These pages display a number of the rare items that I have had the pleasure of selling. To view more details and a larger photograph please click on the thumbnail picture.

LBA Marked Luftwaffe Helmet Chinstrap

LBA Marked Luftwaffe Helmet Chinstrap

An absolute must for anyone owning an early Luftwaffe M35 Helmet is the profusely unit marked Luftwaffe Chinstrap. Overall condition is very good, the leather remaining soft and supple. The buckle is aluminium as are both studs and the long strap is full length. No manufacture’s details remain visible. Despite extensive research I have however been unable to identify the unit markings. Prominent is LBA (Luftwaffe Bekleidungs Ambt.) along with “Stu W Komp” and “L.D. L. N. S.” which remain a mystery. A very difficult to find Luftwaffe chinstrap.

Three Reconnaissance Shoulder Titles

Three Reconnaissance Shoulder Titles

Three Reconnaissance Shoulder Titles, one printed and uniform removed, one Recce in brass with fixing posts and pin and one machine embroidered and in unissued condition.

5th Armoured Car Company Royal Tank Corps Pagri.

5th Armoured Car Company Royal Tank Corps Pagri.

Scarce 5th Armoured Car Company Royal Tank Corps Pagri worn on the universal Khaki helmet by RTC Armoured Car Companies in India between 1929 -33 Three panel cotton / felt construction with the number 5 machine embroidered into the red central panel. Overall very good condition. This actual example is featured on page 15 of issue 267 of "The Formation Sign", the Journal of the Military Heraldry Society

Hitler Youth Membership Card

Hitler Youth Membership Card

A Hitler Youth Membership Card in very good condition but seemingly with no photograph ever added. As is so often the case the writing is difficult to read but as far as I can establish it was issued to 15 year old Hildegard Schmidt on 1st May 1936. The front cover carries the area stamp for Gebeits 8 (Niedersachsen – Lower Saxony) while the centre pages have 7 green stamps showing payment of dues with the next page showing Hildergard’s details.

Silver Wound Badge in Tombak

Silver Wound Badge in Tombak

A very nice early example of a Silver wound Badge in Tombak. Free from damage and retaining most of its original finish with little wear, the Badge is non maker marked but determined by design to be by Hauptmunzamt of Vienna. On the reverse the pin, hinge and locking catch are all in very good condition.

1943 Dated Battledress Blouse to a Member of the Forces Network in Italy

1943 Dated Battledress Blouse to a Member of the Forces Network in Italy

1943 dated Battledress Blouse to a sergeant in the King's Royal Rifle Corps (KRRC) with rare Shoulder Slips to The British Forces Network, Northern Italy. The Blouse is Canadian made with all the insignia originally applied, the shoulder slips being silver bullion on a black slip To each sleeve there are sergeant stripes in the special red/black pattern specific to the KRRC along with Formation Signs for the 24th Infantry Brigade. The signs are an identical non-facing pair, this being the correct method of wear for the 24th Infantry Brigade during WWII as the formation's symbol is heraldic (in the same manner as 43rd Division's Wyvern). The blouse presents a peculiarity as the KRRC is not listed in the standard order of battle for the 24th Infantry Brigade. However, this apparent irregularity is probably explained by the fact that during the Italian campaign the KRRC was an independent unit which on occasion was part of the 6th Armoured Division amongst others, as was the 24th Infantry Brigade. I believe that at some time during the campaign elements of the KRRC were no doubt detached from their motorised infantry role for the 6th Armoured Division and "lent" as a stopgap infantry reinforcement to the 24th Infantry Brigade within the same division. Such temporary attachments occurred often during the Italian Campaign and this is especially true for the 24th Infantry Brigade which suffered high casualties there. The blouse has been modified by having the collar opened and faced, a tolerated alteration for senior NCOs in the latter stages of the war. It is in general very good condition but with white paint staining located throughout the blouse, these showing well in the photos. Rather than having been later used as work jacket the paint is perhaps the result of inadvertent contact with a freshly painted surface. Despite the paint damage the blouse displays well and as an original wartime infantry badged battledress it is a rare item, especially to a reporter.

Tropical Y Straps

Tropical Y Straps

A good used set of Wehrmacht Tropical Y Straps, complete with all buckles, loops and hooks. The rear belt hook strap has a steel stud and three fitting positions to allow for the correct fit for the wearer. At the junction of the three straps is a leather back pad. Overall condition is very good with minor rust related staining to one front strap. Made of a cotton weave with steel fittings these equipment or, Y straps first appeared in 1940 solely for tropical use but their practicality meant their use soon became widespread throughout all theatres.

Official New Zealand War Photograph - Italy

Official New Zealand War Photograph - Italy

An official New Zealand War Photograph measuring 165mm x 110 mm taken near Lignano and showing a captured German War Artist sketching a New Zealand soldier. Very good condition

British Army Driving Gauntlets Dasted 1943

British Army Driving Gauntlets Dasted 1943

Famously photographed in wear by members of the SAS in their jeeps in the Libyan Dessert, these leather Gauntlets are perhaps most associated with use by British Motor Cycle dispatch riders. The Gauntlets are a good size with only a little wear. They are completely undamaged with the leather in very good condition with the stitching strong. They have clear 1943 markings to the interior. A good usable pair of Gauntlets for the Driver or indeed SAS Display.

Silver Hallmarked Reconnaissance Corps Collar Badge

Silver Hallmarked Reconnaissance Corps Collar Badge

A Birmingham made Silver Reconnaissance Corps Collar Badge by F & S with Hallmarks for 1944/45. Very good undamaged condition with a nice patina and two fixing posts to the reverse.

Yorkshire Units Reconnaissance Corps Beret Badge

Yorkshire Units Reconnaissance Corps Beret Badge

Yorkshire Units Reconnaissance Corps WW2 beret badge in white metal Two part construction, upward pointing spear with White Rose of York superimposed on the spear, lightning bolts and scroll with inscribed Reconnaissance Corps. Very good condition but with the tip of the spear with missing. With fixing posts.

Geheime Feldpolizei Collar Tabs

Geheime Feldpolizei Collar Tabs

The GFP or Secret Field Police was brought into being on 21 July 1939 following the signing of a new document,Heeres Dienstvorschrift (geheim)150, by Generaloberst Wilhelm Keitel. The members of this new force were classed as Wehrmachtbeamte , or Armed Forces Administrative Officials and not as professional career soldiers, though regular members of the armed forces could also be temporarily attached to the GFP as required. The GFP worked in close co-operation with the Gestapo and Feldgendarmerie and it was quite common for men from these branches to be seconded to the GFP. Officer collar tabs were produced in two different styles, one for junior officials and one for senior officials. hese senior officials (Hoeherer Dienst) were broadly equivalent to ranks from Major to Oberst, and had the elaborate Litzen hand embroidered in gold wire or gold coloured celleon on a dark green backing ( dark green being the Waffenfarbe of the Wehrmachtbeamte) and edging in the so called Nebenfarbe or secondary piping relating to their branch, this being light blue for the Geheime Feldpolizei. This particular style of collar tab could be worn by ranks from Feldpolizeidirekor , through Oberfeldpolizeidirektor to Heerespolizeichef A superb and very rare pair, formerly part of the collection of Gordon Williamson and pictured in his book "Kettenhund" - The German Military Police in the Second World War.

RAF Chaplain Squadron Leader’s Slip on Shoulder Straps in

RAF Chaplain Squadron Leader’s Slip on Shoulder Straps in

A matched pair of RAF Chaplain Squadron Leader’s Slip on Shoulder Straps in Khaki Drill. Very good condition with “Chaplain” hand embroidered in red cotton thread, the straps presumably locally produced in theatre.

RAF Chaplain’s Collar Badges by Gaunt

RAF Chaplain’s Collar Badges by Gaunt

A virtually mint condition pair of RAF Chaplain’s Collar Badges by the wartime maker, Gaunt & Co. Completely free from damage and with fixing pins in place.

Early Battle of Britain Pattern Luftwaffe Sommerfliegerkombi To a Me109 Knights Cross Winner

Early Battle of Britain Pattern Luftwaffe Sommerfliegerkombi To a Me109 Knights Cross Winner

An excellent example of an early Luftwaffe one-piece step-in Sommerfliegerkombi flying issued to Knights Cross winner and Battle of Britain Me109 Pilot, Lagois ('Fred' Ehrenfried) Made in a light brown and white flecked cotton fabric, known as “Salt and pepper” it has a turn-down collar with a leather strap fastening, diagonal zipper opening to the front, horizontal zipper fly at the crotch (indicative of the earlier type), zip openings at the arm and leg cuffs and a button-down flap over the right shoulder. To the left torso is a long concealed vertical opening over which a pointed button flap is secured, covering a quick release ring-pull, linked to a length of cord on the inside which is held in place by brown lacing. Pulling this allows the suit to be taken off quickly in an emergency. The label of the suit’s manufacture Karl Heisler is in place alongside. At each knee is a horizontal zip pocket across the front while at either side of the waist is a vertical zip opening allowing access to the interior. Stitched to the centre of the chest is a double vertical loop of brown leather, intended for the attachment of the oxygen mask hose clips. Inside there is a military issue name tag to Lagois. The suit is in virtually unissued condition with just one small hole to the back of the right leg. All zips are original, operate perfectly and are without damage, however, five of the runners and pulls have been replaced and fitted to the original zips, original zinc runner having always been susceptible to facture. Lagois 'Fred' Ehrenfried joined the Luftwaffe in November 1939 and flew as part of Lehrgeschwader 2 during the Battles of France and Britain, being shot down in the former. I.(Schl)./LG 2 did not take part in the early phases of the Battle of Britain, and was mooted to convert into a 'true' dive-bomber unit equipped with the Junkers Ju 87. However II Gruppe had proved the viability of the battlefield assault concept enough to be converted to the new Bf 109 E-4B fighter-bomber, with the capability to carry one SC-250 kg bomb or four SC-50 kg bombs. Training took place at Böblingen. Based at Saint-Omer in France as part of Luftflotte 2, II.(Schl)./LG 2 started operations on 6 September 1940, losing two aircraft to flak over the Thames Estuary. With no direct Army offensive to support, the unit modified its type of operation, and through the winter and into the spring of 1941 kept up a series of sporadic nuisance raids against targets in England, suffering over a dozen aircraft losses. From 1942 he was a member of I Gruppe, Schlachtgeschwader 1, flying ground attack operations on the Eastern Front, and was awarded the German Cross (Deutsches Kreuz) in gold later that year. Having amassed over 600 combat flights in March 1944, Oberfeldwebel Lagois, then of 5 Staffel, Schlachtgeschwader 2 'Immelmann', was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. Lagois was killed the following month when his Fw 190 was hit by friendly kriegsmarine anti-aircraft fire near the Khersonyes airfield in Crimea, causing his aircraft to crash into the Black Sea. His body was never recovered. The last image shows Oberfeldwebel Lagois and is not included in the sale

Luftwaffe Barracks Lantern

Luftwaffe Barracks Lantern

A silver painted, metal alloy lantern with a 7.5cm diameter, vented top, four glass panels and wire handle and hook. There is a small raised candle holder at the centre of the lamp, the lamp measuring approximately 12cm x 12cm x 26cm. Each of the glass panels has two crossed wires to the exterior to protect the glass, three of which are clear, one of frosted glass. One panel opens to allow access. The base has four raised feet and is well marked with a Luftwaffe eagle with "FL" and "UV" which represents "Flieger Unterkunft Verwaltung" or "Flight Barracks Administration" along with "Gl BE" and the date for 194—the last digit never having been added during manufacture. A wonderful backdrop display piece.

Victorian Essex Regiment Officer\'s Torin Cap

Victorian Essex Regiment Officer\'s Torin Cap

A very nice Victorian “Torin” Cap to an officer in the Essex Regiment. Torin Caps were in service with the British Army between 1884 and 1896 and named after the Irish officer who designed them. This example is tailored in a high grade navy blue wool piped with golden wire and with the Essex Regiment badge in hand embroidered in gold wire on the left side. Overall condition is very good with just one moth hole to the wool and with three splits to the black silk lining.

Three Reconnaissance Shoulder Titles

Three Reconnaissance Shoulder Titles

Three Reconnaissance Shoulder Titles, one printed and uniform removed, one Recce in brass with fixing posts and pin and one machine embroidered and in unissued condition.

Spitfire 90 Gallon Long Range Slipper Tank

Spitfire 90 Gallon Long Range Slipper Tank

An exceptionally rare 90 gallon “Slipper” or drop tank fitted to Spitfires. Whilst larger capacity tanks were employed for ferry flights the 90 gallon tanks and others were used for long range fighter duties and were jettisoned when engaged in combat. This example is in very good condition, free from rot or other damage and measures approximately 204 cms in length, 94 cms in width and is about 46 cms at it’s deepest point. Because of the size and weight this item is offered for collection only from the Chichester area of Sussex. A rare piece for the Spitfire enthusiast and particularly so in this condition. Offered as a collector’s item only and not fit for flight.

Pair of GHQ India Formation Patches

Pair of GHQ India Formation Patches

A very good matched pair with poppers for fitting to a tropical Jacket or shirt

Kriegsmarine Navigation Lamp

Kriegsmarine Navigation Lamp

Standing some 35 cms in height, this Kriegsmarine Navigation Light was at one time I believe, an oil lamp. During post war use it has been converted to electrics and had the chimney removed from the top where a carrying handle is now in place over a blanking plate. Of zinc construction, the exterior shows numerous dents but still makes a nice display piece. The maker’s name plate is in place and the inside of the access door is stamped with a Swastika within a circle over an M again within a circle. Although unimpressive in appearance this is precisely how these lamps were marked and matches exactly a provenanced example I used to own which was removed from one of the Flak ships in St. Helier harbour at the end of the war. Some parts appear to be missing inside and the glass is held in place with clear silicone which could of course be removed for a proper repair. Nevertheless, a wartime Kriegsmarine lamp.

K98k Bayonet

K98k Bayonet

A good example of the standard German Army 84/98 K98k Bayonet complete with scabbard and frog. The Blade is free from obvious damage but with one or two minor nicks evident when running your finger along the cutting lower edge. Blueing remains about 75% in place. There are no markings to the Blade. The guard plate sitting along the top of the handle has some very minor marks, usually as a result of this being used as a hammer in the field. Both grips are of walnut and although this gives the impression of being an early piece, this is not the case as both wooden and Bakelite grips were used throughout the war. The wood is generally dirty with slight impact marks and both the sunken screw hears and slotted nuts show surface rust. Unusually the serial number appears on the Pommel along with two WaA stamps which appear to be 258. The release button works well. The Scabbard is very good and mismatched to the Bayonet, the throat stamped 1096 and 43asw with WaA stamp 510 at the tip. The Frog is very good with all stitching firm and intact but with a hole to the reverse of the belt loop where it has hung on display. Shipping to EU countries only. Sorry.

Front Heil Buckle

Front Heil Buckle

Following the end of WW1 a large number of those released from service were absorbed into para-military organizations as a means of circumventing the Versailles Treaty. Most of these “Veteran” Organizations were considered right wing and all were uniformed, as were the Front Heil. This two part brass Buckle features a larger steel helmet within a circle with oak leaves forming the lower half and “Front Heil” in the top third. The Buckle is without markings and with the closure hook formed from the back plate of the Buckle itself. Overall condition is very good.

Luftwaffe NCO / Other Ranks Schirmmutze

Luftwaffe NCO / Other Ranks Schirmmutze

A well used but interesting example of an early Tellerform (saucer or plate) shaped Luftwaffe Schirmmutze for NCO’s and other ranks serving in the artillery which of course included Flak regiments. The main body is constructed in a lesser quality ribbed wool / rayon mix than that seen in officer’s caps, below which is the usual ribbed mohair hat band. There are three rows of artillery red waffenfarbe . Insignia is aluminium, the eagle being the second pattern. The chin strap is black leather with a shiny finish whilst the peak or visor is black vulkanfibre with an apple green underside. The lining is a golden rayon with the sweat shield present but cracked and with the maker’s name just discernible. The sweatband shows some distress with one split and loss to the stitching but with a property stamp which appears to be 111 Kompanie Flak Regt. 29. Overall condition is good but dusty with some moth damage around the brim which I have tried to show in the pictures

Postschutz Enlisted Man\'s Belt Buckle

Postschutz Enlisted Man\'s Belt Buckle

A very good example of the Postal Defence (Postschutz) enlisted man’s Belt Buckle. The Buckle is nickel plated with a pebbled field front and back, the Postal eagle at centre with flared wings perched on a signal horn with Swastika in the horn loop and lightning blitzes projecting right and left below which is the Postschutz legend. Overall condition is very good with no damage.

Kriegsmarine Official\'s Bordmutze / Side Cap / Overseas Cap

Kriegsmarine Official\'s Bordmutze / Side Cap / Overseas Cap

An absolutely superb Kriegsmarine Official’s Bordmutze constructed in a high quality smooth wool with side flaps piped with a silver aluminium twisted braid. Insignia comprises a hand embroidered rosette with a machine embroidered silver thread eagle in the BeVo style. Inside, the cap is lined in a black rayon marked simply 57. Overall condition is excellent with absolutely no damage and no marks or stains with only the slightest evidence of it having been worn.. It would be quite impossible to upgrade this outstanding example.

Kriegsmarine Blue Jumper Shirt

Kriegsmarine Blue Jumper Shirt

A very nice example of the Blue “Jumper” Shirt worn by other ranks up to and including junior NCO’s. Close fitting and intended to be tucked in to the trousers with a bloused effect, these shirts were made in a navy blue “Molton” cloth and intended for wear with the sailor’s dickie collar. Each sleeve terminates with a pair of buttons to close the sleeve after donning and a cloth strap below the left side of the collar can be used to close the shirt if needed. Overall condition is very good with no moth or other damage. On the right breast is machine embroidered eagle and there is a single open inside pocket on the left breast. I would be difficult to upgrade this example which has an approximate chest size of about 36”

Luftwaffe Single Decal NS66

Luftwaffe Single Decal NS66

Now becoming just so difficult to find unmolested examples as I have here, this Single Decal M42 is a desirable size NS66 with a lot number of B335. The shell retains most of it its original field grey granulated finish and in my view displays clear signs of once having had a whitewash applied, with tell-tale residue in some of the deeper rough finish and along the rim. The Luftwaffe decal is excellent without loss or damage. Inside the rim shows clear stamps and the leather liner tongues remain supple with just one split and with one of the eyelets for the draw string pull through, the drawstring itself being a replacement. The chinstrap is very good and shows the impression of the maker’s stamp which is no longer discernible. A lovely original helmet in a large size.

An early 1933 model SS Dagger by  Böker

An early 1933 model SS Dagger by Böker

An early 1933 model SS Dagger by the less common maker Böker, complete with scabbard and hanging strap. The dagger is in overall good condition Both the upper and lower crossguards are solid nickel and free from damage. Inside, both upper and lower guards are impressed with an H. The reverse of the lower guard is stamped “1” indicating this dagger was issued to the Munich district. The pommel nut is again free from damage. The grip is solid ebony and shows some bruising and surface cracking but remains sound and intact, none of the cracks passing through both side. The SS Roundel has double circles and is rotated very slightly clockwise as is sometimes the case. There is no loss to the enamel. Further down the grip the nickel eagle sits firmly and comfortably in place. The Blade is without damage. It has not been tipped or sharpened but has however been polished which has sadly resulted in the complete loss of the darkening to the acid etched moto and indeed the Böker trade mark to the reverse. The scabbard is straight throughout with very fine black paint with about 40% loss. This scabbard could have been anodized when first issued, but we often see Böker daggers with period repainting. The matching nickel scabbard mounts are in good condition, including the lower ball. The original screws are all in place. Finally, the black leather hanging strap with nickel fittings is in place and in very good condition, the sprung clip working well. UK Shipping Only

Hitler Youth Belt and Buckle

Hitler Youth Belt and Buckle

An unmarked Hitler Youth Belt and Buckle in overall very good condition. The Buckle is of magnetic steel construction, showing very little wear and with all features clear. There are no markings in the stamping. The Belt is free from damage. It remains supple and has an overall length of about 80 cms. A nice displayable example with just the right amount service wear

Hitler Youth Belt and Buckle

Hitler Youth Belt and Buckle

An unmarked Hitler Youth Belt and Buckle in overall very good condition. The Buckle is of magnetic steel construction, showing very little wear and with all features clear. There are no markings in the stamping. The Belt is free from damage. It remains supple and has an overall length of about 80 cms. A nice displayable example with just the right amount service wear

Early SA /SS Belt and Straight Wing Eagle Buckle

Early SA /SS Belt and Straight Wing Eagle Buckle

A rather scarce variant of an SA Belt and Buckle also attributed to wear by the early SS. The Buckle is of a two part construction, the face plate with the 1929 pattern eagle with straight wings in contrast to the usual curved wing design usually seen on SA Buckles. The face plate is attached to the field at two solder points, both face plate and field being brass. There are no markings. Both belt and buckle are in very good undamaged condition, the Belt remaining supple and retaining good RZM stampings.

Waffen SS Belt Buckle in Nickel Silver

Waffen SS Belt Buckle in Nickel Silver

A very good early Waffen SS Buckle by I believe Oberhoff & Cie constructed in Alpaca - nickel silver Never polished and completely free from damage, the buckle shows just the right amount of light service use with the features still well defined. On the reverse the belt catch is of brass whilst the initials of the maker O&C have been deleted with Ges. Gesch (Registered or protected by law) remaining. I have no idea why the initials were deleted but it is perhaps possible that they were no longer registered at the time the Buckle was issued. Scarce to find in nickel silver.

Iron Cross Second Class - “Für Raub Und Mord”

Iron Cross Second Class - “Für Raub Und Mord”

A very good example of the controversial “Fur Rauf und Morb” (For Robbery and Murder) Iron Cross Second Class in a three piece construction white metal frame with magnetic core and in very good condition. Based on very few contemporary witnesses it is alleged that 500 of such crosses were produced in the besieged city of Leningrad, presumably in 1942. The order for production was given by the special propaganda department of the policy administration of the Leningrad Front. Via Soviet scouts and partisans (in civilian clothing) the crosses were supposedly 'deposited' in small quantities in areas where it was known that German soldiers would stroll around - i.e. in the surrounding dwellings, bureaus, Wehrmacht homes, casinos, ..." At first glance, it looks to be a typical WWII German Iron Cross Second Class, but closer investigation reveals some not-so-subtle differences. The front of the cross has a Swastika in the centre, but the date below reads “1941” rather than “1939”. The opposite side of the piece has the date “1813”, reflecting the time when Prussia’s King Friedrich Wilhelm III instituted the award, but with writing above: “Für Raub Und Mord”— translated from German to English to mean “For Robbery and Murder.” Made by the Soviets in 1941, it calls attention to the fact the 1941 date was the year the Soviets were invaded by the Germans. A rare but still controversial item

Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger Qualification Badge in Cloth

Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger Qualification Badge in Cloth

(Fallschirmschützenabzeichen) Constructed with a dark grey wool backing the obverse bearing a machine embroidered subdued grey oval laurel and oak leaf wreath, joined together at the bottom by ribbon overlaid by a diving golden yellow Luftwaffe eagle clutching a Swastika. The badge is in very good unissued condition, the subdued grey wreath being of note and clearly intended for combat wear.

A Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger Badge by C.E. Juncker of Berlin

A Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger Badge by C.E. Juncker of Berlin

An example of a well preserved Luftwaffe Paratrooper (Fallschirmjäger) badge in silvered and gilded tombac. The obverse consists of a wreath of laurel and oak leaves with an eagle superimposed on the badge. The reverse plain with two rivets, a vertical pinback (depicting period repair), with a barrel hinge and a repaired round wire catch. Maker marked “C. E. Juncker, Berlin S.W” and engraved “Bimmler” by hand. A very nice example with research potential.

Kings Crown Guards Full Dress RSM Arm Badge

Kings Crown Guards Full Dress RSM Arm Badge

A quite beautiful Kings Crown Guards Full Dress RSM Badge, hand embroidered predominantly in gold and silver bullion wire all set on red wool background for wear on the red dress tunic. Featuring the British Royal Coat of Arms with central motto Honi soit qui mal y pense and with the Lion and Unicorn atop the banner Dieu et mon droit, the manes to both Lion and Unicorn finished with gold coloured sequins. Overall condition is very good with slight age toning to the bullion. The Badge measures approximately 140mm x 135mm

Kings Crown Guards Service Dress RSM Arm Badge

Kings Crown Guards Service Dress RSM Arm Badge

A quite beautiful Kings Crown Guards Service Dress RSM Badge, hand embroidered in Khaki and brown threads all set on Khaki wool background for wear on the service dress tunic or Battledress Blouse. Featuring the British Royal Coat of Arms with central motto Honi soit qui mal y pense and with the Lion and Unicorn atop the banner Dieu et mon droit. An impressive and scarce Kings Crown example in overall very good condition. The Badge measures approximately 140mm x 135mm

Kings Crown Coldstream Guards Colour Sergeant Arm Badge.

Kings Crown Coldstream Guards Colour Sergeant Arm Badge.

A scarce Kings Crown example of a Coldstream Guards Colour Sergeant Arm Badge. Measuring approximately 150mm x 85mm the Badge is hand embroidered in silver and gold bullion wire threads set on black wool background. Overall condition is very good with some wear at the upper fly end of the rayon material.

A Photograph Album, Decorations & Award Certificates to a German Special Forces Soldiers who Served

A Photograph Album, Decorations & Award Certificates to a German Special Forces Soldiers who Served

An extremely rare collection of artefacts belonging to Fahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel Anton Lecker who saw extensive service with 5(HQ) Company, 98 Gebirgsjager Regiment, I Mountain Division 5 Company, V Battalion, Brandenberg Lehr Regiment z.b. V 8002 Company and I (Georgian) Battalion 2 “Bergmann” The collection comprises 5 award certificates, a General Officer Commanding’s Commendation, 5 decorations, 4 items of militaria and 14 documents. In addition there is a superbly annotated Photograph Album of 90 some photographs (including a very good one of Lecker wearing all his combat decorations taken in May 1944), 21 postcards and a map card of the route of 1 Mt Div in France 1940. The rarity of the group is based on the fact that Lecker had not only been awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class (sadly the Award Certificate is missing) as a Section Commander in the famous “Brandenberg” Commando unit but also the Iron Cross 1st Class as Platoon Commander in the Caucasian I (Georgian) Battalion Bergman. Bravery with the latter unit led to him being awarded the rare Bravery Decorations for the Easter People (Ostvolker) 1st and 2nd Class in Silver. It is extremely difficult to obtain such a combination of awards to a German soldier who was a former member of most unusual specialised combat units, the Caucasian Sonderverband Bergmann in particular being little known. Luckily a detailed record of Toni Lecker’s service came with the group as did also an extract from his last combat unit (2/1 (Georgian) Battalion Bergmann) war personnel roster. These documents give information about his personal details (date/place of birth, hometown, education & family etc), decoration, promotion, units and where he saw action with his last combat unit between May 1944 and March 1945 before being transferred to the Replacement Army (136 Gebirgsjager Replacement Battalion in Wolfsberg/Austria) Anton Lecker, known as Toni, was born on 18 May 1921 in Freilassing/Upper Bavaria, the son of a Railway Official (stated as deceased in March 1945) his stepmother was called Anna. He was single and a Roman Catholic. He attended Elementary School and Technical College and passed the examination to become a journeyman. His civil occupation was Electrician. He was called up for military service on 11 December 1939 and was trained as a radio operator in I Gerbirgsjager Signals Replacement Company before being posted on 17.2.1940 to Mt Div’s 54 Fd Replacement Bn and to 5(HQ) 98 Gebirgsjager Regt. On 30.5.1940. He saw active service with the latter unit in France 1940, the Balkans 1941 and South Russia 1941 where he sustained a shrapnel wound to his right foot near Perislavl. After recovering from his wound he was once again posted to 1 Gebirgsjager Signals Replacement Company. He was then posted to 5/V Brandenberg Lehr Regt z.b.V 800 on 14.7.1942 where he saw action in the Caucasus. He was transferred on 7.2.1943 to the “Sonderverband Bergmann” and then 1 Battalion Bergman 26.5.1943. He saw action with the “Bergmann” units in South Russia (Crimea1943) and finally in the Balkans 1944/1945 (anti-partisan combat in South Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia). Toni Lecker survived the war, was discharged from military service on 19 August 1945 and settled in Gosel, Kreis Wolfsberg (Carinthia, Southern Austria). Decorations included are: Iron Cross 1st Class (some loss to the painted finish) Iron Cross Second Class with ribbon and packet of issue. Infantry Assault badge in Silver by Souval Wound Badge in Black Bravery Decoration for the Eastern People 2nd Class in Silver Bravery Decoration for the Eastern People 1st Class in Silver Militaria: A Medal Ribbon Bar A Button Hole Ribbon Bar Edelweiss Traditions Cap Badge An extremely rare Aluminium Kindjal Traditions Cap Badge (small facsimile dagger) with serial number 1170 on it’s reverse. Sadly the handle is broken off as has the retaining pin. The Kindjal was a special distinction for wear by members of the two Bergmann Battalions only. Photo Album: A fascinating and very scarce album with 90 photos, 21 postcards, a map card of the route of 1Mt Div I France 1940, an article by General Hubert Lanz about “Operation Felix” (the planned capturing of Gibraltar). Lecker can be seen throughout the photographic record and has annotated the album. You can thus follow his route in the Mountain troops from being a recruit in December 1939 (training in Oberammergau) until the Russian campaign in 1941. He lived in Freilassing/Upper Bavaria (just across the border from Salzburg in Austria) The record starts with 2 photos – one as a recruit in December 1939 and the other as a combat experienced Oberfeldwebel wearing all his decorations in May 1944. He fought in the 1940 France campaign – a very good record of photos of the progress of the Regiment/Division. You then see the unit preparing for “Operation Sealion” (the invasion of England). The record then switches to preparation for “Operation Felix” (operation to capture Gibraltar). When that operation was cancelled, the unit was involved during April 1941 in the Balkan Campaign. Lecker’s record finishes with a brief write up about his involvement in the initial phase of the Campaign in the East – naming places. He was wounded on his right foot by shrapnel on 29.9.41 and evacuated via Romania to Graz. On his recovery he was posted to the Replacement Army before being returned to active duty in the East. A quite incredible collection to a German Special Forces soldier who saw action throughout the war.

WW1 Motor Machine Guns Cloth Shoulder Title

WW1 Motor Machine Guns Cloth Shoulder Title

Single WW1 Motor Machine Guns Cloth Shoulder Title. Khaki serge backing with with Motor Machine Guns machine embroidered in red cotton. Very good condition

Post 1924 Royal Tank Corps Officer’s Beret Badge.

Post 1924 Royal Tank Corps Officer’s Beret Badge.

A quite exceptional post 1924 Royal Tank Corps Officer’s Beret Badge. With a kings Crown atop a golden wreath with a silver retreating tank at centre, a banner below with “Fear Naught “ To the reverse are two fixing posts. Excellent overall condition

WW1 Tank Corps Other Ranks Cap Badge

WW1 Tank Corps Other Ranks Cap Badge

A WW1 Tank Corps Other Ranks Cap Badge in gilded brass on a slider. Non maker marked and in very good condition

WW1 Tank Corps Officer\'s Cap Badge in Bronze

WW1 Tank Corps Officer\'s Cap Badge in Bronze

WW1 Tank Corps Officer's Cap Badge in Bronze with folded blades in place and T & Co raised from the casting on the reverse. Very good perhaps unissued condition

WW1 Tanks  Shoulder Title

WW1 Tanks Shoulder Title

Single WW1 Tanks Corps “Tanks” Title in brass which was to be replaced in late 1917. Very good condition with the two fixing posts in place

Royal Tank Corps Cap Badge. Retreating Tank

Royal Tank Corps Cap Badge. Retreating Tank

An interesting Royal Tank Corps Other Ranks White Metal Cap Badge from the early to mid 1920’s with rearwards facing tank. With the change in dress regulations from the Service Dress Cap to the familiar Black Beret, the badge moved towards the left side of the Beret and this then meant the Tank was retreating. In 1925 the problem was addressed but this style of Badge continued to be issued until supplies were exhausted. Originally manufactured with fixing posts the Badge was later converted to a slider. Very good condition. with slider

5th Armoured Car Company Royal Tank Corps Pagri.

