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Offering a wide range of original quality items, many from my own collection accumulated for over 35 years. Predominantly from the two world wars, though also selected pieces from other conflicts. The majority of items being combat related, uniforms, helmets, equipment etc, but including Home Front, civilian and small personal effects.

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HMSO Booklet, Merchant Airmen The Air Ministry Account of British Civil Aviation: 1939-1944. HMSO publication, 1946, 208pp with numerous photos. In good used condition. FREE UK POSTAGE
*SALE* 1939 Leather Equipment Binocular Case This is the modified type, with the large top buckle removed, it has also had a shoulder strap added. Very good overall condition with a former owners name and details added at some time to the top and bottom. The brown felt padding remains inside. A scarce piece of equipment.
*SALE* Winston Churchill Speeches Record Set Presentation boxed set of 12 vinyl records, 'Winston S. Churchill, His Memoirs & Speeches, 1918-1945', includes 58 page book of pictures and information about his life with a precis of the contents of each recording. All discs are in top condition, the only fault I can see is that the embosed front piece to the box has slipped slightly and there are a few rubs at the edges of the box. Published in 1964 on the Decca label. A heavy item, nearly 4kg.
.303 Charger Clips, Mk4 .303 chrger clips, later type, Mk4, cWW2. Good used condition. Priced each
1 Para Woven Lanyard with Recognition Scarf Section An original WW2 lanyard as worn by 1 Para, unit made from a section of green German parachute cord. See British Airborne Insignia Vol1, p296, by Oliver Lock. Attached to one end is a part of the fluorescent recognition scarf issued to airborne troops. Good used condition.
14 Pattern Leather Sling Leather sling sling for the Lee Enfield rifle that came with some Home Guard items, brown leather with rivetted loop at one end and holes for lacing at the other. Good overall condition but could do with a clean, approx 47”/120cm In length
15/19 Hussars Coloured Side Cap, Named Officer’s regimental coloured side cap for the 15th/20th Hussars, red body with gold piping and silver gilt buttons to the front. Named on the inside to J. G. Champion who served with the regiment during WW2. Good used condition but with some slight wear etc, one small hole to side. No size marked but measures approx 27cms along the inside edge
162 Independant Infantry Bgd Printed cloth formation sign in very good condition, unused.
1939 Leather Equipment 1” Pack Straps, set #2 Matched pair of utility straps used on the large pack and for securing greatcoat, blanket etc. Maker mark looks like EH&Co Walsall and dated 1941. Both in good unused condition but with some slight marks from storage.
1939 Leather Equipment Basic Pouch, Modified Standard basic pouch with the later modifications to accommodate Sten magazines, side hook removed and the top flap raised. Very good used condition
1939 Leather Equipment Waist Belt Original WW2 with all brass fittings in place, very good used condition
1939 Leather Equipment, Basic Pouch, unmodified, lhs Standard pouch in its original unaltered state with brass side hook. I have three left hand side to choose from, two dated 1939, one is 1942, all in good used condition. Price per pouch, please specify
1939 Leather Equipment, Utility Pouch Larger type utility pouch with large buckle and strap loop to reverse. Good used condition, feint maker marks etc to back. Price is for ONE pouch, please specify
1939 Pattern Leather Equipment Binocular Case This is the modified type, with the large top buckle removed, it has also had a shoulder strap added. Very good overall condition with a former owners name and details added at some time to the top and bottom. The brown felt padding remains inside but with some slight wear. A scarce piece of equipment.
1941 Spoken Letter Record, from Wing Commander A scarce WW2 spoken letter, the sender has had his message recorded onto a disc and sent from Canada back to England. Posted in December 1941 by W/Cdr O. M. Fraser, RAF from Suffield, Alberta, it has a label to show it has been opened by a censor. In good condition, the outer envelope is split along three sides, the disc is approx 6.5ins.
1st Corps, Printed Original WW2 period printed formation sign for 1st Corps. Good used condition
1st Corps, Printed pair Original WW2 period printed formation signs for 1st Corps. Matching pair in mint condition
37 Pat MT Pouches Slightly mis-matched pair of the double pouches with brace attachment. Maker marked and dated MW&S Ltd 1941. Good used condition.
37 Pat Water Bottle Cover #1 Standard bag type bottle cover, clear maker marks, 'MECo.1944'. Mint unused condition.
37 Pat Water Bottle Cover #2 Standard bag type cover, unclear maker marks but dated 1943. Economy steel fittings. Mint unused condition.
37 Pat Water Bottle Cover #3 Standard bag type cover, unclear maker marks with AA store code, dated 1944. Mint unused condition.
37 Pattern Belt, Economy Pattern Wartime economy version with simplified construction and web keepers instead of brass. Very good used condition, lightly blancoed, feint stamps. Named in indelible pencil to major Smyth, RAMC.
37 Webbing Belt, Economy Type #1 37 pattern web belt of the late war economy type, simplified belt ends to hold keepers and web loops instead of brass. Unclear maker stamp, soldiers details added in pen. Good used condition with blanco covering overall.
37 Webbing Belt, Economy Type #2 Economy pattern belt without woven in loops for keepers but with a separate webbing piece stitched onto the inner face. Good clean condition with soldiers details in pen, unclear maker marks but this pattern was only made during WW2.
39th Independant Infantry Brigade Group Cloth Flash Formation sign for 39 Ind. Bgd. Gp. Blue triangle embroidered on orange felt. Rfu but very good condition.
40 Pattern Battledress Trousers Original late WW2 battledress trousers of British manufacture with clear WD stamp with ‘L’ for 1945/6. Overall good condition but with several holes, could be easily fixed up. Good starter pair, ideal for mannequin or kit display. Approx 30Wx30L
44 Pattern Medical Pack D A scarce used example of the Airborne ‘Don’ Pack for dressings, in 44 pattern webbing with matching L straps, all maker marked MECo and dated 1945. Very good used condition although the red cross has worn away, small paint marks inside flap
46th Infantry Division, Slide #1 Original WW2 period printed formation sign for 46 Infantry Div, fitted to a KD slide for wear on the epaulette. Good used condition.
46th Infantry Division, Slide #2 Original WW2 period printed formation sign for 46 Infantry Div, fitted to a KD slide for wear on the epaulette. Good used condition.
5 (Scottish) Para Battledress 1940 pattern battledress blouse with embroidered insignia comprising Parachute Regiment shoulder titles and Pegasus formation signs to both sleeves, parachute qualification badge and sergeant stripes to right sleeve only. All insignia has been attached with the same blanket stitching. Maker label inside and feint WD stamp with ‘N’ for 1943 and size 7. Lining material has a scrubbed appearance and overall the jacket has the look of an everyday BD, not best or walking out. Medal ribbons for Italy and France & Germany stars. This unit was part of 2nd Parachute Brigade and took part in operations in Italy, Southern France and Greece. Good used condition but numerous small moth holes, some to insignia, slight colour differences between left and right sleeve, probably from sunlight but overall the jacket still displays well.
5 (Scottish) Para BD, extra pics Feint ‘N’ over WD
5 (Scottish) Para BD, extra pics Insignia details
5 (Scottish) Para Beret A used WW2 pattern British Airborne beret, good size crown with correct grommets etc, ribbon stitched into small bow at rear. To the front a white metal badge for the Parachute Regiment backed with a square of Hunting Stuart tartan for 5 Para. Sadly the lining has been removed which was common for troops in warmer climates but otherwise in very good used condition.
5 (Scottish) Para Beret, extra pics
5th Field Brigade RA, Large Photo A large mounted photo titled 'Young Signallers Club, 5th Field Brigade R.A. 1938', named at the bottom. Overall good but with some damage, tear at the top and a couple of holes. Approx 45.5x36cms.
