Commanded by the Royal Navy, one of the most extensively modified versions of the Westland Sea King is the Westland Commando HC4. Its first flight was on 26 September 79, this high capacity and iconic aircraft was very used for British operations in both Gulf Wars, The Falklands and Afghanistan.
The Commandos were created in the 40's as a special unit of the British army intended to carry out fast operations. They operated in small, highly mobile and well-equipped units, assigned to recon and assault missions. In 1941 the “Special Air Services” were formed, to perform guerrilla and sabotage missions behind enemy lines. In 1942 the Royal Marines...
Historic collection. In the first years of 13th century Genghis Khan unified the Mongolian tribes founding the Mongolian Empire and led them to conquer most of China, Central Asia, Russia and the Middle East. His armies occupied a good part of Europe, too, giving birth to one of the biggest empires in history.
The “Fallschirmjäger” were, during the war, merged in the fighting bodies of the Luftwaffe for a better coordination with the air forces. The conquest of Crete during operation Merkur, in May 1941, was one of the biggest successes of the German paratroopers. They were nicknamed the “Green Devils”.
Historics collection. The Prussian cuirassiers rode strong and impressive horses and were armed with straight blades. They were the pride of prince Hohenlohe’s heavy cavalry regiments that faced the Napoleon’s French troops during the battle of Jena-Auerstadt in 1806. The curassiers abandoned their breastplates in 1798 and wore a white coat with regiment...
Historic collection - Napoleonic wars. Hussars and Chasseurs a Cheval represented the backbone of the French light cavalry. Here they are represented wearing the uniforms of elite companies, characterized by skin hats, or by the more traditional shakos of line light horsemen, used in the second half of the Empire.
Historics collection. This Italeri 1/72 model kit represents the diversity of troops that took part in the Crusade wars in the 11th century. The knights, heavy cavalry wearing chain mail armor and carrying the large almond-shaped shields typical of the age, fought alongside infantry and crossbowmen recruited in various christian European countries.
After the loss of Cyrenaica, Italy requested a German intervention, and in February 1941 the first troops of what was to become the famous Deutsche Afrikakorps led by General Rommel were sent to North Africa. Constantly short on supplies, they were defeated by the 8th British Army at El Alamein. The additional pressure caused by the American arrival in...
On the 6th of June 1944 General Dempsey's troops of the British Expeditionary Force landed on the beaches of Normandy codenamed Sword, Juno, and Gold. The D-Day had thus come. The British Expeditionary Force was to land and quickly take over the town of Caen while Americans were to seize control of the Cotenin peninsula and the Cherbourg port.
The French Infantry took part in many of the largest and bloodiest battles of WWI whilst defending their homeland. The set features cyclists, a signaller complete with pigeons, a bugler, standard bearer and a variety of infantrymen.