5th Armoured Car Company Royal Tank Corps Pagri.

Scarce 5th Armoured Car Company Royal Tank Corps Pagri worn on the universal Khaki helmet by RTC Armoured Car Companies in India between 1929 -33 Three panel cotton / felt construction with the number 5 machine embroidered into the red central panel. Overall very good condition. This actual example is featured on page 15 of issue 267 of "The Formation Sign", the Journal of the Military Heraldry Society

Armoured Motors Shoulder Title

Armoured Motors Shoulder Title

A non voided Armoured Motors Shoulder Title in brass in very good condition with posts

Armoured Motors Shoulder Title - Voided

Armoured Motors Shoulder Title - Voided

A voided Armoured Motors Shoulder Title in brass in very good condition with posts

Infantry Assault Badge in Silver

Infantry Assault Badge in Silver

Infantry Assault Badge in Silver by Werner Redo constructed in zinc and dated 1942 Overall very good condition with much of the original finish now absorbed into the zinc. Light service wear only to the features with W.R. raise from the casting to the reverse. Pin, hinge block and catch are without damage.

Infantry Assault Badge in Silver by Hermann Aurich

Infantry Assault Badge in Silver by Hermann Aurich

Infantry Assault Badge in Silver by Hermann Aurich constructed in zinc. Overall very good condition with much of the original finish now absorbed into the zinc. Light service wear only to the features with A.H.. raise from the casting to the reverse. Pin, hinge block and catch are without damage.

N0 9 Commando Shoulder Flashes

N0 9 Commando Shoulder Flashes

Very good original and unissued pair showing very light signs of storeage only.

M42 Helmet with Sand Camouflage

M42 Helmet with Sand Camouflage

A very nice M42 ET 64 sand camouflaged Helmet in overall very good condition and with the clear outline, or ghost, of a single decal. Now becoming so difficult to find good unmolested helmets as I have here, this example displays what appears to have been a tropical sand coloured paint over a grit or sand camouflage, later overpainted with a vehicle or equipment grey green paint, spray applied. The shell is without damage and retains virtually all of it’s painted finish. Inside, the skirt is stamped ET64, 2421 suggesting this to be an army helmet. The liner is very good, the tongues remaining supple and complete with just very minor loss to the edge of one tongue at the rear seam. The drawstring is in place but this is now quite fragile, the chinstrap without obvious markings but good and strong. A good original combat helmet.

1936 pattern Police Belt and Buckle

1936 pattern Police Belt and Buckle

A very good service used example of a 1936 pattern Enlisted Man’s Police Belt and Buckle. One piece aluminium box Belt Buckle with pebbled field and central Swastika motif with oak leaf wreath and Got Mit Uns, the reverse with CTD ( Christian Theodor Dicke) raised in the casting. The original 1938 dated tab remains attached to the buckle. The Belt is approximately 37” in length and remains supple and free from damage other than slight loss to the stitching to the tongue. The clasp end has some stamping but this is no longer discernible. Overall condition is very good.

Wound Badge in Silver

Wound Badge in Silver

A later war Wound Badge in Silver, the reverse marked 92 for the maker Josef Ruckert & Sohn. Despite being zinc the badge has retained most of the original finish and is free from damage with the hinge, pin and catch all still in place

Cased Iron Cross First Class by Steinhauer and Luck

Cased Iron Cross First Class by Steinhauer and Luck

A pin back Iron Cross first Class by Steinhauer and Luck, complete with its’ original case of presentation. The Iron Cross is in very good condition, lightly toned and with absolutely no damage, the coffin shaped pin is marked 4 to the maker and the hinge, pin and catch are without damage. The case is also in very good condition and correct for the maker. A very nice example.

Official British Press Photo. German prisoners, Gustave Line. Fallschirmjager

Official British Press Photo. German prisoners, Gustave Line. Fallschirmjager

Original 133mm x 110mm British Press Photograph on poor quality paper, the reverse stamped to the “Tropical press Agency”, Used 12 Jul 1944 and typed caption: German Officers under guard, captured during the Eighth Armies break-through at the Gustave Line, are marched to the rear under escort. Very good condition

Hitler Youth Bread Bag with Label & Strap

Hitler Youth Bread Bag with Label & Strap

Whilst numerous Bread Bags are offered as Hitler Youth bags these are most commonly simply interwar commercially produced pieces produced for hikers and walkers. True Hitler Jugend Bread Bags will carry the correct label with the HJ diamond and RZM markings as we have here. This example is in very good used condition, completely free from damage. All dished aluminium buttons are in place along with all straps and most importantly the carrying strap. A true example of the type and a rare find.

Short Parade Bayonet

Short Parade Bayonet

A good example of these attractive short bladed Parade Bayonets, complete with it’s original scabbard. The nickel plated blade measures 199mm and is free from damage although it does have some light vertical surface scratches midway along. There are no maker details on the ricasso. The black checkered grips are in very good undamaged condition as is the plated bird’s head pommel, the release button working well. Finally, the scabbard is free from dents or damage with some loss to the black painted surface.

German \"Tropical\" Bread Bag

German \"Tropical\" Bread Bag

Originally intended for use in tropical climates these Tropical Bread Bags were to eventually see service in all theatres and were devoid of any of the leather fittings normally seen. Constructed in a green cotton canvas all fittings are of a tan cotton webbing with the exception of the internal securing strap which is rayon. All dished metal buttons, hooks and belt hook are in place. Overall condition is very good. A very nice example.

Kings Crown British Field Marshal\'s Cap Badge

Kings Crown British Field Marshal\'s Cap Badge

A quite superb and unissued British Field Marshal’s Kings Crown Cap or beret Badge with Crossed Batons Insignia of Rank Hand embroidered in a golden bullion wire with the central portions of the batons in red velvet matching the crown. The reverse retains the original paper backing. No longer a rank in the British Army, this example is in excellent condition and is of course guaranteed of period manufacture as is everything I offer.

Kings Crown British General\'s cap badge

Kings Crown British General\'s cap badge

An exceptional and unissued example of a British General’s Kings Crown Cap Badge in excellent condition. Hand embroidered in a golden bullion thread the Badge shows the General’s crossed cutlass and baton with the Kings Crown and Lion atop. The paper backing remains 90% complete on the reverse.

Saddle Shape Panzer NCO\'s Visor or Peaked Cap

Saddle Shape Panzer NCO\'s Visor or Peaked Cap

A quite superb example of a Panzer NCO’s saddle form Peaked or Visor Cap. Constructed in an private purchase quality doeskin cloth, the Cap is piped with the pink waffenfarbe of the Panzer troops and is completely without moth or other damage The aluminium insignia is originally applied, the cockade sitting firmly on an unblemished green hatband. Above the vulkan fibre peak or visor is the black leather chinstrap which show no signs of ever having been extended. Inside, the leather sweatband is in place with minimal loss but with a small amount of loss to the stitching at the back. The lining is a golden coloured silk or imitation silk, the diamond shaped sweat shield without damage but with one side of the stitching opened by the owner to slip a name tag (Guth) into place. A beautiful Cap in exactly the shape and condition we all want.

Early Luftwaffe Sommerfliegerkombi. Battle of Britain Me109 Pilot and Knights Cross Winner

Early Luftwaffe Sommerfliegerkombi. Battle of Britain Me109 Pilot and Knights Cross Winner

An excellent example of an early Luftwaffe one-piece step-in Sommerfliegerkombi flying issued to Knights Cross winner and Battle of Britain Me109 Pilot, Lagois ('Fred' Ehrenfried) Made in a light brown and white flecked cotton fabric, known as “Salt and pepper” it has a turn-down collar with a leather strap fastening, diagonal zipper opening to the front, horizontal zipper fly at the crotch (indicative of the earlier type), zip openings at the arm and leg cuffs and a button-down flap over the right shoulder. To the left torso is a long concealed vertical opening over which a pointed button flap is secured, covering a quick release ring-pull, linked to a length of cord on the inside which is held in place by brown lacing. Pulling this allows the suit to be taken off quickly in an emergency. The label of the suit’s manufacture Karl Heisler is in place alongside. At each knee is a horizontal zip pocket across the front while at either side of the waist is a vertical zip opening allowing access to the interior. Stitched to the centre of the chest is a double vertical loop of brown leather, intended for the attachment of the oxygen mask hose clips. Inside there is a military issue name tag to Lagois. The suit is in virtually unissued condition with just one small hole to the back of the right leg. All zips are original, operate perfectly and are without damage, however, five of the runners and pulls have been replaced and fitted to the original zips, original zinc runner having always been susceptible to facture. Lagois 'Fred' Ehrenfried joined the Luftwaffe in November 1939 and flew as part of Lehrgeschwader 2 during the Battles of France and Britain, being shot down in the former. I.(Schl)./LG 2 did not take part in the early phases of the Battle of Britain, and was mooted to convert into a 'true' dive-bomber unit equipped with the Junkers Ju 87. However II Gruppe had proved the viability of the battlefield assault concept enough to be converted to the new Bf 109 E-4B fighter-bomber, with the capability to carry one SC-250 kg bomb or four SC-50 kg bombs. Training took place at Böblingen. Based at Saint-Omer in France as part of Luftflotte 2, II.(Schl)./LG 2 started operations on 6 September 1940, losing two aircraft to flak over the Thames Estuary. With no direct Army offensive to support, the unit modified its type of operation, and through the winter and into the spring of 1941 kept up a series of sporadic nuisance raids against targets in England, suffering over a dozen aircraft losses. From 1942 he was a member of I Gruppe, Schlachtgeschwader 1, flying ground attack operations on the Eastern Front, and was awarded the German Cross (Deutsches Kreuz) in gold later that year. Having amassed over 600 combat flights in March 1944, Oberfeldwebel Lagois, then of 5 Staffel, Schlachtgeschwader 2 'Immelmann', was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. Lagois was killed the following month when his Fw 190 was hit by friendly kriegsmarine anti-aircraft fire near the Khersonyes airfield in Crimea, causing his aircraft to crash into the Black Sea. His body was never recovered. The last two images show Oberfeldwebel Lagois and are not included in the sale

SA \"Sturmabteilung” Belt with Sunwheel Buckle

SA \"Sturmabteilung” Belt with Sunwheel Buckle

The Buckle is of one piece stamped brass and features the “sun wheel Swastika” within a wreath clutched by an eagle, the head of which sits below the inner of the two circular rope designs which surround an oak leaf and ribbed design. The reverse of the buckle is unmarked. Completely without damage. The Belt is brown leather and 28.5” in length with a lightweight buckle catch. Adjustment tongue is in place. Complete free from damage and remaining supple with the owner’s name stamped inside.

Zinc Panzer Assault Badge in Silver

Zinc Panzer Assault Badge in Silver

A nice example of a Panzer Assault Badge in Silver. Constructed in zinc the badge retains most of the original with none of the usual wear to high points etc. The reverse shows the initials of the maker Hermann Aurich raised from the casting above which the owner has scratches his initials, MH. Pin, hinge block and catch are all in place, the only point of note being surface rusting to the hinge block which could transfer to a uniform if not cleaned off.

Royal Warwickshire Regiment Officer\'s Field Service Cap

Royal Warwickshire Regiment Officer\'s Field Service Cap

A good Royal Warwickshire regiment Officer’s Field Service Cap made by Austin Reed in a good quality Barathea wool. Completely free from moth or other damage the Cap carries the impressive regimental badge in bronze with general service buttons to the side flaps. Inside, the protective covering remains below which is the Austin Reed label.

Fliegersturm of the SS and SA Belt and Buckle

Fliegersturm of the SS and SA Belt and Buckle

Certainly the first and I have no doubt the last of these ultra rare Belt Buckles derived from the type 11 SA Buckle I will see. Finally attributed on page 378 of Peter Nash’s excellent work to the Fliegersturm of the SA and SS, the Buckle was previously thought, incorrectly, to have been used by such organisations as the NSKK and NSFK both of which did not feature the pebbled field on the nickel buckle we have here. The Fliegersturm were established within the SS and SA from 1929 and was the brainchild W.W.I air-ace, Ritter von Schleich. SS and SA men who passed their pilots instruction course while with the SS and SA Fliegersturms were allowed to wear wings on their uniforms. In 1933 the Fliegersturm were replaced by the Deutsches Luftsport Verbund. The nickel Buckle is in very good condition, free from damage and with light service wear only to the high points. There are no maker's marks. The black leather belt is in very good supple condition with no damage and no loss to the stitching. Perhaps shortened at some time by movement of the tongue for the claw buckle, the belt catch is the first pattern, entirely appropriate for the period. A very rare Belt and Buckle to a little known SS and SA flying organisation.

A Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger Badge by C.E. Juncker of Berlin

A Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger Badge by C.E. Juncker of Berlin

An example of a well preserved Luftwaffe Paratrooper (Fallschirmjäger) badge in silvered and gilded tombac. The obverse consists of a wreath of laurel and oak leaves with an eagle superimposed on the badge. The reverse plain with two rivets, a vertical pinback (depicting period repair), with a barrel hinge and a repaired round wire catch. Maker marked “C. E. Juncker, Berlin S.W” and engraved “Bimmler” by hand. A very nice example with research potential.

Hitler Youth Dagger by Puma

Hitler Youth Dagger by Puma

A well used Hitler Youth Dagger by Puma with original scabbard. Somewhat limited by a blade which displays signs of significant sharpening, the hilt and grip plates are in very good condition, the HJ emblem set into the black chequered grip being without loss and with the classic “fishscale” pattern to the red fields. Bird’s head pommel, cross guard and grip straps are nickel plated steel and in fine condition. Scabbard, hanging strap and securing strap are in very good condition, the cap only missing off the female press fastener. The blade motto is now only just visible and sharpening has reduced the width of the blade towards to tip. The ricasso is nicely marked and shows a date of 1936 whilst the Puma logo remains clear on the obverse side. A very nice displayable piece particularly when added to a belt.

WW1 German Equipment / Bread Bag Strap

WW1 German Equipment / Bread Bag Strap

A scarce WW1 German Bread Bag Strap in very good condition. As is usually the case there are no markings present, however this example undoubtedly dates from the 1915 to 1916 period since the canvas used is the field grey colour introduced in 1915 (tan before that date) yet the leather ends remain in brown leather, these being blackened from late 1916 onwards. WW1 Bread Bag Straps in good condition are really rather difficult to find today, they are however an important piece of kit as during that War they were used by all Infantry in the assault to support the weight of the cartridge Pouches. This is because German Infantry did not have "Y straps" in WW1. The cartridge Pouches were usually supported by the Pack, however the Pack was not used in the assault so the Bread Bag Strap was used instead. As such a Bread Bag Strap is the classic item for a German Infantry "in the assault" display as numerous period photos testify. The canvas on this Bread Bag Strap is strong with the leather ends solid and undamaged, and the sprung clips once more strong and fully functioning. This Bread Bag Strap can thus be used to support Pouches without any problems whatsoever. The final image shows the Bread Bag Strap laid out with other items of German WW1 equipment that I have equally listed. These extra items do not form part of this sale but are shown for demonstration purposes only. As can be seen the brown leather ends of the Bread Bag Strap match the colour, patina, and condition of this equipment exactly. All the items shown in the final image originally formed a carefully matched equipment set and these were bought from the same advanced German collection in their entirety. For the sake of photographic clarity however I have listed the different elements separately. An essential but hard to find piece of WW1 German Equipment.

Official ETO Photograph. German Officers Captured in France

Official ETO Photograph. German Officers Captured in France

An Official European Theatre of Operations Photograph which purports to show German Officers captured in France awaiting Interrogation in England in a POW camp. the picture which measures 136mm x 95mm is in very good condition and very interesting. The barbed wire behind the officers appears to have been edited in to the picture and how strange that even after arriving in England one still has his gas mask and another even a pistol holster. Even empty this would have been taken from him. British creative propaganda?

K98k Ammunition Pouches

K98k Ammunition Pouches

A good early pair of German Cartridge / Ammunition pouched for 7.92 ammunition for the Kar 98 k Rifle. Constructed in a black pebbled leather both pouches are in very good used condition with all straps and internal dividers in place, the only point of note being the loss of one of the two rows of stitching holding one closure strap where it is attached to the lid, the second row of stitching still holding it firmly in place. Both have good markings one being dated 1938, the other 1939

WW1 RAF Bullion Observer Wing

WW1 RAF Bullion Observer Wing

This WW1 RAF Bullion Observer Wing is one of three different brevets found in an early WW1 (1915-16) grouping of items attributed to Air Mechanic 859 Charles Albert Cordeaux RFC. Cordeaux was a Wireless Telegraphy expert who occasionally flew as ad hoc Observer (trialling Wireless Gun Ranging for the Artillery etc.) However since Cordeaux was not an "official" Observer it is thought that he most likely acquired these Wings unofficially at some later time. For further information on Cordeaux's career with the RFC (and later RAF) please refer to my earlier listing relating to his Identity Discs. The WW1 Bullion Observer Wingis the rare Special Pattern authorised for wear on the First Pattern Pale Blue RAF Uniform of 1918. The Pale Blue RAF Uniform was only worn for about a year. It was replaced with the RAF Grey-Blue Uniform in September 1919 at which time the Bullion Observer Wing was discontinued, the brevet reverting to an off-white worsted embroidery design. This Pattern of Brevet, - gold bullion to the wing and silver bullion to the "O", is also seen worn on the RFC Blue Patrol Tunic, and sometimes too on the Khaki RAF 1918 tunic. The Wing is in good service worn condition with the Bullion in good order. It shows clear signs of having been removed from a uniform. In my experience WW1 Bullion Observer Wings such as this are significantly more difficult to find than their Bullion RAF Pilot Wing counterpart. A very rare wing.

Issue RFC Observer Wing

Issue RFC Observer Wing

This Issue RFC Observer Wing is one of three different brevets found in an early WW1 (1915-16) grouping of items attributed to Air Mechanic 859 Charles Albert Cordeaux RFC. Cordeaux was a Wireless Telegraphy expect who occasionally flew as ad hoc Observer (trialling Wireless Gun Ranging for the Artillery etc.). However since Cordeaux was not an "official" Observer it is thought that he most likely acquired these Wings unofficially at some later time, perhaps to reflect his Aircrew experience when necessary. For further information on Cordeaux's career with the RFC (and later RAF) please refer to my earlier listing relating to his Identity Discs. This Issue RFC Observer Wing is the Regulation Issue Pattern for WW1, this first authorised for wear by Other Ranks in October 1915 and worn for the duration. The Wing is in good service worn condition, clearly removed from a uniform. In my experience true WW1 Observer Wings such as this are significantly more difficult to find than their RFC Pilot Wing counterpart. A classic WW1 Observer Wing.

Private Purchase RFC Observer Wing

Private Purchase RFC Observer Wing

This Private Purchase RFC Observer Wing is one of three different brevets found in an early WW1 (1915-16) grouping of items attributed to Air Mechanic 859 Charles Albert Cordeaux RFC. Cordeaux was a Wireless Telegraphy expert who occasionally flew as ad hoc Observer (trialling Wireless Gun Ranging for the Artillery etc.). However since Cordeaux was not an "official" Observer it is thought that he most likely acquired these Wings unofficially at some later time. perhaps to reflect his Aircrew experience when necessary. For further information on Cordeaux's career with the RFC (and later RAF) please refer to my earlier listing relating to his Identity Discs. This Observer Wing is the desirable "khaki feathers" version, this rarer style being sought after by collectors as the Wing is easily discernible from post WW1 items. The Observer Wing was first authorised for wear by Officers in August 1915, khaki feathered versions of this type being worn for the duration. The Wing is in good service worn condition, clearly removed from a uniform. In my experience true WW1 Observer Wings such as this are significantly harder to find than their RFC Pilot Wing counterpart. A delightful khaki feathered WW1 Observer Wing.

1915 RFC Issued Compass

1915 RFC Issued Compass

This 1915 RFC Issued Compass and accoutrements is another artefact from an early WW1 grouping of items attributed to Air Mechanic 859 Charles Albert Cordeaux RFC. For information on Cordeaux's career with the RFC (and later RAF) please refer to my earlier listing relating to his Identity Discs. The Compass and accoutrements were perhaps issued to Cordeaux, a Wireless Technician, for his occasional aerial duties of 1915-16 when he flew as an ad hoc Observer (trialling Wireless Gun Ranging for the Artillery etc.). The Compass itself is a standard British Army Issue Compass in the nice brass body format, this dated 1915 with the standard broad arrow Government Issue mark. The Compass's Case is engaging however, since it is not in the standard format for the type. On these Issue Army Compasses the Case usually has one long retaining strap so that the Compass may be hung about the body. Here there is no such strap, nor indeed the fittings for one (these visibly absent from the bottom of the case). Instead the case is fitted with a belt loop, a feature that standard Issue Army Compass Cases do not have. I believe this variation is no accident, but rather an early attempt by the RFC to make standard Army equipment more suitable for Aircrew use in an aircraft, the Compass Case being secured to the Flying Jacket's belt is simply more practical. As the War went on the RFC developed this idea further and by the latter stages of WW1 special Aircrew designs of smaller Compass, secured to the wrist or thigh, are what was on issue to Aircrew (see pages 116 & 117 of Mark Hillier's book on the RFC). The probability that this pattern of Compass Case is a special early design for RFC Aircrew is upheld by the fact that the Case has the letter "A" over broad arrow mark designating equipment explicitly intended for "Air use", and significantly, no other mark (unlike Cordeaux' standard issue Map Case - see earlier listing). Also, still to avoid loss in the slipstream, Cordeaux has, rather nicely, additionally clipped an Army lanyard to the Compass's brass ring so that the instrument on it's own may be secured when in use, this by looping the lanyard too to the Flying Jacket belt (or shoulder when no Jacket is worn). Adapting standard Army equipment in this fashion is very typical of early War aviation. Like all of Cordeaux's kit for the 1915-16 period, the Compass and Case is in very good condition. I would say however that the Compass has perhaps had very slightly more use than the Case, this no doubt a further indication that the Case is a special RFC Aircrew adaptation, and that before being specifically issued to Cordeaux for his flying, the Compass had unsurprisingly seen more general service in the RFC (similarly to his Map Case). Cordeaux only flew occasionally in the 1915-16 period, followed by a two year hiatus from flying altogether thereafter, hence the Compass and Case presented here not being used by him beyond that time. By the time of Cordeaux's return to Aerial Wireless duties in 1919 such standard issue Army Compasses were obsolete for flying purposes, rendered so by specially designed items such as the smaller wrist and thigh Compasses mentioned earlier. As with all his obsolete 1915 Flying Kit, I believe that it is on account of Cordeaux using totally different Compass equipment for his flying duties in Ireland in 1919 that his 1915 RFC Issued Compass and Case have survived. Both Compass and Case are in very good solid undamaged condition. The Compass is fully functioning with it's face rotating freely to give what still appears to be an accurate reading, and its locking buttons and lid hinge are working correctly. Finally, the Compass's glass viewing "window" is clear and without cracks. The Compass is precision Swiss made, 1915 dated, and bears a Government Issue broad arrow mark. Its leather case is equally pleasing. The leather is sturdy, all the stitching is strong, the closure strap is pliable and its buckle works well with no issues. Finally the Compass's khaki securing lanyard is complete, intact , with it's brass sprung clip functioning perfectly. This actual Compass, Case and Lanyard are featured on page 105 of Mark Hillier's book on the RFC. A wonderful example of early RFC Issued Army Equipment adapted for Air Use, in very nice condition.

1915 Dated RFC Issued Map Case

1915 Dated RFC Issued Map Case

This 1915 RFC Issued Map Case is another artefact from an early WW1 grouping of items attributed to Air Mechanic 859 Charles Albert Cordeaux RFC. For information on Cordeaux's career with the RFC (and later RAF) please refer to my earlier listing relating to his Identity Discs. This Map Case was perhaps issued to Cordeaux, a Wireless Technician, for his occasional aerial duties of 1915-16 when he flew as an ad hoc Observer (trialling Wireless Gun Ranging for the Artillery etc.). The Case itself is a standard British Army Issue Map Case dated 1915 with the standard broad arrow Government Issue mark. Thr use of standard Army equipment for air needs is very typical of early War aviation. By the latter stages of the War the RFC had developed a wide range of distinct Air equipment especially suited to its functions. Like all of Cordeaux's kit for the 1915-16 period, the Map Case is in very good condition. I would say however that it has had slightly more wear than his regular flying kit, this no doubt indicating that before being specifically issued to Cordeaux for his flying, the Map Case had unsurprisingly seen more general service in the RFC. Cordeaux only flew occasionally in the 1915-16 period, followed by a two year hiatus from flying altogether thereafter, hence the Case not being used by him beyond that time. By the time of Cordeaux's return to Aerial Wireless duties in 1919 such "loose" Map Cases were obsolete for flying purposes, rendered so by specially designed items such as the RFC/RAF Mk1 Map Board (see page 107 of Mark Hillier's book). As with all his obsolete 1915 Flying Kit, I believe that it is on account of Cordeaux using totally different Map equipment for his flying duties in Ireland in 1919 that his 1915 RFC Issued Map Case has survived. The Map Case is in good solid undamaged condition. The leather shoulder strap is strong with the brass clips at each end functioning correctly. All stitching to the Case itself is without fault and the closure studs function correctly. Finally the celluloid "window" is unbroken, unscratched, and clear. This actual Map Case is featured on page 105 of Mark Hillier's book on the RFC. A good example of early RFC Issued Army Equipment for Air Use.

Published 1915 Dated RFC Flying Gloves / Gauntlet Liners

Published 1915 Dated RFC Flying Gloves / Gauntlet Liners

These scarce 1915 Issue RFC Flying Gloves/Gauntlet Liners are another artefact from an early WW1 grouping of items attributed to Air Mechanic 859 Charles Albert Cordeaux RFC. For information on Cordeaux's career with the RFC (and later RAF) please refer to my earlier listing relating to his Identity Discs. The Gloves/Liners were perhaps issued to Cordeaux, a Wireless Technician, for his occasional aerial duties of 1915-16 when he flew as an ad hoc Observer. I believe these Gloves are a variation of the "Gloves, chamois leather" that appear on the RFC Issue Flying Kit List (Scale Of Provision) for 1915, and that in contrast to the standard versions of such Gloves these were made solely to be used as Flying Gauntlet Liners in winter, and Flying Gloves worn on their own in summer. The standard "Gloves, chamois leather" actually had a dual purpose in the RFC, they were not only used by aircrew to line their Gauntlets for extra warmth in winter, but also used by ground crew when doping aircraft in cold weather, this latter use in fact being their original purpose. Hence, though the Gloves are unlined, very soft, and with a single closure press stud, all in exactly the same manner of their standard chamois leather counterpart, they are however manufactured in the classic light tan chrome leather from which only Flying Kit is made in the RFC. Equally important of course is the fact that they bear the Government Issue stamp of the letter "A" over broad arrow, indicating equipment intended specifically for "Air use". It is known that both Major "Mick" Mannock VC and Major James McCudden VC used just this Pattern of Gloves for flying in the summer. It is thought expert fighter pilots preferred using such lightweight Flying Gloves for their flexibility when it was warm enough to do so. McCudden's Flying Gloves were removed from the site of his fatal crash of July 1918 and they are currently on display in the Imperial War Museum along with his 1915 Pattern Flying Cap and Maternity Tunic. Images of those Flying Gloves can be found online; as can be seen they are the identical pattern to these Gloves with the only difference being that, similarly to his 1915 Pattern Flying Cap, the light tan issue colour of McCudden's 1915 Gloves has now darkened considerably due to the extensive wear. (It is interesting to note that both McCudden and Cordeaux, who were both rare pre-War 1913 entrants to the RFC with service numbers just 33 digits apart, were both issued, and flew with, the exact same 1915 Pattern Flying Cap/Flying Glove combination. This suggesting perhaps that these items were on issue together to Other Rank Aircrew early on in the War). In contrast to McCudden's however, these 1915 Issue RFC Flying Gloves/ Gauntlet Liners are in exceptionally good just lightly used condition. Cordeaux only flew occasionally in the 1915-16 period, followed by a two year hiatus from flying altogether thereafter, hence the Flying Gloves/ Gauntlet Liners not being used by him beyond that time. Since Cordeaux was not a fighter pilot like McCudden, he only used these Flying Gloves as winter Liners to his 1915 Observer Pattern Flying Gauntlets when doing his occasional Observer stints. By the time of Cordeaux's return to Aerial Wireless duties in 1919 the 1915 Observer Pattern Flying Gauntlets with their separate winter Gauntlet Liners were obsolete; rendered so by the much more practical two-in-one glove/gauntlet Urwick-Fownes Pattern, which by 1919 was blanket General Issue throughout the RAF. As with all his obsolete 1915 Flying Kit, I believe that it is on account of Cordeaux using a totally different Pattern of Flying Gauntlets for his flying duties in Ireland in 1919 that his 1915 Issue Flying Glove/Gauntlet Liners have survived. The Gloves/Liners are completely without damage. All stitching is without fault and both closure press studs function correctly. The leather is soft and pliable, retaining its original light tan issue colour throughout, this matching Cordeaux's 1915 Flying Cap, Goggles and Gauntlets quite wonderfully. They bear no markings aside from the "Air use" Government Issue stamp however,I believe they must date from 1915 since every other item of Cordeaux's flying kit in this grouping is from that year. In that regard these marvellous Flying Gloves/ Gauntlet Liners are featured next to Cordeaux's Flying Gauntlets in Mark Hillier's book (see page 62). An exquisite piece of RFC Issue Flying Kit, demonstrably favoured by "Aces".

Published 1915 Dated RFC Observer Pattern Flying Gauntlets

Published 1915 Dated RFC Observer Pattern Flying Gauntlets

These scarce 1915 Issue RFC Observer Pattern Flying Gauntlets are another artefact from an early WW1 grouping of items attributed to Air Mechanic 859 Charles Albert Cordeaux RFC. For information on Cordeaux's career with the RFC (and later RAF) please refer to my earlier listing relating to his Identity Discs. These Flying Gauntlets were perhaps issued to Cordeaux, a Wireless Technician, for his occasional aerial duties of 1915-16 when he flew as an ad hoc Observer. They appear on the RFC Issue Flying Kit List (Scale Of Provision) for 1915 under the simple designation "Gauntlets, observers". This trigger-finger mitten style of Gauntlet was the first Pattern specifically introduced for Observers by the RFC. By the end of the War the Pattern was obsolete, abandoned in favour of the much more practical, and universal, Urwick-Fownes Pattern; this being a two-in-one glove/gauntlet with fold back mitten, introduced in 1917. As a precursor to the adoption of the Urwick-Fownes Pattern, for extra warmth in winter the 1915 Observer Pattern Flying Gauntlet could be worn with a separate leather liner glove inserted. A pair of such liner gloves were also found in Cordeaux's grouping and I have listed them separately. These "Gauntlet, observers" have a clear Government Manufacturer's mark for 1915, as well a much fainter Government Issue broad arrow stamp. I believe the fact that this latter stamp is a simple broad arrow marking without the letter "A" above it for "Air use" indicates that these Observer Gauntlets, which are unequivocally for Air Use, were manufactured very early on in 1915. This pre-dating the introduction of the specific letter "A" over broad arrow marking first seen just a little later that year and applied to the remainder of Cordeaux's 1915 kit Like all of Cordeaux's flying kit for the 1915-16 period, these Flying Gauntlets are in exceptionally good just lightly used condition. Cordeaux only flew occasionally in the 1915-16 period, followed by a two year hiatus from flying altogether thereafter, hence the Gauntlets not being used by him beyond that time. Similarly to the situation with his 1915 Flying Cap and Goggles, by the time of Cordeaux's return to Aerial Wireless duties in 1919 the Flying Gauntlets were obsolete; rendered so by the popular Urwick-Fownes Pattern Gauntlet which by 1919 was blanket General Issue throughout the RAF, and which would continue to be so well into the 20's. As with the 1915 Flying Cap and Goggles, I believe that it is because Cordeaux used a totally different Pattern of Flying Gauntlets for his flying duties in Ireland in 1919 that his 1915 Issue Observer Pattern Flying Gauntlets have survived. There is no doubt that these Gauntlets have remained in their beautiful lightly used 1915-16 state for that rason. The Gauntlets are completely without damage. All stitching is without fault and there is no loss to the woollen lining. The leather is soft and pliable, retaining its original light tan issue colour throughout, this matching Cordeaux's 1915 Flying Cap and Goggles quite wonderfully. These very nice Flying Gauntlets are understandably featured in Mark Hillier's book on the RFC at page 63. A scarce piece of early RFC Issue Flying Kit in amazing condition.

