JUNE AT KING & COUNTRY always means D. Day and this year is no exception. In fact this month and next is going to see a wealth of “Operation Overlord” coming into shore and taking on the German opposition… So, in the words of Supreme Allied Commander, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, “OK, let’s go!”
1. AVAILABLE IN JUNE
As previewed in
last month’s “DISPATCHES” we have five (5) great new K&C sets
that are sure to please our “
DD107 “The LCA (Landing Craft Assault)”
designed and built LCA actually made up the bulk of the landing craft used to
put infantry on the beaches on D. Day itself. All of the British and Canadians
used these little craft as well as some of the American forces. Did you know
To the best of my knowledge this is the first time such a unique landing craft has been released by any toy soldier/ military miniature company in scale.
Our polystone and metal waterline craft comes in typical two-tone British naval camouflage and is crewed by two Royal Navy matelots—one Cox’n and one Bren Gunner.
Its dimensions are:
Well, a landing craft with no soldiers wouldn’t look very good, would it? So, we thought it might be a good idea to add a squad of British infantry and here they are… in action!
This three-man section comprises… one standing Bren Gunner plus two riflemen.
A tribute in miniature to the men who risked their lives to tend their wounded comrades often under fire. Here, a kneeling medic tries desperately to save a seriously wounded “Tommy”.
As one soldier sits wounded, another provides covering fire and the remaining “Tommy” runs forward.
DD111 “Moving Inland”
A lying prone Bren Gunner alongside a kneeling rifleman and an advancing “Tommy”.
SPECIAL NOTE: All of these first infantry releases are
from the 2nd East Yorkshire Regiment of the British 3rd. Infantry Division that
It’s a bit of a
leap, historically speaking, from
“Vive les Dragons a Pied!”
(“Long Live the Foot Dragoons!”)
For several years (1803-1806) Napoleon’s Armies suffered an amazing shortage of horses… This meant that some cavalry units and Regiments were forced to fight on foot. Perhaps the most famous were the Dragoons. Originally formed as mounted infantry the Emperor decreed that the Dragoons would be better suited to fight as dismounted soldiers than any of their cavalry compatriots.
Although they never liked losing their horses the Dragoons performed admirably in this new role for a limited period. After all, the Emperor’s orders were… the Emperor’s wishes! End of story…
K&C has produced no less than 15 different troopers of the famed 16th. Dragoons of the line. In their green tunics with rose pink facings only one of our figures is mounted the remainder are in marching, parade or action poses.
Take a closer look.
NA171 “Marching Drummer”
NA173 “Marching w/ Rifle”
NA174 “Marching Set” (2 figures)
NA175 “Marching w/ Flag”
NA176 “Advancing Forward”
NA177 “Shouting Corporal”
NA178 “Standing Firing”
NA179 “Standing Ready”
NA180 “Ready to Repel”
NA181 “Standing Attention”
NA182 “Present Arms”
Either individually or in multiples these new Dragoons provide extra colour and display opportunities for any serious Napoleonic collector.
AVAILABILITY: Mid June
With all the British, Canadian and American forces landing in Normandy K&C thought it was about time to give the Germans a little support…
A wounded Wehrmacht officer tries to let his superiors know his position is coming under fire…A kneeling soldier aims his Schmeisser Machine Pistol at advancing Allied troops…A German rifleman cautiously moves forward…And the officer’s German shepherd nervously crouches near his master…The Invasion has begun!
This very useful
diorama piece is cast in sturdy polystone and is typical of hundreds of similar
reinforced concrete machine gun positions up and down Hitler’s “Festung Europa” (Fortress
piece are a new crouching 2-man MG42 gun team and…a turban-clad volunteer from
AVAILABILITY: Late June/ Early July
2. COMING IN JULY
Well, again we kind of “leaked” the information on this in last month’s “DISPATCHES”… So it might not come as a total surprise! CANADIANS!!!
