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90mm Kit Spare Part No.025 - Sword
90mm Kit Spare Part No.025 - Sword

£1.90


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90mm Kit Spare Part No.024 - Sword
90mm Kit Spare Part No.024 - Sword

£1.90


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90mm Kit Spare Part No.023 - Lance
90mm Kit Spare Part No.023 - Lance

£2.95


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90mm Kit Spare Part No.022 - Axe
90mm Kit Spare Part No.022 - Axe

£0.85


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No.278 Rifle - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm
No.278 Rifle - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm

£0.60


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No.279 Backpack - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm
No.279 Backpack - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm

£0.85


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The Black Watch Piper Napoleonic circa 1815 - 230mm in size Kit
The Black Watch Piper Napoleonic circa 1815 - 230mm in size Kit

£127.75


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Old Toy Soldier Magazine 2019 Volume 43 Number 2 - Thomas Toy and Popular Playthings Space Figures
Old Toy Soldier Magazine 2019 Volume 43 Number 2 - Thomas Toy and Popular Playthings Space Figures

£8.95


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No.269 Hat - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm
No.269 Hat - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm

£0.85


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No.272 Head - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm
No.272 Head - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm

£0.60


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No.276 Head - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm
No.276 Head - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm

£0.60


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No.274 Head - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm
No.274 Head - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm

£0.60


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No.275 Head - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm
No.275 Head - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm

£0.60


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No.273 Head - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm
No.273 Head - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm

£0.60


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No.268 Flag - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm
No.268 Flag - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm

£2.50


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No.271 Feathers - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm
No.271 Feathers - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm

£0.60


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No.266 Hat - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm
No.266 Hat - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm

£0.85


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No.277 Hat - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm
No.277 Hat - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm

£0.85


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No.270 Hat - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm
No.270 Hat - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm

£0.85


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No.267 Tricorn Hat - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm
No.267 Tricorn Hat - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm

£0.85


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No.265 Tricorn Hat - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm
No.265 Tricorn Hat - Kit, unpainted Scale 1:32/ 54mm

£0.85


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Zinnfiguren Mars 30mm - Box 003 - Danish Infantry in Action 1912, Foot x 12 - Painted
Zinnfiguren Mars 30mm - Box 003 - Danish Infantry in Action 1912, Foot x 12 - Painted

£83.25


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Zinnfiguren Mars 30mm - Box 002 - Danish Dragoon in Action 1890, Mounted x 9 - Painted
Zinnfiguren Mars 30mm - Box 002 - Danish Dragoon in Action 1890, Mounted x 9 - Painted

£125.25


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Zinnfiguren Mars 30mm - Box 001 - Danish Hussars in Parade 1890, Mounted x 14 - Painted
Zinnfiguren Mars 30mm - Box 001 - Danish Hussars in Parade 1890, Mounted x 14 - Painted

£195.25


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Toy Soldier Collector Magazine Issue 89 - Cold War - All Highlights from London Show
Toy Soldier Collector Magazine Issue 89 - Cold War - All Highlights from London Show

£4.75


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Tradition of London

828 Toy Kit Infantry bicycling
- 1st Carabinier Regiment Kit

£16.00

Kit/ Casting


SKU: Toy-Kit-828

Viewed 598 times

Shop Location: C-16-6


Description

828 Toy Kit Infantry bicycling - 1st Carabinier Regiment Kit

Bicyclist - 1st Carabinier Regiment - bicycling

Belgian Army WW1

Cycle as to War

Continuing its commemoration of the Great War of 1914-18, Tradition of London is pleased to field these cyclists of Belgium’s 1st Carabinier Regiment, sculpted by Andrew Stadden.

The first personal transport of the common people, the bicycle opened up new horizons for a swath of social classes, whose only prior experience of travelling at speed had been the railways. From the late 1880s, there was an explosion of cycling clubs across Europe and the United States, with friends and colleagues taking to the road in droves for long outings and excursions. This exponential growth was made possible by the introduction of the mass-produced Safety Bicycle and the pneumatic tyre, offering increased speed and comfort at an affordable price.

The civilian passion for the open road fuelled the creation of cycle units within the armies of the Great Powers, especially amongst the reservists and territorials, who would be only be called upon in time of war. One attraction for economically minded authorities was that cyclist battalions offered lower overheads than conventional mounted units, whose soldiers may have been part time, but whose horses required feeding all year round.

