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Showing posts with label World War II. Show all posts
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Saturday, October 19, 2019

King & Country : Destination Dunkirk !

King & Country : Destination Dunkirk ! The Battle of Dunkirk (French: Bataille de Dunkerque) was fought in Dunkirk (Dunkerque)France, during the Second World War, between the Allies and Nazi Germany. As the Allies were losing the Battle of France on the Western Front, the Battle of Dunkirk was the defence and evacuation to Britain of British and other Allied forces in Europe from 26 May to 4 June 1940.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

W.Britain 2019 Stock Catalog

W.Britain 2019 Stock Catalog.  Delivering Toy and Model Figures Worldwide Since 1893

Table of contents:
  • Wrath of the Northmen 
  • Clash of Empires 
  • Art of War 
  • Napoleonic Wars 
  • American Civil War 
  • Anglo-Zulu War 
  • War Along the Nile 
  • World War I 
  • Jack Tars & Leathernecks 
  • World War II 
  • Museum Collection 
  • Regiments Classic Collection 
  • Archive Collection 
  • Ceremonial Collection 
  • Super Deetail Plastics 
  • Scenics

Please use the link below to download the pdf catalog (38 pages):

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

King & Country: Dunkirk

Battle of  France that led to the Dunkirk evacuation no other toy soldier company has produced as many figures and fighting vehicles of that dramatic period than King & Country.


Please use the link below to download the King & Country: Dunkirk catalog

Thursday, April 11, 2019

W.Britain 2015 Spring & Stock Catalogue

W.Britain 2015 Spring & Stock Catalogue (78 pages).
  • Clash of Empires
  • American Revolution
  • Napoleonic wars
  • American Civil War
  • Zulu War
  • War Along the Nile
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Jack Tars & Leathernecks
  • Titanic
  • Scenics
  • Redcoats & Bluecoats
  • Super Deetail Plastics

Please use the link below to download the pdf version of the catalog:

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

W.Britain 2017 Fall Catalog

W.Britain History in Miniature since 1893. 

Clash of Empires, American Civil War,Anglo-Zulu War,World War II.

Please use the link below to download the catalog in pdf format (8 pages):

Monday, April 8, 2019

W. Britain 2013 Winter & Stock Catalog - 120th Anniversary (1893 - 2013)

W. Britain 2013 Winter & Stock Catalog - 120th Anniversary (1893 - 2013).
80 pages ! The catalog contains the following topics:

  1. World War II,
  2. World War I,
  3. Zulu War,
  4. War Along the Nile,
  5. Napoleonic,
  6. American Civil War,
  7. American Revolution,
  8. Elite Forces,
  9. Tactical Scenes,
  10. Super Deetail Plastics,
  11. Titanic

Please use the link below to download the pdf version of the catalog:

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Wehrmacht Cavalry in World War II

The German Army entered World War II with 514,000 horses, and over the course of the war employed, in total, 2.75 million horses and mules; the average number of horses in the Army reached 1.1 million. I photographed Lineol and Elastolin soldiers produced in 30s from my collection. The carriages are made by Tipp&Co.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Battle of the Bulge (Ardennes Counteroffensive): General Eisenhower arrived

The Battle of the Bulge (Ardennes Counteroffensive) (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945). In December 1944, the Germans launched a surprise counter offensive, the Battle of the Bulge, which the Allies turned back in early 1945 after Eisenhower repositioned his armies and improved weather allowed the Air Force to engage.German defenses continued to deteriorate on both the eastern front with the Soviets and the western front with the Allies. The British wanted to capture Berlin, but Eisenhower decided it would be a military mistake for him to attack Berlin, and said orders to that effect would have to be explicit. These american soldiers are from different makers: Durso (40s/50s), BMC, Safari and Airfix.

Field Marshall Montgomery and General Dwight Eisenhower

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Vintage Red army soldiers from Durso Company

Michel Klimov, a Latvian born sculptor founder and owner of The Durso Company (Liege Belgium 1938-1988), launched production of  Red Army Russian composition toy soldiers wearing their unique pointed caps (Budenovkas) in 1939. 
After the German occupation of Belgium in May 1940 and after Hitlers attack on the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941 , production of the Russian soldiers was prohibited. 
But  Klimov was able to continue production, as he wished, because he always had a “good answer” for the German authority  questions.
As the tide of the battle shifted against the Germans, Durso figures often were used to make political statements. For instance, Russian figures (which were originally allowed to be produced because Mr. Klimov indicated that they were representative of the war in Finland in 1939), soon became “symbols of freedom” for the Belgians. Durso flag bearers carrying the Soviet flag were openly displayed by Belgian students after the German defeat at Stalingrad.During this time, Belgian children were often seen playing with German toy soldiers whose heads had been broken off.
For this post I used materials from the article “Durso Composition Figures “The Medical Scene””
by Vincent J. Russo and Patrice Servais published in The Old Toy Soldier (Volume 28, Number 1, Spring 2004)

Sunday, December 16, 2018

A bridge too far ...

Operation Market Garden was an unsuccessful World War II military operation fought in the Netherlands from 17 to 25 September 1944, planned and predominantly led by the British Army. Its objective was a series of nine bridges that could have provided an Allied invasion route into Germany. The Allies had failed to cross the Rhine. The river remained a barrier to their advance into Germany until offensives at Remagen, Oppenheim, Rees and Wesel in March 1945. The failure of Operation Market Garden to form a foothold over the Rhine ended Allied expectations of finishing the war by Christmas 1944. A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 epic war film based on the 1974 book of the same name by Cornelius Ryan, adapted by William Goldman.

German soldiers at Arnhem

Battlefield S5/E5 -The Battle of Arnhem , Operation Market Garden

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

2cm Flak 30 crew from Lineol ...

The Flak 30 (Flugabwehrkanone 30) and improved Flak 38 were 20 mm anti-aircraft guns used by various German forces throughout World War II. It was not only the primary German light anti-aircraft gun, but by far the most numerously produced German artillery piece throughout the war.It was produced in a variety of models, notably the Flakvierling 38 which combined four Flak 38 autocannons onto a single carriage.
The Flak 30 crew is produced by Lineol and Elastolin in 30s.

A crew readies their 20mm FlaK 30 anti-aircraft gun system