Published 1915 Issue RFC Observer\'s Pattern Flying Goggles

Published 1915 Issue RFC Observer\'s Pattern Flying Goggles

These scarce 1915 Issue RFC Observer Pattern Flying Goggles are another artefact from an early WW1 grouping of items attributed to Air Mechanic 859 Charles Albert Cordeaux RFC. For information on Cordeaux's career with the RFC (and later RAF) please refer to my earlier listing relating to his Identity Discs. These Flying Goggles perhapsissued to Cordeaux, a Wireless Technician, for his occasional aerial duties of 1915-16 when he flew as and ad hoc Observer. They date from the early 1915 period as later in 1915 the first "Goggle Masks" began to be issued to RFC Aircrew; this because simple Goggles such as these were proving themselves to be more and more inadequate in providing protection against the cold, as aircraft speeds, and thus "wind chill", steadily increased. By late 1916 the issue of Goggle Masks became universal and this simple non-mask goggle type was relegated to issue in hot climates only. Cordeaux's Goggles appear on the RFC Issue Flying Kit List (Scale Of Provision) for 1915 under the simple designation "Goggles with triplex glasses". The stated "glasses" could be changed by loosening a screw on the Goggle's frames, and in this regard the 1915 Kit List further states the glasses came in two specified Patterns: "light or dark tinted". The dark tint, such as the ones on these Goggles was provided specifically for the use of Observers as one of their roles was to regularly scan the skies for enemy aircraft and this task was thought to be made easier with the use of a dark tint to the glasses. Given that there were considerably fewer Observers than Pilots, Flying Goggles with the "dark tinted" glasses applied are considerably scarcer than their "light" glasses counterpart. Like all of Cordeaux's flying kit for the 1915-16 period, the Flying Googles are in exceptionally good just lightly used condition. Cordeaux only flew occasionally in the 1915-16 period, followed by a two year hiatus from flying altogether thereafter, hence the Goggles here not being used by him beyond that time. Similarly to the situation with his 1915 Flying Cap, by the time of Cordeaux's return to Aerial Wireless duties in 1919 these Flying Goggles were obsolete, rendered so by the increased aircraft speeds necessitating the use of the MK1 Goggle Mask. As with the 1915 Flying Cap, I believe that it is on account of Cordeaux having to use a totally different type of Flying Goggles for his flying duties in Ireland in 1919 (the MK1 Goggle Mask) that his 1915 Issue Observer Pattern Flying Goggles have survived. There is no doubt that these Goggles have remained in their beautiful lightly used 1915-16 state. because of that. The Goggles are completely without damage. There is no loss to the Goggles fur trim, and its khaki strap's adjustment buckle, and hook and eye closure, function correctly. All the leather parts retain their original light tan issue colour and these of course match Cordeaux's 1915 Pattern Flying Cap worn with them quite wonderfully. Though faint, the goggle strap's leather tab on the left hand side bears a Government Issue stamp of the letter "A" over broad arrow, this indicating equipment intended for "Air use". They have retained their original Triplex case and this too is in very good condition, completely damage free. These very Goggles are featured in Mark Hillier's book on the RFC at pages 48 & 49. A scarce early piece of RFC Issue Flying Kit in excellent condition.

Important 1915 Pattern RFC Flying Cap - Published

Important 1915 Pattern RFC Flying Cap - Published

This most important piece, which in the brief official parlance of the RFC "1915 Scale Of Provision For Aeroplane Squadrons" (Issue Flying Kit List) is simply designated as "Caps, fur lined", is another artefact from an early WW1 grouping of items attributed to Air Mechanic 859 Charles Albert Cordeaux RFC. For information on Cordeaux's career with the RFC (and later RAF) please refer to my earlier listing relating to his Identity Discs. The Flying Cap offered here was perhaps issued to Cordeaux, a Wireless Technician, for his occasional aerial duties of 1915-16 and as such it is an extremely rare survivor of the very first General Issue of Flying Cap for the Royal Flying Corps of 1915, this pre-dating by over a year the General Issue "Caps leather, summer" (better known by its RAF re-designation of Mk1 Flying Cap). The RFC was created in 1912 and at that time it was a very small unit. Up until 1914 Issue flying kit was very limited in number, as the number of Other Ranks Aircrew in this period was itself very limited. During this pre-WW1 period Issue flying headgear was of two specific types, either hard shell "helmets" to provide protection from shocks, or soft shell "caps" to provide protection from the cold, with the Issue of the hard shell protective helmet type dominating. When the War Department did Issue soft leather Flying Caps during this period, due to the very limited number needed these were mainly bought in small batches from the motoring trade and therfore a number of different patterns were worn. One of the most prevalent of these pre-WW1 Issue soft leather patterns however was the distinctive "Lappet" Pattern Flying Cap with it's long leather tapes (lappets) fastening at the top of the head; the pattern from which this Flying Cap is a direct descendant. A rare photograph of the RFC Issue Lappet Pattern Flying Cap is shown on page 23 of Mark Hillier's definitive book on the Royal Flying Corps, the full evolution of RFC Flying Headgear is copiously described in this book, for space reasons only a précis of the evolution can be given here). After the outbreak of War in 1914 Military Aviation grew in size exponentially and so did the number of Other Ranks Aircrew. Very quickly it was found that the hard type protective flying helmets on dominant Issue to such Aircrew were impractical under wartime conditions and so by 1915 these were relegated to training use only. In order to fill the void and provide a practical piece of flying headgear for the large number of Other Ranks Aircrew now rapidly emerging, in 1915 the distinct pattern of "Caps fur lined" was added to the RFC Issue Flying Kit List (Scale Of Provision). This 1915 Pattern RFC Flying Cap was a simplified version of the pre-War Issue "Lappet" Pattern with the only difference in essence being that the long lappets were now converted to a more practical short chinstrap and buckle arrangement, this Pattern being sealed by the RFC in May 1915 as Pattern No. 8402 (see page 12 of Mark Hillier's book). It would appear that the conversion was done at factory level from Issue Lappet Flying Cap "blanks" as visibly on this example there is no discernible difference between the chinstrap colour and the rest of the Flying Cap, plus the redundant leather channels at ear and skull level which guided the original lappets to the top of the head for fastening are still in position. It is assumed that the conversion was kept to such a basic necessity minimum by the RFC due to the expedience of the hour. The fact that the lappet ear and skull guiding channels remain in position on 1915 Pattern RFC Flying Caps does however make them easily recognisable in period photographs and an example of one such photo is shown on page 37 of Marc Hillier's book. Both Major James McCudden VC and Major "Mick" Mannock VC were Issued the 1915 Pattern RFC Flying Cap when they were Other Rank/Officer Cadets in the RFC, and both continued to wear it throughout their extensive flying careers as numerous period photos testify. McCudden's 1915 Pattern Flying Cap was removed from the site of his fatal crash of July 1918 and it is currently on display in the Imperial War Museum along with his Flying Gloves and Maternity Tunic. Images of that Flying Cap can be found online; as can be seen the Cap retains all the distinctive and redundant lappet guiding channels, is well used, and has darkened considerably due to the extensive wear. In contrast to the latter however, this 1915 Pattern RFC Flying Cap is in near pristine condition. It has seen only light service wear as Cordeaux perhaps used the Flying Cap infrequently in the 1915-16 period that he was stationed at Abeale Aerodrome as he was not regular Aircrew (see Identity Discs Listing). At the end of his deployment at Abeale Cordeaux left Aerial Wireless Telegraphy altogether for two years and so this Cap was not used further. Upon his return to Aerial Wireless duties in 1919 the flying kit Cordeaux was to use was greatly impacted by the fact that the technology surrounding Aerial Wireless had considerably evolved during his two year absence. In the 1915-16 period when Cordeaux used this Flying Cap Observers transmitted Morse code messages ground wards to Artillery Batteries, but were not equipped with receivers and so did not require Flying Caps carrying headphones. However the introduction of air to ground Wireless Telephony (voice radio) in late 1917 led to the indispensable use of either, specially produced Flying Caps incorporating telephone pockets over the ears (see page 43 of Mark Hillier's book), or, much more commonly, earphones being worn slotted onto elastic straps so that they could be used with the standard Summer/MK1 Flying Cap now Issued, the substantial earphones being able to be held in place by that Cap's wide press-studded ear flaps. Since Cordeaux only ever flew in his capacity as a Wireless Technician he would not have been able to re-use his 1915 Pattern Flying Cap for this purpose upon his return to Aerial Wireless duties in 1919 as, not only did it not possess any such wide press-studded flaps, but also it was plainly now obsolete in regards to Aerial Wireless duties in any event due to its retained (and narrow) "lappet channels" covering the ears, this obviously making the fitting of any headphones whatsoever impossible. I believe that it is on account of Cordeaux having to use a totally different Pattern of Flying Cap for his flying duties in Ireland in 1919 that his 1915 Pattern Flying Cap has survived; there is no doubt that this Cap has remained in its beautiful lightly used 1915-16 state. The leather is soft and pliable, with just two very small holes to the leather close to the front left hand edge when viewed. Wonderfully the Cap's leather retains its original light tan issue colour. All the stitching is without fault, the leather covering to the buckle is undamaged, and the fur is completely devoid of mothing or loss. It has a lovely Government Manufacturer's label stating a good size 7, plus the 1915 date; as well as having a clear Government Issue stamp of the letter "A" over broad arrow, indicating equipment intended for "Air use". Aside from McCudden's in the Imperial War Museum, this is the only 1915 Pattern RFC Flying Cap in existence that I know of. These stopgap "Caps, fur lined" were only Issued for a little over a year before being superseded by the "Caps leather, summer" (Mk1 Flying Cap) in the latter part of 1916. The scale of manufacture itself was far smaller than for the Mk1 Flying Cap which was manufactured in far greater numbers and for far longer. The RFC Scale Of Provision For Aeroplane Squadrons for 1915 states that only 25 of these Caps were designated per Squadron that year (see page 4 of Mark Hillier's book). It is little wonder therefore that the 1915 Pattern RFC Flying Cap is so rare today. Given the rarity this actual Cap is the one featured in Mark Hillier's book to demonstrate the 1915 Pattern RFC Flying Cap - "Caps, fur lined" (see pages: 25, 48, & 49). An undeniably important Flying Cap in the evolution of RFC Issue Flying Headgear, in incredible condition, and quite possibly the sole survivor of the type in private hands.

Published Pre WW1 and WW1 RFC Identity Discs

Published Pre WW1 and WW1 RFC Identity Discs

This interesting artefact is from an early WW1 grouping of items attributed to Air Mechanic 859 Charles Albert Cordeaux RFC. The grouping was obtained from a relative's estate forty years ago and has remained in a private collection ever since. All the items from the Cordeaux grouping are listed on this site. 859 Charles Cordeaux was part of the very select few pre-WW1 Royal Flying Corps regulars (only about 1000 men). His Army career began in 1901 when he enlisted in the infantry and from there he went on to specialise in the burgeoning Military Wireless Telegraphy. In September 1913 he joined the nascent Royal Flying Corps (RFC) where after just a few months he was assigned to the Wireless Section of the newly formed No.6 Squadron as an Air Mechanic 1st Class. No.6 Squadron crossed the English Channel to join the War in support of IV Corps in October 1914 and it remained on the Western Front for the duration. In the early War period this Squadron had multiple roles and one of these was Spotting and Gun Ranging for the Artillery. To facilitate that role in 1915 the Squadron was one of the first in the RFC to experiment with Wireless Telegraphy in aircraft. In 1915 Cordeaux was deployed with the Squadron to Abeale Aerodrome in Belgium. Whilst there, being a Wireless Telegraphy expert, it appears he occasionally flew as an ad hoc Observer in these early Artillery Ranging by Wireless trials. It is assumed that Cordeaux only had such stints as an Observer occasionally during the period because all the issue flying kit from that time in his grouping is in exceptionally good order. In early 1917 Cordeaux began a two year hiatus from Squadron Wireless Telegraphy when he was promoted to Sergeant Major and transferred to No.3 Stores Depot RFC in Milton England. He was Mentioned In dispatches there for good service in March 1918, and very shortly after he became an officer in the new RAF upon its formation that April. In January 1919 he finally returned to Squadron Wireless Telegraphy when he joined the Wireless Section of No.19 Training Squadron in Curragh Ireland as its technical officer. He was to remain in that capacity for a year before leaving the RAF for good in December 1919. The Identity Discs offered here actually forms two different sets belonging to Cordeaux, though it seems both were worn together on a single cord. The single Aluminium Identity Disc is an exceptionally rare pre-war RFC disc, this Aluminium Pattern being the one used by the British Army at that time. Given the tiny size of the Royal Flying Corps pre-WW1 this Aluminium RFC Identity Disc is possibly the only such piece left today. Once the First World War had started, the consequential huge expansion of the Army, along with an anticipated need to clearly identify the dead, meant the Single Aluminium pattern of Identity Disc was very quickly discarded. Just 17 days after Britain declared War on Germany the Fibre Identity Disc pattern was adopted in its place. Cordeaux's Aluminium Identity Disc is the very example featured in Mark Hillier's excellent book on the RFC, the "Royal Flying Corps Kitbag" (see page 212). A lovely personal item to a pre-War RFC regular with an interesting career.

Two NSDAP Munich Pennants

Two NSDAP Munich Pennants

Despite having collected German car Pennants myself for many years I was at a loss to immediately identify this pair which came from an impeccable source, a New Zealand ex POW who had collected them in Germany after his release from camp by the Americans. Whilst I believe the smaller Pennant measuring 268mm x 17mm is a pre war City of Munich Pennant, the large pennant is I believe much more. Double sided and lined with cotton it has clearly been supported by a triangular wire frame and remains open ended where the frame has been removed, typical of a Car Pennant. It was common practice for souvenir hunters to remove the frame so the booty could be easily folded and carried. It’s dimensions 355 x 250mm approximate to military and political vehicle pennants of the time, civilian pennants being much smaller. Constructed from four coloured cotton panels it is of course the crest that makes it so interesting. Machine embroidered in a chain stitch with a rayon background this is the Munich city coat of arms, redesigned in 1936 by Richard Klein director of the State School of Applied Arts in Munich. The coat of arms of the "capital of the movement" has now been given a symbolism that meets its new meaning. The traditional monk's depiction (seen on the smaller Pennant) had to give way to a secular depiction of a "Munich child" and above a symbolized city gate was also an NSDAP eagle with a swastika as an expression of the city's importance for the Nazi state. The term "capital of the movement" is an honorary title awarded by Adolf Hitler to the Bavarian capital Munich for its importance as the founding place of the Nazi Party. Already in his central political-ideological program "Mein Kampf" he pointed out the importance of the city for the rise of National Socialism. The title was officially awarded at a meeting with Munich's Mayor Karl Fiehler on 2 August 1935. In doing so, he ranked Munich in the group of "führerstädte", which also included Linz (Austria), Berlin, Nuremberg and Hamburg. The Hauptstadt der Bewegung (head city of the movement—Munich) patch seen on the Pennant was worn by the guides that would take visitors through Munich back in the time of the Third Reich. These guides were highly respected men who not only escorted people to the important historically famous places of the N.S. Movement, but also would know everything about the history and purpose of every building or monument. These learned gentlemen and ladies also were advanced historians who knew the concise history long before the actual foundation date of the city in 1158. Given it’s dimensions and composition I am of the opinion this Pennant is an extremely rare example as flown on the official vehicles of these NSDAP city guides. The patch shows the NSDAP eagle that hovers over the Isartor (The Isartor at the Isartorplatz in Munich is one of four main gates of the medieval city wall), and before this stands a little monk known as the Münchner Kindl or “Munich child” in the Bavarian dialect of German. A truly rare if not unique survivor of the type

Civil War Cabasset Helmet C 1640

Civil War Cabasset Helmet C 1640

Popular in 16th century England and used during the Civil War, the Cabasset helmet, which was similar to the Spanish Morion was first introduced in Italy. Like its Spanish counterpart, it was worn by infantry in the pike and shot formations. The stalk-like projection on the top resembled a pear, which is how it gained its name. This example which dates from about 1640 retains its original shape and has a rolled edge rim above which are the holes which once held 14 decorative brass rivets, only two of which now remain. At the front are the two holes for the plume holder.

Heer Infantry  NCO/EMs Saddleform Peaked / Visor Cap

Heer Infantry NCO/EMs Saddleform Peaked / Visor Cap

A very attractive “Saddleform” Infantry NCO/EM’s Peaked or Visor Cap. High quality ribbed wool construction of a privately purchased Cap within ribbed field grey wool and with a forest green hat band and white piping along the top edge and flanking either side of the band. The insignia appear to be nickel, below which sits a twin buckle leather chin strap resting on a sharply sloping black Vulcan fibre peak with a crisscross pattern to the underside. Inside, the golden rayon lining is intact and without damage but shows extensive service wear, as does the intact leather sweatband. A stamp size 58 is evident but the diamond shaped sweat shield is absent. Overall condition is very good with some very minor moth nips the rear left side on the brim and with a small amount of stitching loss the sweatband and peak (visor) A lovely “saddleform” Cap always in my view far more appealing than the early saucer shape.

An Impressive M36 Infantry Soldier\'s Feldbluse

An Impressive M36 Infantry Soldier\'s Feldbluse

A scarce and very complete example of an M36 Tunic (feldbluse) to a soldier with an infantry regiment. Constructed in a wool / rayon mix field grey cloth the tunic has four pleated flapped pockets each closed with a grey pebbled button, the tunic itself with five front closure buttons, one of which is missing. Above the left breast pocket is a subdued BeVo weave eagle which has been machine re applied, the stitching evident on the interior lining. At each shoulder are slip on straps with the white piping of the infantry. The distinctive olive green collar has the correct tabs but these again have been re applied. Perfection would perhaps require originally applied insignia but in my view those that have been re applied distinguish a tunic worn by a soldier released from a POW camp or a later worn piece. Either way, a nice indication of an original piece. Overall condition is very good with just one very minor repair to the rear skirt. Inside, the tunic is part lined. There is a good manufacture’s stamp which shows a size 42” chest and M40 which tells us it was issued by the Munich depot in 1940. There are seldom seen additions including an equipment support strap and belt hooks and the collar band (kragenblinde) both of which are rare items. A 1941 field dressing is in the dressings pocket. A really nice display piece and perfect for an early war mannequin.

WW1 Allied Pilot / Observer Full Lace Up Field Boots

WW1 Allied Pilot / Observer Full Lace Up Field Boots

An excellent pair of WW1 Allied Pilot's Field Boots. Whilst Allied Officer's wore a number of different designs of Field Boot in WW1, this distinctive Full Lace-Up design is always associated with the particular use by Allied Aircrew. In Mark Hillier's excellent book on the Royal Flying Corps he mentions that in the RFC this design was: "often favoured as they were looser round the top and easier to get on and off than some of the more tightly fitting varieties" (page 176). The ability to loosen boots in this manner had a thoroughly practical purpose for WW1 Aircrew as Mark Hillier also points out: "Some of the field boots were tight fitting and one would imagine not that comfortable at altitude as the higher you go the less air pressure there is...lack of movement during flight could cause the build-up of blood around the legs, heightening the risk of deep-vein thrombosis" (page 176). As a consequence of such practicalities, the Full Lace-Up Field Boot became very fashionable with Allied Pilots since the very distinctive design marked them out as Aircrew. The Boots first came into use by French Pilots, but very quickly the idea was taken up by Pilots of the Royal Flying Corps, and then later by American Pilots of the U.S Air Service when their country joined the War. Upon arriving in France and noting his contemporaries' attire, the first thing a fashion conscious Allied Pilot would do was purchase a pair of such Boots. This pair represents a classic example of the type. Very desirably they are French made, a feature that is especially nice for true WW1 service for British and American Pilots. The Boots are in superb condition, with the leather soft and completely undamaged, yet displaying just the right amount of service wear. They have their original laces, something very rarely encountered, as well as having the desirable "dot" decoration around the toecap seam, this being a feature often seen on WW1 footwear. In addition they have period added rubber sole pads, this being another desirable feature as this modification was prolifically made by Aircrew as it was found that the standard leather soles absorbed moisture, which then froze at altitude. Finally the Boots feature a delightful Paris maker's label showing a WW1 Pilot getting into an aeroplane (appears to be a Bréguet or Handley-Page) and the label actually says "Pilot" in French. The last image is from page 177 of Mark Hillier’s book and clearly shows an RFC Pilot in full flying kit sporting an identical pair of Full Lace-Up Field Boots. A beautiful piece of WW1 Flying Kit.

Cased Luftwaffe Pilot\'s Badge in Tombak by GWL

Cased Luftwaffe Pilot\'s Badge in Tombak by GWL

An absolutely superb example of a Luftwaffe Pilot’s Badge in Tombak by GWL, complete with it’s original and correct case. The Badge itself is perhaps the finest I have seen and certainly the finest I have been able to offer. Completely free from damage or noteworthy wear, the Laurel and Oak leaf wreath retains virtually all of the original silvered finish and frosting, contrasting beautifully with the darkened eagle and Swastika. The reverse is no less pleasing, the wreath again displaying nearly all of the silvered finish and with a perfect pin, hinge and catch. The case is very good, with magnetic hinge and latch, the latch spring working perfectly. Inside, the lining is card with a blue flock finish the lining slightly unglued where it reaches the hinge inside the lid. An easy fix but I never touch anything. The hinge lid carries the correct gold lettering. A beautiful example and one which would prove difficult to upgrade

NSBO Armband

NSBO Armband

Red cotton armband with a sewn on, machine embroidered NSBO insignia. The insignia is in the form of a hand holding an upright hammer with a static swastika to its head, with a partial cogged wheel against which is "N.S.B.O." in white. Machine sewn seam to the reverse. A scarce Armband in very good lighly used condition The RBA, "Reichsbetriebszellenabteilung" (National-factory-cells-department), was founded in January of 1931 and was renamed the NSBO, "Nationalsozialische Betriebszellen Organization" (National-socialist Industrial-cells Organization), in March of that year. This organization acted as the NSDAP’s alternative to labour unions and communist worker groups in industrial factories. Officially a national organization, the NSBO was concentrated in the heavy industrial centres, with very little representation outside these areas. The NSBO was absorbed into the DAF in October of 1934, and ceased to exist in March of 1935. Red cotton armband with a sewn on, machine embroidered NSBO insignia. The insignia is in the form of, to the right, a hand holding upright a hammer with a static swastika to its head, with a partial cogged wheel proceeding to the left, against which is "N.S.B.O." in white. Machine sewn seam to the reverse

WW1 Issue German Anti-Lice Trench Soap

WW1 Issue German Anti-Lice Trench Soap

An incredibly rare WW1 German issue bar of trench soap in very good condition. This type of soap was issued by German Army at the Front specifically to combat the lice epidemic that all sides suffered from in the trenches. The bar is undamaged and retains the large Kaiser Wilhelm Imperial Crown moulded into it. A interesting German Issue item indicative of one of the well known miseries of trench life.

1942 Dated Tropenhelm (Pith Helmet)

1942 Dated Tropenhelm (Pith Helmet)

Second pattern German Army Pith Helmet (Tropenhelm) constructed in a one piece olive-drab felt on a formed cork base, the popularly used term “Pith” actually referring to much earlier helmets made from the leaves of the plant. The Helmet has a wide brim covered with the same material as the brim and edged with an olive covered leather trim matching the adjustable leather chinstrap. On the left side of the crown is the army eagle and Swastika shield which has toned somewhat, whilst on the right are the national colours on a shield. Inside, the sweatband shows virtually no signs of use and carries a manufacture’s stamp of an M within an animal skin, the underside dated 1942. The helmet has suffered a little during storage and shows some impressions around the top of the brim whilst the rim is a little flattened and the felt covering shows overall fading

Deutscher Volkssturm Wehrmacht Armband. (Ärmelbinde)

Deutscher Volkssturm Wehrmacht Armband. (Ärmelbinde)

Whilst most are conversant with the standard printed cotton version of the Volkssturm Armband few of us will have encountered an original example of the machine woven rayon armband in the officially sanctioned pattern. The Armband has white Latin script, "Deutscher Volkssturm Wehrmacht", (German People’s Militia), to front centre flanked by a white national eagle to either side. Reverse of the armband has a negative image of the obverse with black script and eagles. This rare variant is in very good unissued condition with minor marking to the reverse and measures 440mm in its open ended form. An excellent backdrop to any Volksstrum display

1944 German M43 Stick Grenade Stielhandgranate

1944 German M43 Stick Grenade Stielhandgranate

A timely listing with the anniversary of D Day a few days away is this excellent example of an inert 1944 dated German M43 “stick grenade”, Stielhandgranate. Unlike it’s predecessor the M43 was fitted with a Brennzünder 39 – Bz39 fuse located in the charge head allowing it to be used without the wooden handle. Overall condition is very good. The handle or wooden shaft is clearly impressed with the maker’s code, 44 and a good eagle and Swastika stamp. The charge head retains most of the original factory ordnance tan and is stamped 44 fco. An interesting feature are the rust streaks and marks on the head. Essentially a concussion grenade this piece clearly once sported a steel fragmentation sleeve causing the rust streaks. The Bz39 fuse has probably been repainted. An outstanding display piece for a Normandy or later display. UK shipping only unless by previous agreement.

WW1 German S 84/98 Bayonet with Matching Scabbard and Frog

WW1 German S 84/98 Bayonet with Matching Scabbard and Frog

A nice complete example of a WW1 S 84/98 Bayonet complete with frog. In 1915 the new variation was produced which had minor modifications including the addition of a flash guard. The modified S84/98 bayonets were manufactured until 1917, this example being produced in 1916 The Bayonet itself has a nice patina to the undamaged fittings, the crossguard stamped 1086. The wooden grips are very good and the release button on the pommel works perfectly. The blade is full length, undamaged and unsharpened, the riccaso marked on one side to the maker, Bayard and showing the maker’s logo of a knight on a horse whilst the reverse is stamped Gottliebe Hammesfahr Solingen Foche. The upper edge of the blade carries the ordnance marks and a 16 date. The scabbard is original to the bayonet and is clearly stamped at the throat, 1086 corresponding to the stamps on the Bayonet crossguard. There is no damage and quite remarkably, a good 90% of the original factory blueing remains. Finally, the frog is very good. It remains supple with all stitching firm and in place and with the four copper rivets intact. No markings are discernible. Of note is the opening for the scabbard hook which has been enlarged, perhaps for ease of removal.

Kriegsmarine Sailor’s Dickie Collar

Kriegsmarine Sailor’s Dickie Collar

Considering the Kriegsmarine Sailor’s Dickie Collars (Exerzierkragen - service collars) were issued to all other ranks and junior NCOs, they seem to appear on a surprisingly infrequent basis and this is the first I have seen for some time. Worn with the blue jumper shirt this example is in very good overall condition with evidence of just one period repair. All tapes are in place along with a clear August 1943 issue date from the Keil Depot A rare find

Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression: Volumes 1 to 8 plus Supplements A & B, Opinion and Judgement and Spe

Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression: Volumes 1 to 8 plus Supplements A & B, Opinion and Judgement and Spe

Printed in 1947 by the Office of the United States Chief of Counsel for Prosecution of Axis Criminality, this exceptionally rare complete eight-volume, 12-book series, also known as “The Red Series,” is a “Collection of Documentary Evidence and Guide Materials Prepared by the American and British Prosecuting Staffs for Presentation before the International Military Tribunal at Nurnberg, Germany.” Originally held in major government Libraries and still at leading Universities such as Yale, Red Series makes available an indexed sampling of the evidence used to support the charges made against the major Nazi war criminals in their trial at Nuremberg, Germany, 1945-1946. This set was originally held in the Foreign Office Library and all volumes have “Foreign Offices” printed to the front cover or carry a book plate to that effect on the inside cover. Volumes I and II serve as a guide for the Red Series. They contain essays that summarize and link together the documents that follow. Volume II also contains a glossary along with short biographies of the German defendants, as well as summaries of the individual cases against them. Six foldout charts of the structure of theNazi state are held in back pocket of Vol. VIII An exceptional reference for any student of the Third Reich, the compete set is in very good used condition.

Luftwaffe Pilot Badge in Tombak by Juncker

Luftwaffe Pilot Badge in Tombak by Juncker

A good Tombak example of a Luftwaffe Pilot’s Badge by Juncker, the most desirable of the makers. To the obverse the badge is free from damage but with evidence of polishing and with some wear to the high points of both the eagle and wreath. Rivets are firm and there is no rocking to the eagle. On the reverse the manufacture’s stamp remains clear, the leaning L to Berlin obvious. Pin and barrel hinge are in place and working well but there is a repair to the catch which appears to have been period done, vulnerable as they were to the heavy flying kit.

Cased Luftwaffe Pilot\'s Based in Tombak by B & NL

Cased Luftwaffe Pilot\'s Based in Tombak by B & NL

A quite beautiful example of an early Tombak Pilot’s by B & N L (Berg & Nolte, Lüdenscheid) complete with its original presentation case. Weighting 46.10 grams (1.625 oz) the badge is in near excellent condition and completely free from damage. The laurel and oak leaf wreath retains most of the original frosting giving it a pleasing silver appearance whilst the eagle and Swastika again retain most of the factory applied darkened finish, all showing just the right amount of light service use. On the reverse the finish is perhaps even better. The barrel hinge, pin and catch are without damage, the pin remaining perfectly straight. The case is correct for the badge, the badge fitting snuggly into the slightly domed dark blue velvet covered base, the lid lined in a contrasting blue satin. The lid snaps firmly closed, the magnetic spring release button working perfectly as does the magnetic hinge. Outside the case is no less pleasing, the lid with gold lettering in gothic script and with virtually no wear to the case covering. Cased examples such as this are now becoming increasing difficult to find and especially so in this condition and are, in my opinion, a sound investment.

Sep.1940 Dated Luftwaffe Chest Parachute and Pack. Complete

Sep.1940 Dated Luftwaffe Chest Parachute and Pack. Complete

An exceptionally scarce 1940 dated Luftwaffe parachute Chest Pack complete with parachute and lines manufactured in 1937 but with an initial inspection date of 10th September 1940 of the pack label. Absolutely perfect for a battle of Britain Luftwaffe bomber crew display, the pack is in very good condition and complete with the hooks for attachment to the parachute harness. The label is clearly marked but has some distress and the sleeve holding the deployment handle has one small hole. The grab handle is of course in place as is the cable with its pins. One rubber bungee is missing and one has lost its hook. When originally found the parachute had been deployed but was professionally repacked and photographs of it are included. I will not deploy the parachute for inspection but guarantee unreservedly this to be the parachute in the pack, the canopy serial number matching that on the pack. This item is sold as a collector's piece and must not be used as a parachute.

Swastika Flag Centre

Swastika Flag Centre

The large centre section of a German flag removed and kept by a New Zealand POW released from a camp in Germany by the advancing Americans and free to roam collecting souvenirs prior to his repatriation. 490mm in diameter, a white cotton circle with black printed Swastika. Very good undamaged condition removed by carefully unpicking the stitching.

German 1915 Dated S 84/98 Saw Back Bayonet

German 1915 Dated S 84/98 Saw Back Bayonet

A scarce example of a German S 84/98 Saw Back Bayonet issued I understand to NCO’s and Officers and, despite the reputation it acquired, intended to double as a foliage cutting tool by pioneers. Introduced in 1915, the year of manufacture of this piece, it features a flash guard and set the pattern of German bayonets, with the exception of the Saw Back blade, until the end of WW11. The handle has wooden grips and metal fittings showing an appealing patina, the release button operating perfectly. The blade is full length and completely without damage or signs of sharpening. The Ricasso is marked to Erfurt along with the crown of Willhelm 11 and the date, 15. The frog is earlier and a 1911 date is clearly visible on the reverse of the belt loop but the Jager Regiment number is not discernible. General condition of the frog is good, the leather now having taken on a suede appearance and with loss of stitching to the scabbard pocket which is held firmly in place by the rivets. Finally the scabbard is free from damage but with loss to the black painted finish. Shipping to the UK only to persons over 18 years old

Uniforms & Insignia of the German Army 1933 - 1945 by Angolia. Complete 3 Volume Set

Uniforms & Insignia of the German Army 1933 - 1945 by Angolia. Complete 3 Volume Set

Complete 3 volume set of Uniforms and Traditions of the German Army 1933 -1935 by John R. Angolia and Adolf Schlicht in my view still the ultimate reference work and unsurpassed by later works. Hardbound books in English text which cover all aspects of the German Army uniforms to include dress, service and special uniforms as well as rank structure, branch colours and insignia with colour plates. Chapters include information of individual equipment, daggers and swords as well as fire arms. Superb reference set, long out of print. Included in the set are the following volumes: ” Volume 1. 1st edition (1984) 448 pages, with black/white and colour photographs and illustrations. Very good condition ” Volume 2. 1st edition (1986) 416 pages, with black/white and colour photographs and illustrations. Very good condition ” Volume 3. 2nd edition (1992) 640 pages, with black/white and colour photographs and illustrations. All copies from the second printing have a defect in that pages 222 & 223 are blank and without text. Otherwise in very good condition. Essential reading for any collector.