Promoters of pedal-power were quick to push the other advantages of these steel steads, as outlined in these exerts from ‘Cycling Weekly Magazine’, October 1914:

‘The reasons of the success of the soldier-cyclist are not far to seek. In the first place, it must be realised that his mount, unlike that of the cavalryman, is silent in progress. This gives him and enormous advantage over his noisy foe… But silence is by no means the cyclist’s sole advantage. He has a good turn of speed, which is a factor useful alike in attack and retreat.’

Readers contemplating the impact of the Maxim gun on the cycling soldier might have found comfort in the following:

‘…the ability to take cover often spells the difference between victory and defeat, and here the cyclist scores distinctly. He has but to lay his mount down flat upon the ground and it is practically invisible’.

Invisible or not, cyclist detachments did see action in the opening months of the Great War, where the flat terrain of the Belgium battlefields aided their rapid deployment. Britain had entered the war with some 14,000 cyclists under arms, and John Henry Parr of the 4th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, became the first man of the BEF to be killed in action, when he was shot dead during a cycle reconnaissance on the 21st August 1914.

Belgian cyclists had had a more auspicious start to their campaign on 12th August, when the Belgian Cavalry Division (including 450 cyclists) confronted the advancing Germans at the Battle of Halen. Although outnumbered almost two to one, the Belgian decision to fight dismounted proved decisive, and massed rifle fire decimated the mounted German Cavalry. The defeated German cuirassiers left so many of their imposing polished helms on the field that the encounter is also known as ‘The Battle of the Silver Helmets’.

Though active at the front, the number of British Army cyclists was dwarfed by the estimated 150,000 troops of the French and Belgian armies thought to have used military bicycles in the course of the war. Each of the four battalions of Belgium’s 1st Regiment of Carabiniers included a company of cyclists, who were equipped with a patriotically named pattern of folding bicycle called the ’Belgica’. The ability to rapidly fold and carry their bicycles like a pack gave the men greater freedom of movement, by allowing them to negotiate obstacles on foot. The bicycle also helped share the soldier’s heavy burden, meaning they arrived in action far fresher than their foot-slogging comrades, forced to march through the hot summer of 1914 in full equipment.

Despite the ascendency of the motorcycle, tank and armoured car, bicycles remained on establishment of many armies well into the Second World War, and were used with great success by Japanese forces during their rapid advance through Malaya. Even the German Army, famed for its technical prowess in armoured warfare, was obliged to equip battalions of the hastily formed Volksgrenadiers with bicycles in 1944.

The dubious honour of being the last frontline unit of bicycle-mounted infantry falls to Swiss Army’s Bicycle Regiment, who remained ready to pedal into action until phased out in 2003. The mountainous nature of the Swiss terrain makes the survival of military cycling into the 21st century all the more remarkable…

A colourful escort for Tradition’s new Minerva armoured car, the cyclists of the 1st Carabinier Regiment join an expanding range of sets that record the foundations of modern, mechanised warfare.

Text: Paul Cattermole for Tradition of London

 

Do you need Paint?

Available Wooden Plinths and Bases

Tradition Magazine with Military History

In 1980 the toy soldier range painted in gloss was introduced, sculpted by David Scheinmann, and today by Andrew Stadden which from modest beginnings has expanded to a very extensive range covering many popular subjects and periods of military history.

Tradition of London

828 Toy Kit Infantry bicycling - 1st Carabinier Regiment Kit

£16.00

Kit/ Casting


SKU: Toy-Kit-828

Viewed 598 times

Shop Location: C-16-6


Description

828 Toy Kit Infantry bicycling - 1st Carabinier Regiment Kit

Bicyclist - 1st Carabinier Regiment - bicycling

Belgian Army WW1

Cycle as to War

Continuing its commemoration of the Great War of 1914-18, Tradition of London is pleased to field these cyclists of Belgium’s 1st Carabinier Regiment, sculpted by Andrew Stadden.

The first personal transport of the common people, the bicycle opened up new horizons for a swath of social classes, whose only prior experience of travelling at speed had been the railways. From the late 1880s, there was an explosion of cycling clubs across Europe and the United States, with friends and colleagues taking to the road in droves for long outings and excursions. This exponential growth was made possible by the introduction of the mass-produced Safety Bicycle and the pneumatic tyre, offering increased speed and comfort at an affordable price.

