History of the O. & M. Hausser Company
On May 1, 1904, Christian Hausser, a master craftsman from Ludwigsburg, bought the company “Müller & Freyer Kurz- und Spielwarenhandlung en gros,” for his sons Otto and Max. By 1910 the company was supplying (besides educational and party games) nearly unbreakable, three-dimensional toy soldiers from its own production line.
In 1912, Max and Otto ...
Hausser / Elastolin Catalogues
Until its bankruptcy in 1983, Hausser had published extensive catalogues on the range of figures and accessories it produced. Catalogues were published both for dealers (resellers) and for end consumers. In addition, there are also price sheets and order lists in which the entire range of figurines was listed according to manufacturer numbers. On certain ...
88 mm Anti-Aircraft Gun
The 8.8cm Flak (Flugabwehrkanone = anti aircraft gun) was one of the most effective and feared German guns of the Second World War especially in ground combat. Thousands of enemy tanks may have been destroyed by this weapon and it was also highly successful as an anti-aircraft weapon. This gun had been in development since 1928 and was available to the army ...
Figure Series by Hausser / Elastolin and Lineol
When collectors talk about their hobby of collecting composition toy soldiers, they usually refer to the 7 and 7.5 cm scale models as being their favourite. These have been the most collected sizes for many years. The reason is probably that these types of composition figures are the most common and they are easy to find. Also there are enough catalogues ...
Portrait figures are one of the most fascinating facets of collecting composite toy soldiers. A look at the numerous portrait figures produced by Hausser and Lineol during their heyday.
Terrain Building Sets by MORGOMA
Under the name "Das Kampffeld" (The Battle Field) the company MORGOMA has produced terrain kits with terrain parts with which a very realistic battlefield for figures of 7cm size can be built. Positions and combat stations are built into the terrain and not placed on it. MORGOMA has taken this circumstance into account with its terrain parts. Because almost ...
During the First World War, tanks were used for the first time on the western theater of war. With the defeat of the Empire, Germany was banned from owning and developing battle tanks under the Treaty of Versailles. Only the Wehrmacht disregarded these regulations and reintroduced tanks into the German army. During the Spanish Civil War the PzKw I was used ...
Figures of Abyssinian and Italian soldiers appeared for the first time in 1937 in a Lineol sales catalogue. Some of the African warriors were wearing the traditional dress of tribes from Abyssinia. However why did Lineol start a new series of figures? The
Rudolf Hess was born in 1894 in Alexandria, Egypt, as the son of a German merchant. During the First World War he served in the German Army and was seriously injured at Verdun in August 1917. In the same year he was promoted to Lieutenant and volunteered
He was born Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, in Gori, which is now in the Republic of Georgia, in 1879, but in 1910 adopted the pseudonym Josef Stalin, Staling meaning "a man of steel." Both his parents were Georgian peasants neither of whom spoke Russi
Light Field Howitzer 18 L/28
During the summer of 1926 the German army command asked for an improvement of the "leichte Feldhaubitze 16" (light field howitzer 16), which had been in service already in World War I. This task was given to the Rheinmetall company. The results of the pro
Belgium King Albert I
Albert was born in Brussels in 1875, and was the nephew of King Leopold II. He bore the title Count of Flanders. Upon his uncle's death in 1909 Albert I assended the throne. He married the Duchess of Bavaria and both proved to be very popular members of