Tradition of London started a Tradition by releasing
a Christmas set starting from year 2001
2016 Christmas set - The German Army - The First World War 1914-1918 - 54mm
Kaiser Wilhelm II, General Staff officer, Manfred Von Richtofen - Red Baron, Pilot
Private carrying a machine gun and Private carrying hack and spade.
World War I, WWI or WW1, also known as the First World War, or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe
that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918.
This Set has a Limited Edition of 59
2015 Christmas set - The Battle of Waterloo 1815 - The Napoleonic War - 54mm
The Duke of Wellington, Officer 2nd Dragoons, King’s German Legion
Napoleon Bonaparte, Marshal Berthier, Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher and General Officer
This Set has a Limited Edition of 90
2014 Toy Set Christmas
Christmas 2014 Toy set The British Army WW1
Field Marshal Lord Kitchener, Officer, Private Infantry Summer/ Winter and Private Scottish Regiment
This Set has a Limited Edition of 110
2013 Toy Set Christmas
2013 Christmas set Zulu War 1879 - The British Army 24th Regiment of Foot
Officer, Sergeant, two Privates, Officer Army Commissariat and Surgeon Army Medical Department This special limited edition “Christmas 2013 Set” is only available during the year of issue. The figures are made in England of quality white metal and meticulously hand-painted in gloss enamel to the highest standards. Come packed in a hand-made red box with foam to protect them.
This Set has a Limited Edition of 63
2012 Toy Set Christmas
Retreat from Moscow 1812
Fusilier Line, Cuirassier, Officer with Eagle Dragoon Hussar who is Blinded Lancer of the 1st Polish Garde.
The French invasion of Russia in 1812 (also known as the Patriotic War of 1812, was a turning point during the Napoleonic Wars. It reduced the French and allied invasion forces (the Grande Armée) to a tiny fraction of their initial strength and triggered a major shift in European politics as it dramatically weakened French hegemony in Europe.
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2011 Toy Set Christmas
French Infantry, Head of Column, c.1814-15
Officer, Standard-Bearer, 2nd Port-Aigle (Eagle-Escort), 3rd Port-Aigle (Eagle-Escort) Sapeur, and Drummer in Imperial livery c.1814-1815
With the re-introduction of light infantry into the Napoleonic army, they would be combined with a close order column, which would constitute the new tactics of the Napoleonic infantry. The light infantry or skirmishers would occupy the enemy in order for the larger assault formations to move up without being too exposed to the fire of the enemy line. To put this into a clearer perspective, the Napoleonic regular infantry would perform either role, whether it was in a skirmishing or regular infantry role.
Now the roles of the Napoleonic foot soldier has been identified, we can now examine the more renown infantry formations that Napoleon would utilize in his battlefield successes. One such formation was the column, which was developed by Lazare Carnot and later perfected by Napoleon.
The French infantry column was an adaptation of the linear system, where the deployment of a number of linear units or battalions were in depth to provide physical and psychological weight to an attack, however, individual units could still operate in a linear formation. The greatest advantage by using this type of formation would rest in its flexibility and versatility. This formation would permit the commander to move large numbers of troops over the battlefield with better control and more rapidly than was possible before.
The column formation could operate with ease in rough terrain, while being able to change formations just as easily. With the re-introduction of skirmishers, they could be detached without making major readjustments on the battlefield. While on the battlefield, this formation could very rapidly convert from two or three rank firing lines or squares and back to the original formation.
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2010 Toy Set Christmas
The Black Watch, 42nd Highlanders
The regiment's name allegedly came from the dark tartan that they wore and from its role to "watch" the Highlands. "Black Watch" was originally a nickname for the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot, but was used more and more so that, in 1881, when the 42nd amalgamated with the 73rd Regiment of Foot, the new regiment was named "The Royal Highland Regiment (The Black Watch)", with The Black Watch becoming the regiment's official designation in 1931. The uniform changed over time, but the nickname has been more enduring. The regimental motto was Nemo me impune lacessit (no man provokes me with impunity).
This Set has a Limited Edition of 85
2009 Toy Set Christmas
The Confederate State Army, The American Civil War 1861-1865
General Robert E. Lee, General J.E.B Stuart, Infantry Drummer, Trooper 1st Virginia Cavalry, Private Tiger Zouaves and Artillery Gunner
The Confederate States Army CS Army was the army of the Confederate States of America during its brief existence from 1861 to 1865. It was established in two phases with provisional and permanent organizations, which existed concurrently.BR>
The Provisional Army of the Confederate States PACS was authorized by Act of Congress on February 28, 1861, and began organizing on April 27. Virtually all regular, volunteer, and conscripted men preferred to enter this organization since officers could achieve a higher rank in the Provisional Army than they could in the Regular Army. If the war had ended successfully for them, the Confederates intended that the PACS would be disbanded, leaving only the ACSA. The Army of the Confederate States of America ACSA was the regular army, organized by Act of Congress on March 6, 1861. It was authorized to include 15,015 men, including 744 officers, but this level was never achieved. The men serving in the highest rank as Confederate States Generals, such as Samuel Cooper and Robert E. Lee, were enrolled in the ACSA to ensure that they outranked all militia officers. Members of all the Confederate States military forces, to include the Army, the Navy and the Marine Corps were often referred to as Confederates, and members of the CS Army were referred to as Confederate soldiers. Supplementing the CS Army were the various state militias.