61st Infantry Div. Printed Signs Pair of WW2 printed formation signs for 61st Infantry Division, each stitched to a piece of battledress material, bottom edge has been cut and looks like something has been removed. One has slight damage to the corner, otherwise both in very good used condition.
6th Guards Independant Armoured Brigade Original WW2 period painted/printed formation signs for 6th Guards Ind. Amd. Bgd. Uncut and unused pair in mint condition.
9 Corps Formation Sign Black cat on orange ground. A good used example removed from uniform, back with a piece of cigarette packet.
Afrika Korps Luftwaffe Trench Art Ash Tray The lower part of a British 75mm shell dated 1941 with added rests for cigarettes, the top being fitted with a plated brass Luftwaffe eagle as worn on the tropical sun helmet. Good overall condition although one of the rests is missing. See pics
Anti Gas Equipment, Cotton Waste A small amount of cotton waste, as carried in the gas mask haversack for use in conjunction with the anti gas ointment for decontaminating the skin. A scarce item, often missing from the anti gas equipment. I have a few small quantities of this.
Arm of Service Strip, Felt, Pioneer Corps Unissued pair of WW2 felt arm of service strips for the Pioneer Corps. Mint, separate without backing material.
Arm of Service Strip, Felt, R. Signals Unissued pair of WW2 felt arm of service strips for Royal Signals. Mint, still attached to each other as issued.
Arm of Service Strip, Felt, RAOC Unissued pair of felt arm of service strips for RAOC. Mint, still connected together as issued
Arm of Service Strip, Felt, Reconnaissance Unissued pair of felt arm of service strips for the Reconnaissance Corps. Mint, as issued
Arm of Service Strip, Felt, REME Unissued pair of felt arm of service strips for REME. Mint, still connected together as issued
Arm of Service Strip, Woven, R. Signals Pair of WW2 woven arm of service strips for Royal Signals. Good used condition, but with a couple of snags around the edges.
Arm of Service Strip, Woven, REME Unissued pair of woven arm of service strips for REME. Mint, still connected together as issued
Army Prayer Book, 1940 Pocket Army Prayer Book for parade services. Stationery code in the back for 10/40. Good condition, light creasing.
Arnhem Medal/Insignia Grouping Additional pics of online research
Arnhem Medal/Insignia Grouping Small group of items relating to an Arnhem veteran consisting of his campaign stars and medals, Pegasus patch, jump wing, metal wings and cap badges, plus two named post war Masonic medals. Also includes three wartime books on Arnhem and airborne forces. Masonic items are named to G. D. Ducker, and online research shows that he was a member of 3(Airlanding) Light Aid Detachment REME, 1st Airborne Division, and was reported missing at Arnhem on 25/09/44, confirmed as PoW at Stalag 4A, Hohenstein on 28/11/44. All items in good used condition
Badged Battledress RE 52(L) Div Unusual battledress that came with a number of Royal Engineers officers items. Insignia for a Major in the RE of 52(Lowland) Division, with printed sign and 'MOUNTAIN' strip. Appears to be standard pattern but closer inspection shows that it started life as an ATS jacket and slacks but has been modified for a small man, even the slacks have been re-tailored from the side fly to a front fly. A very odd but original modification.
Badged Battledress, Pioneer Corps, 79th Division, 1943 1940 Austerity pattern BD with printed titles for Pioneer Corps, printed signs for 79th Div and felt arm of service strips. The right sleeve also has a musicians badge and printed service stripes for four years. label states size 9 and dated 1943. Overall good condition although a little grubby.
Badged Battledress, RAMC, 155 Field Ambulance, 1942 1940 pattern BD with printed insignia for RAMC, 52(L) Division, felt arm of service strip and corporals stripes, four years service stripes to right sleeve. Came with khaki kit bag with owners details, 'Cpl Richards, 7538636, 155 Fd. Amb, S/S Banfora, 17540'. This is in fact an Arny Dental Corps number but I have been told that the RAMC poached trained anaethetists from the dental units for field hospitals. In very good, clean condition.
Badged Battledress, Royal Artillery, 5th Division, 1942 1940 Austerity pattern BD jacket with insignia to each sleeve comprising woven Royal Artillery titles, printed sign for 5th Div, metal gun badge and sergeants stripes, there is also a loose medal ribbon bar which was in one of the pockets. Owners initails in pencil inside, 'H.W.T.', label absent and no visible date but the double internal pockets and brown buttons indicate a 1942/43 manufacture. Overall in very good condition but a little grubby.
Border Regiment, extra pics
Border Regiment, Military Cross, Palestine A pre-war style Service Dress tunic with buttons for the Border Regiment and Lt.Col rank insignia, holes to cuffs show the owner was previously a Warrant Officer. With some research from various sources the unique medal ribbon grouping shows that this uniform belonged to B.J. McAuley who served with the regiment from WW1 onwards. As WO2(RSM) with the first battalion he was awarded the Military Cross for actions in Palestine in 1938. Commissioned as a Lieutenant(QM) in 1940 he rose through the rank ending up as Lt. Colonel, having served in North Africa and Italy. Very good used condition, some research included.
British Airborne Armband, Union Jack Scarce armband worn by British Airborne troops on various operations, notably on Operation Dragoon in Southern France and the landings in Greece. A printed Union Flag mounted on a khaki drill rectangle with tie tapes. Good used condition
British Army Leather Utility Strap, 1940 Long brown leather utility strap as used on the officer kit roll and other large pieces of equipment. Maker marked and dated 1940. Appears unused
British Army Mess Tins #1, MB 1941/42 WW2 pattern in tin plated mild steel, maker marked MB, the larger one dated 6-42, the other 2-41. Very good used condition.
British Army Mess Tins #2, EIS 1943 WW2 pattern in tin plated mild steel, matched pair maker marked and dated EIS 43. Very good used condition.
British Army Mess Tins #3, MB 1941 WW2 pattern in tin plated mild steel, matched pair maker marked MB and dated 2-41. Very good used condition.
British Army Mess Tins #4, WW2 pattern in tin plated mild steel, mismatched maker marks and dates, small one is 1941, large one looks like MB 1943. Very good used condition.
British Army Mess Tins 1940 #6 WW2 pattern in tin plated mild steel, early but mismatched maker marks, small one is PSC 1940, large is MB6-40. Very good used condition.
British Army Mess Tins 1943 #5 WW2 pattern in tin plated mild steel with mismatched maker marks, small one is REGICOR 1943, large one is MB 2-43. Very good used condition.
British Helmet Chin Straps Mid war type elasticated straps as used on the Mk2 and RAC pattern steel helmets, very good condition, appear unused, still in their original stores bundle tied with string. Price is for one strap.
British Issue Binoculars, Prism, No2 MkII, 1939 Early WW2 binoculars, maker marked Kershaw & Son and dated 1939, complete with leather strap. Very good used condition overall but with a couple of small chips to the Bakelite eye pieces. Very clear optically but no graticules.
British Issue Folding Wire Cutters, 1944 Improved pattern with longer fold out handles and loop for lanyard. No maker mark but with WD arrow and dated 1944. Good used condition with a couple of small rust spots.
British Issue MkIII Compass, 1940 Earlier type MkIII without the lens guard, maker marked T.G.Co Ltd London with serial number and dated 1940. Good used condition retaining most of its black finish, appears to be working but has a bubble in the fluid
British Issue Socks, 1945 Grey woollen short socks, maker stamp to sole, WD arrow etc, with date 1945 and 'Made in Belgium'. Very good condition, slightly courser wool,than the British made ones.
