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Showing posts with label Second World War. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Second World War. Show all posts

Friday, February 15, 2019

Finnish ski troops (Britains)

Ski troops played a key role in the successes of the Finnish war effort against the Soviet Union during the Winter War in 1939 ( 30 November 1939 – 13 March 1940). Forested, rural terrain with no roads was used by Finnish ski troops with great success against the advancing mechanized Soviet troops.
These Britains made soldiers are from the Museu Militar do Porto's collection.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Wehrmacht Heer (1935 - 1945) : Portrait in Evil

The German Army (German: Heer) was the land forces component of the Wehrmacht,the regular German Armed Forces, from 1935 until it was demobilized and later dissolved in August 1946.During World War II, a total of about 13 million soldiers served in the German Army.Most of Germany's army personnel during the war were conscripted. The German Army was demobilized following the unconditional surrender on 8 May 1945.
The soldiers are made by Elastolin in 30s.

Friday, November 23, 2018

The Panzer I tanks moving through a forest..

The photographed Panzer I tanks are the GAMA No.60 tanks (produced in 30s). The German armored corps officers are made by Elastolin, Lineol, Durolin and Blue-Box. 

Sunday, November 4, 2018

General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower commands the invasion of Southern France 15.08.1944

The D-Day Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, were costly but successful. Two months later (August 15), the invasion of Southern France took place. Many thought that victory in Europe would come by summer's end, but the Germans did not capitulate for almost a year. General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower was ever mindful of the inevitable loss of life and suffering that would be experienced on an individual level by the troops under his command and their families. This prompted him to make a point of visiting every division involved in the invasion. The General of the Army  Dwight D. Eisenhower figure is produced by Durso in 40s/50s. The American flag bearer is made by Durso as well. The other american soldiers are produced by Safari LTD in 2000s . You can also see the German POWs - one of them is Lineol made and the other  two  are made probably by Duscha in 70s/80s. You can also see the interesting German wunderwaffe captured by GIs. This is the EDOR quick loading machine gun for roll caps (amorce bands) that was produced in Germany in 30s by Adro.

  EDOR quick loading machine gun (wunderwaffe)

 Dwight D. Eisenhower 

German flamethrowers with the flammenwerfer 35 (Part 2)

The Flammenwerfer 35, or FmW 35 (flame thrower) was a one-man German flamethrower used during World War II to clear out trenches and buildings. It could project fuel up to 25 metres from the user. It weighed 35.8 kilograms (79 lb), and held 11.8 litres (2.6 imp gal; 3.1 US gal) of flaming oil, (Flammöl 19), petrol mixed with tar to make it heavier and to give it better range, which was ignited by a hydrogen torch providing about 10 seconds of continuous use.  These German flamethrowers are  Britains Deetail (70s/80s).

Monday, October 29, 2018

Durso soldiers at the General George S. Patton Memorial Museum in Ettelbruck (Luxembourg)

The General George S. Patton Memorial Museum in Ettelbruck honors the american general who liberated the town from German occupants in 1945. The museum exhibits photographs, uniforms, weapons and documents from the period of German occupation of Luxembourg.I was surprised to find some Durso soldiers representing the allied leaders of World War 2 : Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, Charles de Gaulle and Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery. These figures were made in late 40s.

Monument in honour of the American General George Patton Jr. 
 M4A1(75) Sherman Tank
 Monument in honour of the American General George Patton Jr.  

Friday, October 26, 2018

3.7 cm Pak 36 cannon from Lineol

The Pak 36 (Panzerabwehrkanone 36) is a 3.7 cm caliber German anti-tank gun used during the Second World War. It was the main anti-tank weapon of Wehrmacht Panzerjäger units until 1942. Developed by Rheinmetall in 1933, it was first issued to the German Army in 1936, with 9,120 being available by the beginning of the war in September 1939 and a further 5,339 produced during the war. The cannon is produced by Lineol in 30s.