Featured an article about a very nicely illustrated history book. Aimed at kids, it reminded me of a couple of books that I had picked up along the way.
First off this this one:
I found it browsing in a thrift shop. What really caught my eye was this:
The center of the book had many photos of dioramas. Here are some of them:
Anyway, as for the toy soldiers, I am pretty sure they are "Little Lead Soldiers".
As you can see, they now produce expensive, limited ranges of items aimed at the display market.
But years ago I remember you could buy bags of the soldiers for 6 or 7 dollars. This would get you 20 odd soldiers on foot, a couple of guns and crew, or almost a dozen cavalrymen. They all were posable figures in lead/tin alloy, and they came with a metal base to solder them to, and cast weapons and accoutrements. They were figured in a James Bond movie, "The Living Daylights" with Timothy Dalton. It's the scene where the crazy General is shooting up the toy soldier displays in his little museum.
I found a youtube link to the scene:
Anyway, here's a few more scenes of them in battle:
The next isn't really a toy soldier book. Rather it is a well illustrated history book aimed at kids.
"Great Land Battles", Hamlyn all-colour paper backs, Hamlyn, London, 1972. ISBN 0 600 33892 4
My copy is coming apart at the seams, but it remains a favorite of mine. The battles included are: Hastings, Constantinople, Blenheim, Quebec, Saratoga, Waterloo, Gettysburg, Sedan, The Marne, and Normandy.
The margins are full of portraits of the main players, and scenes of action. Some are half pages:
But occasionally, there are full page colour illustrations such as these:
I've a few more such books about, with toy soldiers illustrated within. I'll post some again in the future.