British Issue Socks, Warnorm Khaki green wool short socks, WW2 issue, clear maker label to each, AB Ltd, Size 3/11, date slightly obscured by stitching, possibly 1943 but more likely to be 1945 due to the greener colour
British Miltary China Plate White china plate as used in mess halls and NAAFI etc, maker marked on back and dated 1940. Good order, approx 10ins/25.5cms.
British Officers Small Pattern Map Case Smaller pattern private purchase map case in tan canvas with leather trim and support straps with brass Sam Browne type clip for attaching to other equipment. Newey press stud closure on both sides, one flap covers pencils and concealed pocket, the other flap closes the fold out map cover. Very good used condition, still contains some utility marked pencils, approx 28x19cms. Often referred to as Airborne or Commando they can be seen in period military equipment advertising as ‘suitable for cavalry and armoured troops’.
British Officer’s Inter War Brown Drill Working Dress An unusual garment, most likely private purchase, but made in the dark brown drill material used for issued work clothing in the 1930s. Similar cut to the KD jacket but with no vent in the back seam, tailored holes for collar badges and rank insignia, and fitted with pressed football style buttons. It has been suggested that these garments were used by Royal Tank Corps and Armoured units. Very good used condition but with some slight wear and marks etc
Cadburys Ration Chocolate WW2 bar of ration chocolate in its economy wrapper. A scarce thing
Cape/Groundsheet Rubberised canvas cape in green, issued from late WW2, this example dated 1953 with clear maker stamps for Belstaff Ltd. Overall very good condition but quite stiff and with folds from storage.
Cavalry Water Bottle/Mess Tin Strap Brown leather strap from the Cavalry/Mounted Troops equipment, these have various unclear issue marks plus service numbers, some have an additional sliding loop. Probably interwar or early WW2. Five to choose from, please specify. Priced per strap
Chin Strap for MkIII/IV Helmets Mid war type elasticated helmet chin strap as found on MkIII/IV and later model MkIIs. Very good condition, appear unused. several available, some colour variations. Free Post.
Chocolate & Boiled Sweets Tin Larger type tin from the ration pack with maker code T.W. & S. Ltd and dated 5/43. Good used condition but with some slight marks marks and wear overall.
Collection of Photos, REME, Airborne Additional pics
Collection of Photos, REME, Airborne Small collection of photo snapshots and postcard size pics all from one man who served with the REME in one of the Airborne Divisions.
Coloured Side Cap & Insignia Groupng, Queens Regt. Group of items for the Queens Regiment comprising a coloured side cap with badge, set of dog tags, Queens printed titles, pair of 56 Div black cats, also a metal dog tag and WW1 medal box to the same family. Cap and dog tags named to 6101221 Davie J. Medal box to M H Davie, metal tag to M.B. Davie. All in very good used condition, see pics
Constitution of the USSR, English Edition, 1938 Scarce English pocket edition of the Constitution of the USSR, printed in the Soviet union, 1938. Good condition, with rusty staples.
Early Battle Dress Blouse, Serge, 1940, Additional Pics Early pattern of BD blouse with unlined collar and concealed brass buttons. Maker label inside with WD stamps and ‘Q’ for 1940, marked as a size 15 which is quite large. Each sleeve has the printed insignia consisting of Home Guard titles and county designations HTS/5 which was the Harpenden battalion. This blouse is in exceptional condition, very clean throughout and no obvious damage or moth, hard to better
Early Battle Dress, Blouse, Serge, 1940, Large Early pattern of BD blouse with unlined collar and concealed brass buttons. Maker label inside with WD stamps and ‘Q’ for 1940, marked as a size 15 which is quite large. Each sleeve has the printed insignia consisting of Home Guard titles and county designations HTS/5 which was the Harpenden battalion. This blouse is in exceptional condition, very clean throughout and no obvious damage or moth, hard to better. In one of the pockets is a creased and folded leaflet on rifle training dated 1943, in poor condition but included with the jacket.
Early Canvas Motorcyclist’s Helmet, 1940 Proofed tan canvas helmet, similar to flying gear but this model is for motorcyclists, WD stamps inside with Q for 1940. Very good used condition but with some slight marks, B+N mark on one ear flap, small holes to lining at rear
Early Issue Boot Brush, 1917, Named Standard type boot brush, good condition, maker and issue marks with 'ADMY' for Admiralty, dated 1917. Also has the name 'G MANDAM' stamped on one side, online searching show a K49082 George Edward Mandam from Hull serving at the end of WW1 on HM Ships Neptune and Hercules.
Early Light Pattern Respirator In Bag, Named A good early example of the light gas mask, the rubber being maker marked and dated JB 12/42 and the metal voicemitter part dated 9/1942. The filter and the bag are both dated 01/44. Still retaining one of the cork stoppers to prevent water/dirt etc getting into the filter, plus the anti dimming tin and cloth in the bottom of the bag. This has a soldier’s name etc on the strap in ink, 14448422 Murphy T. Very good condition overall, hard to find one that hasn’t been converted for post war Civil Defence use.
Early Mess Tins for 37 Pattern Pre war type aluminium mess tins for the 1937 pattern equipment, differing slightly from WW2 types in shape and construction. These have welded handle brackets, the handles are steel and slightly longer that the later types, they also have a reinforcing bar to hold them in the brackets. matched set with clear maker marks 'S&H Ltd, 1939'. Good used condition, some pitting and blackening from use, large tin has the base bowed out slighly.
Early Mess Tins, 1938 Issue mess tins for the 1937 pattern equipment, carried in the small pack. Clear maker marks NCJ Ltd, 1938, they differ slightly from the WW2 made types.
Emergency Ration Tin WW2 issue tin for Emergency Rations, used but in good order, instructions on lid.
Enamel Plate, Indian Made Military issue green enamel plate, maker marked and dated on the bottom, Bengal Enamel, 1944. Overall good condition but some chips to enamel and slight bend on one side.
Essex & Suffolk District Patch Printed formation sign in unused condition, I'd marked to rear
First Pattern Jungle Boots Early example of the jungle boots that appeared with 1944 pattern clothing. Differing from the later type in that they are in brown canvas and have standard lace eyelets, not speed lacing. Maker marked inside BATA 1945, size 9. Overall in very good condition, the only flaw is the rubber seal between upper and sole has deteriorated slightly in places, also, although the laces are period, they are not quite long enough to go to the top.
Folding Field Cooker & Fuel Tin Small folding stove with locking disk and tin containing fuel tablets (three remaining). Issued in WW2 as part of the British Army field rations for the individual soldier, and usually carried in the small pack. Very good used condition, with some wear and rust marks. Hard to find complete example.
Formation Sign, 24th Infantry Brigade WW2 paint stenciled version, vgc, rfu.
Formation Sign, 2nd Infantry Division, printed WW2 printed example, good condition, rfu.
Formation Sign, 2nd Infantry Division, woven WW2 locally made example, paper backing, appears unused.
Formation Sign, 38th Infantry Division WW2 silk woven example, good condition but with glue to reverse.
Formation Sign, 44th Infantry Division, printed Pair of printed signs, good condition, one has glue to reverse.
Formation Sign, 45th Infantry Division WW2 printed version, very good condition, appears unused.
Formation Sign, 47th Infantry Division WW2 printed type, vgc, rfu.
Formation Sign, 6th Armoured Div, silk woven WW2 period silk woven patch, thought to be of Itallian manufacture, it differs to the more common bevo type that appeared immediatly post war. Rfu, small tear to top rhs.
Formation Sign, 7th Armoured Div Immediate post war version, silk woven, possibly German manufacture.
Formation Sign, 7th Armoured Div, Brabant Late WW2 sign in distinctive Brabant weave, vgc, rfu, small tear to bottom rhs.