British Driver\'s goggles

British Driver\'s goggles

WW11 period British Army Driver’s Goggles with tinted lenses. Generally good condition with slight delamination to the lens edges and with a small crack in the right lens. The last image shows these in use, actually in Korea, which demonstrates well the continued use of WW11 era clothing. Of note also are the RAF MkV11 goggles worn by the soldier on the right of the picture.

19 Wartime SOE and FFI Forged French Postal Stamps

19 Wartime SOE and FFI Forged French Postal Stamps

A collection of 19 wartime forgeries of French postal stamps the 16 bearing the head of Mercury in a 30 centimes denomination having been printed in London for the use of SOE and the 3 bearing the head of Petain in a 1.50 franc denomination having been printed in 1944 by the FFI. All are in very good unissued condition. There were two British forgeries bearing the image of Mercury. The 25 centimes green Mercury of 1938-42 is PWE No. H.156. 10,000 copies of which were delivered to the French Section of SOE on 12 October 1942 and the 30 centimes scarlet Mercury 1938-42 which we have here. British Intelligence realized their problem was unsecured communications. Since reliable communications were vital for effective resistance, they couldn’t stop communicating. What they needed was a fool proof way to tell friend from foe. The British chose the 1939 French Mercury stamp, changing it just enough so that those in the know would recognize it immediately while those uninformed would not become suspicious. Namely, more prominent highlights appeared on the left cheekbone, on the neck, over and around the left eye socket, as well as features of the chin and ear lobe. A letter franked with a British-made stamp was to be regarded as official instructions while letters with authentic French stamps would be realized as German traps. If it worked, the underground would be able to communicate effectively. The plan was one of the most closely-guarded secrets of the war. Only a handful of people – and only those who absolutely needed to know – realized the stamps were being dropped by parachute along with weapons and supplies. Because the resistance could never be sure when the scheme was uncovered, correspondence was to be destroyed immediately. Mint French spy stamps are scarce. 10,000 copies of the 1 franc 50 centimes red-brown Petain bareheaded 1941-43 stamp were delivered to the French Section on the 21 October 1942. They are identified as fakes by the reduced number of horizontal perforations.

WW11 Royal Engineers\' Service Dress Uniform

WW11 Royal Engineers\' Service Dress Uniform

The major components of the Service Dress Uniform of Captain A.W. White 349372, Royal Enigneers who saw service in Burma during WW11. The collection comprises: Service Dress Tunic with Royal Engineers collar badges and cloth belt, the inner pocket with tailor’s label and A/Lt. A White, 20.4.45, the right breast pocket with a whistle lanyard. Overall condition is very good with just one moth hole along the lower edge of the left bellows pocket. His Sam Browne Belt named to him and in very good condition. Matching Trousers with a 30” waist and with some peppering of moth damage to the crotch area, the tailor’s label with the same details. A Field Service Cap by H.A. Newel with no badge but which at some time held something other than a Royal Engineer’s Badge. His Identity Discs. An attractive set which displays nicely on a mannequin

A Collection of Silk Escape Maps and Miniature Medals to a Norwegian DFC Mosquito Pilot

A Collection of Silk Escape Maps and Miniature Medals to a Norwegian DFC Mosquito Pilot

A collection of very desirable silk escape maps carried by Major Hakon Wenger DFC, a Royal Norwegian Air Force officer, during his time as a Mosquito Pilot with 333 Squadron operating as part of the famous Banff Strike Wing. Also included are a set of correct period made miniature medals representing those awarded to him (but later added to the collection) and two books on the Squadron and strike wing with numerous mentions of Wenger. The maps cover the area of his operations and are amongst the most sought after. They comprise: Early single sided 1:2,000,000 covering the coast from Brest to Heligoland and inland to 8 degrees East. Early single sided 1:2,000,000 covering Germany and it’s borders Early double side 1:3,000,000 covering Scandinavia and the Baltic (top half) with borders to 1939 -40 (sheet F) and Scandinavia and the Baltic (lower half) Sheet G Later series scale 1:1,000,000 43c, Holland Belgium France and Germany and 43D France, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium. Everything is in very good condition and the collection is completed by a number of copies from the operational records books which give a good insight into Wenger’s operational flying. Wenger first appears as a new pilot on 333 Squadron in August 1943 where he becomes acquainted with the Mosquito FB, undertaking air-to-air firing practice, circuits, local familiarisation flights and air to ground gunnery. At this stage he was a Lieutenant rank in the RNAF. He was soon in action and on the 9th. August 1943 operates to the Norwegian coast on a reconnaissance sortie, looking for shipping and targets identify. It was mainly intelligence gathering at this stage of the war and they were not briefed to attack targets of opportunity. Later this role changed for the squadron and he intercepts a Ju88 sending it limping for home with smoke pouring from it. Again on the 15 August he encounters another Ju88 but this time it is seen to crash and with yet another damaged by Wenger on the 7 th December. He is active on shipping sorties to Norway until Jan 44 when he is on a rest, testing aircraft and is then posted to Norwegian HQ for staff duties. He does not appear back with 333 Squadron until February 1945 when he is now a Captain. By this time the squadron has changed roles and form part of the Banff strike wing. The Norwegian’s role was to act as pathfinders for the man strike force of rocket armed Mosquitoes escorted by Mustang fighters. They would fly ahead of the main force and lead them to inlets and Fjords, mark the shipping targets with rockets and supress the flak around the hills with machine gun fire. On 16 Feb 45 he attacks a bridge with bombs and a tanker on the 25th March in a fjord amongst heavy flak. Again on the 30 th March he is part of a force of 30-40 aircraft attacking anchored shipping in Norwegian Fjords. On the 2nd April he leads a major force of Mosquitoes and P51 Mustang fighters against shipping whilst flying aircraft K333 and he personally attacks the flak batteries around the fjord areas while the main strike force went in to attack the ships. On the 5 April his luck ran out on a raid on merchant vessels near Denmark when his aircraft was hit by flak. He made for Sweden and crashed there. He was returned to England a few days later. He is promoted Major in April of 1945 and takes command of the squadron before being awarded his DFC on the 12th May by Air Marshall Sholto Douglas at Banff. He then took his squadron back to Norway at wars end. In all he undertook 25 operational sorties over the North Sea in difficult conditions with both air to air and air to ground combat.

English Pikeman\'s Civil War Armour c.1630-40

English Pikeman\'s Civil War Armour c.1630-40

A fine period example of an English Pikeman’s Armour, circa 1630-40 comprising helmet, Gorget, Backplate, Breastplate and Tassets. During the period of the Civil Wars the wearing of Pikeman’s armour declined and there is no evidence for its manufacture after the early 1640’s. This Armour represents a typical English Pikeman’s Armour as used during the English Civil Wars. It is painted black with several coats which are in untouched condition. It was originally acquired at a small auction house in the North of England possibly having originated from one of the large manor houses in the region which kept displays of arms and armour acquired from the Tower of London surplus sales. Overall condition is very good but undoubtedly the leather fittings have been replaced more than once over the last 380 years. The breastplate has a strong medial ridge and low cut neck, a gorget being supplied to protect the throat. The neck and arms have rolled edges. There is a single engraved line around neck and arms. There is a deep flange at the lower part of the breastplate with two pairs of hinges for attachment of the tassets. The back of the breastplate shows rough hammer marks from construction which was a common practice as it was unnecessary and costly to produce a smooth finish to an area that was not going to be seen. The inside has been painted in a gloss black paint in modern times. The front has several coats of old black paint. The tassets are large, single plates decorated with simulated lames with patterns of rivets. The inside bottom corner of the tassets is cut square while the outer corner is rounded as the tassets would curve around the thigh. The left hand tasset always overlaps the right one. This is because in pike fighting the left leg leads and the left tasset needs to overlap the right to prevent it lifting away from the right leg thus producing the protection it provides. There is an embossed sunken band around the tasset edge which is carried through onto the breastplate flange. This sunken band, the close fit and the hammer marks indicate the breastplate and tassets have probably been together since the 17th. Century. The breastplate has a pair of 17 Century swivel hooks for holding the shoulder straps in place through the round studs on the breastplate. The Backplate is of plain construction with turned edges to the neck and arms and a lower flange. A pair of leather straps with six protective plates covering the leather and ending in a metal fastening with two adjustable holes for attachment to the breastplate. The shoulder strap leathers are old replacements using the original plates and fasteners. A recent repair has been carried out to the ends of each strap. As with the breastplate the backplate carries a Tower of London arsenal mark on the neck. The Gorget consists of two plates pivoted at the left hand side and fastened on the right side by means of a keyhole slot and mushroom headed stud, all painted black as with the rest of the armour. There are a number of holes around the neck which would have held the lining rivets, now removed. The Lobster Pott Helmet is of two piece construction joined at the comb and with a brim all round. On the left side brim edge is another Tower of London arsenal mark. The cheek pieces are missing. The edge is embossed with rivets all round the brim. The right side has one mark which appears to have been caused by a blade, the left side has several similar marks. The Tower of London Arsenal marks to the breastplate, backplate and pott helmet are made up by the letters IR with a crown above. The mark was placed on armour in the Tower during the reign of James 11. Unlike other marks, this mark was applied retrospectively by workmen who became very bored with the process, on armour already in the Tower. The characteristic of this boredom resulted in the striking of the mark as hard as possible so that it often passed right through the armour and this can clearly be seen on the breastplate. Although covered with layers of paint the marks a quite distinctive. To the right of the Tower mark on the breastplate is what could possibly be a maker’s mark. A quite outstanding example, this armour is displayed on a beautifully made hardwood stand which is not included but which is available by negotiation Shipping costs a quite high but pick up from the Petersfield area of Hampshire PO8 and possible delivery within a short distance are both available by discussion.

Tropical Coconut Canteen. 1941 Dated

Tropical Coconut Canteen. 1941 Dated

A nice undamaged example of the so called “Coconut Canteen” produced by HRE (Heinrich Ritter) in 1941. Originally designed for tropical zones these were cast in aluminium followed by a process of heating, with wood being applied under pressure with a coating of resin, all resulting in a canteen with excellent thermal properties. The Wehrmacht employed a vast variation of canteens and harnesses, the Coconut Canteen generally seen with a crucifix type harness. This example has a single cotton web strap harness usually seen with the felt covered canteens. All in excellent condition including the drinking cup and harness.

Tropical Y Straps

Tropical Y Straps

A good used set of Wehrmacht Tropical Y Straps, complete with all buckles, loops and hooks. The rear belt hook strap has a steel stud and three fitting positions to allow for the correct fit for the wearer. At the junction of the three straps is a leather back pad which shows a very faded manufacture’s name and I believe a 1941 date making the set ideal for an Arfrika Korps or later display. Overall condition is very good with minor rust related damage to one front strap Made of a cotton weave with steel fittings these equipment or, Y straps first appeared in 1940 solely for tropical use but their practicality meant their use soon became widespread throughout all theatres.

Heer EM/NCO\'s Dress Uniform Belt & Buckle

Heer EM/NCO\'s Dress Uniform Belt & Buckle

A very nice and rather scarce example of an early Heer Enlisted man / NCO’s belt and buckle for wear with the Dress Uniform. The Buckle is an excellent early two part stamped aluminium buckle with pebbled backplate, the face plate held in place by four folded over blades. There are no maker’s marks and of note is the right facing eagle seen on early buckles. There is absolutely no wear or damage, the buckle giving almost a frosted appearance. The Belt is black patented leather and correct for the buckle. It has a lightweight catch, the leather tongue stamped 94. The shine to the exterior has dulled somewhat and there are some light bruises, the leather though remaining supple. Inside, the belt is lined with an olive green wool which has suffered considerable loss over the years. This is not of course visible when the belt is displayed on a dress uniform.

1938 Pattern Red Cross Brown Leather Belt & Buckle

1938 Pattern Red Cross Brown Leather Belt & Buckle

An excellent example of a DRK (Deutsches Rotes Kreuz/German Red Cross) Belt and Buckle, the Buckle in die struck one piece aluminium with a gunpowder-grey finish. The obverse features a pebbled field with an eagle perched atop a Red Cross with a mobile swastika on its chest, surrounded by an oval open-ended laurel wreath. The reverse is non maker marked and the Buckle shows no signs of wear to the still crisp features. The Belt is of brown leather and lined with a grey wool, suggesting this to be a dress belt. Overall condition of the belt is very good, with some loss to the wool lining. A large size stamped 100 at the buckle end whilst the Belt is closed with a lightweight clasp. A seldom seen complete Belt, ideal for the display of the Red Cross Hewer.

Luftwaffe Tropical Fliegermütze (Side Cap)

Luftwaffe Tropical Fliegermütze (Side Cap)

A very good lightly used Luftwaffe enlisted man / NCO’s tropical Fliegermütze (Tropen Fliegermütze) by Berolina in a size 56 and dated 1941. According to Angolia an order dated 13 April 1942 referring to tropical issue items, no longer mentioned these caps so their initial issue was perhaps only for service in North Africa. No doubt remaining stocks were moved to Italy and other areas as did those already issued. As a consequence, original examples such as this are really quite rare and particularly so being 1941 dated and entirely appropriate to the North African campaign. Made in a tan cotton with a tan linen lining this example is in very good undamaged condition with it’s correct and originally applied insignia. The eagle is machine embroidered and hand stitched into place as is the rosette which has a matching tan backing.

Luftwaffe Tropical Tunic

Luftwaffe Tropical Tunic

An excellent example of a Luftwaffe Tropical Tunic showing virtually no signs of use and free from damage. The Tunic is closed by six removable brown pebbled buttons with a cloth strap and button at the top to allow the lay flat collar to be firmly closed if needed. There are two pleated and flapped breast pockets and two lower bellows pockets again flapped. As with the front closure buttons, the pockets have brown pebbled buttons all of which are held in place by the original S rings. Above the right breast pocket is a non tropical machine embroidered eagle, machine stitched into place. Not the norm but not that unusual to see these eagles used. The tropical shoulder straps are removable and held in place by loops and removable buttons. Each sleeve terminates with a faux French cuff with two buttons for adjustment. Above the cuff on the left sleeve clear evidence remains of a once fitted campaign title. Inside, there is a dressings pocket and a clear set of size stamps. A lovely example and one which would prove difficult to upgrade.

Kriegsmarine Sea Mine Horn

Kriegsmarine Sea Mine Horn

A heavy lead and steel Horn for German Sea Mines being approximately 164mm in length and weighing about 710 grams. The hollow Horn would once have contained a glass acid fitted vial, broken on impact and detonating the mine. Although perhaps generic this was most likely for the EMC 300kg mines amongst others. Overall condition is very good with storage cuffs and is complete with its seal. A useful display piece and ideal paperweight, always prompting lively discussion

Kriegsmarine Sea Mine Horn - Shorter Version

Kriegsmarine Sea Mine Horn - Shorter Version

A heavy lead and steel Horn for German Sea Mines being approximately 145mm in length and weighing about 695 grams, being the shorter version of the previous item The hollow Horn would once have contained a glass acid fitted vial, broken on impact and detonating the mine. Although perhaps generic this was most likely for the EMC 300kg mines amongst others. Overall condition is very good with storage cuffs and is complete with its seal. A useful display piece and ideal paperweight, always prompting lively discussion

Der Soldatenfreund (The Soldier\'s Friend) 1943

Der Soldatenfreund (The Soldier\'s Friend) 1943

A copy pf the 1943 Der Soldatenfreund printed by Adolf Sponholz in Hannover This pocket size hardback edition was intended for the Army with different editions for issue to the Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine. The front covers is embossed with a golden eagle, the spine with 1943. Both front and rear covers have pictorial papers, the front showing a smiling Hitler surrounded by troops, the rear showing soldiers and damaged buildings. There is an NSDAP rubber stamp on the first leaf followed by the title page and about 190 pages of general interest notes on geography, world events, multi-language dictionaries etc. followed by advertisements and a 1943 diary with many hand written notes. Perhaps the most interesting pages are the 21 plates at the back, mostly in colour and showing flags, badges and insignia of the services. Overall condition is good with all pages present but with detachment from the spine. Another from the artefacts collected in Germany by a New Zealand POW after being released from the camp by advancing US troops.

April 1940 Pilot\'s Operational Notes on the Merlin Engine

April 1940 Pilot\'s Operational Notes on the Merlin Engine

An original April 1940 Dated copy of “Operational notes for Pilots on Merlin 11, 111 and 1V, fully supercharged engines” Measuring 132mm x 80 mm the notes are contained in a black hardback cover with “Pilot’s Notes Merlin 11, 111 and 1V Rolls Royce Limited Derby” in a now very faded gold block to the front cover. The notes cover 15 pages, the whole in very good condition and a perfect accompaniment to the previous listing

1942 Dated Tropical Waistbelt and Buckle

1942 Dated Tropical Waistbelt and Buckle

A very good large size (100cms) 1942 dated German Army Tropical issue belt with steel buckle stamped HK (Hermann Knoller). The belt is in very good condition with no damage and no stains. The Buckle matches the Belt perfectly in terms of service used condition and is free from damage whilst retaining a good 80% of the original factory paint. Although not nearly as scarce as the early olive green braided cotton waistbelts, these of the Khaki colour did see service in North Africa as this 1942 dated example demonstrates. Eventually they become more common in Europe as the war progressed and as dictated by shortages. A very nice example.

K98 Bayonet with Tropical Frog

K98 Bayonet with Tropical Frog

With a tropical Frog dated 1942 this Bayonet and Frog combination would be the perfect match for the belt I’ve just listed. Originally intended for use during the North African campaign these cotton web frogs remained in service, initially in warm climates and then as the war progressed across Europe generally. The Frog is in excellent condition. The Bayonet is a very nice 1938 dated example, the ricasso marked S/172 with a serial number of 1654. The grips are wood and the blade is full length, unsharpened, undamaged and with most of the original factory blueing. The pommel is double Wa stamped. The scabbard is an excellent example with all the factory blueing and with the chape again Wa stamped. The serial number differs from the bayonet. UK Sales only. Sorry

SA Reservist Armband

SA Reservist Armband

One of the less frequently encountered of the German Armbands is that of the SA Reservists as I have here. A red cotton armband, upon which is sewn a white cotton disc with machine woven black Swastika. Both top and bottom edges of the band are trimmed with a silver grey rayon strip. Very good lightly used condition.

1919 Pattern Royal Navy Webbing Holster

1919 Pattern Royal Navy Webbing Holster

The first I have ever seen this is a rare example of the 1919 Pattern Royal Navy webbing Mk1 Holster, heavily Blanco in the white of the Royal Navy. The RN used a number of different pistols and employed at that time holsters appropriate in dimensions to the weapon. This holster is perhaps the largest with a length of 25 cms from the upper edge (excluding the flap) to the end of the barrel, possibly in my view for the large .455 Webley revolver. Perhaps the most significant feature is the wooden block, secured by four brass upholstery pins at the muzzle end. By 1933 this was superseded by a matching webbing fitting, thus dating this piece to between 1919-33. The reverse of the holster is without Blanco and shows it be in very good condition. There are no markings and the press fastener operates as it should. The final image is for interest and not included and shows a shorter holster of the period. A rare piece of British inter war webbing equipment

Hitler Youth Leaders Black Breeches

Hitler Youth Leaders Black Breeches

A scarce pair of black woollen Breeches for wear by Hitler Jungend Leaders. The Breeches have two slanted flap pockets at the front and a single flapped pocket at the back. A single adjustment strap with buckle is in place at each side of the waist with belt loops around the circumference of the waist. The fly is closed by buttons. All buttons are in place and are the correct HJ-DJ marked style with oak leaf pattern below the lettering. Each leg terminates with nine pairs of eyelets and whilst laces are present these would appear to be of later manufacture. Overall condition is good with a number of sewn repairs and some minor evidence of moth. The waistband has been let out with an insert added no doubt during post 1945 wear at which time any labels were, I assume, removed. A scarce pair of Breeches which will display very well.

Hitler Youth / Deutsche Jungvolk Shirt

Hitler Youth / Deutsche Jungvolk Shirt

A very good example of the tan coloured cotton twill shirt worn by all ranks of the Hitler Jungend and Deutsche Jungvolk and worn either open with the neck scarf or closed with a tie. Long-sleeved, three-quarter-length pull-over shirt with a four button front with a lay down collar. There is a pleated patch pocket with a scalloped button-down flap at each breast and each sleeves is finished with pleated double cuff. The buttons to the cuffs, pockets and front closure are all of light brown Bakelite, upon each of whose convex surfaces are four decorative divisions, simulating interwoven strips of leather which are all original to the shirt and clearly show the initials correct for their use, HJ – DJ. Overall condition is very good and free from damage or stains. Chest size is approximately 42”

HJ / DJ Black Neck Scarf with knot

HJ / DJ Black Neck Scarf with knot

A very nice Hitler Jugend / Deutsche Jungvolk Scarf and Leather Knot. The black scarf is of a rayon or cotton material and appears in very good condition although I have not removed it from its correctly folded form. The Brown Leather Knot is constructed of triple interwoven strands and is in very good condition. Worn by both the Hitler Jugend and the Deutsche Jungvolk these are surprisingly difficult to locate particularly so in this excellent condition. The shirt is not included in this listing

Deutsche Jungvolk / Hitler Jugend Service Blouse

Deutsche Jungvolk / Hitler Jugend Service Blouse

Deutsche Jungvolk / Hitler Jugend Service Blouse An excellent and very rare example of the Deutsche Jungvolk (DJ) Blue Service Blouse which was by 1937 also to become standard wear during winter seasons for enlisted ranks members of the Hitler Jugend (HJ). Futuristic in its appearance the Blouse has a large lay flat collar, two pleated and flapped patch pockets both closed with a pebbled button and four button closure front. One of these buttons is missing. Each cuff is pleated and closed by two smaller buttons whilst at the neck is a securing strap again with the smaller buttons Most importantly all larger buttons are marked RZM and UE71 whilst the smaller buttons are marked RZM M5/71 On the right shoulder is a single loop for a shoulder strap suggesting this was perhaps worn by a member of the DJ. The label remains on the inside skirt but this is washed out and no longer discernible and there is a name tape in the collar with the initials HC. The party membership badge is included. Overall condition is very good with no moth or other damage. A nice display piece for either a DJ or HJ collection

Deutsche Jungvolk (DJ) or Hitler Jugend (HJ) Field Service Cap

Deutsche Jungvolk (DJ) or Hitler Jugend (HJ) Field Service Cap

A very good example of a Deutsche Jungvolk (DJ) or Hitler Jugend (HJ) Field Service Cap in dark blue ribbed wool with open side flaps. Overall condition is very good, the cloth free from moth or damage of any kind. The insignia is machine embroidered and machine applied to the front of the cap. Inside, the cap is lined in a grey cotton with evidence of multiple owners

Hitler Youth Buckle with Leather Tab

Hitler Youth Buckle with Leather Tab

An excellent and perhaps somewhat enigmatic Hitler Youth Belt Buckle with leather tab. Produced in a stamped and polished aluminium with the partially disenable markings RZM and I believe M4/44 (Paul Cramer & Cie Ludenscheid) and with what I feel is the owner’s name in ink underneath. The Buckle and tab are in very good condition.The enigma is the tab, a very unusual if not unique addition to a Hitler Youth Buckle. Clearly period applied with factory finished stitching, the markings suggest the tab was taken from a much earlier buckle. The stampings are BAG, "Bekleidungsamt Gardekorps", so a leather tab before 1918 and, A. WUNDERLICH NF. (Nachfolger/successors) BERLIN S.W. (Südwest/Southwest, district and postal code) I have absolutely no doubt the tab has always been there but we will never know why.

Early Hitler Youth Armband

Early Hitler Youth Armband

An early Hitler Youth (Hitler Jugend) Armband of four piece construction in very good used condition. The Armband itself is of red cotton with a horizontal white cotton stripe and diamond shaped white cotton certre panel. Sewn to the panel is the cranked Swastika in black cotton composed of two parts with the ends turned to form the arms. Black cotton threads are evident where the Armband was once tacked to the uniform.

Hitler Youth Leaders Black Breeches

Hitler Youth Leaders Black Breeches

A scarce pair of black woollen Breeches for wear by Hitler Jungend Leaders. The Breeches have two slanted flap pockets at the front and a single flapped pocket at the back. A single adjustment strap with buckle is in place at each side of the waist with belt loops around the circumference of the waist. The fly is closed by buttons. All buttons are in place and are the correct HJ-DJ marked style with oak leaf pattern below the lettering. Each leg terminates with nine pairs of eyelets and whilst laces are present these would appear to be of later manufacture. Overall condition is good with a number of sewn repairs and some minor evidence of moth. The waistband has been let out with an insert added no doubt during post 1945 wear at which time any labels were, I assume, removed. A scarce pair of Breeches which will display very well.

April 1940 Pilot\'s Operational Notes on the Merlin Engine

April 1940 Pilot\'s Operational Notes on the Merlin Engine

An original April 1940 Dated copy of “Operational notes for Pilots on Merlin 11, 111 and 1V, fully supercharged engines” Measuring 132mm x 80 mm the notes are contained in a black hardback cover with “Pilot’s Notes Merlin 11, 111 and 1V Rolls Royce Limited Derby” in a now very faded gold block to the front cover. The notes cover 15 pages, the whole in very good condition and a perfect accompaniment to the previous listing

19th Century Police Tipstaff

19th Century Police Tipstaff

A 19th Century Police Tipstaff in gilded brass with ebony handle and Victorian coronet crown to top. Approximately 180 mm in length the Tipstaff is in very good condition with minor loss to the gilding where it has perhaps rested on a plinth for display. A very attractive conversation or collector’s piece which displays well.

Hitler Youth Buckle with Leather Tab

Hitler Youth Buckle with Leather Tab

An excellent and perhaps somewhat enigmatic Hitler Youth Belt Buckle with leather tab. Produced in a stamped and polished aluminium with the partially disenable markings RZM and I believe M4/44 (Paul Cramer & Cie Ludenscheid) and with what I feel is the owner’s name in ink underneath. The Buckle and tab are in very good condition.The enigma is the tab, a very unusual if not unique addition to a Hitler Youth Buckle. Clearly period applied with factory finished stitching, the markings suggest the tab was taken from a much earlier buckle. The stampings are BAG, "Bekleidungsamt Gardekorps", so a leather tab before 1918 and, A. WUNDERLICH NF. (Nachfolger/successors) BERLIN S.W. (Südwest/Southwest, district and postal code) I have absolutely no doubt the tab has always been there but we will never know why.

Organisation Todt Armband

Organisation Todt Armband

A very good Organisation Todt armband of multi-piece construction and consisting of a red cotton twill NSDAP-style armband with a white cotton disc measuring 97 mm in diameter. Machine stitched to the disc is a black cranked Swastika formed of two parts, the ends turned to create the arms. The top edge has a white cotton strip with opposing diagonal lines with Org.Todt printed in Latin script. Overall very good condition but with water staining .

April 1940 Pilot\'s Operational Notes on the Merlin Engine

April 1940 Pilot\'s Operational Notes on the Merlin Engine

An original April 1940 Dated copy of “Operational notes for Pilots on Merlin 11, 111 and 1V, fully supercharged engines” Measuring 132mm x 80 mm the notes are contained in a black hardback cover with “Pilot’s Notes Merlin 11, 111 and 1V Rolls Royce Limited Derby” in a now very faded gold block to the front cover. The notes cover 15 pages, the whole in very good condition and a perfect accompaniment to the previous listing

Kriegsmarine Troppenhelm Eagle

Kriegsmarine Troppenhelm Eagle

A very good gilded zinc Kriegsmarine Eagle for wear on the cork or straw Troppenhelm often incorrectly referred to as a Pith helmet. With an impressive wingspan of 117 mm these eagles were worn on early helmets, later versions having the two shield arrangement as used by the other services. Overall condition is very good with no damage and with light wear to the high points. The fixing pin is in place on the reverse and the manufacture’s initials KMW (Karl Wurster of Markneukirchen) are raised in the casting.

Olive Green Heer Afrika Korps Belt and Buckle

Olive Green Heer Afrika Korps Belt and Buckle

A true Afrika Korps example of an olive coloured cotton tropical Webbing Belt with drab olive army eagle Buckle, absolutely in keeping with early Afrika Korps combat equipment and pre dating of course the later tropical Khaki equipment. The Belt is in very good condition with two puncture marks along the Belt itself where the Buckle has been positioned along it at some time. The tongue is of the same material and allows for wear up to perhaps a 35” waist. The steel Buckle has it’s cotton webbing flap, the Buckle itself stamped only 41 and retaining at least 90% of the original factory paint. Absolutely typical of the Belts worn by the Afrika Korps troops arriving in North Africa in 1941 and not to be confused with the later Khaki species.

Pair of Italian Nembo Parachutists Officer Collar Tabs

Pair of Italian Nembo Parachutists Officer Collar Tabs

An extremely rare matched pair of Italian Nembo Parachutists Officer Collar Tabs, hand embroidered in golden wire surmounting the name Nembo, all on a card backed wool backing. Overall condition is very good with some light moth nips. 184th Division Parachutists Nembo was constituted in 1943 as a second division of parachutists, based on entirely new units as well as the 185° Regiment of the Folgore Division. Nembo was sent shortly before the armistice between Italy and the Allies of 8 September 1943 to Sardinia where it was decimated by malaria. A unit of the same name was raised by the Co-Belligerent Army now fighting against the Germans, alongside the allies, as 12/183rd in the War of Italian liberation it fought in the battles of Filottrano, Grizzano Houses and in Operation Herring (the latter two as part of the Folgore Combat Group that was raised from surviving elements of original Division).

WW11 Ascari del Cielo (Libyan) Paratroops Breast Brevet

WW11 Ascari del Cielo (Libyan) Paratroops Breast Brevet

An impressive and again very rare WW11 Libyan parachute Battalion Breast Brevet for an enlisted man of the Ascari del Cielo. Measuring approximately 110mm x 75mm and machine embroidered on a black cloth background, it was worn on the left breast and is clearly visible on the original 265mm x 175mm June 1940 dated photograph produced by the allies and taken from an official Italian government release photograph, which is also included in the sale. Condition of both pieces is very good. The Ascari del Cielo were the first paratroopers of the Italian armed forces. They all were born in Libya and with Arab-Berber ethnicity. They constituted the majority of the troops of the Battalion (later regiment) Fanti dell Aria, created in 1938, that fought in the Desert War during World War II. In summer 1940 the Ascari del Cielo were nicknamed "Diavoli neri" (Black devils) and numbered 500, they successfully attacked the British troops at the border between Libya and Egypt and forced them to withdraw. They were placed with the Gruppo Maletti at Sidi El Barrani (western Egypt). But in December 1940 they were nearly destroyed by the British offensive during Operation Compass.

Hitler Youth Flak Helpers Field Cap

Hitler Youth Flak Helpers Field Cap

A very good example of a Hitler Youth ( Hitler Jugend) Flak Helper’s grey wool cap with doubled-up, fold-down side panels, in the same material as the one-piece crown and two-piece body of the cap, fastened by a pebbled metal button and buttonhole. Sewn over the forward seam line of the body is a 30mm tall machine embroidered Hitler Youth emblem. The stiffened peak or visor is also covered in grey wool. Inside, the cap is lined in a quilted grey rayon with factory stampings and size 58 and a 1944 dated Nice untouched example with all original stitching to the insignia.

