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Showing posts with label World War 1. Show all posts
Showing posts with label World War 1. Show all posts

Sunday, October 20, 2019

CBG Mignot WW1 tin soldiers catalog

1914-1918, the CBG Mignot ( Soldats de plomb) First World War 12 pages catalog presenting French and foreign regiments, historical figures, dioramas, teams and vehicles from the First World War.

Please use the link below to download the catalog:

Friday, October 18, 2019

Le depart pour le front

The French postcard “Le depart pour le front” (departure for the front)  from 20s. Have a nice weekend!

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 !

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Fokker Dr1 Dreidecker and 'the Red Baron' - Manfred Von Richtofen (Part II)

Fokker Dr1 Dreidecker and 'the Red Baron' - Manfred Von Richtofen (Part II). The pilot figure is produced by Froha (Germany). German bivouac soldiers are from different German makers : Elastolin, Schusso.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

French WW1 souvenirs depicting Marshal Joseph Joffre

Marshal Joseph Jacques CĂ©saire Joffre (12 January 1852 – 3 January 1931), was a French general who served as Commander-in-Chief of French forces on the Western Front from the start of World War I until the end of 1916. He is best known for regrouping the retreating allied armies to defeat the Germans at the strategically decisive First Battle of the Marne in September 1914. French WW1 souvenirs depicting Marshal Joseph Joffre (Museum of the Great War in Meaux).

Monday, September 23, 2019

In combat with a gas mask ...

WW1 French soldiers wearing gas masks (Durso, Belgium) in combat. The Renault FT 17 wind up tank (Victor Bonnet, France) supporting the attack. Terrain is my own DIY creation ...

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Fokker Dr1 Dreidecker and 'the Red Baron' - Manfred Von Richtofen,

The original Fokker Dr1 Dreidecker, a German World War One fighter plane, was made famous by Manfred Von Richtofen, 'The Red Baron'. He downed at least 70 allied pilots until his death on April 21, 1918, Vaux-sur-Somme, France. This Fokker Dr1 Dreidecker (1/32 scale model) is made by New Ray US (The "Classic Planes" Series) . The pilot figure is produced by Froha (Germany). German bivouac soldiers are from different German makers : Elastolin, Schusso.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Clear prop ! Sopwith Camel 🇬🇧

The Sopwith Camel was a British First World War single-seat biplane fighter aircraft introduced on the Western Front in 1917. It was developed by the Sopwith Aviation Company as a successor to the earlier Sopwith Pup and became one of the best known fighter aircraft of the Great War.
The pilot figure is produced by Schusso (Georg Schuster, GeorgensgmĂĽnd bei NĂĽrnberg)(
and the mechanic is made by Durso (Belgium in 50s).The Sopwith Camel biplane model is manufactured by New Ray (US).

Portrait of Major Wilfred Ashton McCloughry MC, the Commanding Officer of No. 4 Squadron AFC, and his Sopwith Camel, 6 June 1918

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Lochnagar crater in Flanders Fields...(Part 2)

The Lochnagar mine south of the village of La Boisselle in the Somme département was an underground explosive charge, secretly planted by the British during the First World War, ready for 1 July 1916, the first day on the Somme. The mine was dug by the Tunnelling Companies of the Royal Engineers under a German field fortification known as Schwabenhöhe (Swabian Height). The British named the mine after Lochnagar Street, the British trench from which the gallery was driven. The charge at Lochnagar was one of 19 mines that were placed beneath the German lines on the British section of the Somme front, to assist the infantry advance at the start of the battle. The mine was sprung at 7:28 a.m. on 1 July 1916 and left a crater 98 ft (30 m) deep and 330 ft (100 m) wide, which was captured and held by British troops. The attack on either flank was defeated by German small-arms and artillery fire, except on the extreme right flank and just south of La Boisselle, north of the Lochnagar Crater. The crater has been preserved as a memorial and a religious service is held each 1 July.

Contemporary British aerial photograph showing the crater and trenches

Sunday, August 11, 2019

The relief map of Ypres (1702) from the Lille Museum of Fine Art.

The city of Ypres was almost entirely destriyed during the First World War (1914 - 1918). Chemical weapons were used in the early stages of the war. Mustard gas, so named because of its smell, is also called Yperite, after the city of Ypres where it was used for the first time in combat in 1915. At the end of the conflict, the town officials in Ypres carefully studied the relief map made in 1702 before starting the reconstruction of its historic centre.The relief map is a silent witness of a past once destroyed and has served different purposes throughout its existence.

Map dimensions: 6.51 x 5.47 M = 36 m2 (12 tables !).
Scale : 1/600


Saturday, August 10, 2019

WW1 French and German toy soldiers at Museum of the Great War in Meaux (France)

WW1 French and German toy soldiers at Museum of the Great War in Meaux (France) During the First Battle of the Marne (September 1914), the German troops were stopped at the gates of Meaux. This heroic action not only prevented the city from being taken by the Germans but also changed the course of the war.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Models of Fokker Dr.I and Albatros D.V flown by Manfred von Richthofen (Red Baron) at Museum Somme 1916 (Albert, France)

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (2 May 1892 – 21 April 1918), also known as the "Red Baron", was a fighter pilot with the German Air Force during World War I. He is considered the ace-of-aces of the war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories. Richthofen wears the Pour le MĂ©rite, the "Blue Max", Prussia's highest military order, in this official portrait, c. 1917. Richthofen received a fatal wound just after 11:00 am on 21 April 1918 while flying over Morlancourt Ridge near the Somme River.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

In Flanders Fields...

In Flanders Fields
By John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead.
Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.