The civilian passion for the open road fuelled the creation of cycle units within the armies of the Great Powers, especially amongst the reservists and territorials, who would be only be called upon in time of war. One attraction for economically minded authorities was that cyclist battalions offered lower overheads than conventional mounted units, whose soldiers may have been part time, but whose horses required feeding all year round.

Promoters of pedal-power were quick to push the other advantages of these steel steads, as outlined in these exerts from ‘Cycling Weekly Magazine’, October 1914:

‘The reasons of the success of the soldier-cyclist are not far to seek. In the first place, it must be realised that his mount, unlike that of the cavalryman, is silent in progress. This gives him and enormous advantage over his noisy foe… But silence is by no means the cyclist’s sole advantage. He has a good turn of speed, which is a factor useful alike in attack and retreat.’

Readers contemplating the impact of the Maxim gun on the cycling soldier might have found comfort in the following:

‘…the ability to take cover often spells the difference between victory and defeat, and here the cyclist scores distinctly. He has but to lay his mount down flat upon the ground and it is practically invisible’.

Invisible or not, cyclist detachments did see action in the opening months of the Great War, where the flat terrain of the Belgium battlefields aided their rapid deployment. Britain had entered the war with some 14,000 cyclists under arms, and John Henry Parr of the 4th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, became the first man of the BEF to be killed in action, when he was shot dead during a cycle reconnaissance on the 21st August 1914.

Belgian cyclists had had a more auspicious start to their campaign on 12th August, when the Belgian Cavalry Division (including 450 cyclists) confronted the advancing Germans at the Battle of Halen. Although outnumbered almost two to one, the Belgian decision to fight dismounted proved decisive, and massed rifle fire decimated the mounted German Cavalry. The defeated German cuirassiers left so many of their imposing polished helms on the field that the encounter is also known as ‘The Battle of the Silver Helmets’.

Though active at the front, the number of British Army cyclists was dwarfed by the estimated 150,000 troops of the French and Belgian armies thought to have used military bicycles in the course of the war. Each of the four battalions of Belgium’s 1st Regiment of Carabiniers included a company of cyclists, who were equipped with a patriotically named pattern of folding bicycle called the ’Belgica’. The ability to rapidly fold and carry their bicycles like a pack gave the men greater freedom of movement, by allowing them to negotiate obstacles on foot. The bicycle also helped share the soldier’s heavy burden, meaning they arrived in action far fresher than their foot-slogging comrades, forced to march through the hot summer of 1914 in full equipment.

Despite the ascendency of the motorcycle, tank and armoured car, bicycles remained on establishment of many armies well into the Second World War, and were used with great success by Japanese forces during their rapid advance through Malaya. Even the German Army, famed for its technical prowess in armoured warfare, was obliged to equip battalions of the hastily formed Volksgrenadiers with bicycles in 1944.

The dubious honour of being the last frontline unit of bicycle-mounted infantry falls to Swiss Army’s Bicycle Regiment, who remained ready to pedal into action until phased out in 2003. The mountainous nature of the Swiss terrain makes the survival of military cycling into the 21st century all the more remarkable…

A colourful escort for Tradition’s new Minerva armoured car, the cyclists of the 1st Carabinier Regiment join an expanding range of sets that record the foundations of modern, mechanised warfare.

Text: Paul Cattermole for Tradition of London

 

Do you need Paint?

Available Wooden Plinths and Bases

Tradition Magazine with Military History

In 1980 the toy soldier range painted in gloss was introduced, sculpted by David Scheinmann, and today by Andrew Stadden which from modest beginnings has expanded to a very extensive range covering many popular subjects and periods of military history.

Tradition of London

828 Toy Kit Infantry bicycling - 1st Carabinier Regiment Kit

£16.00

Kit/ Casting


SKU: Toy-Kit-828

Viewed 598 times

Shop Location: C-16-6


Description

828 Toy Kit Infantry bicycling - 1st Carabinier Regiment Kit

Bicyclist - 1st Carabinier Regiment - bicycling

Belgian Army WW1

Cycle as to War

Continuing its commemoration of the Great War of 1914-18, Tradition of London is pleased to field these cyclists of Belgium’s 1st Carabinier Regiment, sculpted by Andrew Stadden.

The first personal transport of the common people, the bicycle opened up new horizons for a swath of social classes, whose only prior experience of travelling at speed had been the railways. From the late 1880s, there was an explosion of cycling clubs across Europe and the United States, with friends and colleagues taking to the road in droves for long outings and excursions. This exponential growth was made possible by the introduction of the mass-produced Safety Bicycle and the pneumatic tyre, offering increased speed and comfort at an affordable price.