Friends Ambulance Unit Kit Bag Military style brown kit bag with painted markings for the Friends Ambulance Unit. Good used condition, some period repairs. The FAU was a Quaker organisation that worked along side the miltary in war zones to help provide civilian relief. For more info see: http://www.ourstory.info/library/4-ww2/Friends/fauTC.html#TC and http://www.ourstory.info/library/4-ww2/Friends/fau05.html
Grenadier Guards Squad Photo 1940 Large framed and glazed photo titled 'Cpl. Mumberson's Squad, 17th Coy. Grenadier Guards. Nov. 1940', named underneath. Very good condition, approx 39.5x30.5cms. Fairly heavy, nearly 1kg when packed. Two of the soldiers named in the picture are possibly caualties of the Italian campaign, W. Haynes and B. Baldwin, more research needed.
Heavy Canvas Chagul, 1943 Natural canvas bladder with carry strap and tie neck closure, instructions and maker details printed on the side, SNAB 1943. Very good condition, appears unused, possibly Indian made
HMSO Booklet, Arctic War Norways Role on the Northern Front. HMSO publication, 1945, 64pp with numerous photos. In good used condition but rust to staples. FREE UK POSTAGE
HMSO Booklet, Battle Of Britain An Air Ministry Account of the Great Days from 8th August to 31st October 1940. HMSO publication, 1941, 34pp with numerous photos. In good used condition, rust to staples, wear to spine. Period cartoon from newspaper added to inside cover. FREE UK POSTAGE
HMSO Booklet, Battle of the Atlantic The official account of the fight against the U-Boats 1939-1945. HMSO publication, 1946, 104pp with some maps. In good used condition, rust to staples,cover loose. FREE UK POSTAGE
HMSO Booklet, Before We Go Back A Pictorial Record of Norway's Fight against Nazism, both inside and outside the Country. Scarce edition. HMSO publication, 1944, 64pp with numerous photos. In good used condition, rust to staples. FREE UK POSTAGE
HMSO Booklet, Build the Ships The Official Story of Shipyards in Wartime. Scarce edition. HMSO publication, 1946, 64pp with numerous photos. In good used condition, rust to staples, small tear to bottom of back few pages. FREE UK POSTAGE
HMSO Booklet, Charting the Seas 'Charting the Seas in Peace and War', the story of the Hydrographic department of the Admiralty over a hundred and fifty years, 1795-1945. HMSO publication, 1947, 24pp with photos and illustrations. In good used condition, rust to staples. FREE UK POSTAGE
HMSO Booklet, Coastal Command The Air Ministry Account of the part played by Coastal Command in the Battle of the Seas, 1939-1942. HMSO publication, 1942, 144pp with numerous photos. In good used condition. FREE UK POSTAGE
HMSO Booklet, East of Malta, West of Suez The Admiralty account of the Naval War in the Eastern Mediteranean: Sept 1939 to March 1941. HMSO publication, 1943, 64pp with numerous photos. In good used condition, rust to staples. FREE UK POSTAGE
HMSO Booklet, His Majesty's Minesweepers HM Minesweepers, prepared for the Admiralty by the Ministry of Information. HMSO publication, 1943, 62pp with numerous photos. In good used condition, rust to staples, cover loose. Period cartoon from newspaper added to inside cover. FREE UK POSTAGE
HMSO Booklet, Mediterranean Fleet... ...Greece to Tripoli. The Admiralty Account of Naval Operations: April 1941 to January 1943. HMSO publication, 1944, 96pp with numerous photos. In good used condition but rust to staples. FREE UK POSTAGE
HMSO Booklet, Merchantmen at War The official story of the Merchant Navy: 1939-1944. HMSO publication, 1944, 144pp with numerous photos. In good used condition, rust to staples, covers loose, slight water marks to bottom edges. FREE UK POSTAGE
HMSO Booklet, Queen Wilhelmina's Navy A short account of Dutch naval activity since the invasion of Holland. HMSO publication, 1944, 24pp with numerous photos. In good used condition, rust to staples. A period cartoon from a newspaper has been added to the inside cover. FREE UK POSTAGE
HMSO Booklet, Report on the USAAF Second Report of the Commanding General of the US Army Air Forces to the Secretary of War. HMSO publication, 1945, 96pp with numerous photos. In good used condition but rust to staples. FREE UK POSTAGE
HMSO Booklet, Roof Over Britain The officail story of the AA defences, 1939-1942. HMSO publication, 1943, 88pp with numerous photos. In good used condition, rust to staples. FREE UK POSTAGE
HMSO Booklet, Target Germany The USAAFs Official Story of the 8th Bomber Commands First Year Over Europe. HMSO publication, 1944, 120pp with numerous photos. In good used condition but rust to staples. FREE UK POSTAGE
HMSO Booklet, There's Freedom in the Air The Official Story of the Allied Air Forces from the Occupied Countries. Scarce edition. HMSO publication, 1944, 36pp with numerous photos. In good used condition, rust to staples. FREE UK POSTAGE
HMSO Booklet, Transport Goes To War The official Story of British Transport, 1939-1942. HMSO publication, 1942, 80pp with numerous photos. In good used condition but rust to staples, outer covers loose. FREE UK POSTAGE
HMSO Booklet, United States Navy Report covering Combat Operations up to March 1, 1944. Published by the US Navy Dept, reprinted by HMSO publication, 1944, 78pp, mostly text with charts to rear. In good used condition. FREE UK POSTAGE
Indian Air Formation Signals Grouping An original WW2 set of insignia comprising a pair of slip on shoulder titles for Royal Signals, facing pair of Indian Air Formation Signals formation signs, a pair of locally made arm of service strips, and a blue lanyard. AFS played a vital role in Burma by keeping forward troops in contact with air support and essential supply drops.
Issue Boot Brush 1926 Standard type boot brush, good condition with clear maker marks and date 1926. Also has the soldiers number stamped on one side, looks like 1254368.
Issue Boot Brush, 1940 Standard type boot brush, good condition with clear maker marks and date 1940.
KD Cord Cavalry Breeches, Indian Made Mounted pattern jodhpurs of Indian manufacture with FFD pocket on the rear right hip, corded KD type material with makers stamps inside with other numbers, 4S and 13 which possibly refer to sizing, the circular date stamp is unclear, alloy buttons with maker name and date 1937. Very good used condition
KD Helmet Cover #3 KD cover for the solar helmet, clear date and maker stamps inside, 'JG 1941', very good condition, appears unused. Free Post.
KD Helmet Cover #4 KD cover for the solar helmet, clear date and maker stamps inside, 'JG 1941', very good condition, appears unused. Free Post.
Kit Bag Lock Hinged brass hasp for securing the kitbag, loops through eyelets at the top of the bag, with hole for attaching a padlock. Same pattern used for most of the 20th century.
Light Pattern Map Case Small type map case, initially used by cavalry/scouts but later adopted by airborne troops because of its compact size. Waterproofed canvas construction with leather straps, brass clip for attaching to equipment, some original utility pencils remain(one snapped). Overall very good used condition.
Mess Tin Cover WW1 period khaki drill cover for the D shape mess tins. Good used condition with some areas of fading, feint stamps inside.
