Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Last Escape

A British World War II veteran whose efforts to help prisoners escape from a Nazi camp was immortalised in the film "The Great Escape" has died aged 97, it was announced Wednesday.

Alex Lees was a prisoner at the infamous Stalag Luft III camp in March 1944 when scores of Allied servicemen escaped through tunnels they had dug by hand.

Lees was a gardener at the camp who helped dig the tunnels, but because he was not an officer he was not given the chance to escape himself.

He used an ingenious system to dispose of the soil from the three tunnels, storing it in a bag hidden under his trousers and then dumping it on the camp's vegetable garden.

The story of Lees and his comrades was made into the 1963 film starring Steve McQueen.

The servicemen painstakingly dug three tunnels -- called Tom, Dick and Harry -- around 10 metres (33 feet) underground, using tools made from tin cans. The tunnels' walls were supported with wood scavenged taken from camp beds and old furniture.

The men launched their escape on March 24, 1944. Seventy-six managed to flee Stalag Luft III before the plot was uncovered -- but only three made it back to Britain.
A total of 23 were recaptured and sent back to camp, and the remaining 50 were executed.

Lees praised the filmmakers for producing an accurate version of events, telling the Paisley Daily Express newspaper: "It was just the way it was portrayed in 'The Great Escape' movie.

"I had been given the job of looking after the garden and I would take the dirt out to the vegetable patch, rake away the top soil, dump the earth and then cover it back up.

"The German guards never suspected a thing."

Lees, who spent his final years in a home for former servicemen in Erskine near Glasgow, was cremated on Wednesday.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Model Ghurkas (2)

Alfred

Two more Ghurka sets

John


Thursday, April 23, 2009

"NEW RELEASE"!!

ANNOUNCING THE LASTEST FIGURE SET FROM TSSD = "PLAINS INDIAN WARRIORS"!( FIGURE SET # 13 )

GROUP SHOT:http://www.sdsoldiers.com/DSC005048.JPG

SINGLE FIGURE:http://www.sdsoldiers.com/DSC005088.JPG

THESE ARE DUE TO ARRIVE ANY DAY SO WE ARE GIVING A "HEADS UP" TO SELECTCUSTOMERS TO ORDER NOW FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY AT ARRIVAL.

12 NEW FIGURES IN 6 POSES, SOFT PLASTIC, 55mm FROM HEAD TO FOOT, "BUCKSKIN"BAGGED WITH HEADER CARD: $ 16.00

ALSO COMING - DUE IN LATE SUMMER:

FIGURE SET # 14 "PLAINS INDIAN WARRIORS" ( series II )

FIGURE SET # 15 "DISMOUNTED CAVALRY" ( for Indian Wars and The Civil War )

TSSD PLAYSET "CUSTER'S LAST STAND" (debut at the Chicago Show in September)

FIGURE SET # 16 "MOUNTED INDIANS" ( due out at Christmas )

PLEASE PHONE OR EMAIL WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR TO ORDER.

THANK YOU & BEST REGARDS,

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TOY SOLDIERS OF SAN DIEGO

760-723-6583

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Model Ghurkas

Do you have any model Ghurkas please? Preferably painted.

Many thanks, Alfred.

Alfred

See www.soldierssoldiers.com/Soldiers' Soldiers/About/Boxed sets and
Individual figures
see Nos 282, 282a, 283 & 284

2 photos attached, couple more to follow

Prices, individual figures € 6.00 + p.p&i
box of 8 figures € 58.00 " regular figures,
and €75.00 for the "Count's" boxes, with an "a" suffix
box of 16 " € not currently available

for pricing and identification see Soldiers' Soldiers/About/valuation and
identification.

Best wishes

John Tunstill


Sunday, April 12, 2009

11th Hussars, Prince Albert's Own

Please could you give me an indication of price? I have also asked Bonhams as they have a forthcoming sale…….

Kind regards

Paul Granger



If you look under the bases you'll see that most of the figures are not Britains, therefore the set is not complete.

Maybe £ 40 - £ 60

John Tunstill

Southlands miniatures

Hello, my name is Federico Colucci and I am the sales maneger for South Lands Miniatures. South lands is new miniatures company located in Buenos Aires Argentina. Our firs line, call, “The Grattan Massacre” and is focus in one of the earlyst confrontation betweenn native americans and U.S. soldiers.

The Grattan Massacre took place on August 19, 1854. It occurred east of Fort Laramie, Nebraska Territory, USA, when thirty U.S. soldiers, led by Second Lieutenant John Lawrence Grattan (a recent military graduate with no Indian experience)and a civilian were killed by Oglala and Brulé Lakota (Sioux) after one of the soldiers had shot their Chief Conquering Bear in the back. It was an early and significant event in the plains Indian Wars ending the peace between the Laramie soldier fort and the surrounding Sioux tribes.

The “Grattan Massacre” line will consist of 20 figures, all handmade in our workshop located in Buenos Aires.
Here are some photos of the miniatures, for more information about South lands and the minatures you can check our blog at www.sl-miniatures.blogspot.com .





Thanks you for your time and if you are interested in our products or if you have any questions, please, send us a mail.

Federico Colucci

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Royal Tank Regiment, North Africa, 1942

Dear John

Thanks very much for your reply, and the photo of your father. As a matter of fact, I was enquiring not because I had a relative in the regiment, but because my father, Richard Stone, who was a photographer for the Ministry of Information, did the photographs for a photostory about the birth of a soldier's son at Southmead Hospital, in Bristol, in September 1942, which was subsequently published in 'Parade' magazine. It was on this assignment that my father met my mother, Margaret Dyer, who was the sister in charge of the maternity ward at the time!

The story was about the birth of Peter Winston Stacey, whose father was Trooper Cyril Wilfred Bertram Stacey, who was in North Africa in the Royal Tank Regiment at the time. My father's photos are now catalogued on line in the Imperial War Museum Collections - the Birth of a Soldier's Son series are photos D10433 to D10465 in the collection. However, we do not have a copy of the actual publication in the family, which would be nice for obvious sentimental reasons.

There were also some pics taken of the baby's father in North Africa, hearing the news about the birth on the radio phone. However, I don't know who took these or their serial numbers - but they are in the IWM. They also featured in the 'Parade' piece.

Just letting you know all this as I thought it may be of interest.

all the best

Isabella