BRAND NEW W. Britain toy soldiers have arrived at The Toymaker of Williamsburg. See new toy soldiers from the American Revolution and Redcoats collections below. Browse all of our W. Britain toy soldiers on our official website now.
American Revolution Toy Soldiers
“Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!” Colonel William Prescott, Commander of the colonial militia on Bunker (Breed’s) Hill. His command proved effective, driving back two British assault waves, though the third wave was successful when the colonists ran low on ammunition.
|British Royal Irish Grenadier Kneeling Firing 1 – W. Britain|
|British Royal Irish Grenadier Recover 1 – W. Britain|
|British Royal Irish Grenadier Officer 1 – W. Britain|
|British Royal Irish Grenadier Falling Back Wounded 1 – W. Britain|
|British Royal Irish Grenadier Standing Loading 1 – W. Britain|
History of the British Army
The 35th Foot was massacred at Fort William Henry in August 1757 after it surrendered to French forces under General Montcalm. The Native American (Indian) Allies of the French fell upon the retreating British and killed a number of troops and civilians. An interesting side note to this series was the research involved in determining the regimental facing (cuffs, collars and turnbacks) colors. For years books, toy soldier makers and others have depicted the Regiment in orange facings, since regimental returns for the period referred to them in orange facings. Ian Castle, author and French & Indian War living historian, was working on an article about the unit for us and when he saw the first paint sample in orange he was troubled. Their research had determined that 18th century “orange” was really a deep yellow with just a hint of orange. Subsequent digging turned up cloth fragments of the period also showing a deep yellow color and not orange at all. W. Britain then duly changed all of the facing colors on our paint masters and went with what was historically accurate.
Meanwhile, the 60th Regiment of Foot, or Royal Americans, served throughout the colonies and as such makes a perfect group of figures to fill out any number of French & Indian battles and fortifications.
|British 35th Regiment Grenadier At-The-Ready 1754-1763 – W. Britain|
|British 35th Regiment Grenadier At Attention 1754-1763 – W. Britain|
|British 35th Regiment of Foot Fifer 1754-1763 – W. Britain|
|British 35th Regiment of Foot Drummer 1754-1763 – W. Britain|
|British 35th Regiment of Foot Officer Mounted 1754-1763 – W. Britain|
|British 60th Regiment of Foot Marching 1754-1763 – W. Britain|
|British 60th Regiment of Foot Officer Marching 1754-1763 – W. Britain|