Military Type Canoe, From MoD Stores This appears to be of a military pattern and the previous owner had got it in the 1970s from store buildings at an MoD site in Bath. He said it was not in brilliant condition and had it recovered, although some of the original grey paint can still be seen on the bottom runners. I have read up a bit on WW2 canoes and it appears that there were numerous patterns and variations, and much of the research and development took place at the Admiralty in Bath, the same buildings that this example came from. I'm sure a bit more digging could find the exact model but it has similar lines to the Mk1, it measures approx 15'1'' long, and 32'' across. Collection only, more pics available
Military Type Canoe, From MoD Stores This appears to be of a military pattern and the previous owner had got it in the 1970s from store buildings at an MoD site in Bath. He said it was not in brilliant condition and had it recovered, although some of the original grey paint can still be seen on the bottom runners. I have read up a bit on WW2 canoes and it appears that there were numerous patterns and variations, and much of the research and development took place at the Admiralty in Bath, the same buildings that this example came from. I'm sure a bit more digging could find the exact model but it has similar lines to the Mk1, it measures approx 15'1'' long, and 32'' across. Collection only, more pics available
MkII Steel Helmet, RE, Beach Group, Overpaint Standard MkII helmet, early type liner marked '6 3/4, BMB, I/1939', shell stamped 'JSS 1939'. To the left side a painted flash of the Royal Engineers, the outer shell has had a darker khaki overpaint at some time, under this you can make out the white band from use in a Beach Group unit, you can also see where it has previously been fitted with a net. Overall in very good condition, complete with its original chin strap.
Monsoon Sou’wester Hat, Burma used One of the strangest items that I’ve had for a while. Made in the style of a naval sou’wester hat but in khaki canvas, possibly kit bag or tent material. I got this from an estate sale with other items and the family told me their fathers unit had these made in Burma in the monsoon season
Motorcyclist/Drivers Leather Gauntlets #1 Light tan leather gauntlets worn by motorcyclists and drivers of various vehicles, WD and feint maker marks inside. Very good used condition
Motorcyclist/Drivers Leather Gauntlets #3 Light tan leather gauntlets worn by motorcyclists and drivers of various vehicles, WD and feint maker marks inside. Very good condition, appear unused
Motorcyclists/Drivers Leather Gauntlets, German Army Used Light tan leather gauntlets as worn by motorcyclists and drivers of various vehicles, Feint WD marks inside, also with a German soldier’s name and number written in indelible pencil. Very good used condition
Naval Action Ration Small pocket sized tin marked 'Naval Action Ration'. Thses tins contained high energy barley sugar sweets. Good condition.
No.5 Jungle Carbine Bayonet, Radcliffe No5 Mk1 bayonet produced for the No5 Mk1 rifle and later for the Sterling SMG. Maker marked N187 for Radcliffe. Good used condition but with some faults, the grips are worn and the spring in the retaining button is missing. The early type scabbard has been fitted with a 44 pattern webbing frog which has been folded in such a way so as to make it sit higher on the belt. *PROOF OF AGE REQUIRED*
Oak Tea Tray, St. Dunstans Solid oak tray with brass handles which have the logo of St. Dunstans which was set up in WW1 to help rehabilitate blinded servicemen.
Officers Acoutrements Tin, Somerset L.I. Additional Photos
Officers Acoutrements Tin, Somerset L.I. Metal tin containing items to an officer of the Somerset Light Infantry. The tin has a brass maker/supplier plaque to the front 'Douglas, New Bond Street, Bath', and another to the lid, 'W. Barrett, Esq, 2nd Somerset Rgt.', the interior lined with crimson velvet. Contains a pair of bullion shoulder rank epaulettes for Lt. Col. with screw post buttons, a collar for a dress tunic with bullion tresse and high quality collar badges, 14 regimental buttons and sword belt with knot. All in very good condition, all of the buttons are Jennens & Co, London.
Officers Battledress Blouse, Hampshire Regt. Original WW2 British made battledress blouse, clear maker label and dated 1944. 1940/Austerity pattern and modified for wear by an officer of the 7th Bn, The Hampshire Regiment in the 43rd (Wessex) Division. Three worsted red backed pips on each shoulder for Captain, printed regimental titles and formation sign with two red felt arm of service strips below. Very good overall condition.
Officers Folding Canvas Bucket Part of the officers private puchase field equipment, a heavy canvas collapsable bucket. This has been personalised with the officers name 'Major W. G. Edwards'. Very good condition.
Officers Leather Swagger Stick Leather bound stick as carried by officers in the British Army. Good used condition, approx 605mm long.
Officers Service Dress Trousers, Unusual Cut Officers SD trousers in an unusual cut, almost like the plus four type but with a full leg, more in the ski or sports trousers style with buttoned flaps over the pockets, tapering leg with foot styrups and buckle waist adjusters. Very good used condition but with an old period repair to the right leg.
Officers Shirt #1 Standard Officers shirt, pullover the head type for use with detacheable collars(not included). Overall in very good clean condition, one small tear to collar area. Measures approx 21ins/53cms across chest under arms.
Officers Shirt #2 Standard Officers shirt, pullover the head type for use with detacheable collars(not included). A good example of WW2 austerity 'Make Do & Mend'. Several areas of repair to front and cuffs, the back has been shortened to provide extra material for this. Measures approx 22ins/56cms across chest under arms.
Officers Trunk, 56 Div Signals Additional pics
Officers Trunk, 56 Div Signals Additional pics
Officers Trunk, 56 Div Signals Metal trunk containing items belonging to an officer of the Royal Signals, 56 Division. All items attributed to Lt. F. A. Stone, comprising SD and KD Jackets, coloured side cap, greatcoat, battledress and trousers, (map/fad pockets removed), also his medals with mention in despatches oakleaf, tin of spare badges, some paperwork and miscelaneous items of equipment as per pics. The 10 Lire note was folded in the bottom of the greatcoat pocket. A heavy item, approx 30kg so postage will be expensive, collection/viewing welcome, cantact me for exact shipping price, will vary depending on location.
Officer’s Brown Leather Field Boots, 1944, Large Original late war high leg boots in brown pebbled leather with double buckle and lace fastening. Maker marked John White with date 1944, UK size 9. These have had a rubber sole and heel added but appear to be unworn, overall in mint condition.
Oxf & Bucks MC extra pics Research papers
Oxf & Bucks SD Tunic, MC Winner, Italy Pre war pattern Officer’s SD tunic with insignia to a Colonel in the Green Jackets Brigade complete with high quality padded parachute qualification badge. Research of the unique medal ribbon combination shows that this belonged to P.G. Thompson, initially commissioned into the Oxf & Bucks LI In 1939 he served with 2/6th Queen’s in Italy, winning the Military Cross in April 1945 during operations on the Argenta Gap. Details of his military service include an attachment to the Ghanaian Army during which time they were part of the UN mission to the Congo
Pagri Flash for 13th/18th Hussars Silk woven flash as worn by the 13/18 Hussars in regimental colours of dark blue, off white, dark green. Very good condition, appears unused. Measures approx 2x1.5”
Pagri Flash for 16th Lancers Silk woven flash worn by the 16th Lancers, in regimental colours of red and blue with a central gold/yellow stripe. Very good condition, appears unused. Measures approx 2.5x2”
Pagri Flash for Army Veterinary Corps Cloth flash as worn by the AVC, appears to be locally made, dark green felt with two dark red stripes. A large number of this Corps operated in Burma with the mule supply columns. Very good used condition, measures approx 2.25x1.75”
Pagri Flash for RIASC Silk woven flash worn by the Royal Indian Army Service Corps, in unit colours. Very good condition, appears unused. Measures approx 4x2” when unfolded
Pagri Flash for the Leicestershire Regt Silk woven flash worn by the Leicestershire Regiment, in regimental colours. Very good condition, appears unused. Measures approx 3.5x2”
Pre WW2 Aluminium Mess Tins, 1939 A matched pair of the first type mess tins designed for the 37 Pattern equipment. Aluminium body with blackened steel handles held in place with a riveted aluminium plate, both stamped S&H Ltd 1939. The handles are longer than the later patterns and the tin body has much squarer corners. Both in very good used condition.
Private Purchase Battledress Trousers Fine quality BD trousers, privately tailored as 37 pattern, better quality material similar to US War Aid. Brown plastic buttons throughout, the ones for braces are on the outside too. Very good/excellent condition, 'Martin' written on the waistband.