The civilian passion for the open road fuelled the creation of cycle units within the armies of the Great Powers, especially amongst the reservists and territorials, who would be only be called upon in time of war. One attraction for economically minded authorities was that cyclist battalions offered lower overheads than conventional mounted units, whose soldiers may have been part time, but whose horses required feeding all year round.

Promoters of pedal-power were quick to push the other advantages of these steel steads, as outlined in these exerts from ‘Cycling Weekly Magazine’, October 1914:

‘The reasons of the success of the soldier-cyclist are not far to seek. In the first place, it must be realised that his mount, unlike that of the cavalryman, is silent in progress. This gives him and enormous advantage over his noisy foe… But silence is by no means the cyclist’s sole advantage. He has a good turn of speed, which is a factor useful alike in attack and retreat.’

Readers contemplating the impact of the Maxim gun on the cycling soldier might have found comfort in the following:

‘…the ability to take cover often spells the difference between victory and defeat, and here the cyclist scores distinctly. He has but to lay his mount down flat upon the ground and it is practically invisible’.

Invisible or not, cyclist detachments did see action in the opening months of the Great War, where the flat terrain of the Belgium battlefields aided their rapid deployment. Britain had entered the war with some 14,000 cyclists under arms, and John Henry Parr of the 4th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, became the first man of the BEF to be killed in action, when he was shot dead during a cycle reconnaissance on the 21st August 1914.

Belgian cyclists had had a more auspicious start to their campaign on 12th August, when the Belgian Cavalry Division (including 450 cyclists) confronted the advancing Germans at the Battle of Halen. Although outnumbered almost two to one, the Belgian decision to fight dismounted proved decisive, and massed rifle fire decimated the mounted German Cavalry. The defeated German cuirassiers left so many of their imposing polished helms on the field that the encounter is also known as ‘The Battle of the Silver Helmets’.

Though active at the front, the number of British Army cyclists was dwarfed by the estimated 150,000 troops of the French and Belgian armies thought to have used military bicycles in the course of the war. Each of the four battalions of Belgium’s 1st Regiment of Carabiniers included a company of cyclists, who were equipped with a patriotically named pattern of folding bicycle called the ’Belgica’. The ability to rapidly fold and carry their bicycles like a pack gave the men greater freedom of movement, by allowing them to negotiate obstacles on foot. The bicycle also helped share the soldier’s heavy burden, meaning they arrived in action far fresher than their foot-slogging comrades, forced to march through the hot summer of 1914 in full equipment.

Despite the ascendency of the motorcycle, tank and armoured car, bicycles remained on establishment of many armies well into the Second World War, and were used with great success by Japanese forces during their rapid advance through Malaya. Even the German Army, famed for its technical prowess in armoured warfare, was obliged to equip battalions of the hastily formed Volksgrenadiers with bicycles in 1944.

The dubious honour of being the last frontline unit of bicycle-mounted infantry falls to Swiss Army’s Bicycle Regiment, who remained ready to pedal into action until phased out in 2003. The mountainous nature of the Swiss terrain makes the survival of military cycling into the 21st century all the more remarkable…

A colourful escort for Tradition’s new Minerva armoured car, the cyclists of the 1st Carabinier Regiment join an expanding range of sets that record the foundations of modern, mechanised warfare.

Text: Paul Cattermole for Tradition of London

 

Do you need Paint?

Available Wooden Plinths and Bases

Tradition Magazine with Military History

In 1980 the toy soldier range painted in gloss was introduced, sculpted by David Scheinmann, and today by Andrew Stadden which from modest beginnings has expanded to a very extensive range covering many popular subjects and periods of military history.

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Tradition of London sells not only our own produced in the UK, Toy soldier and Model figures, but also those of Au Plat d' Etain CBG Mignot, Tradition Scandinavia, Steadfast Soldiers, Bravo Delta Aircraft Models, King and Country, W. Britain, William Britain Classics Collection along with books from Osprey and and our own Tradition Magazine. 

‘The Signing of the Armistice’. 

Marking the final centenary year of the First World War, Tradition of London is proud to present
Depicting the momentous event that took place in the Forest of Compiègne on the 11 th  November 1918, the set includes all six signatories of the famous armistice that ushered in a ceasefire at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month. 


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