It’s long been a
personal wish of mine to honour the enormous and
Like other parts of
the Empire and Commonwealth
On D. Day Canadian
Forces were allocated
A Canadian officer, revolver in hand, assesses under fire, his position. Next to him his radio-man relays a message. Covering them both is a kneeling rifleman.
A standing Canadian NCO fires off a burst from his Sten Gun while another rifleman takes aim.
A lone Canadian soldier caught by a burst of enemy machine gun fire.
A typical stone
Many Canadian regiments had strong Scottish connections. This brave piper, regardless of enemy fire, pipes his comrades forward.
This MP from the Canadian Provost Corps points the way ahead for his fellow soldiers.
In the middle of our Canadian releases is this brand-new figure of Gen. Bernard Montgomery, D. Day’s Ground Forces Commander.
“Monty” is typically dressed and wearing his double-badged black beret and an RAF leather flying jerkin.
Our final Canadian soldier of this release is a dynamic figure throwing a “Mills” bomb grenade at an enemy position.
Providing some of
the armour support during the
Our latest fighting vehicle is a Cromwell Mk IV of the Welsh Guards of the Guards Armoured Division. Although this division did not land until D. Day +11 it took part in some of the heaviest fighting in the Normandy “bocage” and saw almost continuous action until the German surrender in May 1945.
Our model comes with two crew figures and a detachable “back pack” of extra supplies.
SPECIAL NOTE: All our Canadian troops are from the “Canadian Scottish Regiment” of the 3rd. Canadian Infantry Division.
AVAILABILITY: Early July
3. ALSO COMING IN JULY…
Unfortunately they failed…
King & Country’s latest “Strictly Limited” set is being released to mark the 65th. Anniversary of what might have been the most momentous day of the Second World War.
We have chosen to
Among the figures gathered around Hitler are General Gunther Karten , Luftwaffe chief of staff, Field Marshall Wilhelm Keitel and a senior Waffen SS officer. In front of the group is large table spread over with two printed Eastern Front maps. Colonel von Stauffenberg completes this historic “SL” set.
Just 888 are being produced.
In addition to these “Strictly Limited” figures K&C is also releasing two sets of 2 figures each to enlarge the scene.
A standing, arms folded, Wehrmacht General confers with his Army adjutant.
An East Prussian Party official from the local Gauleiter’s officer listens to a highly decorated Panzer officer.
Both of these “add-on” sets make for a superb small-scale diorama worthy of any serious WW2 collection.
AVAILABILITY: Mid-Late July
4. AND WAIT… THERE’S MORE!
When the Civil War broke out in 1861 thousands of young men flocked to the colours looking for adventure… and glory. Many of them believed that the cavalry offered all of that and more. Hard campaigning and harsh-military realities soon put them right on that score!
K&C’s latest American Civil War release prepares to mount up and ride off in search of battle with eight new figures… All of them Confederates and proud of it!
CW041 “Mounted Bugler”
CW042 “Cavalry Flagbearer”
CW044 “Prepare to Mount”
CW045 “Firing Carbine”
CW046 “Sergeant holding Carbine”
CW047 “Loading Carbine”
Special Note: This is the first of two Confederate Cavalry releases in 2009… Look out for another batch later in the year.
AVAILABILITY: Mid-Late July
5. “Streets of Old
And here’s a little something to add to our “Streets” series.
AVAILABILITY: Early July
6. “NOW, WHAT’S BEING RETIRED?”
Well, there’s eleven (11) separate items from 5 different series… If you see something you like… grab it while you can!
DD080 “Gen. Gavin 82nd Airborne”
DD081 “At Attention”
FW013 “Kaiser's Staff Car Set”
MK018 “Attacking Knight w/Axe & Shield”
MK019 “Knight Drawing Sword”
SP025 “Machine Gun Bunker”
SP026 “Mortar Pit”
WS089 “Dispatch Rider”
And that my friends… is that. I hope you and your customers find something that interests you. As we always say… and always mean… We very much appreciate your support, loyalty and business.
The very best to you and yours!
Andy C. Neilson
Co-founder & Creative Director
King & Country