Private Purchase RTR Rainproof Beret An unusual version of the black tank beret with maker logo ‘Beretmac’ and ‘Rainproof, 100% Wool, Made in England’. Standard government pattern and fitted with a white metal RTR cap badge. Good used condition. Size marked as 6 3/4
RA Officers Housewife, Badges etc Group of items belonging to an officer in the Royal Artillery. Housewife sewing kit with spare buttons and insignia, felt for arm of service strips, pips etc. Two KD belts for the bush jacket, one named Miscampbell, I believe that this officer was comissioned from the ranks.
RAOC Titles & Arm of Service Matched set of WW2 period cloth shoulder titles and arm of service strips for the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, very good used condition, rfu
Replica P38 with Holster, Blank Firing 8mm blank firing replica of a WW2 P38 pistol complete with two magazines and copy hard shell holster. In good order. UK ONLY AND OVER 18s, PROOF OF AGE WILL BE REQUIRED. UNDER THE VCR ACT 2007 THE BUYER MUST ALSO BE A MEMBER OF A RECOGNISED RE-ENACTMENT GROUP, A MUSEUM OR FILM/THEATRE COMPANY, PROOF OF THIS WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED.
RIASC Large Wedding Photo Large mounted wedding photo showing two officers of the RIASC in the group, both appear to be wearing KD uniform. Appears to be c1920s and taken in India, photographer is Mela Ram & Sons, Peshawar and Cherat. Good overall condition, some slight marks and stains, approx 46x35.5cms
Rifle Brigade Pen Blotter #1 Discs of green cloth, with black edging, probably from old uniforms, fitted with a black horn button of the Rifle Brigade. Used to clean ink from the nib of a pen. Approx 3.5ins/9cms across. Free UK postage.
Rifle Brigade Pen Blotter #2 Discs of green cloth, with black edging, probably from old uniforms, fitted with a large black metal button of the Rifle Brigade. Used to clean ink from the nib of a pen. Approx 4.5ins/11.5cms across. Free UK postage.
Royal Artillery Officers Airborne Beret, 1944 A good used example of the standard issue beret for Airborne forces, bronzed RA officer collar badge fitted to front. No visible maker marks(very feint), but it has the usual WD acceptance stamp inside with M for 1944. Overall in very good used condition but with some moth tracking in places, see additional pics
Royal Navy Action Dress Satchel & Contents, named White cotton bag with belt loops and containing items of Royal Navy action dress, comprising anti flash hood and inner gloves, outer gloves with leather reinforcing, and tube type life vest. The bag and the vest are named to Lt. Commander Fairbairn. Research shows that Fairbairn served on HMS Valiant and was mentioned in dispatches in the Battle Of Cape Matapan, 27-29 March 1941, this is off of the coast of Crete. All items in very good used condition.
Royal Navy Pattern Housewife/Sewing Kit Navy blue cotton kit roll for sewing items as issued to sailors and Royal Marines, larger than the army and RAF versions. Owners name and number stencilled in white ‘CH. X4451, F. SLADE’. Good used condition but with some slight marks etc, holes to white material and tie tape. No contents.
Royal Navy PO Cap Standard naval pattern cap with padded badge to front. The metal stiffener behind the badge is loose, otherwise in very good condition.
Rubberised Canvas Cape Mid to late WW2 type tan rubberised canvas cape, no visible markings but it has the soldiers number stencilled inside ''5194059', this is a number for the Gloucestershire Regiment. This type of cape was an economy measure and was not produced in tan after the war. Good used condition and still very flexible but with folds from long term storage. Some buttons missing.
Rubberised Cape Early WW2 type brown rubberised cape, no visible markings but it has the soldiers details written inside '1039442, ARRIS H'. Very good condition and very supple, the darker colour is on the inside, not sure if this is a manufacturing error. Some buttons missing.
Salisbury Plain District Printed Signs A pair of WW2 printed cloth formation signs for Salisbury Plain District. Rfu but both in very good condition.
Soldiers Issue Knife Issue pattern knife from the separate KFS set with modified blade, no visible maker marks but it has a service number stamped on the handle, 108029.
Souvenir Handkerchief, 21st Army Group WW2 soldiers souvenir hanky, as sent home to family, 'Souvenir de Belgique' with the flags of the Allies and the sign of 21st Army Group HQ. Very good condition.
Souvenir Handkerchief, Brussels WW2 soldiers souvenir hanky, as sent home 'To My Loving Mother', with painted roses and 'Brussels'. Very good condition.
Souvenir Handkerchief, Dear Mother, RAOC WW2 soldiers souvenir hanky, as sent home to family. Embroidered with 'To My Dear Mother', and applied with a RAOC shoulder title. Very good condition.
Souvenir Handkerchief, RASC #1 WW2 soldiers souvenir hanky, as sent home to family embroidered with the badge of the RASC. Very good condition.
Souvenir Handkerchief, RASC #2 WW2 soldiers souvenir hanky, as sent home to family embroidered with the badge of the RASC, and with a small pocket in one corner. Very good condition.
Stencil for Government Tea Chests Possibly a unique item, cut copper stencil for marking British Government tea chests. Came with some effects of a 'stores wallah'. Crown over arrow over 'CEYLON'. Approx 12ins diameter.
The Revolution in Prague Small softback book, mostly pictures with captions showing the revolt against German troops in May 1945. Printed by Orbis, Prague, 1946, approx 46 pages.
Tin for Anti-Gas Ointment No5 #1 Blue tin for ointment no5, good used condition but with some wear, no contents, maker marked and dated 1943.
Tin for Anti-Gas Ointment No5 #2 Blue tin for ointment no5, good used condition but with some wear, no contents, maker marked and dated 1943.
Tin for Anti-Gas Ointment No6 Tropical #1 Green tin for ointment no6, good used condition but with some wear, no contents, maker marked and dated 1/45.
Tin for Anti-Gas Ointment No6 Tropical #2 Green tin for ointment no6, good used condition but with some wear, stain has discoloured the lid no contents, maker marked and dated 1/45.
Toggle Rope A general issue item of equipment used for forming longer rope sections and for bridging, notably used by members of the airborne forces and commando units. Very good used condition, no visible markings(they seldom are marked)
Unknown Pagri Flash Flash in regimental colours of dark blue and black with a central off white stripe, there is a hole at the top where it has had a cap badge fitted at some time. Very good used condition, measures approx 2x2”
Unknown Pagri Flash, Possibly Lancashire Fusiliers Silk woven flash in regimental colours, dark red, yellow, dark red, very good condition, appears unused. Measures approx 3.25x2” when unfolded
Unknown Pagri Flash, probably East Surrey Regt Silk woven flash in regimental colours of dark blue and dark red with a central off white stripe. This looks like the flash of the East Surrey Regiment. Very good condition, appears unused, slight marks from storage, measures approx 3.25x2”. I have two pieces of this.
Unusual Spelter Cup, Victorian African Wars Never seen anything like it before. Large spelter cup decorated with military/tribal scenes of soldiers, sailors and African warriors. Has been painted a couple of times. An interesting item, some slight damage, approx 21cm tall.
US Army Map Case, additional pics Pics of contents
US Army Map Case, Private Purchase A good used example of the pre war small pattern map case as used by mounted troops, this is a private purchase items that belonged to an officer in the artillery and still contains maps, pencils, ruler, and various items of paperwork including a 1931 firing tables book for the 75mm gun. All in very good used condition but with some slight marks and damage to the paper items
Utility Marked Sheet by Dorma Large white cotton sheet with makers label 'The Dorma Make, Guaranteed', also with the utility CC41 mark. Good overall condition but with some wear, approx 90x85ins, weighs nearly 1kg.
