BY THE TIME most of
you read this, this year’s “WESTCOASTER” will already be over and Helen,
Patrick and yours truly will be in
So, as you might
expect I’m actually writing this particular “DISPATCHES” the day before
we all fly off to
I hope to spring a few pleasant surprises on dealers and collectors alike, so, without further ado, let battle commence…
1. WHAT’S NEW IN MARCH?
A wee bit later than we originally intended but here they are…
Two 101st. Airborne paratroopers in all-new poses descend under
their fully-deployed canopies… somewhere in
Another two… completely different… US 82nd. Airborne troopers float down somewhere near Ste. Mere Eglise… in the wee small hours of June 6, 1944.
Seven very interesting “add-ons” to the Rogue’s Gallery of attendees at Hitler’s little hideaway in the mountains…
Konstantin Hierl, Reicharbeitsfuhrer of the paramilitary German Labour Service giving the Nazi “Heil Hitler” salute.
LAH105 “Heinrich Himmler Relaxing”
One of the Third Reich’s most feared and hated men… Reichsfuhrer SS Himmler enjoying a leisurely cup of coffee while sitting on one of the Berghof’s sun loungers.
LAH106 “EVA BRAUN”
Hitler’s long-time mistress and, briefly, his wife. She met him when only 17 and working as an assistant to his personal photographer, Heinrich Hoffman. By all accounts, friendly, outgoing and totally disinterested in politics.
Another of the most feared and hated characters in the Third Reich. Doomed to meet a well-deserved end at the hands of Czech patriots in 1942.
Just a little outdoor furniture for the patio of the Berghof. Accurately based on photographs of the real thing. Two in the set.
of the “Hitlerjugend” and “Gauleiter” of
important man in the Third Reich and Head of the German Labour
Front. He killed himself
while awaiting trial in
KM017 “Sd.Kfz.9 Famo Recovery Vehicle”
More than 2,500 of these heavy recovery vehicles were produced during the war in many various versions. Although most were used in Artillery or Armoured units a fair number were used by the Kriegsmarine to move heavy items around naval bases and dockyards.
Our Famo is in field g
The Driver is included.
AVAILABILITY: Mid March
Finally, K&C has mobilized its “L’Armee francaise” and les Poilus march off to battle resplendent in their colourful uniforms of long blue coats, red pantaloons and scarlet and blue kepis…
This first release focuses on the soldiers marching to the front as they would have appeared in those first days and weeks of the war to end all wars!
FW060 “General Joffre”
The ample figure of “Papa” Joffre inspired confidence in the public, his men and his fellow officers. Cool, calm and collected, Joffre was a “steady hand at the tiller” of the French Army in those early days. He is best known for regrouping the retreating Allied Armies and defeating the Germans at the First Battle of the Marne in 1914.
Foch, was recognized by many, as the “most original mind in the French Army”. Initially serving as a subordinate to Joffre he later became Supreme Commander of all Allied Armies in 1918.
Proud and confident this mounted figure leads his troops forward.
A bearded Lieutenant, sword in hand advances.
Three differently posed “Poilus” march to the front.
A single “add-on” that can be collected in multiples to make a grand parade.
A handsome little piece based on a Detaille illustration of a classic French Poilu.
This pensive soldier holds the reins of his General’s mount.
Music plays an important part in virtually every army… including the French. This Drum Major instructs his musicians…
FW071 “Auf Wiedersen”
This is the first of a unique series of poignant little First World War vignettes depicting troops of three of the principal countries departing for the War.
This German “Soldat” tries to comfort his weeping fiancé as his Regiment departs.
FW072 “Au Revoir”
A different country… a different parting… As his wife holds his rifle this Poilu fondly cradles his small baby. Will he ever see them again?
A Scottish soldier embraces his sweetheart as he goes off to war.
AVAILABILITY: Mid March
Two more great (and
useful looking) additions to the four already released pieces… Together
they make a fine setting for Ancient
SP035 “The Village House”
SP036 “The Wall”
AVAILABILITY: Mid March
Russian Cossack cavalry have the unique distinction of having fought both for and against Stalin’s Red Army during World War Two!