1942 Dated Tropical Waistbelt and Buckle

1942 Dated Tropical Waistbelt and Buckle

A very good large size (100cms) 1942 dated German Army Tropical issue belt with steel buckle stamped HK (Hermann Knoller). The belt is in very good condition with no damage and no stains. The Buckle matches the Belt perfectly in terms of service used condition and is free from damage whilst retaining a good 80% of the original factory paint. Although not nearly as scarce as the early olive green braided cotton waistbelts, these of the Khaki colour did see service in North Africa as this 1942 dated example demonstrates. Eventually they become more common in Europe as the war progressed and as dictated by shortages. A very nice example.

Luftwaffe Single Decal Helmet SE64

Luftwaffe Single Decal Helmet SE64

A good Single Decal Luftwaffe M40 helmet, SE64 with a lot number of 1130. The helmet is completely untouched, the shell without damage with some loss to the paint which has taken on a crinkled effect revealing the steel beneath it. Difficult to describe but this shows well in the images. On the left side is a well preserved single Luftwaffe decal. Inside, the liner fits well to the shell and has not been abused in an attempt to reveal the date, the tongues remaining supple and complete, the original drawstring in place but untied. The chinstrap is very good with some evidence of the makers stamp still evident. A nice unmolested helmet, now becoming more and more difficult to find.

Cuffband  to the Elite Unit Brandenburg

Cuffband to the Elite Unit Brandenburg

An extremely rare Cuffband Brandenburg, full length at 460mm and constructed with a 32mm mm wide band of dark green wool with a machine embroidered Brandenburg inscription in silver-grey Gothic script. Top and bottom of the band are finished with a silver-grey Russian braid. Condition is very good with no damage or staining The Brandenburgers were members of the Brandenburg German Special Forces unit. Originally the unit was formed by and operated as an extension of the military's intelligence organisation, the Abwehr. Members of this unit took part in seizing operationally important targets by way of sabotage and infiltration. Being foreign German nationals who were convinced Nazi volunteers, constituent members had lived abroad and were proficient in foreign languages as well as being familiar with the way of life in the area of operations where they were deployed. The internet provides further information on their extensive operations. A truly rare and very desirable Cuffband to an elite unit.

Wehrpass and Soldbuch  to Hauptmann Hans Stolz – SS Police Regiment – Einsatzgruppen?

Wehrpass and Soldbuch to Hauptmann Hans Stolz – SS Police Regiment – Einsatzgruppen?

Compising his Wehrpass with a good uniform photograph on page 2, the pass with all pages present and in very good condition. Stolz came from the civilian Police to the Feldgendarmerie, received his training and was commissioned Leutnant der Feldgendarmerie in 1942. He subsequently returned to the Schutzpolizei and served on the Eastern Front with an SS-Polizei Regiment. His Polizei Soldbuch with his photograph removed but in otherwise very good condition. He gained several combat awards including: Iron Cross Second Class, Iron Cross First Class, War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords, Wound Badge in Black, Wound Badge in Silver, Infantry Assault Badge. This set came from a major German source who sadly split the set and sold off the award documents separately. These documents revealed that he served in III./ SS-Polizei Regiment 9 and I./SS-Polizei Regiment 16. These units were both part of Polizei Kampfgruppe Jeckeln. Fortunately, although I do not have the original documents I do have colour photocopies which show well these units. They are included in the sale. SS-Obergruppenführer Friedrich Jeckeln, the Einsatzgruppe commander was responsible for countless atrocities during his "police" actions and several reports from this unit refer to the execution of so called “Bandits” (usually Jews) According to one of the top researchers on the subject of the Einsatzgruppen, even if Stolz did not participate directly in the "questionable activities" of the Einsatzgruppen he was certainly associated with those who did. So although no firm evidence against Stolz is known he certainly belonged to a notorious unit. A very rare Soldbuch and Wehrpass, formely part of the Gordon Williamson collection.

Kriegsmarine Konteradmiral\'s Car Pennant

Kriegsmarine Konteradmiral\'s Car Pennant

A scarce Kriegsmarine Konteradmiral’s (Rear Admiral) Double Sided Car Pennant measuring approximately 250mm x 240mm and with the Maltese cross and double black balls denoting rank. The main body is constructed in white cotton with reinforced corners at the fly ends. The cross itself is black rayon with white chain stitched edges whilst the balls are in black cotton. The hoist end has a tubular linen edge which would once have held the fitting rope and clips but these are no longer present. Overall condition is very good with some light surface marks but no damage. The last picture shows a similar flag in use on the car of a Vice Admiral, the number of black balls being reduced with increasing rank. This pennant was I understand originally bought at auction when it was offered with the following provenance: “Captured by 6851153 Sgt. Alfred Mafeson Lawrence, KRRC – 8th Army, personal servant to Maj. General Chief of Staff F.W. Guingard, 8th Army and Montgomery.” There is no written provenance to support this but these details may present research possibilities.

NSDAP / SA Reserve Arm Band

NSDAP / SA Reserve Arm Band

A good NSDAP Party Armband with machine embroidered Swastika set on a white cotton embroidered background with red cotton Armband. Width is just 80mm with inspection showing that both edges have been turned in to conceal the original white rayon edging, perhaps making this a period converted SA Reserve Armband. Just visible is what appears to be a veteran’s association ink stamp. Overall condition is very good used.

Hand Written and Signed Letter from Luftwaffe Ace, Helmut Lent. Knights Cross with Oakleaves, Swords

Hand Written and Signed Letter from Luftwaffe Ace, Helmut Lent. Knights Cross with Oakleaves, Swords

An original and of course unique hand written and personally signed letter from the Luftwaffe night fighter ace and recipient of the Knights Cross with Oakleaves, Swords and Diamonds Helmut Lent, to Frau Kettling mother of his close friend shot down during the Battle of Britain and at that time held in a Canadian POW camp. Measuring 336mm x 217mm the letter is written in ink on high quality paper with the printed heading “Der Kommandeur”. Dated 12. 1. 42 the heading reflects his position as Acting Kommandeur of 11./NJG 2, shortly after his promotion to Hauptman. At 23 he was the youngest Gruppen-Kommandeur in the Nachtjagd. Literally translated the letter reads: Dear Mrs Kettling At Christmas time I had a joyous surprise through a greeting from Ullrich from Canada. I was so overjoyed that I had to reply to him straight away. Apart from ______ ______, that it is not possible for me to send this letter on by field post, I don’t know how it all works, how the letter will get sent on. May I kindly ask you to forward it on for me. For that, I am in a debt of thanks to you. Naturally, I will bear the cost of the forwarding most happily. I have taken the liberty of enclosing the card with Ullrich’s friendly message. Perhaps this is of interest to you and distinguished Mrs Spouse. It makes me especially happy that things are now going well for Ullrich despite the situation. Naturally, I am not in a position to judge if this specification is not somehow forced. That, we hope not. May I ask you to remember me to Mrs Spouse and my best wishes for your personal well being. I am your devoted Helmut Lent. Twice folded and with six punch holes the letter is in generally very good condition.Original signature of Lent are extremely rare and especially so when appearing on a personal and hand written letter. Also included are five copy photographs of Lent and a copy of Peter Hinchliffe’s “The Lent Papers”. Lent shot down 110 aircraft, 102 of them at night Born into a devoutly religious family, he showed an early passion for glider flying; against his father's wishes, he joined the Luftwaffe in 1936. After completing his training, he was assigned to the 1. Squadron, or Staffel, of Zerstörergeschwader 76 (ZG 76), a wing flying the Messerschmitt Bf 110 twin-engine heavy fighter. Lent claimed his first aerial victories at the outset of World War II in the invasion of Poland and over the North Sea. During the invasion of Norway he flew ground support missions before he was transferred to the newly established Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 (NJG 1), a night-fighter wing. Lent claimed his first nocturnal victory on 12 May 1941 and on 30 August 1941 was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for 22 victories. His steady accumulation of aerial victories resulted in regular promotions and awards. On the night of 15 June 1944, Major Lent was the first night fighter pilot to claim 100 nocturnal aerial victories, a feat which earned him the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds on 31 July 1944. On 5 October 1944, Lent flew a Junkers Ju 88 on a routine transit flight from Stade to Nordborchen, 5 kilometres south of Paderborn. On the landing approach one of the engines cut out and the aircraft collided with power lines. All four members of the crew were fatally wounded. Three men died shortly after the crash and Lent succumbed to his injuries two days later on 7 October 1944

Silver Infantry Assault badge by Meybauer

Silver Infantry Assault badge by Meybauer

An unmarked zinc Infantry Assault Badge identified by its characteristics as being by the maker Paul Meybauer. The badge is without damage but the silver wash has now been almost completely absorbed in to the zinc

Imperial Japanese Navy Tunic.  SNLF Special Naval Landing Forces.

Imperial Japanese Navy Tunic. SNLF Special Naval Landing Forces.

An Imperial Japanese Navy Summer Weight Tunic in cotton drill to a Chief Petty Officer in the SNLF Special Naval Landing Forces. The Tunic has four patch pockets, the breast pockets with flaps and buttons. Front closure is with five buttons and as with the pockets, the buttons are wood. On the right sleeve is the rank insignia of a Chief Petty Officer whilst on the left sleeve is the badge of a specialist. The Tunic is unlined and carries stores stamps on the lower left side which I believe date it to 1944. Overall condition is very good with light staining to the lower edges and cuffs, perhaps the result of perspiration.

Luftwaffe Officer\'s Tropical M41 Cap

Luftwaffe Officer\'s Tropical M41 Cap

An extremely rare Italian made M41 Tropical Field Cap for an officer in the Luftwaffe. Constructed in a tan cotton twill the Cap has machine embroidered insignia, the eagle in particular being worthy of note as it flying to the right and not the left as normal. Discussion on the Wehrmacht Awards Forum revealed this to be the trademark insignia of this particular maker. At each side are two zinc ventilation eyelets whilst the top seam carries the silver Russian braid trim of an officer. The aluminium wire of the braid has worn away revealing only the white cotton under thread. The inside is unlined and although the printing has now been washed out a clear ghost of the details remain. Overall condition is very good, any marks mostly appearing to be the result of perspiration.

British Press Release Photograph. Royal Marine Commandos

British Press Release Photograph. Royal Marine Commandos

A 194 x 140mm British Press Release Photograph of Royal Marine Commandos in a staged shot taken at Osnabruck station and dated 13 April 1945. The extensive bomb damage to the station is clearly visible. Collected by a New Zealand Intelligence officer.

Single Decal M40 Heer Quist Helmet

Single Decal M40 Heer Quist Helmet

A good unmolested Heer Single Decal M40 helmet with a lot number of 781 and whilst not fully discernible I believe I can make out a Q on what is I feel certain a size 64 shell. Field repainted in a grey green colour the shell is without damage with perhaps 70% of the over paint remaining. The decal has toned over the years but shows clear evidence of the original silver colour. Inside, the liner is intact with loss of stitching to the rear seam and slight wear in that area, the leather itself having darkened as a result of perspiration but remaining intact and supple with the original drawstring in place but untied. The liner band fits well and has avoided the annoying habit of being bent to find a date. The chinstrap is present but missing perhaps a quarter of the length of the long side. Now very difficult to find original unmolested helmets.

3rd. Pattern British Fascists Membership Badge

3rd. Pattern British Fascists Membership Badge

A scarce original British Fascist Membership pin back badge numbered 40705, silver plated and inlaid with black enamel showing the rose with cross encompassed by a banner bearing the slogan “For King and Country”. To the reverse is the vertical fixing pin with tube joint and rounded catch and Birmingham Medal Co. The badge displays well but has chipping to the enamel with I have shown in the images, and toning to the silver plating Not to be confused with the British Union of Fascists, the 'British Fascists' were founded in 1923 by 'Rotha Lintorn-Orman' (see last image) and dissolved in 1934.

Kriegsmarine Cap Tally 4. Zerstorerdivision 4.

Kriegsmarine Cap Tally 4. Zerstorerdivision 4.

A very nice example from 4.Zerstorerdvision (4th Destroyer Division) measuring 115cms and without swallow tails. This tally is woven with gold artificial thread which was a change from the traditional gold wire and came into effect by order from October 1936. Overall condition is very good but with five minor areas of wear along the lower edge. There are four small holes in the ribbon which may be as a result of having been pinned for display at some time.

Kriegsmarine Gas Mask

Kriegsmarine Gas Mask

A scarce M30 Kriegsmarine Gas Mask and Canister, the mask with the fitting on the right side to accept a microphone and cord. The cord terminated in a plug for connecting to the equipment being used at the time. The fitting has the screw on blanking cap and retaining chain in place but no cord is included. The Gas Mask is in overall very good condition but dirty. The fabric covered face piece remains supple and all straps and springs are in place, one strap with the owner’s name tape stitched onto it in accordance with navy regulations. Both eye lenses are discoloured but would possibly clean with a light abrasive compound. The lens frames are dated 43. Inside the all-important Kriegsmarine stamp and maker’s stamp remain clear. The filter is as new, dated 41 and is complete with the blanking cap. The canister is very good with some paint loss. There are three replacement lenses in the lid. All straps are in place but the long carrying strap is broken. There is no cleaning cloth or spring.

WW1 German Wirecutters with Rare Belt Hanging Bracket. Stormtrooper Interest

WW1 German Wirecutters with Rare Belt Hanging Bracket. Stormtrooper Interest

A very good pair of WW1 German M1911 Wirecutters with their corresponding Depot made field Belt Hanging Bracket. Whilst the Wirecutters occasionally turn up, the field Belt Hanging Bracket for these is exceptionally rare and indeed this is the first I have encountered. They were made in the field at Depot level primarily for the use of Assault Troops. Numerous period photographs testify to their extensive use by Stormtroopers and both the Wirecutters and Bracket are well described in the late Michael Baldwin's excellent series of Feldzug books. Overall condition is very good with the Wirecutters functioning well and with the bracket retaining approximately 90% of its original Field Grey paint. A very rare pair, ideal for the Stormtrooper display.

British Khaki Drill Trousers

British Khaki Drill Trousers

A pair of wartime pattern but undated British Khaki Drill Trousers featuring a cross over waist closure and three button fly. There are two vertical seam side pockets and two rear flapped pockets. With a waist size of about 32” and an inside leg measurement of 29” with about 1.5” of turn available the trousers are in generally good service used condition with some staining at the seat and a few repairs. All buttons are in place. By 1941 issue of the Trousers was discontinued but stocks continued to be handed out while stocks lasted until replaced by the unpopular 1950 pattern which had uncomfortable side buckles. The Chapplies (desert sandles) are not included but are for sale as items 54495.

Junghans Luftwaffe Cockpit Clock. Version 3 1940-41

Junghans Luftwaffe Cockpit Clock. Version 3 1940-41

A very nice working example of the Third Version of the Junghans Cockpit Clock Fl23885, Bo-UK 1, which is believed to been produced between 1940 and 1941, this example being purported to have been removed from an FW190 but I have absolutely no evidence to support that. As with version 2, version 3 implemented changes. There is a stop watch function operated by a push button below the winding knob with a subsidiary dial at the bottom of the face showing elapsed time. The rotating bezel has a red pointer and the back plate now has a bayonet fitting. Perhaps the most noticeable change is the provision of a lever to the right of the winding knob which when lowered allows the hands to be set by the winding knob. Although this series did carry a data plate behind the winding knob this example shows no signs of one ever having been fitted. There is a good clear BAL stamp on the back in red near the left lower mounting point. Overall condition is very good. The clock runs well and keeps good time with all functions operating as they should. The J30 Bz movement was serviced in 2009 and carries the number 47215. As with all old mechanical clocks I do not guarantee that at some point in the future it may require servicing or repair but l guarantee it to arrive in good working order.

WW11 period Royal Danish Hussars Forage Cap

WW11 period Royal Danish Hussars Forage Cap

An unissued WW11 period Royal Danish Hussars dress Forage Cap constructed in a pale blue wool, the faux side panels with a broad white rayon band, the cap further decorated with white piping. The interior is lined in a black cotton with ribbed cotton sweatband and retains a size 59 label. A grey leather chinstrap is present. Overall condition is very good with no damage and no signs of use.

Camouflaged M16 Helmet

Camouflaged M16 Helmet

A very good uncleaned and unmolested example of a camouflaged ET66 M16 Helmet. The shell is completely without damage and retains a good 90% of the original hand applied camouflage paint and finger width lines. Vent plugs are the A1 type and of course appropriate for the shell size. Inside, the skirt shows a clear ET66 stamp. The often missing chinstrap is present and supple and all three tongues remain although the tips at the eyelets have either pulled through or have a small amount missing. All three cushion pockets and ties are present but without padding. The chinstrap, liner tongues and leather liner band show a small amount of surface mould but I believe this would simply wipe away.

1939 Dated M31 Cooking Pot (Mess tin)

1939 Dated M31 Cooking Pot (Mess tin)

A very good example of a 1939 dated Cooking Pot Model 31 (Kochgeschirr Modell 1931). Overall condition is very good with no significant dents and with perhaps 40% of the medium olive green paint remaining. The lid is stamped C & C W 39. The strap is not original and appears to be a modern copy but I have included it as it serves a useful purpose for display

Original German Press Release Photograph

Original German Press Release Photograph

An official German Press Release Photograph of a German Private on the Russian Front with MG42, M24 Grenade and Hi Power Browning, ready cocked for firing. Measuring 180mm x 130mm the picture is by Atlantic and in very good condition with just a small ink stain perhaps from the original print stamp to the lower right hand corner

Original German Press release Photograph. Knights Cross with Oakleaves Winner Konig

Original German Press release Photograph. Knights Cross with Oakleaves Winner Konig

An original German press Release Photograph of Knights Cross with oakleaves winner Oberstleutnant Konig of Grenadierregiment 199, dated 12.1.44 Measuring 180mm x130mm the picture is in very good condition showing this officer with helmet, cuffband, side arm and decorations.

Original German press Release Photograph. Coastal Railway Gun Cap Gris Nez

Original German press Release Photograph. Coastal Railway Gun Cap Gris Nez

An Original and very impressive German Press Release Photograph by Hoffman of a Coastal Marine Battery Gun at Cap Gris-Nez firing. Dated 3.10.44 I believe this to be the huge railway gun a Batterie Todt and example of which is displayed at the museum there to this day. Cap Gris-Nez is a cape on the Côte d'Opale in the Pas-de-Calais département in northern France. It is between Wissant and Audresselles, in the commune of Audinghen. The cliffs of the cape are the closest point of France to England – 34 km from their English counterparts at Dover, the target of this huge gun. The photograph measures 180mm x 130mm and is in very good condition, Hoffmann of course being Hitler’s personal photographer.

Original German Press Release Photograph. Italy 1945

Original German Press Release Photograph. Italy 1945

The last of these Original German Press Release Photographs, this one being of what appears to be an engineer setting charges somewhere in Italy. Measuring 180mm x 130 mm the photograph is in very good condition and dated 29.3.45

Court Mounted Long Service Group

Court Mounted Long Service Group

A very good Court Mounted pair of Army or Kriegsmarine Long Service Medals. Comprising Gold 12 Year Service Award with appropriate golden eagle pin and Silver 4 Year Award with silver eagle pin. The group is in very good condition and displays nicely

Ground Excavated English Civil War Siege Helmet

Ground Excavated English Civil War Siege Helmet

A ground excavated Mid-17th Century English Civil War Lobster Tail Helmet in relic condition which I believe to an example of the very rare Siege Helmet, a complete example of which I have shown in the last image. The skull is constructed of iron in two parts with a central seam. On the right side are the remains of the hinged peak (or visor) whilst a small section of the neck guard (or Lobster tail) remains riveted to the back of the helmet. An interesting conversation piece weighing just over 2kgs.

1945 Notebook and Pocket Calendar

1945 Notebook and Pocket Calendar

A pocket Notebook and 1945 Pocket calendar collected by a New Zealand POW released from camp by the advancing US Forces and free to collect souvenirs prior to his repatriation. The Notebook displays an impressive eagle and Swastika on the front cover and opens to a 1945 calendar with various notes through until the middle of May when they stop. The second half of the book contains blank pages for notes and is without annotations until the back pages. Overall condition is very good, measuring 140mm x 90mm. The Pocket Calendar measures 100mm x 75mm and is in very good condition with just some numerical notes on the last five pages and back cover.

Original 1939 Hawker Hurricane 1 Pilot\'s Notes AP 1564A

Original 1939 Hawker Hurricane 1 Pilot\'s Notes AP 1564A

An original and very rare copy of Air Publication 1564A Volume1, Pilot’s Notes Hurricane 1 Aeroplane, Merlin 11 or 11 Engine, with amendment 1 incorporated in July 1939. This Publication is contained in a hard cover ring binder and goes into much greater depth than the better known blue softback notes issued to Pilots later in the war. A profusion of diagrams, illustrations and black and white photographs accompany seven sections following initial pages on the leading particulars of the Aeroplane. Sections cover, Controls and Equipment, Handling and Flying notes for Pilots, Instructions and Notes for ground personnel, Removal and Assembly Operations and Electrical Installation. Sections 6 & 7 on Design and Construction of Airframe and Engine Installation are not included and this may be accounted for by the note on the list of sections which says “additional sections will be issued as and when they are prepared” Overall condition is very good with just two pages in section 4 detached but present and with water staining to the front cover label. Whilst modern copies are available, original examples of this manual are extremely rare and provide a wonderful backdrop to a Battle of France or Battle of Britain display.

Original Instructional Course Handbook for the Lancaster Aircraft

Original Instructional Course Handbook for the Lancaster Aircraft

Instructional Course Handbook for the Lancaster Aircraft, AVRO Type '683' Mk. 1. II. III & X. Published by A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd, Manchester, July 1946. As far as I establish this is identical in content to the late wartime publication of the same title, the contents contained within blue card covers measuring 225mm x 147 mm. Approximately 50 pages of brief instructional text followed by 21 pull out diagrams and drawings on all subjects including flying controls, mainplane, fuselage, worth of oil dilution, hydraulics, engine controls, gun turret hydraulics, electrical installation, auto-pilot, wireless equipment, vacuum system, cabin heating, bomb gear, bomb sights, flying instruments, engine instruments, compass systems, oxygen systems, handling on the ground plus variation systems for individual types. With a serial number of 9040, this copy is in very good complete condition and marked confidential

RNVR Surgeon Lt DSC, Jacket, Trousers and Cap

RNVR Surgeon Lt DSC, Jacket, Trousers and Cap

The first of a number of items I will be offering to Surgeon Lt. Henry Robert Shepherd, R.N.V.R. Distinguished Service Cross. His Officer’s reefer Jacket in very good condition and free from moth damage with Surgeon Lt.’s braid and medal ribbons including the DSC and Italy Star, the inside pocket with a Gieves label, his name and dated ?/5/45. A pair of matching trousers with some moth damage to both inside legs at the knee. His officer’s Cap in very good condition, free from moth or other damage and with the white detachable cover. Lt. Shepherd graduated M.B. CLB from Liverpool University in 1942. Having completed hospital training he was posted to Atlantic Convoys in a Corvette in 1943 before going to B LCT (landing craft tanks) squadron in the Mediterranean. He took part in the landings in Greece, Italy and Southern France before joining HMS Nelson, eventually being demobbed in 1946. I have yet to establish the background to his Naval Gallantry Medal, the DSC but judging by other items I will be listing, including a rare Surgeon’s Kit in a little known ‘37 pattern webbing pack, he will most probably have taken part in beach operations during the landings. A nice uniform to an interesting Officer who is shown in the last image (photocopy included),worthy of further research. Shirt and tie are not included.

First Pattern Luftschutz Crowd Control Leader Armband

First Pattern Luftschutz Crowd Control Leader Armband

First Pattern Luftschutz Crowd Control Leader Armband in very good condition with some light surface white marks. Blue cotton body with white rayon “O” at centre and off white rayon borders top and bottom

Kriegsmarine Cap Tally 4. Zerstorerdivision 4.

Kriegsmarine Cap Tally 4. Zerstorerdivision 4.

A very nice example from 4.Zerstorerdvision (4th Destroyer Division) measuring 115cms and without swallow tails. This tally is woven with gold artificial thread which was a change from the traditional gold wire and came into effect by order from October 1936. Overall condition is very good but with five minor areas of wear along the lower edge. There are four small holes in the ribbon which may be as a result of having been pinned for display at some time.

WW11 Gordon Highlanders Glengarry

WW11 Gordon Highlanders Glengarry

Showing the classic low profile of a wartime produced Gordon Highlanders Glengarry this example is in overall good condition with some moth nibbles to the hat band and the upper edges. The tails are in place and cut to a swallow’s tail whilst the black cotton lining show little signs of wear. Size stamped 7 5/8

M40 Tropical Field Cap (Feldmutze) Jager

M40 Tropical Field Cap (Feldmutze) Jager

An excellent example of a 1942 dated M40 Feldmutze in unissued condition. Produced in olive / khaki ribbed cotton absolutely in keeping with those seen in use in North Africa but used generally in arid climates. The insignia features a pale blue Heer eagle machine embroidered in the BeVo style and machine stitched in place with a zig zag stitching above a machine embroidered rosette on tan backing below the green Soutache of the Jager. All insignia, including the Soutache is of course originally applied, the Soutache being machine stitched in place and inserted through two small puncture holes at the bottom stitch line The interior of the cap is fully lined in lightweight red cotton and clearly stamped F.W Weissbach, Glauchau, E42 and size 61. The large size perhaps explains why the cap was never issued. At each side is a single ventilation eyelet, the exterior of which in painted in a tan enamel.

Luftwaffe Tropical \"Hermann Meyer\" Cap

Luftwaffe Tropical \"Hermann Meyer\" Cap

Originally sold by Helmut Weitze in Germany this Hermann Meyer Cap is in excellent unissued condition with no damage or stains. Constructed in a Khaki cotton with large peak or visor and a detachable neck flap. The insignia is a BeVo style machine embroidered Luftwaffe cap eagle, and tropical machine embroidered Luftwaffe wreath and tri-colour cockade. Both insignia are machine stitched to the cap. At each side are a pair of magnetic ventilation eyelets. The leather chin strap that is fastened to both sides of the cap by a button which also holds the neck strap, the strap itself constructed of multiple thin strips of leather, with two metal buckles for length adjustment. One side of the strap is finished with a criss-cross textured black veneer, while the other is unfinished. Here the unfinished side is worn out and research shows this was not uncommon. Inside, the Cap is lined in a red cotton-rayon blended fabric, marked with reference number and 1943 size 58.

56th Foot West Essex Regiment Officer’s Pouch and Cross Belt

56th Foot West Essex Regiment Officer’s Pouch and Cross Belt

56th Foot West Essex Regiment Officer’s Pouch and Cross Belt, named to P.A. Robertson. Comprising the white leather Cross Belt in very good condition and Black Leather Pouch. The Pouch bears the brass insignia of the 56th West Essex and is in generally good condition, the leather rather stiff and with “crinkling” to the black patent finish. Patrick Alexander Robertson was commissioned Ensign in the 56th Foot on 17 August 1852, promoted Lieutenant on 6 June 1854. He fought in the Crimean war of 1855 and was entitled to the medal with clasp Sebastopol.

Gendarmerie Sleeve eagle

Gendarmerie Sleeve eagle

An unissued example a machine embroidered sleeve eagle as worn by members of the Gendarmerie, the rural Police, below the rank of officer. Orange thread with black Swastika and eagle’s eye on a field grey wool backing. Excellent condition

Willrich Postcard of Generaloberst Eduard Dietl

Willrich Postcard of Generaloberst Eduard Dietl

A standard size, mid-weight Art Postcard with charcoal artwork of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and Oak-Leaves winner, Generaloberst Eduard Dietl wearing a Bergmutze cap. The visible uniform details include parts of the shoulder boards, part of a unique "Larisch" pattern collar tab and a Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak-leaves. The background features Willrich's distinctive "W" initial cypher with the date, "1942". The reverse of the unused postcard has black printed Gothic script which includes the artists name, W. Willrich", the subjects name with rank prefix, "Generaloberst Dietl", along with additional printed script that includes, "Volksbund für das Deutschtum im Ausland. The postcard was produced by the VDA, as number seventy in the "E" series of fund raising postcards.

Propaganda Postcard entitled \"Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 98 Mittenwald

Propaganda Postcard entitled \"Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 98 Mittenwald

A Propaganda Postcard entitled "Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 98 Mittenwald and featuring a nice artist’s impression by A. Seitz of three Gebirgsjäger fighting in the mountains. Sold as part of a fund raising driving this example is in very good unsent condition.

Picture Postcard by Voightlander of a Gebirgsjäger

Picture Postcard by Voightlander of a Gebirgsjäger

A nice Picture Postcard by Voightlander of a Gebirgsjäger in tropical uniform with Gebirgsjäger sleeve emblem, eagle and M40 field cap. Very good unused condition.

Second Pattern Luftwaffe Breast Eagle

Second Pattern Luftwaffe Breast Eagle

Very good uniform removed Second Pattern Luftwaffe Breast for wear on the tunic or Fliegerbluse by other ranks and NCO. Silver grey machine embroidered threads on a blue grey woollen backing. Wingspan approximately 95mm Very good undamaged condition.

Anti Partisan Badge (Partisan Warfare Badge) in Silver by Juncker

Anti Partisan Badge (Partisan Warfare Badge) in Silver by Juncker

An extremely rare example of the German Anti Partisan Badge (Bandenkampfabzeichen, or Bandit-warfare Badge) awarded to members of the Army, Luftwaffe, Navy, Order Police, and Waffen-SS who took part in Anti Partisan operations (Bandenbekämpfung) in any theater but notably on the Eastern Front and Balkans. Instituted by Hitler late in January 1944, the badge was awarded in three grades, Bronze for 20 combat days, Silver for 50 Combat days and Gold for 100 combat days. This example is Silver grade. Constructed in a silvered zinc, this piece is of the semi hollow back type and although unmarked, demonstrates all the characteristics, features and manufacturing flaws of the so called Juncker 2.2. These include a crack running from the back of the head of the Hydra down its neck to the outer edge of the wreath. The silvering to the zinc has survived well, most being reduced to a dark grey with age. It has a non magnetic needle pin with rounded catch and magnetic hinge. Overall condition must be described as very good. It weighs 25 grams and measures 59mm x 50mm.

NSDAP Party Badge by Rare Maker

NSDAP Party Badge by Rare Maker

An early circular shallow domed enameled metal badge with a narrow gold outer border, a red inner border on which in gold "NATIONAL-SOZIALISTISCHE / D.A.P". The centre is a white disc with black swastika. To the reverse a pin-back fastening and "M1 / 105" (Hermann Aurich, Dresden) and "RZM " in a double circle. Constructed in a silvered bronze and in very good condition. From the collection of a New Zealand POW released from a camp in Germany by the advancing Americans and free to roam collecting souvenirs prior to his repatriation.

Der Stahlhelm Membership Badge

Der Stahlhelm Membership Badge

A particularly nice example of the Der Stahlhelm Membership Badge In silvered bronze with horizontal pinback measuring 29 mm x 16 mm, the reverse marked Hoffstatter, Bonn. Excellent condition and from the collection of a New Zealand POW released from a camp in Germany by the advancing Americans and free to roam collecting souvenirs prior to his repatriation. The Stahlhelm was founded in 1918 by war veteran Franz Seldte, his brothers and some other soldiers from his unit. The association was originally meant as both a mutual aid society for World War I veterans and as a political combat group like many other that sprung up during the 1920s. After 1933, the Stahlhelm was first put under the command of the SA's leader and in 1935 it was dissolved with its members being absorbed into the Nazi's Organisation, either in the SA or in other veteran’s associations.

An Early Hitler Youth (HJ) Membership Badge

An Early Hitler Youth (HJ) Membership Badge

A very good early example the Hitler Youth (Hitlerjugend Mitgliedsabzeichen) membership badge. Constructed of silvered bronze with multi-coloured enamels, vertical pin back and marked “RZM” and “M1/42”on reverse Measuring 25 mm (h) x 15 mm (w) in overall very good condition. The last two images shows these badges still in wear after leaving the HJ

A 1957 Pattern Heer Fallschirmjager (Paratrooper) Badge

A 1957 Pattern Heer Fallschirmjager (Paratrooper) Badge

A 1957 Pattern Heer Fallschirmjager (Paratrooper) Badge following the pre 1945 pattern with the exclusion of the Swastika held by the eagle’s talons. Approved for wear from 1957 this example is described by collectors as an early late pattern and shows all the quality of the earlier badges with the newer style pin hinge. Probably produced between 1970 -75 the badge is in as new condition and of excellent quality weighing 34.55 grams. Most likely made by Steinhauer & Luck these badges are now very collectable with the Heer (Army) Fallschirmjager badge I have being one of the more difficult to locate.

