BlackHawk: BH1211 Dillinger

Black Hawk Toy Soldiers

Gangland America

In the 1920s and 1930s, the United States confronted a crime rate never seen before. American Puritanism had long fought the evils of drinking when the first attempts at prohibition took place in the 1850s. The movement increased significantly during WWI and finally an outright ban for alcoholic drinks was issued in 1920. This circumstance boosted the eruption of a wave of underworld organized crime eager to meet the unattended - and overwhelming - demand for spirited beverages. The unprecedented crime wave culminated in the famous St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago, in February 1929.
To make the dramatic situation worse, in October of that year, the stock market crashed, which led to a worldwide economic depression and massive unemployment. Soon a new breed of outlaw arrived that, unlike the romanticized outlaws of the Old West, drove fast cars instead of riding horses and exchanged the old single-action revolvers and lever rifles with automatic pistols and submachine guns.
It was a time of violence and disorder that would produce a colorful gallery of rogues ranging from the kingpins of Chicago's organized crime to restless, lonely characters that lived by the gun on the road, many of whom met a tragic and often bloody end.
Black Hawk's representation of this frantic,
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