Vintage Woolen Underwear, Harrods Unused vintage blue woolen underwear, one v-neck vest, two shorts. Smedleys 'Jay' logos to front and on inner labels, Harrods label to vest. Overall good order but one ore two small holes, easily fixed. Good kit bag filler for display.
Vintage Woollen Underwear, Meridian Unused vintage woollen vest, pullover with three button neck closure. Very good condition but with some light storage marks. Meridian 'Double Lock' logo on label, marked as 38.
Waist Belt For Bergan Rucksack Adjustable 1” webbing strap with leather tabs at each end which fit over the studs on a commando rucksack frame to make a waist belt. Very good condition, appears unused.
Wartime Book, Polish Squadron 303 Original wartime economy copy of 'Squadron 303' by Arkady Fielder, printed in 1942, 'The story of a Polish fighter squadron with the RAF'.Good clean condition with hand written dedication in the front, several illustrations, approx 19x13.5cms.
Webbing Bandolier for Sten Gun Good clean example of the webbing bandolier for carrying magazines for the sten gun, mostly used but airborne troops. Clearly maker marked and dated 'M.W.&S.Ltd 1944', the buckle on the shoulder strap is a steel economy type.
Webbing Sling, Possibly Home Guard Unknown webbing sling that came with some Home Guard items, 1.5” Mills type web strap with brass Chooks for adjustment. Good overall condition but a little grubby. Approx 41” long, possibly locally made.
Webbing SMG Sling Early web 'Sling MkI' made by MeCo and dated 1956. Very good condition, appears unused.
Wooden Plaque, 6 RTR Hand painted commemorative plaque with the badge of the Royal Tank Regiment and text, '6RTR, 43-46', also marked on the reverse. Possibly unit made.
WVS Armband WW2 period armband for the Womens Voluntary Service, red painted stencil on green linen with elastic. Very good condition.
WW1 Issue Kilt, Cameron Highlanders Heavy military issue kilt for the Cameron Highlanders. Single buckle with partial white blanket lining, issue stamps inside, '2' over 'WD' over 'E' for Edinburgh clothing depot. All in very good order apart from small area of snagging to lower front edge and a narrow discoloured strip to the rear. Approx 32W, 24'' drop.
WW2 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers, 1943 A clean pair of 40/Austerity pattern battledress trousers of British manufacture, no label but clear WD acceptance stamp with ‘N’ for 1943. These were a larger size but have been taken in at the waist. This has been done professionally and I believe it is a period modification. Dark brown exposed buttons but with brass type in the concealed fly and on the waistband for braces. Approx 30Wx31L, could probably be let back out for a larger waist if required.
WW2 37/40 Pattern Battledress Trousers Original WW2 British made battledress trousers of 37/40 pattern with concealed buttons. WD stamps with ‘N’ for 1943 and marked as size 4. Overall in very good used condition but with a couple of small holes which have had a basic repair, there is also a hole in one of the hip pocket linings. Still look in good shape, some of the buttons have been replaced by a tailor, and they have been pressed, possibly belonged to an officer. Approx 30W, 31L
WW2 40 Pattern Battledress Trousers British made 40/Austerity pattern battledress trousers in very good condition with hardly any wear. Very feint stamps on waistband but unreadable. Approx 35Wx33L
WW2 Ammunition Boots, Large Very good used pair of the standard issue ammo boots, black leather with hob nailed soles. Maker marked and dated 1943, size 12. Overal good, some studs missing, replacements can be supplied if needed
WW2 Battledress Trousers, New Zealand Manufacture A good original pair of New Zealand made battledress trousers in a large size. Maker marked and dated 1942 and in very good used condition although there are a few minor nips. These are the lighter khaki colour with characteristic pale contrast stitching seen on most NZ made items. Clothing manufactured in New Zealand and other commonwealth countries was commonly issued to British troops in North Africa and the Mediterranean. Size marked as 17, measure approx 36Wx34L.
WW2 Battledress Trousers, US War Aid Original pair of WW2 battledress trousers of US manufacture as part of the War Aid programme. Very good used condition but with some slight marks and nips. Labels inside and marked as size 4. Approx 32Wx27L.
WW2 Battledress, Black Watch attached to Belgian Forces 40 pattern battledress blouse with WD stamps and ‘O’ for 1942, all original insignia for a Lieutenant of the Black Watch attached to the 18th Fusilier Regt of the Belgian Forces. These fusilier battalions were raised in Belgium after liberation from September 1944 and fought alongside other allied formations through to Germany. Very good used condition. See: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fusilier_Battalions_(Belgium)
WW2 Battledress, Mahratta Light Infantry Nice example of the 37/40 pattern blouse, to a member of the Mahratta L.I., part of the British/Indian Occupation Force, Japan. Good quality insignia including regimental titles and green lanyard. Very good order, dated 1942, size 11.
WW2 British 40 Pattern Battledress Trousers British made 40/Austerity pattern battledress trousers in very good condition but with a couple of nips. Very feint stamps on waistband but unreadable, possibly size 4. Came with original period elasticated braces, civilian type, private purchase. Approx 30Wx29L
WW2 British Battledress with Insignia, 5th Division A good used 40/Austerity pattern BD blouse, clear maker label and stamps,dated 1945, size 6, also named to a soldier F.W. Simmonds. Original applied insignia comprising woven Royal Artillery titles, printed formation signs for 5th Infantry Division, And RA arm of service strips in felt. Very good used condition but with a couple of nips, noticeably on one of the shoulder titles. A pair of stair shoulder titles is also included.
WW2 British Coat Rubberproof Motorcyclists Original WW2 British made waterproof coat for motorcyclists, dispatch riders, etc. Large size and very good condition, still remains supple. Clear maker stamps and paper label,dated 1944. HEAVY ITEM, 7KG packed weight. OVERSEAS CUSTOMERS PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR SHIPPING RATES FIRST.
WW2 British Cold Weather Cap Extreme cold weather cap, Bedford cord body with quilted interior and brown sheepskin covering. Maker stamp inside for J Collett Ltd, size 7 3/4 and dated 1943. Very good condition, only fault is that the ties have been removed and the ear flaps stitched in the 'up' position, also evidence on the front peak that a cap badge has been fitted at some time.
WW2 British Coloured Side Cap, Monmouthshire Regt Original WW2 period side cap in regimental colours for the Monmouthshire Regiment. Dark blue with white detail, brass dragon badge to left side. Good overall condition but with a couple of small holes in the welt.
WW2 Canadian Battledress Trousers A good used pair of WW2 battledress trousers of Canadian manufacture, maker marked and dated 1943, size 3, approx 32Wx29L. A couple of buttons are loose or missing. Clothing manufactured Canada and other commonwealth countries was commonly issued to British troops in North Africa and the Mediterranean.
WW2 Cloth Arm Badges, Royal Artillery A clean unused/uncut pair of embroidered arm badges as worn by senior ncos in the Royal Artillery.
WW2 Cloth Formation Sign, North Wales District Pair of embroidered cloth signs for North Wales District, later renamed Midland West District. Good used condition, rfu
WW2 Cloth Trade Badge, MT Semi official trade badge, MT winged wheel, denoting a driver of motor transport. Very good used condition, rfu.
