The Metal Toy Soldiers of Wm. Hocker, Proprietor


1914
The rivalries and alliances of 19th Century Imperialism, particularly the ambitions of the young German Empire, produce a tinderbox of nationalistic posturing in Europe in the early 20th century. The match is lit when Archduke Ferdinand, next in line to the Austro-Hungarian throne, on a visit to the recently annexed state of Bosnia, is assassinated by a Bosnian-Serb nationalist in late June 1914. Austria, long annoyed by Serbian rabble-rousing in its slavic vassal states, declares war on Serbia. Russia mobilizes to defend its ally Serbia. Germany, long planning a campaign against European foes, encourages it's ally Austria to attack, while demanding Russia demobilize. Russia doesn't and Germany declares war on Russia. Germany seeks a European hegemony both east and west, depending on a quick capitulation from Russia's ally France before the more arduous eastern campaign. While the Austrians, Russians and Serbians begin their skirmishes, Germany declares war on Belgium upon its refusal to be traversed and pounds the stubborn Belgians in its advance on Paris. Belgium's ally England is obligated to declare war on Germany. Barely a week has passed since the assassination. Within a month, the French, in a hurried mobilization, manage miraculously to stall the Germans at the Marne creating an entrenched western front that will last 4 years.

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471A Visit to Sarajevo 1914
17 pieces
$400
472Austo-Hungarian Infantry 1914
8 pieces
$180
473Serbian Infantry 1914
8 pieces
$180
474Russian Infantry 1914
8 pieces
$180$144
475German Ulan Lancers 1914
5 pieces
$180
476German Infantry Marching 1914
8 pieces
$180$144
477German Infantry Firing 1914
8 pieces
$180$144
478German Infantry Advancing 1914
8 pieces
$180
479German Maxim Gun 1914
4 pieces
$90
480French Infantry Marching 1914
8 pieces
$180$144
481French Infantry Firing 1914
8 pieces
$180$144
482French Infantry Advancing 1914
8 pieces
$180$144
483French St. Etienne Gun
4 pieces
$90$72
484BEF Infantry Marching 1914
8 pieces
$180
485BEF Infantry Firing 1914
8 pieces
$180
486BEF Infantry Advancing 1914
8 pieces
$180
487BEF Maxim Gun 1914
4 pieces
$90
488Belgian Infantry Marching 1914
8 pieces
$180
489Belgian Infantry Firing 1914
8 pieces
$180
490Belgian Carabinier Maxim Gun 1914
8 pieces
$180
491German 42cm (Big Bertha) Howitzer 1914
9 pieces
$500
492French Troop Transport 1914
8 pieces
$300

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