Bolshevik victory in 1922. The Green army cossacks are produced by Armies in Plastic and the Red Army cavalry is the new set from Engineer Basevich (Russia).





Wednesday, August 14, 2019

King & Country's : Remember the Alamo

The Battle of the Alamo (February 23 – March 6, 1836) was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Following a 13-day siege, Mexican troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna reclaimed the Alamo Mission near San Antonio de Béxar (modern-day San Antonio, Texas, United States), killing the Texian and immigrant occupiers. Santa Anna's cruelty during the battle inspired many Texians, both legal Texas settlers and illegal immigrants from the United States, to join the Texian Army. Buoyed by a desire for revenge, the Texians defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836, ending the rebellion.



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Friday, July 5, 2019

The Yar Restaurant incident in 1915

In 1915, Grigory Rasputin tried to seduce a woman at the famous Yar restaurant in Moscow. When the lady refused his efforts a drunken, outraged Rasputin went berserk. He smashed the furniture and mirrors in the private dining room, shouting all the while about his relationship with the ‘old woman,’ the Tsarina, and bragging how he did “with her what I want!” He exposed himself and was finally dragged away by police, fighting and hollering the Tsar would protect him and threatening to get even. The event was witnessed and publicized by a journalist who was present.



Monday, July 1, 2019

Catalog of Soviet toy soldiers made in USSR in 1920-1940

Catalog of Soviet tin, metal, rubber and paper toy soldiers made in Soviet Russia in 1920-1940 (8th edition  by Ivanov M.S. Moscow 2016).







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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Good morning, with Nestor Makhno and Anarcho-communism !

Nestor Makhno (7 November [O.S. 26 October] 1888 – July 25, 1934),commonly known as bat'ko Makhno ( "Father Makhno"),was a Ukrainian anarcho-communist revolutionary and the commander of an independent anarchist army in Ukraine in 1917–22. This Makhno army anarchist soldiers are produced by Engineer Basevich.



Friday, March 8, 2019

Happy International Women's Day !


Friday, February 22, 2019

23rd of February - Red Army Day

First celebrated in 1919, the holiday marks the date in 1918 during the Russian Civil War when the first mass draft into the Red Army occurred in Petrograd and Moscow (on 17 February).In January 1919, it was decided to combine the celebration of that day with the anniversary of the publication of the decree on the establishment of the Red Army (of 18 February 1918).In 1919, 17 February fell on a Monday, so it was decided to move the holiday to the nearest Sunday – 23 February. The photographed Red Army soldiers are produced by Engineer Basevich.






Tuesday, November 6, 2018

7th of November - the Great October Socialist Revolution Day

On 5 November 1917, the Bolsheviks' Central Committee voted 10–2 for a resolution saying that "an armed uprising is inevitable, and that the time for it is fully ripe".At the Committee meeting, Vladimir Lenin discussed how the people of Russia had waited long enough for "an armed uprising", and it was the Bolsheviks' time to take power. Lenin expressed his confidence in the success of the planned insurrection. His confidence stemmed from months of Bolshevik buildup of power and successful elections to different committees and councils in major cities such as Petrograd (St. Petersburg) and Moscow.The Bolsheviks created a revolutionary military committee within the Petrograd soviet, led by the soviet's president, Leon Trotsky. The committee included armed workers, sailors and soldiers, and assured the support or neutrality of the capital's garrison. The committee methodically planned to occupy strategic locations through the city, almost without concealing their preparations.
On 7 November 1917, Bolsheviks led their forces in the uprising in Petrograd (now St. Petersburg, then capital of Russia) against the Kerensky Provisional Government. The event coincided with the arrival of a flotilla of pro-Bolshevik marines, primarily five destroyers and their crews, in St. Petersburg harbor. At Kronstadt, sailors also announced their allegiance to the Bolshevik insurrection. In the early morning, the military-revolutionary committee planned the last of the locations to be assaulted or seized from its heavily guarded and picketed center in Smolny Palace. The Red Guards systematically captured major government facilities, key communication installations and vantage points with little opposition. The Petrograd Garrison and most of the city's military units joined the insurrection against the Provisional Government. The photographed soldiers are mainly produced by Durso, Elastolin and Lineol in 30s/40s.

Vladimir Lenin  from the German armored car - Panzerwagen Ehrhardt E-V/4  (the unknown photo ))