WW2 East African Engineers Set, BD, JG, Slouch Original grouping of three items to the same soldier. 37/40 battledress blouse with full insignia for a Sergeant, Royal Engineers, 11th East African Division, good condition, one or two holes. Jungle Green bush jacket of locally made type, similar insignia to BD, rank fitted to epaulette slides, cast brass buckle, very good condition. Well used slouch hat, no liner or pagri. Insignia to side comprises div sign, RE pagri flash and metal RE cap badge, there are four holes that line up across the top which I was told was a 'bullet hole', possible, but I'm not sure. This division was part of the 14th Army and took part in the hard jungle fighting in Burma
WW2 German Boot Knife, Single Spring Clip A good original boot knife with plain grips and blackened steel scabbard and single sprung retaining clip. Unmarked blade, approx 137mm, overall length 250mm *PROOF OF AGE REQUIRED*
WW2 GS Cap, Green Howards General Service cap in serge with maker marks and WD stamps for 1945, size 6 7/8, also with some other stamps, soldiers number etc. Front fitted with a plastic economy cap badge for the Green Howards, this is partially stitched in place with the addition of a metal backing plate, bottom tab might be missing from this. Very good overall condition but with a couple of small marks/nips
WW2 Indian Officer’s Battledress, 1st Punjab Regt A good used example of an Indian made battledress jacket badged to a famous Indian unit, The 1st Punjab Rgt. Each sleeve has Indian manufacture woven tape shoulder titles, ‘1PUNJAB’ in black above the flash for 10th Indian Infantry Division, Major crowns to each epaulette. Clear maker stamps inside, Shah 3/45, size 16,also some other tailors marks. Collar has been tailored is typical officer style, fairly tidy but with a couple of small moth holes. 10th Indian Division served in North Africa, Persia, and Italy during WW2.
WW2 Issue Foot Powder, 1940 Standard issue for the WW2 tommy to help keep his feet in order. A small number of these tins have just surfaced from stores, all in very good condition but with some slight marks to labels. All are dated 2/40 and still have contents. Price is for one tin.
WW2 Issue Grey Woollen Socks, 1942 Original British Army issue wool socks in very good, almost mint condition, large size with makers labels and dated 1942
WW2 Issue Tie Late war issue tie, green khaki wool, unissued condition, with Indian maker marks for 1945. Some stamps are clearer than others.
WW2 Kit Bag Standard kitbag in black canvas with officers details and other info stencilled on the side,'Lt. J.H. Dimmock, E/C 5021'. Very feint markings inside flap, probably Royal Navy. Fair used condition with general wear and some period repairs.
WW2 Kit Bag, Indian Made Standard kitbag in natural/white canvas with feint owner details and other info marked on the base and side, clear Indian maker marks inside flap, dated 1944. Good used condition with general wear and staining.
WW2 Kit Bag, Small Small type kitbag for personal effects, owners details stamped to front, 'W.H. RICHARDS', probably Royal Navy, good used condition but with marks/staining.
WW2 Lt.Col. Battledress, 14th Army, DSO, possibly SOE 37 pattern battledress blouse with insignia for a Lt. Colonel, 14th Army. Medal ribbons include the DSO, also service between the war in India and NW Frontier, War Medal also has the oak leaf emblem for MiD. Above the medal ribbons is an Indian made parachute qualification wing on dark blue/black backing, wearing them in this position usually signifies work with SOE, there are also feint marks where a wing has previously been worn in the usual position on the right sleeve. Clear maker marks and label, dated 1942. Overall in very good used condition but with a couple of moth nips/holes. See pics
WW2 Officer’s JG Jacket, Somerset L.I. A well used jungle green four pocket jacket to an officer in the Somerset Light Infantry, the only regiment to wear their lanyard in this particular way, printed patches for the 8th Indian Division, JG slip on rank for Lieutenant. Although the jacket came with WW2 items and is of WW2 pattern the insignia configuration puts it at the immediate post war period in India, just before independence, The Somerset L.I. being the last British regiment to leave the country. An historic tunic.
WW2 Period Coathanger Simple wooden hanger with wire hook, stamped in black 'G.R.VI'
WW2 Period Red Hospital Tie Red cotton tie for use with Hospital Blues uniform, worn by troops whilst convalescing. New old stock, some still folded from stores. Free Post.
WW2 Period Soap Blocks I have acquired a number of White Windor soap blocks from an estate sale, all were contained in an old ammo box, part of eleven boxes of kit belonging to one officer. All are unused but slightly misshapen from storage. Priced per block
WW2 Printed Formation Sign, West Scotland District Printed canvas patch for West Scotland District, rfu but good used condition.
WW2 Ration Tin #1 Civilian supplimentary ration tin for Trufood, powdered milk for feeding infants, tin marked Welfare Pack. Good condition but with some wear and light rust.
WW2 Ration Tin #2 Civilian supplimentary ration tin for Follow On Trufood, powdered food for feeding children, tin marked Welfare Pack. Good condition but with some wear and light rust.
WW2 Ration Tin, Boiled Sweets A good used example of the small 5oz tin for Boiled Sweets, maker marked W.Ltd and dated 12/43, with general wear.
WW2 Ration Tin, Boiled Sweets, Salt & Matches A good used example of the small tin for Boiled Sweets & Matches, maker marked W.Ltd and dated 6/43, with general wear, small hole to edge of lid
WW2 RNAS Pilots Tunic & Cap, Tirpitz Raid DSC Winner Additional Pics/Info
WW2 RNAS Pilots Tunic & Cap, Tirpitz Raid DSC Winner RNVR officers tunic named to M. H. Meredith. Cuff rank braid for Lt. Commander, left cuff has the bullion naval pilots wings. medal ribbons for DSC, 39-45, Atlantic and Pacific Stars, Defence and 1939-45 War medals. Also with his cap, fitted with a loose white cotton cover. Both items in good used condition. In 1944 meredith was a pilot with 829 Sqn RNAS and took part in Operation Tungsten, the raid on the German battleship Tirpitz. His squadron was part of the second wave and he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for 'undaunted courage, skill, and determination in carrying out the daring attack'. More info here: http://www.fleetairarmarchive.net/RollofHonour/Battlehonour_crewlists/Tirpitz_operationTungsten_april1944.html later in 1944 829Sqn merged with 831 Sqn and sailed east. After promotion Meredith took command of 815 Sqn in the Far East and remained there for the rest of the war, sailing home in September 1945. Some research included.
WW2 Royal Artillery Officers Airborne Beret A good private purchase example of the Airborne forces maroon beret. Black cotton lined with circular stitched pattern, the front fitted with a good quality bullion Royal Artillery grenade badge on the correct maroon backing. Very good used condition.
WW2 Russian Bible 1942 dated Russian New Testament, owners name in pen inside cover with date, 1944
WW2 RWAFF Slip on Title Standard woven slip on, RWAFF in black on khaki, owners service number to reverse, also some glue marks.
WW2 Service Chevron, Printed, 1 Year A single red on khaki printed chevron for one years military service. Mint, unused.
WW2 Service Chevrons, Printed, 2 Years Two red on khaki printed chevrons for two years military service. Mint, unused.
WW2 Service Chevrons, Printed, 3 Years Three red on khaki printed chevrons for three years military service. Mint, unused.
WW2 Service Chevrons, Printed, 4 Years Four red on khaki printed chevrons for four years military service. Mint, unused.
WW2 Service Chevrons, Printed, 5 Years Five red on khaki printed chevrons for five years military service. Mint, unused.
WW2 Service Chevrons, Woven, 3 Years Three woven red on khaki chevrons for three years military service. Mint, unused.
WW2 Service Chevrons, Woven, 4 Years Four woven red on khaki chevrons for four years military service. Mint, unused.
WW2 Service Chevrons, Woven, 5 Years Five woven red on khaki chevrons for five years military service. Mint, unused.
WW2 Soldiers Handkerchief Khaki cotton hanky, WW2 period, came with some officers kit. Good used condition.
WW2 Steel Mess Tins Pair of British issue mess tins, mid war type in tinned mild steel. Maker marked 'MB', the small one is dated 6-42, large one is 2-43. Good condition, some light surface rust.
WW2 US Army New Testament Pocket bible for US service personel, good used condition.