NEW RELEASES FOR JUNE 2013
THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918
Berliet was a French manufacturer of automobiles, buses, trucks and other utility vehicles, based in Vénissieux, outside of Lyon, France. The Berliet CBA was one of the most important vehicles of WW1, it has been described as a Great War equivalent to the GMC, GAZ AA or Opel Blitz of WW2.
The Company that made the CBA Truck started in 1894 when Marius Berliet started experimenting with gasoline engines and built their first, primitive car. In 1906, Berliet’s introduced their first real commercial truck, a chain-drive 2-tonne cab-over-engine machine, When WW1 started Berliet had just added a new 6-tonne truck to their range, this was the Berliet CBA.
The Berliet CBA followed the rather modern earlier designs of the Company, in that it featured a four-cylinder gasoline engine (25 HP, with a honeycomb radiator) with a chain drive, and steel chassis frame, instead of wood. It had a four-speed gearbox, solid rubber tires and a bumper in front of the radiator. It could carry some 3.5 tons and had a maximum speed of 30km/h. Berliet offered the CBA to the Army, who accepted it as a standard truck. It soon proved to be a very reliable and functional vehicle, and was to play a major part in the endless truck convoys on the “Sacred Road” which supplied the French forces fighting the Battle of Verdun in 1916. The success of the CBA was not just due to the performance of the vehicle, but just as much to the fact that the firm of Berliet was such a modern and effective manufacturer. In 1915 Berliet set up the World’s first real Assembly Belt-type of production line. This led both to the price per unit being lowered, for the first time making motor transport as cheap as horse transport, and the production rate being very high – every day 40 new CBAs rolled out of the factory. At the end of the war 25,000 trucks had been delivered to the armed services.
The Berliet CBA was to be used all through the 20s and 30s and during the first years of WW2
THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 GWF-03 Berliet CBA, French Truck, 1916 Retail us$188
GWB-01B MEDIUM MARK A, WHIPPET TANK, “MUSICAL BOX” A/6 344
W.J CARNEY & C. RIBBANS, Retail us$78
THE RAID ON ST. FRANCIS
RSF-09 WOODLAND INDIANS, Waiting Patiently…… Retail us$79
THE BATTLE OF THE PLAINS OF ABRAHAM 1759
The Régiment de Béarn was a French Army regiment active in the 18th century, and was recruited from the Picardy region of France. It is principally known for its role in the Seven Years’ War, when it served with distinction in the North American theatre. French Regiments at this time consisted of two battalions.The two battalions of this regiment operated on different theatres of operation for most of the Seven Years’ War. The 1st Battalion remained in Europe, and was assigned to the defence of the coasts. At August 1, 1757, the 1st Battalion was stationed at La Rochelle in the Aunis country. The 2nd battalion was sent to New France, and arrived in June 1755.
The Regiment was to take part at the siege of Fort William Henry 1757, and in 1758, the regiment participated in the defense of Fort Carillon.
On September 13, 1759, they were present during the siege of Quebec City, and at the Battle of The Plains of Abraham, it was deployed in the centre.
This Regiment probably underwent the most changes in its uniform, than any other regiment in New France. Waistcoats, collars and cuffs were originally blue, but were changed to red in 1757.
QF-35 BATTLE OF THE PLAINS OF ABRAHAM, 13th September 1759,
REGIMENT de BEARN, 2 Line Infantry Firing, Retail us$78
QF-35N BATTLE OF THE PLAINS OF ABRAHAM, 13th September 1759,
REGIMENT de BEARN,, 4 Line Infantry Firing, Box Set Retail us$138
THE WAR OF 1812
This period was full of activity for the Marines. Starting with the fights with the Barbary corsairs, and continuing throughout the War of 1812. The Marines were to take part in virtually every action at sea, on the Great Lakes, and also in many engagements on land. A section of the line at New Orleans were held by the Marines at this battle. Therefore they were extremely active despite the strength of the corps only averaging about 1,000 officers and men.
1812M-02 U.S. MARINE CORPS, 1814 2 MARINES FIRING, Retail us$78
1812M-02N U.S. MARINE CORPS, 1814, 4 MARINES FIRING, BOX SET, Retail us$138
THE JACOBITE REBELLION 1745
The Royal Ecossais was raised in 1744 and discharged in 1752. Their officers were Scots and Irish, often exiled Jacobites, and the soldiers were of many European nationalities, including Scots, Irish and English. The regiment was raised by Lord John Drummond and was a regiment of Scots mercenaries in French service
EEC-01 REGIMENT ROYAL ECOSSOIS, Regiment Officer, Retail us$40
THE PENINSULAR WAR 1807-1814
PB-03 SPANISH GATEWAY, Retail us$52