WWI Corgi Centenary Models

Old Bill Bus WWI2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One, to commemorate the technological developments of military machinery; Corgi presents the World War Centenary Collection – a series of 4 die-cast vehicles which were involved in the global conflict. The models include: Old Bill Bus, Fokker DR1, Sopwith Camel and the Mark IV Male Tank.

World War One was a global war that involved more than 70 million military personnel from countries and alliances from all around the globe. The war began on the 28th July 1914 and lasted for over 4 years, finally ending on the 11th November 1918 when the armistice between the allies and Germany was signed. The war began after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. This triggered an international diplomatic crisis and within weeks various alliances were formed between different countries.

World War One often referred to as ‘The Great War’ is the fifth deadliest conflict to ever happen in the world with an estimation of over 10 million deaths and another 20 million wounded. Despite it being a world war, the majority of battles and lives lost were in the trenches of Europe. During the 4 year conflict there were a number of technological advancements that took place. Machines entered the battle ground for the first time in any mass. Vehicles such as tanks were used in ground battles and existing vehicles such as buses were called upon to transport troops to and from the battle field. In the later stages of the war aircraft were used for ground attacks, bombing raids and air-to-air combat.

Old Bill Bus

The ‘Old Bill’ or ‘B-Type’ bus was a double-decker bus that was first introduced in London in 1910 and was operated by London General Omnibus Company for the daily transportation of Londoners around the city. After the outbreak of the First World War, 900 of the buses were called upon for support in the war effort; they were used for the transportation of troops and were repainted in camouflage colour khaki.

Old Bill Bus WWI

Fokker DR1

The Fokker DR1, of which a total of 320 were built, was a tri-plane fighter aircraft manufactured by Fokker-Flugzeugwerke for the German Empire’s air force ‘Luftstreitkräfte’. The DR1 was made famous by German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, the ‘Red Baron’, as the aircraft in which he claimed his final 19 victories.

Fokker DR1 WWI

Sopwith Camel

The Sopwith Camel was a single-seat biplane used by the British during World War I. It was first introduced on the Western Front in June 1917. Flown by the Royal Flying Corps, the Sopwith Camel was credited with shooting down 1,924 enemy aircraft throughout the conflict.

Sopwith Camel WWI

Mark IV Male Tank

The British Mark IV tank was one of the first armed tracked vehicles to be used in World War I, first entering into service in August 1916. It first saw action on the morning of the 15th September during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette. The male version of the tank as modelled here was armed with two six-pounder QF guns. It required 8 crew members to operate this fierce machine.

Mark IV Male Tank WWI

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