The Battle of the Alamo (February 23 – March 6, 1836) was a pivotal event in the
Texas Revolution. Following a 13-day siege, Mexican troops under President
General Antonio López de Santa Anna launched an assault on the Alamo Mission
near San Antonio de Béxar (modern-day San Antonio, Texas, United States),
killing all of the Texian (Texan) defenders. Santa Anna's cruelty during the battle
inspired many Texians - both Texas settlers and adventurers from the United
States - to join the Texian Army. Buoyed by a desire for revenge, the Texians
defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836,
ending the revolution.
This is a drawing of the Alamo Mission in San Antonio. It was first printed in
1854 in Gleason's Pictorial Drawing Room Companion and was reprinted in Frank
Thompson's 2005 "The Alamo", p 106.
The Fall of the Alamo (1903) by Robert Jenkins Onderdonk, depicts Davy Crockett
wielding his rifle as a club against Mexican troops who have breached the walls
of the mission.
This book brings together, for the first-time ever, two separate but linked
subjects; the abiding interest and enthusiasm for the study of the siege and
battle of The Alamo in 1836 plus the worldwide hobby of collecting military
The author has been an Alamo enthusiast since 1960 and, from the mid-1970’s, has
been one of the UK’s leading collectors and dealers in miniature military
figures. His previous book “The Collector’s Guide to Plastic Toy Soldiers” sold
out completely on publication in 1987 and has just been re-issued in a revised
edition. You can find more details of this re-issue
The latest book starts with an overview of the author’s interest in the Alamo which
is shared by thousands of people world-wide. Following a background piece about
the Texan Revolution which sets the subject in context, the book moves on to
consider toy and model soldiers of the Alamo period and includes a useful guide
to scales and sizes for newcomers to the collecting field.
Separate chapters are devoted to miniature figures for both sides in the
conflict, both the Texan Defenders and members of the Mexican Army. Over 100
different makes of figure are detailed from small scale figures through to
standard size toy and model soldiers; then on to larger scale precision models.
Alamo figures have been produced by makers in many different countries and this
book is the first to bring all the available information into one volume.
Other chapters cover Alamo artillery, uniforms, dioramas, war-games figures,
board war-games and model Alamo building and accessories.
Outside the specific toy and model soldier categories the book also covers the
four most recent Alamo films, “Alamo” music, over 100 books (fiction and
non-fiction) about the Alamo and the Texas Revolution. It also revisits
controversies and legends about the event.
The book is illustrated by colour photographs of Alamo figures and dioramas in
the author’s personal collection. Over 100 such photographs are included and
none have ever been published before now.
In conclusion, the book reflects on the subsequent history of The Alamo and of
Mexican General Santa Anna and also includes details of the final survivors of
the battle, some of whom lived into the 20th century.
George Kearton is one of the United Kingdom’s foremost experts on toy and model
soldiers and you can purchase a signed copy of 'The Alamo in Miniature' now. The
cost is £24.95 with free postage and packing worldwide. As delivery times vary
across the globe, please allow up to 28 days for your book/s to reach you.
If you prefer, George Kearton's 'The Alamo in Miniature' is also available now at Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.com here and Amazon.es
here. If you live outside of these areas a quick
search on the relevant Amazon site for your country should find the book for you
However, please note that signed copies are only available here on 'Reach for
the Sky'; from
Cornucopia (our online shop).