On the German side
they fought with great valour and ruthlessness
especially on Anti-Partisan duties in
At the end of the war most of these German Cossack units retreated westwards and wishfully surrendered to the British Forces. They were then summarily handed over to the Russians… expecting and receiving little mercy.
A dismounted Cossack field policeman with an unfortunate Partisan suspect.
Wearing the traditional Cossack costume (with German badges) this officer, sabre in hand, is issuing orders.
Scanning the horizon for enemy activity.
Looking to the right this Cossack, rifle held steady, is on patrol.
WS146 “Cossack holding Rifle”
Looking to the left and with his rifle across the front of his saddle this is another member of the patrol.
This young Cossack cavalryman is awaiting inspection.
Another member of the patrol indicating while making his report.
This German cavalry officer was the commander of the Cossack Cavalry Corps. Extremely popular with his men he often wore full Cossack uniform.
After the war he chose to remain with his men when they were handed over to the Russians. He suffered a similar fate to most of his men… he was executed by the Soviets in 1947.
AVAILABILITY: Mid-Late March
2. NOW, WHAT’S HAPPENING IN APRIL?
With one of K&C’s
two flagship stores in
our latest offerings…
Three brand-new renderings of the three most famous
RTA049 “Buckskin Davy Crockett”
RTA050 “Gallant Colonel Travis”
These new pieces replace the earlier versions of our heroes. (Now retired)
Opposing these three brave defenders of the doomed mission are FOUR dramatic mounted figures of Mexican Dragoons of Santa Anna’s army…
RTA052 “Dragoon w/lance forward”
RTA053 “Dragoon w/lance thrusting down”
RTA054 “Dragoon w/lance held up”
After a long delay (apologies for that) our eagerly-awaited para reinforcements… for one of K&C’s most collected series… “Operation Market Garden”.
For the very first
time… two of our British Paras (both different)
jumping into the hell that was
essential to these airborne soldiers and so were radios… Fortunately the jeeps
worked… unfortunately the radios did not! However, it’s all part of the “
Sgt. Dennis Smith kneels down to film some of the action during the doomed battle.
One of the iconic
images of the battle were the photos of a lone British
Mortar Team in action with their
Sadly all too many of the British 1st. Airborne Division at Arnhem ended up killed, wounded or captured.
Here, a casually smoking SS Panzer Grenadier guards two Paras… one seriously wounded. A poignant little set.
Look out for more Paras later!
The day before the “day
of days”… All over
Three US Army “Rangers”
stand on a cold, wet English dockside waiting to board their Landing craft that
will ferry them to
His rifle resting at his feet another Ranger contemplates the coming battle.
One more Ranger holding his B.A.R. machine gun.
Holding his folded stretcher this Medic prepares to board.
A 2-man US Navy team test out their equipment.
Rifle slung over his shoulder this GI heads for the landing craft.
This officer is leading his troops into position.
Not only were American getting ready for the big invasion so were their British Allies…
long-awaited and much-requested piece of Armour…
Our model is in the markings of “B” Squadron of the 2nd. Armoured Battalion of the Irish Guards, part of the famous Guards Armoured Division.
This K&C Firefly comes with two crew figures and a detachable radio Antenna and “back-pack” of extra supplies.
Three superb “portraits” of typical British “tankies”… goes great alongside the Firefly.
D. “Here comes Johnny Turk!”
First at Gallipoli
These new Turkish infantry in action are a “companion-release” to our first Australian Light Horse figures released in December 2009.
All of these six figures are in defensive fighting poses. More are in the pipeline… including artillery and historic personalities.
AL008 “Turkish Soldier Standing Firing”
AL009 “Turkish Kneeling Firing”
AL010 “Turkish Kneeling Loading”
AL011 “Turkish Soldier Standing Ready”
AL012 “Turkish Machine Gunner”
AL013 “Standing Ready”
3. BEING RETIRED
Not too many retirals this month… but what there is … is interesting!
FoB037 “French Renault R35 Tank”
NA077 “The Duke of
MK047 “Man-at-arms w/Dagger”
MK048 “Attacking Crusader w/Sword (Mounted)”
MK059 “Mounted Saracen Archer”
And that’s the story so far… for this month at least.
Hope to meet up with some of you on my travels so, until then… best personal wishes.
Andy C. Neilson
Co-founder & Creative Director
King & Country