January 12, 2016

FIGURE OF THE WEEK #103: U.S. Marine, Korean War, Chosin Reservoir, 1950 by W Britain

U.S. Marine, Chosin Reservoir 1950
Not only is this figure one of the very few to ever be produced representing the Korean War but it's also one of the best! This 1/30th scale pewter figure, catalog no.10036 is from W. Britain and was issued as part of their Museum Collection a couple of years back. Now sold out and retired it is well worth tracking down. Sculpted by Ken Osen the figure captures the essence of the cold and misery the Marines faced in Korea during the 1950 Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Figures like this are one of the reasons I collect toy soldiers. It encourages me to explore history and time periods I may not have been inspired to .

DYK: The Battle of Chosin Reservoir, was a decisive battle in the Korean War. "Chosin" is the Japanese pronunciation of the Korean name, "Changjin". The US forces relied on Japanese language maps dating from their occupation of Korea which had only ended five years earlier at the conclusion of World War II. Shortly after the People's Republic of China entered the conflict, the People's Volunteer Army 9th Army infiltrated the northeastern part of North Korea. On 27 November, the Chinese 9th Army surprised the US X Corps commanded by Major General Edward Almond at the Chosin Reservoir area.
A brutal 17 day battle in freezing weather soon followed. In the period between November 27th and December 13th 1950, 30,000 United Nations troops nicknamed "The Chosin Few" under the field command of Major General Oliver P. Smith were encircled and attacked by approximately 67,000 Chinese troops under the command of Song Shi-Lun, who had been ordered by Mao Zedong to destroy the UN forces. The UN forces were nonetheless able to make a fighting withdrawal and broke out of the encirclement while inflicting crippling losses on the Chinese.
A column of American Marines marches down a canyon road dubbed
"Nightmare Alley" during their withdrawal from Chosin Reservoir, Korea, 1950. 

About Britains-
William Britain, W. Britain or simply Britain's, no matter what you call them the name is synonymous with toy soldiers. Since 1893 W. Britain has been producing toy soldiers and military miniatures with attention to detail, quality and authenticity. Each model figure is cast out of metal and hand painted to the highest possible standards. Ranges include traditional toy style figures in 1/32 scale (54mm / 2.125" tall) and a large selection of realistic matte finished figures in 1/30 scale (58mm / 2.3125" tall). Most major time periods are covered from the eighteenth century up to the conflicts of the twentieth century. Whatever your interest, W. Britain has figures and accessories for your collection!

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