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2008 Toy Set Christmas
The Union Army 1861-1865, The Iron Brigade
General Grant, Officer, Sergeant, Drummer and 2 Privates.
The Iron Brigade, also known as the Iron Brigade of the West or the Black Hat Brigade, was an infantry brigade in the Union Army of the Potomac during the American Civil War. Although it fought entirely in the Eastern Theatre, it was composed of regiments from Western states states that are today considered Midwestern. Noted for its strong discipline, its unique uniform appearance, and its tenacious fighting ability, the Iron Brigade suffered the highest percentage of casualties of any brigade in the war.The nickname Iron Brigade, with its connotation of fighting men with iron dispositions, was applied formally or informally to a number of units in the Civil War and in later conflicts. The Iron Brigade of the West was the unit that received the most lasting publicity in its use of the nickname.
This Set has a Limited Edition of 73
2007 Toy Set Christmas
The Roman Army, A General, a Centurion and four Legionaries
All Traditions figure are made in England of quality white metal and meticulously hand painted in gloss enamel paints to the highest standards. Like all soldiers of the ancient world, the Roman soldier was originally the able bodied man of a small community fighting to protect his home and land from jealous neighbours. The organisations of this first army is obscure, but analogy and tradition combine to show that, in order not to disturb the balance of power within the State, it was levied from the noble caste, and commanded by the King. The armour worn, as remains have shown, did not differ much throughout Italy. But types were not yet classified and much experiment was in progress. Offensive weapons were still the cutting sword, carried upon the shoulder strap, and the long trusting spear, both adapted to stand up fighting close quarters. By the early eighth century, the Etruscans were bringing with them to Italy armour of essentially Greek type. Owing to its cost and cumbrousness, this armour never completely ousted the lighter and more pliant Italic type. Yet it created a standard of heavy armoured infantry, which was to last for some time. It quickly became clear, however, that if good armour was the deciding factor in pitched battles, wealth was important as nobility.
This Set has a Limited Edition of 95
2006 Toy Set
The Rearguard The French Army Retreat from Russia 1812
Marshal Ney, an Eagle Bearer, a Chasseur, a Guard Grenadier and two Infantry Privates.
All Traditions figure are made in England of quality white metal and meticulously hand painted in gloss enamel paints to the highest standards. On November 17, Napoleon decided to relieve the pressure on his army by leading his elite guardsmen in a southward attack in the direction of the main body of Russian troops led by Kutusov. Kutusov, not wishing to engage in a general battle with Napoleon, ordered all Russian troops, including those of Miloradovich, to retreat slightly to the south, thus leaving the road clear for the French to continue their retreat. Napoleon capitalized on this success by garnering as many of his forces as possible, and then retreated from Krasnoi unharried by the Russians. The French rearguard, however, led by Marshal Ney, was still too far to the east to be saved, and was abandoned by Napoleon to its fate. On November 18, the Russians again occupied the road, and then completely destroyed Neys corps in a torrid infantry engagement. Ney himself won renown in this encounter because of his refusal to surrender, escaping into the forest with a handful of survivors.
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2005 Toy Set Christmas
Marlboroughs Infantry 1702-1711
The Duke of Marlborough, a Drummer, two Grenadiers and two Musketeers.
The year 1934, which brought the 230th anniversary of Blenheim, was marked appropriately by a very definite revival of interest in one of the greatest periods of British military history, the days in which John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, led our armies to victory. Read more in the Tradition Magazine No 37
In the early 18th century the British Army was perhaps at its peak for efficiency, discipline and training. The officers, all from county families automatically took responsibility, gave order, were obeyed. They were the descendants of the Knights and squires who had led at Poitiers and Agincourt Often their men were from their fathers estates or from the same small country town. The men were long service professionals, bound by an iron discipline and loyalty, as were their Officers to their seniors. Read more in the Tradition Magazine No 53
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2004 Toy Set Christmas
The French Foreign Legion 1er Regiment Legion Etranger, circa 1980s
The regiment is today stationed at Quartier Viennot i Aubagne.
This Set has a Limited Edition of 89
2003 Toy Set Christmas
The French Eagles The Retreat from Moscow 1812
A companion set to the 2001 Christmas set
A crucial turning point in French Military history has been dramatically captured in this Christmas set From left to right French Eagle Bearers of Line Infantry, Line Infantry, Line Infantry. Line Chasseurs a Cheval, Grenadier of the Guard and Line Infantry, all in campaign dress.
This Set has a Limited Edition of 114
2002 Toy Set Christmas
The 95th Retreat to Corunna
The six figures in the set are, an Officer and five riflemen of the 95th Rifles
Based on James Beadles painting of The Rearguard depicting the retreat to Corunna Vigo in 1809. The 95th Rifles were part of the elite Light Brigade Commanded by General Black Bob Craufurd.They served with distinction throughout the Napoleonic Wars.
This Set has a Limited Edition of 146
2001 Toy Set Christmas
Napoleon and his Staff The Retreat from Moscow 1812
The six figures in the set are, from left to right a General Officer, Marshal Murat, Napoleon, Marshal Bessieres, an Aide de Camp and A General of Cuirassiers
This Set has a Limited Edition of 155.