A 1957 Pattern Luftwaffe Fallschirmjager (Paratrooper) Badge

A 1957 Pattern Luftwaffe Fallschirmjager (Paratrooper) Badge

A 1957 Pattern Luftwaffe Fallschirmjager (Paratrooper) Badge following the pre1945 pattern with the exclusion of the Swastika held by the eagle’s talons. Approved for wear from 1957 this example is described by collectors as an early late pattern and shows all the quality of the earlier badges with the newer style pin hinge. Probably produced between 1970 -75 the badge is in as new condition and of excellent quality weighing 36.99 grams. Most likely made by Steinhauer & Luck these badges are now very collectable.

1940 Irvin Jacket and Gauntlets with Full Provenance

1940 Irvin Jacket and Gauntlets with Full Provenance

In my personal collection for nearly 47 years this excellent example of an early RAF Thermally Insulated Flying Jacket, better known to collectors as an Irvin Jacket, was given to me in 1974 by it’s wartime owner Ralf William Brumwell DFC, along with his 1933 pattern Gauntlets. In July 2020 Brum celebrated his 100th Birthday and I sent him a card picturing his Jacket.To mark the event he flew the very De Havilland Rapide he had flown in 1954 (last image credited to Classic Wings). I first met “Brum” when I arrived at Newcastle Woolsington as a young British Airways First Officer flying Viscounts. Brum at that time was a senior Captain on Tridents and one of many wartime Pilots still flying with the airline. He was happy to talk about his time in the RAF and eventually the Jacket and Gauntlets came my way. The Jacket is the early two panel back type, so synonymous with those used during the Battle of Britain and retains the original AM label with 1940 contract date to the maker Links, B81864/40/C.I.D. A picture of this very Jacket appears on page 10 of the lead in pages of Mark Hillier’s “The Battle of Britain Fighter Pilot’s Kitbag” when it was used to display a typical Battle of Britain pilot’s attire for a display for the RAFA in Jersey in the early 80. It remains soft and supple and is completely without damage. All stitching is firm, the zips have the DOT pulls and operate perfectly. The fur is excellent, without loss and with virtually no wear. The original elastic strap is in place beneath the collar and the hanging chain is present. The Gauntlets are no less impressive and show very little signs of use. They carry his name and a 1940 date. The zips are perfect. Brum had recalled that he left the Wellington O.T.U at Bassingbourn the summer of 1940 to go home on leave, “I had a sports car then and took the Jacket with me. While I was away the airfield was bombed and the locker with my flying kit in it was destroyed so I said my jacket had been in there and was issued a new one. I was able to keep this one so I had two to use.” Brum had signed up as a volunteer reserve pilot in 1939 and learnt to fly on the Avro Cadets at Hamble. He went on to fly the Miles Magister at Redhill, Airspeed Oxford from Brize Norton and then joined 218 sqn flying Wellingtons from Harwell. On the 25th February they were returning from an operation to Dusseldorf in Wellington 1c R1009, HA-L. “We were followed back across the North Sea and shot down on the way back to Marham. I nearly lost my arm that night”. In fact he was shot down by Feldwebel Ernst Ziebarth of the 2./NJG 2, flying a Ju 88C or Do 17Z from Gilze-Rijen airfield, the Netherlands when on its landing approach to Marham crashing at Red Lodge 2 miles South of Swaffham, Norfolk. After recovering from injuries sustained Ralph transferred to light aircraft duties only and flew Lysanders target towing from Newmarket. He then went on to fly Sterling’s and on to Lancaster finishing school before joining 75 new Zealand Sqn at Mepal near Ely. In all Brum competed 28 operational sorties and in 1944 was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross: Ralph William BRUMWELL (127140), R.A.F.V.R., 75(N.Z.) Sqn This officer has completed many operational sorties against a wide variety of targets in Germany and Northern France. He has shown himself to be a cool and resourceful captain of aircraft and has displayed outstanding courage and keenness to engage the enemy. In August 1944, Flight Lieutenant Brumwell’s aircraft was detailed to attack a target at Le Nieppe. Several hits were sustained by anti-aircraft fire and one engine was rendered unserviceable. Although the damage to his aircraft was severe, he successfully flew it back to base and execute a perfect landing. After leaving the RAF Brum Joined Hunting’s aerial Survey in 1954 where he flew Rapide G-AIYR. Following this he went to BKS Transport Leeds Bradford flying DC3 Dakotas. His career continued and he flew Elizabethans, Britannias and Tridents retiring from BA in 1980 at the age of 60. An excellent Irvin Jacket and Gauntlets to a true gentleman, still going strong at 100

German Pennant or Bunting

German Pennant or Bunting

An excellent and seemingly unused double sided Pennant or perhaps more likely Bunting measuring 350mm x 190mm and with one end sewn over to allow for hanging. The field is red dyed cotton with a white cotton circle with black printed Swastika machine stitched into place Still in its original folded condition it retains all the original colour and is completely free from stains or damage. One of a number of items collected by New Zealand POW’s who remained in Austria briefly after their release from the camps by the advancing US troops.

Normandy Camouflaged Helmet

Normandy Camouflaged Helmet

A very good EF62 M40 Normandy pattern Camouflaged Helmet which at one time formed part of my own collection. Absolutely original of course in every respect, the helmet is in overall very good service used condition and clearly displays signs of having had two strands of heavy wire in place to take extra foliage for camouflage. I was never able to decide if this was a Heer or Luftwaffe Helmet as there is no visible sign of the outline of the decal but from the partly discernible lot number of 12633 or 11633, I am leaning towards Heer. The liner remains supple and has darkened somewhat from perspiration and use. A draw string is in place as is the full length chinstrap, clearly dated 1944. The liner has never been disturbed and fits tightly to the shell so I am not able to determine any further details. A nice example of a highly collectable Normandy Camouflage Helmet

RAF Officer\'s Cap Badge

RAF Officer\'s Cap Badge

A King’s Crown RAF Officer’s hand embroidered bullion Cap Badge with gilt eagle on a black Melton wool backing. Very good condition and removed from a Cap

\"Camel Hair\" Afrika Cuffband

\"Camel Hair\" Afrika Cuffband

A fine example of the “Afrika” Cuff Band in very good condition and completely free from moth or other damage but with a slight liquid mark on the lower edging. Full length at approximately 470 mm and 32mm wide this mid-brown camel hair Band bears the word AFRIKA flanked on both sides by an image of a palm tree. Edged top and bottom with a 3mm silver-grey strip and with all embroidery in silver-grey cotton. The design was the same for all three armed services although both the Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine later introduced their own designs. The award required at least six months service in the North African theatre of operations, or any lesser period if the recipient was decorated for bravery, wounded or killed – in which case a posthumous award was made. The band was worn on the lower left sleeve of the uniform, including greatcoats.

SS Peaked Cap Eagle by Augustine Hicke

SS Peaked Cap Eagle by Augustine Hicke

An absolutely mint example of the Eagle and Swastika insignia for wear on the SS Peaked (Visor) Cap, this piece by the seldom seen maker, Augustine Hicke. Made in zinc with a silver wash finish which shows no loss and this being the more desirable of the two styles produced by Hicke which has three prongs rather than two. Never issued, the prongs remain folded and have never been opened making photographing the markings to the reverse a little awkward. Nevertheless they are entirely discernible as RZM M1/167 with the SS runes contained within double rings and the RZM mark.

Iron Cross First Class in Cloth

Iron Cross First Class in Cloth

A rare example of the Iron Cross 1st. Class in cloth, this being the first I have ever handle. Although never officially approved these privately acquired pieces appear to have been favoured for wear on combat clothing with original examples such as we of course have here, seldom appearing. Identified by design as being from one of the accepted makers F. Schmitt this hand embroidered example has some loss to the beading and oxidisation to the aluminium wire which may, to a degree, brush off.

19th Century Police Tipstaff

19th Century Police Tipstaff

A 19th Century Police Tipstaff in gilded brass with ebony handle and Victorian coronet crown to top. Approximately 180 mm in length the Tipstaff is in very good condition with minor loss to the gilding where it has perhaps rested on a plinth for display. A very attractive conversation or collector’s piece which displays well.

Freies Arabien Volunteer’s BeVo Weave Sleeve Shield

Freies Arabien Volunteer’s BeVo Weave Sleeve Shield

A German manufactured Freies Arabien Volunteer’s BeVo Weave Sleeve Shield on a field grey rayon backing and cut from a roll. Very good unissued condition with just one small mark at the lower edge of the central white panel. Created by Amin al-Husseini and Rashid Ali, and then adopted by Adolf Hitler in 1941 this small force commanded by Hellmuth Felmy mainly to assist the Pro Nazi revolt in Iraq which resulted in the siege of the RAF airfield Habbaniya in 1941. It then moved to Sounion in Greece and attracted as number of Arab and Muslim forces. After the death of its commander the force was withdrawn from the front and in November 1943, the Legion served in Peloponneseas as part of the 41st Infantry Division and participated in suppression of the Greek and anti fascist insurrection. A very rare Sleeve Shield to a small force

Kriegsmarine Kapitan zur See Reefer Jacket

Kriegsmarine Kapitan zur See Reefer Jacket

Kriegsmarine Kapitan zur See Reefer Jacket A nice quality navy blue wool Double Breasted Reefer Jacket in fine ribbed worsted wool weave to a Kriegsmarine Kapitan zur see, sea service. The Jacket is closed by four pairs of Kriegsmarine buttons with a fifth pair of non-functional buttons. There are three pockets, the lower pair with flaps the left breast pocket open and functional but prohibited in regulation for the display of a handkerchief. On the right breast is a hand embroidered eagle and Swastika constructed in an appealing mix of celleon and bullion thread. Each sleeve carries the golden thread appropriate to his rank, the subtle variation in colour suggesting this officer has seen promotion during his wear of the Jacket. Above the stripes is a star relating to a sea service officer. I believe the stars may have been re applied. Again, in accordance with regulation the jacket has no rear vent. Inside, the jacket is lined in blue/ black rayon with two pockets, the sleeves lined in a typical tailor’s striped material. Overall condition is very good with no moth other than some under the collar which I have shown in the pictures. Large size, perhaps a 40” chest. The Jacket comes with a Certificate of Authenticity issued by Klaus Butschek when sold to its previous owner. Shirt and tie are for display only and are not included.

German Red Cross Armband. First Pattern

German Red Cross Armband. First Pattern

A very good example of the Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Armband, this being the machine embroidered version with printed examples also produced. Overall condition is very good with no damaged whatsoever. Introduced in April 1935, the last image shows this style in wear by a DRK Helferin in September 1940

1986 British GS6 Helmet - Named to WALES!

1986 British GS6 Helmet - Named to WALES!

Certainly not scarce but a nice example of a 1986 dated British GS Mk6 Helmet. What makes it interesting of course is the name Wales written in marker on the camouflage cover. There is absolutely no provenance to suggest this was in fact Harry’s Helmet but the name was there when it was found at an antiques fair. My own feeling is that the blood group shown rules out the possibility as I believe Harry is A - , but I may be wrong. Prince Harry was deployed in Afghanistan during the winter of 2007 – 2008, the Mk6 was not replaced until 2009 Overall condition is very good with no damage and with both the helmet and cover retaining their labels. The Mk 6 is often mistakenly thought to be made out of Kevlar when in fact it is constructed of "Ballistic Nylon" - nylon fibre. An interesting curious.

Afrika Korps Ring In Smelted Coin Silver

Afrika Korps Ring In Smelted Coin Silver

A hand crafted theatre-made Wehrmacht Heer (Army) Deutsches Afrika Korps ring in smelted coin silver, the obverse with a mobile Swastika superimposed onto a palm, with DAK and 1941. On one side is a stylized camel, a mosque to the other. Internal diameter is about 18mm so suitable for a small finger. Inside stamped T800. Very good condition and really a lovely piece.

Italian Navy M33 Helmet

Italian Navy M33 Helmet

A very nice Italian Navy M33 Helmet of the Regia Marina with yellow painted fouled anchor Overall condition is very good. The shell retains most of the original smooth green painted finish with just minor wear to where the helmet appears to have been stacked with others. There is no other damage. Inside, the leather liner is soft and supple and without damage and has the size 56 punched into the leather. There is no draw cord. The green leather chinstrap with claw buckle is also in very good condition and there is evidence of some markings at the tip of the strap but this is no longer discernible.

DDR M56/61 Helmet 1961 Dated

DDR M56/61 Helmet 1961 Dated

A nice unissued example of the East German M56/66 Helmet in very good condition with some slight loss to the paint. Dated 1961 this example features the improved modern liner and chinstrap. Originally designed as early as 1942 for the Wehrmacht but never introduced, the pattern was later adopted by the DDR when the Soviets refused the original German M42 shape to be used.

Adrian M26 Zouave Trailleures Spahis Helmet

Adrian M26 Zouave Trailleures Spahis Helmet

One of the more scarce examples of the M26 Adrian Helmet is this one by the French Colonial Troops, the Algerian Zouave and the Moroccan Spahis Regiments. Bearing the badge of the Zouave Trailleures Spahis the helmet is in overall very good condition. The shell retains most of the original factory paint and has a few minor dents and two aluminium rivets holding one of the chinstrap mounts have been replaced. Of note is the aluminium comb covering the ventilation holes perhaps dating the helmet to no later than 1940 when they were changed to a steel comb. The chinstrap is in place and shows wear but remains intact and supple. Inside, the liner is in very good condition. A nice example

Australian 1943 Dated Duperite Paratrooper Helmet

Australian 1943 Dated Duperite Paratrooper Helmet

A fine example of an Australian Duperite Airborne troops Helmet in a size 6 ¾ and with a 1943 dated label. In very good condition with its original factory paint and no cracks, the only minor issue being loss of stitching to a small leather keeper for the chinstrap. The side flaps and chinstap are in green leather and remain soft and flexible. Suspension harness and sweatband are free from damage, the sweatband stamped 6 ¾ . The maker’s label remains intact at the back in the inside. The M42 Duperite Paratrooper Helmet was made in Melbourne and issued to Australian Forces during WW2. Duperite was a trade mark of Moulded Products (Australasia) Ltd and the company would finally be known as Nylex.

Spanish M34 Eibar Helmet

Spanish M34 Eibar Helmet

A Spanish M1934 helmet also known as M38 for its years of distribution or “Eibar” for its supposed production in the city. Overall condition is very good, the shell completely without damage and with virtually all of the original factory paint remaining. Inside, the liner is in excellent condition but I believe the liner may be a later fabrication. Meant not for use by the Army, but instead by security forces such as police, the helmet was of similar shape to the Model 1926 helmet in use by the army. The helmet would mainly see use by the Nationalists in the conflict

M21 Spanish Sin Ala Helmet

M21 Spanish Sin Ala Helmet

A scarce example of the Spanish M21 Helmet in good overall condition but lacking its’ chinstrap and tips of five of the liner tongues. In addition the leather liner band itself has a break in it. This was Spain's first locally produced helmet, made at the National Arsenal of Artillery at Trubia. The helmet was given the name "Sin Ala" or "Without Wings" due to the straight sides of the helmet. Only around 12,000 of these were produced . In 1943 these helmets were refurbished and fitted with a new liner and chinstrap. Green paint was applied and a small frontal bracket was affixed to support the new National Army Insignia.

M34/39 Greek Helmet

M34/39 Greek Helmet

A Greek M34/39 Combat helmet in nice displayable condition but missing two tongues of the leather liner and with the chinstrap broken at one of the bales but still sitting nicely in place. The shell is without damage and retains most of the original finish Greek helmets were actually Italian made, they were manufactured and shipped to Greece as bare shells, the Greeks then painted them, and installed their own liners and chinstraps, all this just prior to the Italian invasion! The liner has the stamp of a Cross, a size (57), a Crown and circled with "Greek Army".

French M26 Artillery Adrian Helmet

French M26 Artillery Adrian Helmet

A particularly nice example of an M26 Adrian Artillery helmet, seen in so many pictures during the battle of France in 1940. The M26 was made of 0.9mm Manganese steel in three parts, the shell the crest and the comb, unlike its predecessor which had four parts. The original badges from WWI were still applied on these M26 helmets up until 1937 until the new smaller disc types were introduced as we have here. Overall condition is very good and suggests that perhaps this helmet was never issued. It would be difficult to upgrade this example.

Dutch M34 Helmet

Dutch M34 Helmet

A Dutch M34 helmet in good condition but with a broken chinstrap and a slightly work lining. These helmets were worn during the fighting in Holland during the invasion of Holland but as the picture shows, also by Dutch troops training in England having escape from Holland. Interestingly this piece has never had the Lion Shield applied.

1941 Dated Helmet Crash Royal Armoured Corps)

1941 Dated Helmet Crash Royal Armoured Corps)

A good example of the British HCRAC (Helmet Crash Royal Armoured Corps) Made of compressed paper and painted black the shell has a circular fibre plate added to the crown for extra protection. These were made from 1940 until early 1943 and was standard issue to tank crews. It was replaced by the Mk1 HSRAC (Mk1, Helmet, Steel, Royal Armoured Corps) in 1942. Overall condition is very good but the rubber padding inside the leather covered bump pad has now hardened and the removable side flaps are not present. The leather sweatband carries the original size label and a WD inspectors stamp dates the helmet to 1941 (P)

RAF Escape and Evasion Collar Stud Compass

RAF Escape and Evasion Collar Stud Compass

Another from the ingenious offices of MI9 is this unassuming collar stud purchased in quantity from the famous Woolworth stores and altered to hold a small compass. Originally concealed behind a white painted glass face this example, as is nearly always the case, has had the paint scratched off to reveal the compass star. Typically carried by RAF crews this example is in very good condition, the compass appearing to work well.

Silk / Rayon Evasion Map H2 K3

Silk / Rayon Evasion Map H2 K3

Perhaps one of the more interesting of the North African series of Evasion Maps is this Silk / Rayon example of K3 / H2 which covers North Africa from The Strait of Gibraltar in the North down to Upper Volta and Portuguese Guinea in the South, West to the Gambia and East to Niamey, on side K3. Side H2 embraces the whole of Spain and Portugal with the important border with France, and the French Mediterranean coast to Pisa in Italy. To the South are Sardinia and Corsica with the North African coast from Tunisia to Morocco. Overall condition is very good with no damage of staining. Edges are unhemmed.

An Early Single Sided “K” Silk Evasion Map of Cyrenaica

An Early Single Sided “K” Silk Evasion Map of Cyrenaica

An early single sided “K” Evasion Map of Cyrenaica with Isogonals dated 1937. Covering the Mediterranean are with Crete to the North and North Africa to 82 degree North with Benghazi to the west and Egypt to the East. Printed on silk and measuring approximately 540 mm x 440 mm these were issued not only to RAF aircrew but to other units such as the Long Range Desert Group operating in the area. Good condition with hemmed edges but with some staining and two very small holes and three pin holes

Silk Evasion Map. K1 / K2

Silk Evasion Map. K1 / K2

A double sided version of the K series Silk Evasion Maps this being K1 and K2. As with the earlier listed example this Map entitled Cyrenaica, covers North Africa and Crete, South to 28 degrees North and to Benghazi in the West and Port Said in the East, on side K1. Isoganals are dated 1937. Side K2 covers Tunis down to 12 degrees North, West to the Greenwich meridian and East to 24 degrees East. Utilised by RAF aircrew and other operational units such as the Long Range Desert Group, this example has hemmed edges and is in very good condition with storage staining to one corner but without further damage.

Escape and Evasion Compass

Escape and Evasion Compass

A good "Star" Escape and Evasion Compass of the type concealed in escape buttons etc and carried in the RAF and Airborne troops Aids Kits. Very good working condition.

British Army / Airborne Battledress Compass Button

British Army / Airborne Battledress Compass Button

A red-brown Compass Button made of a molded Bakelite type material to replicate the British Army Battledress button Three dots are located on the back surface adjacent to the rim if the button, so they could not be seen when sewn onto the uniform. The single dot which is on the side of the periphery opposite from the two closely spaced dots points toward the Magnetic North. The compass element is a small magnetised bar of steel which has been embedded in the plastic body during the molding process. In use, the button is suspended from a fine thread. The single dot will then be facing the Magnetic North. Very good condition with no damage and with the painted dots in place.

Pre 1945 German Toy Soldiers with Marching Band

Pre 1945 German Toy Soldiers with Marching Band

A collection of 18 pre 1945 made German Toy Soldiers and Marching Band. The set is compiled from a mix of makers but mainly made by the firm of F.Fisher of Mengersgereuth-Hammern in Thuringia. The set comprises: The Marching Band. 3 Flautists, one with a slight bend to the Flute, a Drummer with a crack to one elbow, a Standard Bearer missing the standard and with paint loss, and a Band Major with a repaired break to one arm. 7 Soldiers wearing red piped Waffenrock, in marching order and with rifles, all in good condition. 4 Soldiers and 1 Officer in Field Service Dress with rifles all in good condition

First Pattern S Boat Badge

First Pattern S Boat Badge

First Pattern S Boat Badge in zinc by Steinhauer & Luck in generally very good service worn condition showing light wear only to the fired gilded wreath. The fixing pin is in place and although undamaged the catch has been bent over the pin and will need lifting slightly to release it. On the reverse is the characteristic “O” of the maker who also used this symbol on the 1957 variant of the badge which of course was without a Swastika. Some though are of the opinion that the company also produced them in their wartime form. This very badge was discussed on the Wehrmacht Awards Forum where even those who are not members will be able to read the feedback: https://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/forums/forum/wehrmacht-era-militaria/kriegsmarine-war-and-qualification-badges/12143367-first-pattern-s-boat-badge-your-thoughts

Hanoverian Army Officer’s Gorget

Hanoverian Army Officer’s Gorget

Formerly part of the The Jack Webb Collection of Medals and Militaria this Hanoverian Army Officer’s Gorget dates from c.1820-30. A copper gilt example correctly constructed on a wire frame, the central area shows in relief St. Edward’s crown over a very distinctive ‘GR’ cypher for G.IV.R. No gilt remains and rubbed down to the copper. The Gorget is free from damage and retains its correct shape.

A fascinating Archive to a German Soldier Who Served  in Both  World Wars.

A fascinating Archive to a German Soldier Who Served in Both World Wars.

Friedrich Martlage, 2nd Guard Ulanen (Cavalry) Regiment was an accomplished horseman who served in both the 1914-18 and 1939-45 wars. The interesting, awards, documents and photographs group comprise: Medals and Awards: 1914 Iron Cross 2nd class Kreigsverdienst Kreuz 2cl. 1939 War Merit Cross with swords Honour Cross for Combatant 1914-1918, reverse maker marked G3 First three medals mounted on a bar, together with matching uniform pin-on bar Kyffauser War Veterans Medal 1914-1918 Horse Drivers Badge in bronze, with matching lapel pin. Horseman Badge in bronze (pin replaced), with matching lapel pin.Hitler Youth Horse Riders Badge, Jugend Reiter-Abzeichen, with matching lapel pin on card Documents: Award document for the Kreigsverdienst Kreuz 2cl. War Merit Cross with swords, January 30, 1944 1914-1918 Soldbuch, he served with 2nd Guard Ulanen Regiment 1939-1945 Soldbuch, serving in Vet.Ers.Abt 6. Soldbuch confirms all medals and awards Also: 1914-18 Identity disc "Fritz. martlage. Fr. Olendorf. Westphalen. 25.2.95. Ers.Esk. 1. Gard. JI.R.825."; Photograph album 1939-45 containing approximately 89 photos A second Photograph album 1939-45 containing approximately 85 photos and 16 loose photographs Card covered, award document containing a copy of the company newspaper showing Martlage Fritz Martlage was born in Westphalia on February 25, 1895, and served during the Great War with the 2nd Guard Ulanen Regiment, being awarded the Iron Cross second class on April 4, 1918. He subsequently served in the Second World War in horse husbandry/ veterinary units and was awarded his Horse Driver Badge on July 29, 1942, and his Horseman Badge on March 13, 1944. All the photos are of Military subjects, soldiers, uniforms, equipment, horses, etc.

Silver Cigarette Case - Number 5 Commando

Silver Cigarette Case - Number 5 Commando

Another from the superb collection of WW11 period Cigarette cases is this beautiful 1933 produced example by Charles S Green of Birmingham, gifted in 1941 by Joan to “Johnny” of Number 5 Commando. Measuring 80mm x 142mm this silver case bears a hand engraved No.5 Commando insignia on the dedication plate to the outside on the case. On the inside the recipient has, alongside the dedication from Joan, commissioned engravings to depict his career from 1942-45 in the Far East and on to his service in the BAOR, UK, Middle East including Suez, BOAR again and finally the Far East up until 1960. Overall condition is very good and a wonderful piece of social and military history to a Commando.

1945 Dated Khaki Beret to an Officer in the Reconnaissance Corps.

1945 Dated Khaki Beret to an Officer in the Reconnaissance Corps.

A scarce 1945 dated Khaki Beret to an officer in the Reconnaissance Corps. The Beret has an officer's unmarked silver Reconnaissance Corps badge affixed to it and I have absolutely no doubt this is original to the Beret. There is however somthing of an anomaly given the date of this Beret. In 1942 the Khaki Beret was introduced for wear by Motorised Infantry and the Reconnaissance Corps. However, in 1944 the Reconnaissance Corps switched to the Black Beret as in that year it became part of the Royal Armoured Corps. I can only assume that this officer was one of the early recruits to the Reconnaissance Corps and deliberately chose to continue wearing a Khaki Beret, despite the changeover, in order to mark him out as one of the "originals". It is well known that in a similar fashion Lieutenant Colonel Paddy Mayne did exactly this by continuing to wear the Beige Beret when the SAS officially switched to the Maroon Beret in 1944. Similarly, this may all that was available at the time. Made by Beret Industries Ltd in 1945 it has a light khaki lining, the colour of lining used instead of black on some issue Berets in 1945 and 1946 only. Overall condition is good with several minor moth nips and shows service wear, this suggesting active service in the last few months of the war since the Reconnaissance Corps was disbanded in 1946. It has also been personalised by the original owner by having been altered at the back in order to make it a better fit. A good service worn beret to a very sought after unit.

1943 Dated battledress Blouse - Kings Royal Rifle Corps

1943 Dated battledress Blouse - Kings Royal Rifle Corps

The last from the superb collection of Battledress I have listed is this 1943 dated Battledress blouse to a sergeant in the King's Royal Rifle Corps (KRRC). The blouse is Canadian made with all the insignia originally applied. To each sleeve there are sergeant stripes in the special red/black pattern specific to the KRRC along with Formation Signs for the 24th Infantry Brigade. The signs are an identical non-facing pair, this being the correct method of wear for the 24th Infantry Brigade during WWII as the formation's symbol is heraldic (in the same manner as 43rd Division's Wyvern). The blouse presents a peculiarity as the KRRC is not listed in the standard order of battle for the 24th Infantry Brigade. However, this apparent irregularity is probably explained by the fact that during the Italian campaign the KRRC was an independent unit which on occasion was part of the 6th Armoured Division amongst others, as was the 24th Infantry Brigade. I believe that at sometime during the campaign elements of the KRRC were no doubt detached from their motorised infantry role for the 6th Armoured Division and "lent" as a stopgap infantry reinforcement to the 24th Infantry Brigade within the same division. Such temporary attachments occurred often during the Italian Campaign and this is especially true for the 24th Infantry Brigade which suffered high casualties there. The blouse has been modified by having the collar opened and faced, a tolerated alteration for senior NCOs in the latter stages of the war. It is in general very good good condition but with white paint staining located throughout the blouse, these show well in the photos. Rather than having been later used as work jacket the paint is perhaps the result of inadvertent contact with a freshly painted surface. Despite the paint damage the blouse displays well and as an original wartime infantry badged battledress it is a rare item.

Indian Airborne Battledress Blouse

Indian Airborne Battledress Blouse

Another from the superb collection of Battledress items is this Indian made Blouse to the Indian Airborne Royal Signals. A small size, the Blouse is in overall excellent condition and perhaps unused. The collar has been made to lie flat, a popular feature for uniform items worn in hot climates. All insignia is originally applied and with the exception of the shoulder flashes appear locally made. The qualification wings on the right sleeve are a particularly fine pair and whilst Indian Airborne wings are normally presented on a dark blue backing, they are seen with this khaki backing. It is unusual to see them on the sleeve as they were normally worn above the right breast pocket but in my view this falls under the umbrella of “anything goes” in Far East. It may also account for the European made shoulder flashes and arm-of-service strips not normally worn with the Pegasus all of which perhaps suggest a standard signaller attached to the Indian Airborne Division. Both Pegasus patches are of the printed variety. It would be impossible to upgrade this excellent, all original example.

M1927 Cossack Shashka

M1927 Cossack Shashka

A very nice example of a M1927 Shashka, issued to the USSR Cossack Cavalry in 1942. Made by the Carriage Repair and Maintenance Factory whose code was BP3 and who only made these swords in 1942 ,both sword and scabbard are in very good condition. Blade length is 97cms and stamped in Cyrillic text "42BP3” the reverse with a reversed "7" which is the Cyrillic letter G. Brass bird’s head hilt and grooved wood grips with wood lined scabbard covered in black leather, brass and steel fittings. A rare and evocative sword. UK shipping only

Rare 1946 Pattern ( Modified 1940 Pattern) Battledress Blouse. Royal Signals FARELF

Rare 1946 Pattern ( Modified 1940 Pattern) Battledress Blouse. Royal Signals FARELF

A 1946 pattern battledress blouse to a corporal in the Royal Signals, Far East Land Forces (FARELF). The blouse is dated 1946 and is of the pattern introduced in that year. This pattern was an official post war modification to the 1940 Pattern Battledress and in fact this blouse still bears a manufacturer's label from that pattern. This blouse is from the period immediately post WW2 when the British Army was involved in several peacekeeping and counter-insurgency operations in the far east due to the power vacuum created by the Japanese surrender. Absolutely typical of far east issue all of the FARELF insignia is theatre made and is a rare full set, with even the formation signs produced locally. To each sleeve there is a Royal Signals FARELF shoulder title, followed by the formation sign for the GHQ of FARELF, and then in turn standard corporal stripes. The corporal stripes are interesting because they appear to be of WWI manufacture. The use of such old stock was not unusual in the Far East where often stores/tailors had not been replenished for years. Overall condition is very good but with about six moth holes, the largest measuring about 7mm A little known pattern and scarce battledress blouse.

Award Certificate For The U-Boat War Badge + Death Notice

Award Certificate For The U-Boat War Badge + Death Notice

A collection of two documents and one photograph to U-Boat Oberfahnrich zur See Hans-Herbert Hild. Comprising, his Award Certificate for the U-Boat War Badge, dated August 1943 and signed by a Kapitan zur See Unterseeboote, Hans Rudolf Rosing, winner of the Knights Cross and commander of U-48 the most successful U-Boat of the war. The Document is in generally very good condition but once folded and with creasing to the right hand edge. No tears or stains. His Death Notice dated March 1944 in very good condition, once folded and a photograph removed from an album showing, I presume, Hild on the right of the picture. It appears Hild was Court Martialed, reduced in rank and sent to the Russian Front where he died in Jezierna/Ukraine. He is listed on the Volksbund website. Nachname:Hild Vorname:Hans Herbert Dienstgrad:Matrose Geburtsdatum:08.03.1919 Geburtsort:Braunschweig Todes-/Vermisstendatum:11.03.1944 Todes-/Vermisstenort: H.V.Pl. Jezierna A nice collection which would prove interesting to research.

Kriegsmarine Marinehelferinnen, (Navy Auxiliaries) Cap

Kriegsmarine Marinehelferinnen, (Navy Auxiliaries) Cap

A good service used example of a Kriegsmarine Marinehelferinnen, (Navy Auxiliaries) Cap in a deep navy blue wool / rayon material. Insignia is a single machine embroidered Kriegsmarine eagle positioned at the lower edge of the cap in accordance with May 1944 regulations which moved the eagle from the top. The upper edge of the side flap is piped in a golden yellow indicating the ranks of Marineunterführerin to Marineoberstabsführerin. Lining is dark grey / black rayon which shows only a size stamp of 54. Although a little dusty overall condition is very good with just one small moth nip at the top centre fold.

