Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tournaments, Tattoos, Pageants, and Reviews of the Military - part 2







The Royal Horse Artillery, which Britains made in several versions, some of which we have for sale, has featured in every military display of any note for well over a hundred and twenty-five years, and invariably are called upon to act as coffin transporters for important funerals, interestingly the coffin of George the Fifth was carried on a limber with, in the photo, standing, drivers RHA, for the journey from the Palace to Westminster Abbey, and later pulled by Naval ratings to Paddington station. Illustrations in the newspapers of the day make fascinating viewing and these photos are from a Daily Telegraph Supplement of the time, and it is for sale. The matelots also drew the coffin from Windsor station to the Castle.

Many photos of these four locations are to be found on www.reelstreets.com, the film location site, as they have often been used in feature films.

Artillery figures were made by Soldiers’ Soldiers in a variety of uniforms depicting the dress worn in various theatres of operations during the Victorian period. There is a long list on site of British and Colonial figures.

The British Military Tournament has mounted gunners in kahkie, are they saving the guns at Maiwand? The famous picture by Fortunia Matania, in print form, is one of our offerings.

Other mounted figures towing military equipment were made by Britains, RASC in blue, kahkie, home service helmets, caps and shrapnel-proof helmets.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Tournaments, Tattoos, Pageants, and Reviews - part 2

The Royal Horse Artillery, which Britains made in several versions, some of which we have for sale, has featured in every military display of any note for well over a hundred and twenty-five years, and invariably are called upon to act as coffin transporters for important funerals, however the coffin of George the Fifth was carried on a limber and pulled by Naval ratings. Illustrations in the newspapers of the day, which we also have for sale, make fascinating viewing. Artillery figures were made by Soldiers’ Soldiers in a variety of uniforms depicting the dress worn in various theatres of operations during the Victorian period.
The British Military Tournament has mounted gunners in kahkie, are they saving the guns at Maiwand? The famous picture by Fortunia Matania, in print form, is one of our offerings. Other mounted figures towing military equipment were made by Britains, RASC in blue, kahkie, home service helmets, caps and shrapnel-proof helmets.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tournaments, Tattoos, Pageants, and Reviews of the Military - part 1



Well, after an eleven-year absence, when it was imagined that the old days of reviews, tournaments, tattoos and massed bands had finished for ever the second British Military Tournament is set for December 2011. Certainly a date for your diary.

All the old favourites are back, naval gun-team display, Household cavalry, Royal Horse Artillery, Lancers, Pipers, Bands, historical tableaux and modern men and equipment. Everything in fact, except the modern troops, that William Britain’s firm were making a hundred years ago in North London and which we, Soldiers’ Soldiers, were making, a quarter of a century ago in Lambeth, including, at that time Falklands British Infantry, modern troops, then. The British Military Tournament is organised by the services charity.


The Naval Gun Team was Britains; and they didn’t use the possessive apostrophe; see their early catalogue, and is still available from our stock, as well as a whole host of sailors from the Soldiers’ Soldiers range, including mixed boxes of officers and N.C.Os, and a print from an earlier tournament, Princess Louise’s, which shows the Naval landing party in the Boer War, in kahkie.



The famous 4.7 Naval guns were navy engineers efforts to make a field gun to support the land troops. The British Military Tournament will be a fantasy in which all our toy figures will come to life. More information on the RN figures and gun teams is available, info@soldierssoldiers.com.

To be continued