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Showing posts with label WW 2. Show all posts
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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Elastolin soldiers at the La Vallette Underground Military Museum

Elastolin soldiers at the La Vallette Underground Military Museum.This museum covers Guernsey's military history, including World War One and the German Occupation of the island from 1940 to 1945 during World War Two, as well as the island's own militia. Set in a complex of air-conditioned tunnels that were built by German forces as a fuel storage facility for their U-Boats, the museum is near La Vallette bathing pools and features various military and occupation memorabilia. For those interested in the German occupation of Guernsey, La Vallette Underground Military Museum offers a wide variety of exhibitions, displays and information on this time.

Monday, May 20, 2019

The Schwerer Gustav scale model at the Dresden Bundeswehr Military History Museum

The Schwerer Gustav was a German 80-centimetre railway gun. It was developed in the late 1930s by Krupp in Darłowo as siege artillery for the explicit purpose of destroying the main forts of the French Maginot Line, the strongest fortifications in existence at the time.
The Schwerer Gustav scale model at the Dresden Bundeswehr Military History Museum.

American soldiers on top of German railway gun The Dora. 1945

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Toy GAMA No. 60 tank burnt out on Webergasse street in Dresden on 13 February 1945

This GAMA No.60 tank was found by archaeologists during excavations in the Dresden old town; nothing is known about its owner's fate. Webergasse was the street that connected Altmarkt with Antonsplatz. The street was heavily damaged after the British/American aerial bombing attack on 13th of February 1945. Mechanical GAMA (Georg Adam Mangold GAMA) tanks produced in Fuerth near Nuremberg, which sent out showers of sparks, were among the most popular toys in Germany. The tank is presented at the Bundeswehr Military History Museum exposition (Dresden, Germany).  

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

King & Country's Soviets at War : 1941 - 1945

King & Country's Soviets at War : 1941 - 1945.

Please use the link below to download the catalog (12 pages pdf):

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Friday, February 22, 2019

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is an iconic photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945, which depicts six United States Marines raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima, in World War II. (BMC soldiers)

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Wooden Soviet T-34 tank

This plywood T-34 tank was made from the Quay T 34 Woodcraft Construction Kit. It looks too big for 1/32 soldiers.. But it'd be ok for 1/24...

Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Colmar Pocket : November 1944 - February 1945

The Colmar Pocket (French: Poche de Colmar; German: Brückenkopf Elsass) was the area held in central Alsace, France, by the German Nineteenth Army from November 1944 to February 1945, against the U.S. 6th Army Group (6th AG) during World War II. It was formed when 6th AG liberated southern and northern Alsace and adjacent eastern Lorraine, but could not clear central Alsace. During Operation Nordwind in December 1944, the 19th Army attacked north out of the Pocket in support of other German forces attacking south from the Saar into northern Alsace. In late January and early February 1945, the French First Army (reinforced by the U.S. XXI Corps) cleared the Pocket of German forces.
The Willys Jeep and the M4 Sherman tank are produced by New Ray. The US soldiers are from BMC and the Germans are from Toy Soldiers of San Diego (TSSD). The German Panzerabwehrkanone (PaK) was made by Hausser in 30s.

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)).

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

German Army Wehrmacht (Heer) parade ground figures from Elastolin

Elastolin is a trademark used by the German company O&M Hausser (O&M Haußer) for the toy soldiers and other types of figures it manufactured from composite material and later from plastic. The Hausser firm was founded in 1904 by Christian Hausser and his sons Otto and Max. The factory was situated in Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart. Elastolin composition figures were manufactured in 40mm (also known as 4-cm), 65mm (6.5-cm), 70mm (7-cm), and 105mm (10.5 cm) scales. Production of all figures (and all other toys) ended after the German economy was put on a "total war" footing in 1943. The Heer, all wearing correct the World War II German uniform, was represented by parade ground figures that included marching officers, marching infantry men, marching flag-carriers (the photoghraphed flag-carrier was actually produced by Lineol) and marching musicians. These original Elastolin solders mase in 30-s are from the Museu Militar do Porto collection.

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).