Luftwaffe Short Range Day Fighter Flight Clasp in Gold

Luftwaffe Short Range Day Fighter Flight Clasp in Gold

The last of these beautiful early Luftwaffe Short Range Day Fighter Flight Clasps, the Frontflugspange für Tagjäger is this Gold grade example for the completion of 110 “Front” flights Constructed in Tombak the clasp is in very good combat worn condition with slight tarnishing to the ends if the oak leaf wings and with the central upward facing winged arrow motif finished in an antique silver. A perfect example for those who prefer a lightly used piece rather than mint unissued.

Luftwaffe Gefreiter Rank Chevron

Luftwaffe Gefreiter Rank Chevron

An individual chevron appropriate to the Luftwaffe rank of Gefreiter. Excellent unissued condition with silver tresse

SA (Sturmabteilungen) Enlisted Mann's Belt and Buckle

SA (Sturmabteilungen) Enlisted Mann's Belt and Buckle

SA (Sturmabteilungen) Belt and Buckle in overall very good used condition with some loss of colour to the leather and with a very small dent to the Buckle in the 8 o'clock position. The Buckle is of two part brass construction with the circular centre section silvered (although most of this plating has now gone) and riveted into place. The Buckle shows clear definition to the high points of the design an is the variant which features the eagle's head below the outer circle. The Belt shows the RZM stamp on the tongue. All stitching is firm and the Belt is complete with the closure clasp. The Belt is a large size and would fit a 36" waist comfortably. A very fine example

K98 Bayonet with Late War Web Frog

K98 Bayonet with Late War Web Frog

A good K98 Bayonet with mismatched Scabbard and late war web Frog. The Bayonet itself is in overall very good condition with the pommel nicely double WaA stamped 519 and with a good blade stamped 42 cvl and numbered 5878. Although otherwise without damage and retaining most of the original factory blueing, the blade does show some light sharpening to the cutting edge. The Scabbard is number stamped and re stamped but neither matches the Bayonet and with the reverse stamped J. Sch 1939. There are some rust patches. The Frog is a nice late war 44 dated example in very good condition. Shipping to UK and EU. Only

Iron Cross Second Class Award Document to Elite Unit with Details of Entitlement

Iron Cross Second Class Award Document to Elite Unit with Details of Entitlement

A very good Award Document for the Iron Cross Second Class to Obergefr. Ludwig Vogelsammer of 3. / Geb. Pi Btl. 54 (3rd Company, Mountain Division, Pioneer Battalion 54) Awarded 14th December 1941 this Document stands out from the norm not only because it relates to a member of the elite Gebirgsjager (Mountain Troops) but also because the reverse carries the details of the soldier’s entitlement and refers to him having shown his eagerness to serve giving machine gun support during service in Poland, France, Yugoslavia and the East. Twice signed and in very good condition it is extremely rare to find these awards with details of entitlement.

Kriegsmarine Other Ranks Breast for Blue Jumper Shirt

Kriegsmarine Other Ranks Breast for Blue Jumper Shirt

Typically worn on the blue pullover jumper shirt this eagle is in very good unissued condition with two tiny nicks in the rayon backing. Cut from a roll the eagle is machine embroidered in the classic BeVo weave with golden thread on a rayon backing.

German Army Chaplain's Schirmutz

German Army Chaplain's Schirmutz

This German Army Chaplain’s Schirmutz (visor) Cap is the first I have ever seen other than in period photographs. Purchased from the carefully scrutinised Estand section of the Wehrmacht Awards Forum where it was offered flattened, with the chin cord and sweatband missing and the peak or visor broken in half. The cap was then restored by adding an original visor, chin cord and sweatband. The Cap carries the Erel Sonderklasse Logo accompanied by the Offizier Kleiderklasse Berlin etiquette beneath the protective celluloid shield in the crown and would have been purchased through the Kleiderklasse catalog or at one of the branch offices. This is the “Extra” model. Completely free from moth damage it appears to be of doe skin construction but has taken on somewhat “fluffy” appearance perhaps as a result of having been rainwater soaked in service or possibly just as a result of age. Piped with the purple waffenfarbe of a Chaplain the cap carries a nicely matched hand embroidered silver wire eagle and cockade between which sits the metal crucifix of a Chaplain. The aluminium wire chin cord sits on the vukanfibre peak or visor which is cross hatched on the underside for a better grip. Inside, the sweatband is in good condition but the stitching confirms the replaced visor. The gold rayon lining is in very good condition but the celluloid protective sweat shield shows some cracking and stitching loss. An extremely rare but restored Cap showing extensive service use but still in good condition. The image of the Chaplain is to show an example of type and is not included.

RZM Political Cap Eagle

RZM Political Cap Eagle

A useful gilded Political cap Eagle the reverse with RZM an M1/8 ( Ferdinand Wagner) raised from the stamping. Overall appearance is excellent but all three prongs are absent

1941 Dated Indian Army Intelligence Corps Field Service Cap

1941 Dated Indian Army Intelligence Corps Field Service Cap

A scarce example of a 1941 dated Indian Army Intelligence Corps Field Service Cap in a good size 7 1/8. Constructed in a heavy wool cotton material the cap carries the Intelligence Corps badge on the left side with side flaps secured by two general service buttons. Inside, the cap is lined in cotton and carries the manufacture’s stamps with date and size. Overall condition is very good with a small amount of reinforcement to the stitching on the lower right edge. The British Indian Army Intelligence agency was set up in 1941 as part of the erstwhile British Indian Army to generate field intelligence for the army. A very good cap to a little known unit.

T Shaped insignia for Heer M42/43 Caps

T Shaped insignia for Heer M42/43 Caps

Although intended for use on the M42 cap this T shaped insignia was also to be seen on the M43. Constructed in BeVo weave with the eagle in a subdued thread on a field grey rayon backing. Overall appearance is very good but the reverse shows evidence of it once having been stuck to card for display, possibly in an album.

WW1 German Entrenching Tool and Bayonet Set

WW1 German Entrenching Tool and Bayonet Set

A very good German Entrenching Tool and Bayonet set in perfectly matched condition. Most desirably, all the components of the set match each other perfectly for "look", condition and wear. The leather components are of an identical black colour and they have exactly the same age patina. This is really a rather difficult thing for the collector today to achieve as WW1 German blackened leather equipment is infamously hard to match up well. This is because the German Army actually started the War wearing brown leather and it is only late in 1915 that this was ordered to be "blackened" by the High Command. The order essentially came into effect in 1916, however the blackening was inconsistently done due to the prevailing conditions. In some instances soldiers simply attempted to polish the equipment black with varying degrees of success, and in other instances the equipment was properly dyed black at Depot level. The result of this difference in technique is that the Depot-dyed leather became properly black, whereas the polished leather often became merely dark brown. This in turn means that today it is very difficult for the collector to put together a truly black mid-War equipment representation. This is not the case here however. Here both Entrenching Tool Carrier and Bayonet Frog have been properly Depot-dyed matching black. The Entrenching Tool Carrier is the M1909 type and it has a just visible manufacturer's date marking for 1916 to the inside, where the original brown leather colour is still visible. True WW1 German Entrenching Tool Carriers such as this are exceedingly difficult to find, 99% of the ones offered on the market today are actually "lookalike" versions from other nations such as Bulgaria etc. The leather to the whole carrier is strong with the hanging straps particularly so which means the Carrier can be hung from the Belt without problems. Wonderfully, and most unusually, the securing strap for the Tool to the Bayonet also retains its full length. This is important as these straps are now often found reduced in length making it impossible for the collector today to attach the Bayonet to the Tool as was prescribed at the time. The Entrenching Tool itself is equally a proper German one, immediately recognisable as the classic M1898/09 type by the riveted "turn-backs" to the top blade rim. Whilst the German Army used several subtly different versions of the Entrenching Tool in WW1 this pattern is the most easily discernible as German as other nations' Entrenching Tools do not have these "turn-backs". The Entrenching Tool is painted black which is standard for the first part of the War. These were later manufactured with "Field Grey" paint. The Bayonet is the S 84/98Na type first introduced in 1915. This one is made by Erfurt and is an early issue as it has a clear German Army inspection marking for 1915. The Bayonet is in good condition overall with a bright blade however this does have some rust staining. The scabbard is the simplified black painted "ersatz" version equally introduced in 1915, this matches the paintwork of the Entrenching Tool for colour and condition very well. The Bayonet Frog is the standard pattern for the S 84/98 which has been dyed black (to the outside). There is no date marking visible but it has 1915 onward steel rivets. The Frog is strong and it too can be hung from the Belt without problems. The Frog has an original WW1 German Bayonet Knot attached, this is in good condition aside from the odd bit of staining. These Bayonet Knots came in a variety of different colours with each colour combination denoting a specific Company within the regiment. The white/yellow colour combination of this particular Bayonet Knot denotes the 9th Company. The Knot's hanging strap also has a lovely name label for the original Infantryman attached, this is rarely encountered but very nice to see. The final image shows the Entrenching Tool and Bayonet set laid out with other completing items that I have equally listed. These extra items do not form part of this sale but are shown for demonstration purposes only. The Belt and Pouches set shown match this Entrenching Tool and Bayonet set in colour and condition exactly. These originally formed an integral part of this Entrenching Tool and Bayonet set and were bought from the same advanced German collection. For the sake of photographic clarity however, I have listed the Belt and Pouches set separately. A marvelous Entrenching Tool and Bayonet set, the main components of which are really rather difficult to find.

RAF Escape Compass

RAF Escape Compass

Forming part of the AIDS kit, this Compass is sealed in plastic and measures 14 mm in diameter excluding the plastic. Although working well the glass is cracked but still firmly in place

Rare Afrika Korps Postage Stamp

Rare Afrika Korps Postage Stamp

A rare Afrika Korps Postage Stamp in very good condition with signs of what I believe to be the applied streaky gum showing through. These stamps was issued in March 1943 at Tunis for the use of troops who wished to send postal packets home to Germany, and soldiers using these stamps were required to use a 20 pfennig stamp along with it. The stamps were designed by Herr Roleff and printed at a mission press in Tunis. The first printings were lithographed and later printings were produced by offset lithography. The basic colour of the stamp was brown, but shades range from dark brown through light brown to reddish brown. The paper used for the production of the stamps also varied from thick hand made paper to thin machine made. The stamps were issued either without gum or with streaky gum as I believe we have here. A total of 150,000 stamps were printed and the majority of these were perforated 11½. However some of the first printings in dark brown (which were gummed) were issued imperforate.

WW11 Italian Army Division Sleeve Badge

WW11 Italian Army Division Sleeve Badge

WW11 Italian Royal Army 129 Division Peloritana Sleeve Shield in stamped brass with blue enamelled paint. I assume this relates to a Sicilian Division. Minor loss to the paint and a slight up curve to the tip of the sword.

British Indian Army Emergency Commission Officer's Wristwatch

British Indian Army Emergency Commission Officer's Wristwatch

British Indian Army Emergency Commission Wristwatch A small British military Wristwatch by Mora, the case measuring only about 29mm x 22mm the case back marked with the War Department arrow and EC 14427, EC standing for Emergency Commission, 14427 being the officer’s service number in the Indian Army. The majority of the officers in the British Indian Army were British men who had joined the Army, trained at Sandhurst and then been admitted to the British Indian Army. The Watch is in poor condition and not in working order. The dial has darkened and the subsidiary second hand is missing. Both fixed strap bars are bent. A rather scarce military watch perhaps worthy of restoration, the service number possibly allowing for identification of the original owner.

Slovakian WWII Eastern Front Service Badge of Honour in Silver Grade

Slovakian WWII Eastern Front Service Badge of Honour in Silver Grade

WWII Eastern Front Service Badge of Honour in Silver Grade constructed in silvered bronze, 33 mm x 46.7 mm with vertical pin back, in very good condition and retaining much of the original finish Hitler’s dismemberment of Czechoslovakia left Slovakia as an independent country. Its fascist leader, Dr Josef Tiso sided with the Axis, notwithstanding the high degree of anti-fascist sentiment among the public and the armed forces. Slovakia provided forces to assist in the Invasion of Poland in 1939 and later provided troops for the Invasion of Russia, crossing the border on June 25, 1941, the date commemorated on this rare badge.

Case for the Luftwaffe Flieger-Splitterschutzbrillen, Nitsche & Gunther Goggles

Case for the Luftwaffe Flieger-Splitterschutzbrillen, Nitsche & Gunther Goggles

Scarce to find an original Luftwaffe pilots splinter proof goggles case as we have here for Flieger-Splitterschutzbrillen, Nitsche & Gunther Goggles, this being the case for the goggles with the tinted lenses. The ideal finishing touches for the goggles, the case is in generally very good condition with some loss to the original painted finish and light denting. Missing its internal card protective sleeve. Case only. Elongated oval magnetic sheet metal case with friction fit, removable top lid. Case is roughly 19cm tall and 6.5cm wide and 3.5cm thick. Case is well marked with embossed Latin script to obverse, "Behälter für" "Flieger. -Splitterschutzbrille mit Ultrasin-Gläsern O", (Case for Flight Splinter proof protective goggles with Ultra perception glass model A) and Luftwaffe requisition number, "Nr. 30550"

RLB Membership Card

RLB Membership Card

Mitliedausweis (Membership Card) for a member in the Reichsluftschutzbund (National Air Defence League). Very good condition with member’s details on the inside front cover and with numerous contribution stamps

French Resistance Medal 1940-1945 (Medaille de la Resistance).

French Resistance Medal 1940-1945 (Medaille de la Resistance).

This was only the second decoration created by the Free French, under General De Gaulle and instituted in 1943. Struck in bronze with the Croix de Lorraine on the obverse and 'Cornucopia' logo on reverse. The silk ribbon is attached to a two pronged mounting pin for wear. Bestowed by the French Committee of National Liberation, based in the United Kingdom, during World War II "to recognize the remarkable acts of faith and of courage that, in France, in the empire and abroad, have contributed to the resistance of the French people against the enemy and against its accomplices since 18 June 1940". These awards were both for membership in the Free French forces and for participation in the metropolitan clandestine Resistance during the German occupation of France in World War II This example is in excellent unissued condition.

Heer Driver Proficiency Sleeve Badge in Bronze

Heer Driver Proficiency Sleeve Badge in Bronze

A Kraftfahrbewährungsabzeichen in Bronze on a field grey wool background with metal backing plate, paper cover and folded blades. The badge is in very good unissued condition with all the original finish intact.

Luftwaffe 10-76 B-1 Kapok Life Preserver (Kapokschwimmwesten)

Luftwaffe 10-76 B-1 Kapok Life Preserver (Kapokschwimmwesten)

A quite outstanding example of the very rare Luftwaffe 10-76 B-1 Kapok Life Preserver (Kapokschwimmwesten) This improved version introduced in 1943 featured an open back following the hard lessons learned from the earlier pattern where flotation pads at the back allowed an incapacitated wearer to float face down. Worn by Aircrew, Fallschirmjager and some Kriegsmarine personnel these Kapok filled jackets were made of a strong cotton fabric with tubular shaped pockets holding the Kapok. A large collar of identical construction was attached to the body and could be worn up to support the head in water, or folded down. At each side of the collar are flaps with press fasteners which serve to close the collar and hold the face upwards when in the water. The jacket is closed by three wooden toggles and cords with a single tape passing from the back between the legs and securing at the front to two rings. Overall condition is very good. There are no rips tears or pulls and really almost no signs of use. All tapes, ties and toggles are in place and it is generally very clean without fading. The lower securing strap which passes between the legs to tie the jacket at the front is a different colour but in my view is a period piece and original to the jacket. Being of later war manufacture there is no label, stamps being used in place of which an LBA stamp and various number are visible. Without doubt the best example I have seen and one which would prove difficult to upgrade.

A Gold Grade Heer Driver’s Proficiency Badge

A Gold Grade Heer Driver’s Proficiency Badge

A Kraftfahrbewährungsabzeichen in Gold. Gilded magnetic metal on a field grey wool background with original paper backer. Measuring 48 mm in diameter the badge is in very good unissued condition with all the original gilding intact.

WWII Slovakian Eastern Front Service Badge of Honour. Silver Grade

WWII Slovakian Eastern Front Service Badge of Honour. Silver Grade

A scarce Silver Grade example of the Badge of Honour awarded to members of the Slovakian forces who fought alongside the axis forces on the Eastern Front. Constructed in a silvered bronze the badge depicts a Slovakian helmet showing the date 26 V1 41. Vaulted in design and with a vertical fitting pin it is in very good condition with just light wear to the finish on the features. The Slovak 1st Division was a front-line unit which fought in the campaigns of 1941 and 1942, reaching the Caucasus area with Army Group B and losing their heavy equipment in the Kuban bridgehead.

DRA Sports Badge in Bronze (Deutschen Reichssportabzeichen)

DRA Sports Badge in Bronze (Deutschen Reichssportabzeichen)

An excellent example of the first pattern of badge introduced after the 1913 Olympic Games to promote physical training among the German population. The bronze badge was awarded to personnel between the ages of 18 and 32 years old who passed the required level of physical training in a twelve month period. The DRA badge was discontinued and replaced by a new DRL badge of the same design with only a change in the central lettering. In 1937 the DRL badge was modified with the addition of a swastika to the bottom of the oak-leaf wreath. Die struck in tombak the badge is in very good condition with only a slight bend to the pin. The reverse has the manufacturers mark, "H. Wernstein Jena-Lobstedt", and "D.R.G.M. 35269", for Deutsche Reichs Gebrauchsmuster, (German National Registered Design, 33918)

The Order of the Crown of Italy (Ordine della Corona d'Italia)

The Order of the Crown of Italy (Ordine della Corona d'Italia)

A most impressive Neck Decoration complete with its original presentation case and ribbon all in very good condition with no damage, this being the Commendatore dell'Ordine della Corona d'Italia grade. Awarded not only to Italians but also to several British, American and German civilians and military officers during and between both wars until being discontinued in 1946. A notable WW2 German recipient was Luftwaffe Oberstleutnant Rudolf Stark whose uniform I recently offered. The badge of the order was a gilt cross with curved edges, enamelled in white, with the so-called Savoy knots between the arms of the cross. The obverse central disc featured the Iron Crown of Lombardy (as appeared on the Austrian Order of the Iron Crown) on a blue enamel background. The reverse central disc had a black enamelled eagle bearing the Savoy cross on a golden background.

Deutscher  Volkssturm Wehrmacht KIA Soldbuch

Deutscher Volkssturm Wehrmacht KIA Soldbuch

A scarce Deutscher Volssturm Wehrmacht Soldbuch to Willhelm Krebs who served at Gau 21 Breslau (Festung Breslau) in the closing stages of WW11. The hand written script is rather difficult to read but Krebs, a 52 year old railway employee joined the Volkssturm on the 30th January 1945 although the first page carries a red cross and the annotation “Gefallen January”. Given the chaotic situation at the time it is possible he was actually killed a little later. His service number is shown on page one as 1/93/1043/7. Overall condition is very good with the last page only detached but present. There is no photograph as is often the case this late in the war. Page two shows his personal details and a good Volkssturm stamp whilst page three is annotated V.B.K Breslau 1. Page 14 is signed by the Kompanie Fuhrer of 4. Kompanie of Volkssturm-Bataillon. In August 1944, Adolf Hitler declared the city of Breslau to be a fortress (Festung), ordering that it must be defended at all costs. He named Karl Hanke (Gauleiter of Silesia since 1941) to be the city's "Battle Commander" (Kampfkommandant). On 19 January 1945, the civilian population was forced to leave. Many thousands died in the bitter cold of the makeshift evacuation many more arrived in Dresden. The German Army, aided by the Home Guard (Volkssturm) and slave labourers then turned the city into a military fortress: Breslau was to be capable of a lengthy defence against the advancing Soviets. A large area of the city centre was demolished and turned into an airfield. Late in January, a regiment of Hitler Youth (Hitler-Jugend) was sent to reinforce the garrison of Festung Breslau. SS regiment "Besslein" (which included volunteers from France and the Netherlands) also took part. The Siege of Breslau, also known as the Battle of Breslau, was a three-month-long siege of the city of Breslau in Lower Silesia, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland), lasting to the end of World War II in Europe. From 13 February 1945 to 6 May 1945, German troops in Breslau were besieged by the Soviet forces which encircled the city as part of the Lower Silesian Offensive Operation. The German garrison's surrender on 6 May was followed by the surrender of all German forces two days after the battle. An interesting piece of social history,worthy of further research

Volkssturm Armband  - Unusual Variant

Volkssturm Armband - Unusual Variant

An unusual variant of the Deutscher Volkssturm Armband showing simply Deutscher Volkssturm Wehrmacht printed on a white cotton Armband measuring approximately 390 mm x 80 mm. Very good displayable condition with some moth damage to the reverse. Brought back by a British Army officer who later immigrated to New Zealand taking this Armband with him.

NSKOV National Socialist War Victim’s Care Armband. Gau München-Oberbayern

NSKOV National Socialist War Victim’s Care Armband. Gau München-Oberbayern

Constructed of heavy dark blue wool and trimmed with silver aluminum wire piping top and bottom the Armband is stitched with a central NSKOV badge. Just visible on the back of the badge is the Reichszeugmeisterei (RZM) logo. At the lower edge of the Armband is the inscription “NSKOV - GAU MÜNCHEN-OBERBAYERN” (“NSKOV - GAU MUNICH-UPPER BAVARIA”) machine embroidered in a silver thread. In excellent unissued condition this Armband was brought home by wounded serviceman after his release from hospital in Klagenfurt in 1945

NSDAP Armband

NSDAP Armband

A very nice example of an NSDAP Armband worn by various political organisation until 1945. Red cotton band with machine embroidered canted Swastika on a white machine embroidered background. Brought back by a returning New Zealand soldier the Armband is in excellent undamaged condition

Wehrmacht Afrika korps Sleeve Patch Special Units 287 and 288

Wehrmacht Afrika korps Sleeve Patch Special Units 287 and 288

Uniform removed BeVo weave insignia in very good undamaged condition Jäger Sonderverband 287 and 288, were two battalions in the regimental sized German-Arabian Legion and consisted of Arabian volunteers from North Africa. The unit was formed on August 4th 1942 and fought in the North African campaign until it was disbanded in May 1943 following the capitulation of Tunis to the allies. Members of Sonderverband 287 and 288, which also consisted of Arabian volunteers, wore this insignia.

Luftwaffe Paratrooper Badge (Fallschirmschützenabzeichen) in Zinc by Assmann

Luftwaffe Paratrooper Badge (Fallschirmschützenabzeichen) in Zinc by Assmann

An exceptionally nice late war Luftwaffe Paratrooper Badge (Fallschirmschützenabzeichen) constructed in gilded and silver feinzink by the firm of F.W. Assmann & Söhne, Lüdenscheid Unlike most zinc badges this example retains most of the original finish and is completely free from damage and with the eagle firmly in place secured by the original rivets. On the reverse the eagle is impressed with the Assmman logo whilst the die cast wreath has the number 1 raised in the casting. The hinge is the short barrel type, the pin without bends and secured by a rounded catch. A particularly nice piece.

SA Sportabzeichen Armband

SA Sportabzeichen Armband

An excellent and perhaps unused example of an SA Sports Armband with the SA Sportabzeichen depicted in a golden BeVo weave on a white circle. The Armband is in undamaged condition without marks and retains the original RZM paper label. Although intended for civilian wear they are known to have been worn with the brown SA uniform. Part of a collection of artefacts brought home by New Zealand POW’s released from camps in central and Southern Germany by the advancing Americans and allowed to collect souvenirs whilst in Germany

German Flag Centre Section

German Flag Centre Section

The centre section of a German flag removed and kept by a New Zealand POW released from a camp in Germany by the advancing Americans and free to roam collecting souvenirs prior to his repatriation. 270mm in diameter, a white cotton circle with black printed Swastika. Very good undamaged condition removed by carefully unpicking the stitching.

Sonderverband 288 Cap Badge

Sonderverband 288 Cap Badge

A very scarce locally made Cap Badge for the Sonderverband 288 showing all the features of a sand cast piece with folded prongs. Very good unused condition and with this and the following example being the only original examples I have seen. Approximately 42mm x 39mm. Sonderverband 288 was a Kampfgruppe formed from Arabs and Germans who had lived in Africa for service in Iraq, however the Iraqi rebellion failed and while Sonderverband Kompanie 287 went to the Balkans/Russia, Sonderverband Kampfgruppe 288 was sent to North Africa Finally it was again re-organised and renamed to become a Panzer Grenadier Regiment.

Sonderverband 288 Pin Back Badge

Sonderverband 288 Pin Back Badge

A scarce, possibly locally made brass Pin Back Badge for wear by the Sonderverband 288 Very good polish condition, with this and the previous example being the only original pieces I have seen. Approximately 50mm x 42 mm. Sonderverband 288 was a Kampfgruppe formed from Arabs and Germans who had lived in Africa for service in Iraq, however the Iraqi rebellion failed and while Sonderverband Kompanie 287 went to the Balkans/Russia, Sonderverband Kampfgruppe 288 was sent to North Africa Finally it was again re-organised and renamed to become a Panzer Grenadier Regiment.

Letters from a U-Boat Officer later Lost on U417

Letters from a U-Boat Officer later Lost on U417

A poignant collection of letters sent to Ingrid Sorensen by Kriegsmarine Leutnant Lothar Landskron along with a letter responding to a request for details of the fate of Landskron, an engineering officer on U–417. There are seven letters to Ingrid, all beautifully written and still in their original envelopes. They start in June 1940 when he is a Cadet at the Officer training Marine School at Flensburg – Murwick and continue through until January 1942. There are some interesting rubber stamps on the envelopes including two of The Marineschule Flensburg=Murwick and one to 2 Unterseeboot-------? On 2nd September 1943 Kapitanleutnant und Flottillenchef of 6 U-Boots- Flottille (St. Nazaire, Feldpost Nr. 43821) responds to a letter from Heer Sorensen (possibly Ingrid’s father) saying that Engineering Officer Lothar Landskron had sailed against the enemy from his home port (Keil) on the 3rd June 1943 and had been missing since 16th June. In fact U-417 (a Type V11c) was sighted on the surface on the 11th June, North West of the Faroes by an RAF Fortress of 206 squadron. A battle ensued and as the Fortress approached it was severely damaged by fire from U-417 but dropped four depth charges sinking the U-Boat. Sq. Ldr. Thompson managed to ditch the Fortress successfully and all crew made it into the dinghy. Although there were some men in the water from the U-Boat, none survived and all 46 crew members including Landskron, were lost. He was just 24. A USN Catalina attempted to rescue the Fortress crew but crashed in the attempt and were lost. They were eventually rescued by an RAF Catalina from 190 Squadron. All the letters are in good condition and will no doubt make interesting reading for those who read German and may provide an interesting insight into the life of a young U-Boat officer.

German Customs Cap Insignia Set

German Customs Cap Insignia Set

A very good matched and unissued set of WW11 period German Customs Cap insignia comprising Eagle and cockade. Both are in very good condition the centre of the rosette however appearing black from the darkening of the celluloid cover to the red felt inner. Nice heavy perhaps early tombak construction free from damage and with the prongs still folded and intact.

British Indian Army Emergency Commission Officer's Wristwatch

British Indian Army Emergency Commission Officer's Wristwatch

British Indian Army Emergency Commission Wristwatch A small British military Wristwatch by Mora, the case measuring only about 29mm x 22mm the case back marked with the War Department arrow and EC 14427, EC standing for Emergency Commission, 14427 being the officer’s service number in the Indian Army. The majority of the officers in the British Indian Army were British men who had joined the Army, trained at Sandhurst and then been admitted to the British Indian Army. The Watch is in poor condition and not in working order. The dial has darkened and the subsidiary second hand is missing. Both fixed strap bars are bent. A rather scarce military watch perhaps worthy of restoration, the service number possibly allowing for identification of the original owner.

A Wehrmacht Heer (Army) Eastern People’s Bravery Decoration, First Class with Swords

A Wehrmacht Heer (Army) Eastern People’s Bravery Decoration, First Class with Swords

An eight-pointed star constructed of zinc, the obverse depicting a six-leaved rosette, surrounded by a laurel wreath tied together at the bottom via a ribbon, the reverse plain, with a vertical pinback and a functional hinge assembly. The finish is largely absorbed in to the zinc so difficult to detriment if this is gold or silver. Missing the pin closure hook

Luftwaffe Flying Helmet Cover

Luftwaffe Flying Helmet Cover

An exceptionally rare Luftwaffe Flying Helmet Cover ( Tarnbezuge fur Kopfhauben) used to both deflect the sun’s rays and also to help rescue teams locate aircrew. Different patterns are known to have been used depending on the theatre of operations, those with hook attachments tending to have one side in yellow whilst those covering the entire helmet were held in place by elastic at the back. This is the latter type with one side constructed in the “salt and pepper” cotton twill seen with the summer weight Kombi suits, the other side constructed in the identical multi panel manner but in red cotton stamped Fl 30019-2 and 58. The Fl number corresponds to a group of stores reference numbers applicable to survival equipment. Examples are also known to have one side in white and I can only surmise that red would have been a much more appropriate colour for desert search and rescue whilst of course yellow is traditional for water rescue. Overall condition is near excellent although there are signs that the cover has at one time been on a helmet, perhaps only for display. For further reading see "The Luftwaffe Battle of Britain Fighter Pilot's Kit Bag" by Mark Hillier, page 16 ( see last picture) and "Luftwaffe Flying Clothing of the Air War 1939-45" page 27 by Mick Prodger for identical examples.

Italian Made Afrika Korps Ring. 800 Silver

Italian Made Afrika Korps Ring. 800 Silver

The second of these Afrika Korps Rings I have is a very ornate Italian made Ring with Italian silver stamps for 800 silver. Condition is very good. Raised rather than engraved at the head of the Ring is a well executed palm tree and DAK 1941 whilst the rest of the Ring is ornately engraved and with Arabic writing , again raised, to the sides. This translates to Derna, a town and port in Eastern Libya, the home for both Heer and Luftwaffe bases.

90th. Pz-Gren-Division Traditions Badge. Sardinia Shield

90th. Pz-Gren-Division Traditions Badge. Sardinia Shield

Very rare to find an original example as I have here of the “Sardinia Shield” Traditions Badge worn by members of the 90th Panzergrenadier Division which was formed in 1943 on Sardinia. The 90th Panzer Grenadier Division was formed in Sardinia (an island in the Mediterranean) in June 1943. The semi-official cap badge was awarded to members of the 90th Panzer Grenadier Division who fought against allied tank advances. The division was transferred to Sicily in the autumn of 1943 and was deployed to all the major campaigns of Italy, including Cassino, Anzio, and the Battle of the Po River, until it was destroyed at Bologna in April 1945. Approximately 29mm in length the badge is in very good condition, free of damage and with the good clear definition to the features, typical of an original piece

ATA Pilot's Log Books, Contract and Photographs

ATA Pilot's Log Books, Contract and Photographs

A very interesting collection of Air Transport Auxiliary artefacts having belonged to Second Officer Matthew Pennycook, a former RFC Pilot who joined the ATA in June 1941 at the age of 42. The Collection includes two flying Log Books, one being his official Log the second appearing to be a copy he kept of the first, no doubt in case the official Log became lost. The Logs start in June 1941 where it seems he undergoes refresher training on various types before joining No. 4 Ferry Pool (Prestwick). On the 3rd September he is flying a Swordfish from Sherburn to Preswick and makes a note “Weather closed in forced landed in field, Bengall farm, damaged U/C strut and lower S/S wing”. Beneath this entry is the stamp and signature of the Officer Commanding Training Pool, dated 15 Sept 1941. Interestingly he records the same event in his copy log with the comment “Forced landed weather closed in Lockerbie, Dumfries”. On 27th February 1942 he is flying Hurricane Z3387 from Hanworth to Kemble and although there are no remarks in the Official Log, he records in the copy Log “Crashed on Landing, facial injuries and concussion”. He doesn’t then fly again until 19th May when he notes, again in the copy Log, “Headaches, reported sick”. He next flies on 14th June where it seems he undergoes further training on the Harvard before he is back in a Hurricane again on the 24th doing circuits. For the rest of June up until the middle of September he is back flying numerous types including the Spitfire, three of which are annotated “Trop” and perhaps most of which were destined to be crated or sail on carriers to the Mediterranean, one EP980 being shot down in Africa in 1943. His Log is stamped and signed by Capt CV Cook (OBE ) No 4 Ferry Pilot’s Pool at the end of August and there are no further entries after Sept 13th, one might presume as a result of his previous injuries. He did not undertake a multi engine course and only flew the Hudson and Whitley as P.2. In all the Logs cover 9 double pages each with 209 hours 30 Minutes flying. Both Logs are in very good condition, neatly completed with the aircraft serial numbers discernible making interesting research potential, an example of which is Hurricane L2045 (SD –A) which he flew on 7th July 42. It was damaged during the Battle of France with 501 Sq and sent by rail to Nantes for repairs before returning to the UK. It became an instructional airframe. Also included are a 147 x 97mm portrait photograph of Pennycook in his ATA uniform, a very nice 153 x 108mm RFC Squadron photograph, three small pictures of him in the RFC, one standing alongside what appears to be an Albatross with a large Swastika on the fuselage and one of him playing football which is accompanied by a 1932 dated Scottish Armature Football Association Silver Medallion with his name engraved on the back. To complete the collection is his original ATA Contract signed by the chief personnel officer Bathurst, a copy of the contract for his retention and a copy of the terms and condition with salary scales etc. Mathew Pennycook was born on 03.06.1899 in Scotland, his pre service employment being as a Shell Inspector (Munitions). He joined the RFC as a cadet with service number 86071 in 1917 and trained at 3 School of Military Aeronautics, Heliopolis, he was subsequently commissioned as 2nd Lt and remained out in the Middle East with 113 Squadron where he flew as a pilot, returning home in March 1919 aboard the Caledonia from Port Said. An excellent collection worthy of further research although information on him is sparse, including within the ATA ,possibly because of his short service but also because other records refer to him as Pennycock causing further confusion.

1940 Dated Map of East Prussia (Wolf's Lair Location)

1940 Dated Map of East Prussia (Wolf's Lair Location)

A very interesting 1940 dated Map of the District of Sensburg in what was then East Prussia with the District of Rastenburg shown to the North on the Map. Rastenburg was of course the location of Hitler’s headquarters at the Wolf’s Lair near the city of Rastenburg where on 20 July 1944, Claus von Stauffenberg and other conspirators attempted to assassinate Hitler. Overrun by the Russians in 1945 and the scene of numerous atrocities, the German speaking inhabitants of East Prussia were later expelled by the Russians who then colonised the area and it became part of the Russian Federation. The location of the Wolf's lair remains in Polish territory. The map measures 760mm x 715mm and is in very good condition with an impressive paper cover. Scale is 1:100,000

1944 Dated Canteen and Cup

1944 Dated Canteen and Cup

A rather tired but nicely 44 dated German Canteen and Cup featuring the later synthetic cotton straps and aluminium cup stamped EEF44. The canteen itself is aluminium encased in a wool jacket which shows moth damage. The vertical strap is in fair condition but the leather tab closing over the bottom stud is broken and there is wear at the top near its connecting point to the cap and where the strap passes through the cup. Despite its shortcomings a very displayable Normandy period piece

Court Mounted Medal Bar Group of Four with Matching Ribbon Bar

Court Mounted Medal Bar Group of Four with Matching Ribbon Bar

A beautifully court mounted Medal Group of four medals comprising 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class (silver frame with magnetic core), 1914/18 Cross of Honour with Swords, 1936 Olympic Games Commemorative Medal and 25 Year Service Police Medal. Near excellent condition with pin back on a green panel with the retail’s plate still in place, the group is accompanied by a matching Ribbon Bar in similarly near excellent condition.

Very Rare Four Page Handout for Afrika KorpsTroops Arriving in Libya

Very Rare Four Page Handout for Afrika KorpsTroops Arriving in Libya

A very rare and quite possibly a unique survivor of the handout given to German troops arriving in Tripoli in the first months of 1942. It was issued and authorised under the name of Generalmajor Otto Diendl who was the Commander of "Rear Army Territory" in German occupied North Africa from 10.01.42 until 18.10.42. This leaflet superseded an earlier handout given to German troops arriving in 1941. (See pages 40-41 in Dal McGuirk's book, "Rommel's Army in Africa" for a description of the original handout issued under the order of Generalmajor Philipp Müller-Gebhard, the then Rear Area Commander in North Africa.) This 1942 version is much longer, more explicit and contains a new supplement covering useful information relating to maintaining good health in this theatre of war. A previously unseen and very interesting A4 size document expressing the official position taken by the German Wehrmacht in relation to the stationing of German troops in Libya. Very good undamaged condition

Luftwaffe Officer's Fliegermütze

Luftwaffe Officer's Fliegermütze

A very nice Luftwaffe Fliegermütze (Officer’s side or overseas cap) privately purchased and tailored in a whipcord weave Trikot material. Each side panel is finished with the silver aluminium braid of an officer which matches the hand embroidered bullion second pattern eagle and Swastika sitting above a machine embroidered rosette. Insignia is correctly hand applied. Lined with an undamaged blue/ grey rayon which shows light usage only and is stamped with the size 56 ½ Overall appearance of the cap is very good with some minor moth nips and with no holes although three or four have been nicely darned with identical material threads. A lovely example.

SS Other Ranks Belt Buckle in Aluminium.

SS Other Ranks Belt Buckle in Aluminium.

A very good combat worn SS Other Ranks Buckle in die struck aluminium. There is considerable wear to the high points indicating extensive service use other than which overall condition is very good. The reverse shows RZM within a double circle, the manufacture’s code 822/ and what appears to be a 1933 date but I believe this is in fact 38 and the SS runes within a single circle.

Luftwaffe Officer's Fliegermütze

Luftwaffe Officer's Fliegermütze

A very nice Luftwaffe Fliegermütze (Officer’s side or overseas cap) privately purchased and tailored in a whipcord weave Trikot material. Each side panel is finished with the silver aluminium braid of an officer which matches the hand embroidered bullion second pattern eagle and Swastika sitting above a machine embroidered rosette. Insignia is correctly hand applied. Lined with an undamaged blue/ grey rayon which shows light usage only and is stamped with the size 56 ½ Overall appearance of the cap is very good with some minor moth nips and with no holes although three or four have been nicely darned with identical material threads. A lovely example.

Luftwaffe Tunic Belonging to Rudolf Stark a Noted WW1 Ace

Luftwaffe Tunic Belonging to Rudolf Stark a Noted WW1 Ace

An excellent Luftwaffe Tunic belonging to Oberstleutnant Rudolf Stark, a well known WW1 fighter ace who joined the fledgling Luftwaffe as an Oberleutnant in 1933. The Tunic is accompanied by some original paperwork relating to him and a copy of the book written by him entitled “Die Jagdstaffel, Unsere Heimat”. These items were originally sold by Hermann Historica as part Stark’s estate in 2018 at which time his decorations were with the Tunic. Sadly these have since parted company from the Tunic. The Tunic is in very good condition and completely free from moth of other damage. The inside pocket retains the original Munich tailor’s label clearly showing his name and rank and a 1933 date. The left breast pocket has loops for three awards, an Iron Cross First Class, A Bavarian Pilot’s Badge and a Sports Badge. Provision for an aiguillette is made by one button under the right label and one under the shoulder board. Amongst the vast array of awards he was entitled to would have been an impressive Italian neck award an example of which I have acquired and will be listing separately. During WW11 he continued to rise in rank and whilst acting Kdt Koflug Aibling (later Koflug 9/VII) in Athens, he was promoted from Major to Oberstleutnant. At this point it appears both collar tabs were removed and the additional gulls hand embroidered with a silver wire rather than the aluminium wire used during manufacture. The silver has now become deeply tone making them appear nearly black. Stark originally served heroically in the 2nd Royal Bavarian Uhlans King, winning his native Bavaria's Military Merit Order on 29 September 1915 and the Second Class Iron Cross on 11 June 1916. He switched to aviation his first assignment being to FAA 296, a reconnaissance unit, on 15 November 1917. Stark requested a transfer to fighter duty and was sent to Jastachule II and then transferred to Jagdstaffel 34 on 18 January 1918. He was notably one of the eyewitnesses to the shooting down of the famous German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron. He saw von Richthofen make a smooth landing after his final fight in a field on a hill near the Bray-Corbie road just north of Vaux-sur-Somme. By the time he was promoted to acting commander of Jagdstaffel 77 on 24 May 1918 he was an ace with five victories confirmed and one unconfirmed claim. He had only one of three victory claims approved while he led 77. On 7 June, he received command of Jagdstaffel 35. Beginning 1 July, he shot down five more enemy planes, using a Fokker Dr.I distinguished by a lilac engine cowling and lilac band around its fuselage. Interestingly a die cast model of his aircraft was made by Corgi and the replica Fokker on display at the National Museum of the US Air Force is painted in his colours. Numerous images of Stark and his aircraft can be found on the internet. He was wounded in action on 16 September, but carried on right up to his final victory two days before the Armistice.

WW1 Period B2 Private Purchase British Army Boots

WW1 Period B2 Private Purchase British Army Boots

A very good displayable pair of commercially produced British Army B2 Boots which started to appear in 1915. Distinguished by their lack of a toe cap and horizontal stitching between top and bottom sections, this pair carries no government markings which suggests these were privately purchased. The inner sole is marked 7 ½, E 363 Lotus, Lotus being one of Britain’s oldest shoe makers. Overall condition is very good, the pebbled brown leather now rather dusty but not cleaned or polished in recent years. There is a split in the right boot’s tongue but no other damage. The soles and heals show little wear and no hob nails have ever been fitted. Each Boot has it’s heal and toe plates. A scarce pair of WW1 Boots.

Soldbuch to Leutnant Georg Feddersen, Küsten Jäger Abt. 800 Brandenburg

Soldbuch to Leutnant Georg Feddersen, Küsten Jäger Abt. 800 Brandenburg

An extremely rare Soldbuch to Leutnant Georg Feddersen, Küsten Jäger Abt. 800 Brandenburg, born 8.11.1918 in Hamburg The Soldbuch with photo removed is in fair condition but with both covers detached along with some pages, all of which though are present. Feldpost numbers 06378 & 01754 are used in the Soldbuch and relate to Stab. Küsten-Jäger Abteilung 800 Sonderverbande Brandenburg (06378 Staff Coastal Raiding Battalion 800 SVB Brandenburg), and Führungsstab Küsten-Jäger Abteilung Brandenburg (01754 Training Staff Coastal Raiding Battalion Brandenburg). The signature of I Leipzig appears six times in the book, Captain Von Leipzig being the Commander of the Coastal Raiding Battalion. Awards entitlement as listed on page 22: Sudenten medal 29.11.1939, Iron Cross 2nd class 9.8.1940, Infantry Assault Badge in bronze 14.11.1941, Wound Badge in black 1942. The Brandenburgers were intended as the German commando force, just as the British later set up their Long Range Desert Group for the same tasks. Of particular interest are the coastal hunters of the Brandenburg Association. They sometimes wore Russian, sometimes English, Italian, Yugoslav uniform or civilian clothes as part of their covert operations. A high percentage of the coastal hunters, as well as members of other Brandenburg organizations, were Germans proficient in other languages, resistance fighters from the various enemy states and Russian (especially Caucasian and Baltic), Arab and Indian Legionnaires. An extremely rare Soldbuch to an elite German division of the Wehrmacht.

English Civil War Harquebusier Helmet c.1630

English Civil War Harquebusier Helmet c.1630

An excellent English Civil War Harquebus Helmet now generally referred to as a “Lobster Tail” Helmet and probably made in Greenwich around 1630. This particular example is of high quality construction and finish with line decoration and articulated neck piece suggesting its use by a Harquebusier of a higher position or class. It is a peculiar English design of helmet and consists of a skull formed in two halves, the joint forming a raised comb, a tail or neck guard and a pivoted peak. At each side are hinged “cheek pieces” protecting the sides of the face, the hinges with an ornate design. Again these cheek pieces are synonymous with better quality helmets. At the back is a tubular plume holder. Virtually identical in design to the example held at the Royal Armouries (V 159), the helmet is in very good condition with just two shallow dents to the skull and has over the years been painted black. All hinges operate well. A fine example and one which would prove difficult to upgrade

Royal Engineer Officer's Uniform

Royal Engineer Officer's Uniform

The major components of the Service Dress Uniform of Captain A.W. White 349372, Royal Enigneers who saw service in Burma during WW11. The collection comprises: Service Dress Tunic with Royal Engineers collar badges and cloth belt, the inner pocket with tailor’s label and A/Lt. A White, 20.4.45, the right breast pocket with a whistle lanyard. Overall condition is very good with just one moth hole along the lower edge of the left bellows pocket. His Sam Browne Belt named to him and in very good condition. Matching Trousers with a 30” waist and with some peppering of moth damage to the crotch area, the tailor’s label with the same details. A Field Service Cap by H.A. Newel with no badge but which at some time held something other than a Royal Engineer’s Badge. His brown Leather Matching Boots without nails in a size 7 ½ His Identity Discs. An attractive set which displays nicely on a mannequin

1942 Dated Luftwaffe Mess Hall Serving Platter

1942 Dated Luftwaffe Mess Hall Serving Platter

An impressive Luftwaffe serving Platter by Felda Rhon, Stadtlengsfeld, dated 1942 and displaying a clear Luftwaffe property mark. Overall condition is very good with no chips or cracks and with a nice smooth glaze. Measuring 424 x 275 mm, the platter makes an ideal diorama display piece

2 Luftwaffe Flak Stickpins

2 Luftwaffe Flak Stickpins

Two nicely detailed Luftwaffe Flak War Badge Stickpins, both in very good undamaged condition. Worn perhaps when civilian clothing was permitted

M31 German Canteen and Cup

M31 German Canteen and Cup

Known as the M31 Feldflaschen this German Canteen and Cup are in very good overall condition with no moth damage to the felt covering and no obvious dents in the aluminium Canteen itself. The throat of the Canteen is clearly stamped WAL41 and the Bakelite screw top is very good. The early style aluminium cup has perhaps been repainted and no markings are visible whilst the harness has faint markings which suggest a 1942 date. Generally a very good example.

NSDAP / SA Armband. Altotting District

NSDAP / SA Armband. Altotting District

A very good lightly used example in red cotton with a machine woven Swastika applied to the white cotton circle at centre. An ink stamp is visible to the bottom right of the Swastika showing this Armband was issued to the Bavarian Altotting District SA / NSDAP

Kriegsmarine Training Notes from The Island of Jersey

Kriegsmarine Training Notes from The Island of Jersey

A rare and quite possibly unique set of study notes prepared by the Marine School at Kiel, I believe for the engineering qualification for promotion within the Kriegsmarine. What leads me to think these may be unique are the stamps on all three covers to the HaffenKommandant, St. Helier Jersey. Impressions of these stamps have in past been sold at Stanley Gibbons and are of philatelic importance. The set comprises a printed 1942 dated study book on electronics with soft back covers. Profusely illustrated, condition is very good with I believe all of the 202 pages in place. A folder with 45 study pages of notes on electronics on which page one shows the name Kist N688/33T, a career engineer sailor who joined the Kriegsmarine in 1933. At the front of the folder are numerous sample question papers on electronics and mathematics. The front cover shows the circular HaffenKommandant stamp. The final folder has 20 pages of notes and questions on mathematics and physics the cover again bearing the circular stamp of the HaffenKommandant. Both folders are in good condition with some distress to the cover edges.

Civil Air Guard Lapel Badge

Civil Air Guard Lapel Badge

A very good undamaged example of a CAG Lapel Badge worn on civilian clothing. 'CAG' in blue enamel onto a chrome circular badge. A horse-shoe button hole is on the reverse for attachment. Marked W.O. Lewis (Badges) Birmingham The Civil Air Guard was established in July 1938 to encourage and subsidise pilot training. Formed around civilian flying clubs, subsidised tuition was offered in exchange for an 'honourable undertaking' that in times of emergency, members would serve in the Royal Air Force Reserve. As a civil organisation, the uniform was a dark blue boiler suit, usually privately purchased, with badges supplied for distinction.

German POW Made Model Radio

German POW Made Model Radio

A nicely detailed model of a German Torn Fu d2 radio made, I believe, by a German POW whilst being held in Southern England. Measuring 195mm x 165mm and fashioned from thin pine he has gone to great trouble to create a realistic model. All knobs turn and those selecting frequency turn the dial behind, data plates have painted details and there is a carrying handle at the top. One knob is missing. A small draw slides out at the bottom, perhaps for keeping his small items in. Overall condition is very good with a small amount of wood missing on one rear corner. An interesting piece of German Prisoner of War history

Model 31 1941 Dated German Cooking Pot

Model 31 1941 Dated German Cooking Pot

A very good example of a 1941 dated Cooking Pot Model 31. Overall condition is very good with no significant dents and with perhaps 40% of the medium olive green paint remaining. The lid is stamped SMM41 In keeping with the norm, the owner, KM, has scratched his initials on both the lid and the pot itself. An equipment strap secures the lid and although the strap is the correct width and length, I believe this to be a post war addition since the date stamped into the leather appears to be 1954 and probably added by the Norwegian army who used so much equipment left behind by the Germans. A good item for display

British Airborne Wartime Parachute Qualification Wings

British Airborne Wartime Parachute Qualification Wings

A very good uniform removed pair of British made wartime Parachute Qualification Wings. Overall condition is very good but showing some sign of service use to the blue thread on the feathers

Hitler Jugend Diamond Insignia

Hitler Jugend Diamond Insignia

A standard pattern HJ Diamond Insignia for wear on a number of items including the Sports Shirt and the Jackets. Marked "Ges. Gesch" (Patent Pending) the insignia is machine embroidered on a white rayon backing and retains the original RZM tag. Measuring approximately 100 x 65mm and in very good unissued condition but with remains on fixing tape to the reverse from being mounted for display

Army Wehrpass. RAD, Infantry, France, Russia, Crimea

Army Wehrpass. RAD, Infantry, France, Russia, Crimea

A very interesting Wehrpass to a long serving soldier who saw extensive action during the war, this is the first pattern of Wehrpass featuring the eagle with downturned wings. Overall very good condition with all pages present but with a liquid stain to the bottom right hand corner of the cover and the first 26 pages. The first page lists the usual details in this case of Paul Thamm and was issued on the 4th July 1936 with page 2 showing a good photograph of him in RAD uniform. There are personal details on page 3 whilst 4 and 5 show his educational details and results of his medical examination where he is classed 1, fit for service. Details of his RAD service are covered on 8 and 9 whilst page 11 shows his entry into actual military service joining a machine gun company within Infantry Regiment 49 in October 1938. Page 12 details the units in which he served and his transfer to a Grenadier Regiment and finally Grenadier Regiment 1038 in July 44. This Regiment was part of the 64th Division and were isolated after the battle of Abbeville. Further pages show his promotion to Ober Gefreiter and award entitlement to the East Medal and Krim Shield. Pages 24 and 25 suggest he was discharged on medical grounds in January 1939 but then clearly returns to duty. Pages 32 and 33 show his extensive duties fighting in the Battle of France finishing up on the Channel Coast before being transferred to the Russian Front in June 1941 with the 9th Army and fighting at Sevastopol before it seems returning to France to be captured or perhaps killed at Abbeville. An extensively completed and interesting Wehrpass

Nurnberg Tribunal Cigarette Pack Holder

Nurnberg Tribunal Cigarette Pack Holder

In 1962 I was given an identical Cigarette Pack Holder by a friend of my fathers who was present at the War Trials in Nurnberg. I still have that gift and this is the only other example I have seen since then. Measuring 77mm x 58mm and intended to hold a pack of US made cigarettes these were available for purchase during the war crimes trials in 1945. Overall condition is very good but there is a hairline crack on the front running down about four fifths of the way, but only visible on close inspection. A truly rare piece of history

Collection of Uniform Items to Anders Aas, Reconnaissance Corps, Norwegian Free Forces Brigade.

Collection of Uniform Items to Anders Aas, Reconnaissance Corps, Norwegian Free Forces Brigade.

An excellent mostly post war collection of uniform items to Anders Aas, Reconnaissance Corps, Norwegian Free Forces Brigade. Comprising: 1947 dated 1946 Battledress Blouse with NORGE title, Norwegian flag, 5th Division formation signs, Reconnaissance Corps arm of service strips, officer Lieutenant rank collar stars and medal ribbon for Norway WWII Participation Medal. Excellent condition with no damage. His matching 1946 Pattern Trousers again in excellent condition. His Black Beret by Jalpotex Ltd.dated 1951 with white medal H7 badge. Very good lightly used condition with no damage. His Reconnaissance Corps officer's coloured forage cap with smaller size officer's pattern gilt brass cap badge, silk interior and doeskin hat band, with brass king’s crown general service buttons. Very good condition. His 1937 pattern webbing belt with ammunition pouch, with owner's name. Aas escaped to the UK in late 1943, and was soon selected for officer training which during the war was a one year course. He was initially stationed with the Norwegian Free Forces Brigade in Scotland. During these courses, the officer cadets also trained with regular British forces as part of their final training, and Aas served with the Reconnaissance Corps sometime in the summer and early fall of 1944. The Reconnaissance Corps cap is thought to have been tailored in Newcastle. Officers' uniforms were usually made a few months before the course ended, and in his case he was commissioned in December 1944. In the New Year he was posted to Sweden in preparation for an invasion of Norway should Germany not surrender. Back in Norway, he was one of five junior officers to be selected to guard Vidqun Quisling during his trial in the fall of 1945. In 1947 as lieutenant, he went to Germany with the Norwegian Reconnaissance Squadron as part of the occupation forces attached to the British 5th division. Anders Aas retired from the Norwegian Army as a major in the cavalry in 1980, and died in 2015 at 94.

Royal Artillery 19th Indian Division Slouch Hat

Royal Artillery 19th Indian Division Slouch Hat

Completely untouched, this British Made Slouch Hat to a Royal Artillery unit within the 19th Indian Division is the last of the small collection of Slouch Hats I have been offering. Overall condition is very good with some minor moth holes at the top of the brim but the hat is generally better preserved than others that endured the rigours of service in South East Asia. Stitched to the Purgaree on the left side is the insignia of the 19th Indian Division, on the right the blue and red diamond of the Royal Artillery, and finally a plaited leather band adorns the base. Inside, the sweatband has blackened with use but the maker’s name, size 7 and 1943 date are clearly visible. The chinstrap remains intact. The 19th division spent an extended period on internal security duties and in training before being committed to the Fourteenth Army, commanded by Lieutenant General Sir William J. "Bill" Slim, on the Burma front in July 1944. From October the division concentrated on the Imphal plain under IV Corps and from November its brigades were involved in operations on the Chindwin River advancing to establish contact with the British 36th Infantry Division advancing from the north on their left. Concentrating once more at Sinlamaung the division came under Indian XXXIII Corps, and played the major role in the capture of Mandalay which was completed on 20 March. Transferred to IV Corps, it guarded the Fourteenth Army's lines of communication and mounted an offensive towards Mawchi, in the Kayah State. Casualties of 19th Indian Division being treated in Mandalay, March 1945. The division's successes were due to its fitness and high morale. It had a high proportion of pre-war regular soldiers among its officers and senior Non-Commissioned Officers. The 19th Indian Division was occasionally referred to as the "Dagger Division", from its divisional sign, seen here on the Slouch Hat

U Boat War Badge by Schwerin in Tombak

U Boat War Badge by Schwerin in Tombak

A very good example of a Kriegsmarine U Boat War Badge in an early Tombak casting, originally purchased from Helmut Weitze in Germany. Overall condition is very good with virtually all of the original fire gilding remaining. Typical high quality badge by the maker “Berlin-Schwerin” and clearly marked on the reverse. The only additional observation I can make is the slight bend to the pin and securing hook, typical of these badges.

Narvik Shield by Deumer

Narvik Shield by Deumer

Although missing its prongs, backing shield and cloth, this Narvik Shield displays well and is in otherwise very good condition. Narvik Shields were awarded to all German forces that took part in the battles of Narvik between 9 April and 8 June 1940 with Shields to the army and Luftwaffe being silver as I have here, whilst Kriegsmarine Shields were gold. Although unmarked this would appear be by the maker Deumer.

Stielhandgranate M43

Stielhandgranate M43

Although ideal for display this completely inert M43 Stick Grenade (Stielhandgranate) is in fair condition only and has most probably been ground recovered. The pictures show well the remaining ordnance tan paint and the areas of pitting and rusting which appear to have been treated with a rust killer which has stabilised the rust and turned it black. The head is empty and the Bz39 fuse inert. The fuse is in very good condition. The wooden shaft is rot free and intact. UK shipping only

WW11 Free French Forces Cigarette Case

WW11 Free French Forces Cigarette Case

A lovely Free French Forces Cigarette case showing the displacement of French Forces during WW11 in Europe, the Middles East and Africa and measuring 130 x 85mm At the top right is the Free French Croix de Lorraine. Very good condition

Awards with Certificates, Wehpass, Death Notice and Documents to a Member of the Elite Brandenburgs

Awards with Certificates, Wehpass, Death Notice and Documents to a Member of the Elite Brandenburgs

An extremely rare Document and Awards Group to Obergefreiten Johann Mikschl, Brandenburg Regiment. The Lehr-Regiment Brandenburg z.b.V. 800 was formed on 1 June 1940 at Brandenburg an der Havel from the Bau-Lehr-Bataillon z.b.V. 800 It was subordinated directly to OKW / Amt Ausland/Abwehr. The so-called “Brandenburger” (after the garrison) were the own troops of Admiral Canaris’ office, “Haustruppe” formed to perform commando-style combat operations, which were developed during the autumn of 1939. The up sizing and re-organization to a regiment represented the end of the development of this rather new aspect of the German military. To explain the unit’s designation beside the popular name “Brandenburger” it was just the case that the number “800” was free and available and that the term “Bau-“ (construction) was chosen as a cover designation. The collection comprises: Wehrpass with photograph issued on 2 August 1940 to Johann Mikschl who was born on 21 February 1921. His units are shown on page 12: 15th July 40 31st July 40 Lehr-Rgt. Brandenburg z.b.V.800. 1st August 40 – 19 November 1942 10./Lehr-Rgt.Brandenburg z.b.V.800. During this period the Brandenburgs saw service in 1940 Maas, Waal bridges / Netherlands, Belgium and the preparation for cancelled operations “Seelöwe” (England) and “Felix” (Gibraltar). 1941, Eisernes Tor (operation “Marita”) (II. Btl.) - Dünaburg bridge, 1941 North Africa, 1942 Caucasus/Maikop (II. Btl.). In May 1942 Mikschl is awarded his Infantry Assault Badge in Silver. 20th November 1942 - 31st March 1943 13/Sonderverbande Brandenburg. On 3rd January 1943 Mikschl, now an Obergefreiten is awarded his Iron Cross Second Class. 1st April 43 – 20th May 43, 13/31 Rgt. Brandenburg 21st May 43 – 19th October 1943 2 Kp/3 Rgt. Brandenburg. On the 19th October 1943 he is killed in action “in a violent defensive battle near Gurki against Bolshevism, at the age of twenty-one” and buried at Kreigsfriedhof II in Vitebsk, Belarus, the entry appearing on page 34 of the Wehrpass. Awards listed on page 23: Infantrie Strurmabzeichen 12th May 1942, EK II Kl. 5th January 1943. Award certificate for The Infantry Assault Badge in Silver to Gefreiten Johann Mikschal 10./Lehr-Rgt.“Brandenburg” z.b.V. 800. Berlin, den 12. Mai 1942 with signature Oberst u. Rgt.- Kommandeur of Oberstleutnant Von Lanzenauer, with ink stamp of Lehr-Regt. “Brandenburg” z.b.V. 800 Award Certificate Eiserne Kreuz 2.Klasse to Obergefreiten Johann Mikschl, 13./Verband 803 Sonderverbande Brandenburg. K.Gef.St. den 5 January 1943 with signature of Der Kommandierende General I.V. Rudolf Freiherr von Roman Generalleutnant, Knights Cross with Oak leaves winner, with ink stamp of Generalkommando V Armeekorps. Memorial Card with portrait in uniform wearing a helmet. Deutsches Reich Arbeitsbuch Nr. 388/03022 of Johann Mikschl. Covers the period 1.12.1935 to 9.11.1938 when employed at Böhm. Krummauer Maschinenpapier-Fabriken. An ink stamp on page 6 “Geschlossen 19.10.1943”. Mitgliedsausweis (member's card). Mitgliedsnummer 98116 of Johann Mikschl. With ink stamp of Ortsgruppe Krenau. Contribution stamps for 1938. Bund der Deutschen Mitgliedskarte contribution card of Johann Mikschl. Issued 11 Okt. 1936 Bund der Deutschen Bundesgruppe Kladen u. Umgebung with contribution stamps for 1936, 1937 and 1938. Awards: 1939 Iron Cross 2nd class. Not maker marked An early and very desirable Infantry Assault Badge in Silver by Juncker, constructed in nickel silver, hollow back, needle pin. An excellent and extremely rare collection to a Killed in Action member of an elite unit, all in very good condition

WW1 Period Trench Wristwatch Guard

WW1 Period Trench Wristwatch Guard

A WW1 period British Officer’s Wristwatch Guard intended to offer limited damage protection during service. The guard is unusual in design, its two part construction serving to completely enclose the Wristwatch, the two parts hinged and closed with a spring. Internal diameter is approximately 37mm and I believe the construction is of nickel plated brass. Overall condition is very good but the spring is now rather weak so the tension is not there to hold the two parts firmly closed. A patent number is stamped into the lower half

British Army Driver's Goggles 1939 Dated

British Army Driver's Goggles 1939 Dated

A good pair of British Army Driver’s Goggles complete with their tin of issues by Francis & Co. 1939. Very good condition with only the usual loss to the elasticity of the headband. Seen in use by dispatch riders but more interestingly in the desert and by the Long Range Desert Group

Bravery Courage and Valour Volume 1

Bravery Courage and Valour Volume 1

“Bravery, Courage and Valour examines facts & nuances of the highest decorations awarded from Spanish Civil War through to 1945 by Hitler during Third Reich. Many unpublished wartime & modern images enhance the readers appreciation of such extremely rare Awards bestowed on National Heroes during the war, Germany's “Bravest of the Brave”. The inclusion of wartime images & rare colour portraits of Heroes by Hitler's personal Photographer (Walter Frentz) gives a feeling of the period. An Academic reference work presented in a readable style for both connoisseurs, historians, collectors and the general public alike.” 2008 hardback edition in A4 size with 419 pages. Excellent as new condition

First Pattern Luftwaffe Breast Eagle

First Pattern Luftwaffe Breast Eagle

Machine embroidered, first pattern, (Circa 1935-1936/37), "droop-tailed" Luftwaffe eagle in silver / grey threads on a cut-out Luftwaffe blue/grey wool base. The eagle has roughly a 92mm wingspan. Scarce early pattern eagle cut from a tunic or Fliegerbluse and in very good condition

Hand Lamp Adapter For German SF14 and other Binoculars

Hand Lamp Adapter For German SF14 and other Binoculars

An extremely rare accessory for the German Sf14 (donkey ear) Binoculars and others like the 10x80 or indeed anything with a battery box such as the MG34, is this adaptor box which plugs into the battery box and allows a hand lamp to be powered at the same time as the reticle light. Whilst the reticle remains permanently illuminated, a switch on the adapter allows an attached lamp to be switched on and off. Included in the contents list on the transit case for the Sf 14 binoculars this example is in very good condition with a small piece missing from one of the Bakelite switch covers and very minor loss to the rubber covering of the lead at the exit from the box and entry to the leather boot on the plug. A truly rare piece and the first I have seen, this piece originally from Jersey.

1940 Dated RAF Omega 6b/159 Pilot / Navigator Wristwatch. Mini Size

1940 Dated RAF Omega 6b/159 Pilot / Navigator Wristwatch. Mini Size

An extremely rare if indeed not possibly a unique survivor of a 1940 dated RAF Omega Wristwatch with a 28mm case width. In my view this represents and emergency procurement from Omega by the RAF to meet the demands of 1940. The case back is marked AM 6b/159 4503/40, 6b/159 indicating a timepiece of Pilot / Navigator quality. At first glance very similar in appearance to the later larger watches procured by the RAF with the 30T2 which seem to have stated appearing around 1942/43, this piece is quite different. The most obvious difference is of course the size of the case and the movement which is possibly Omega’s 15 jewel T1. The watch is triple signed Omega, the dial most definitely of military design and identical in appearance to the later watches. The crown is without the Omega symbol, again in keeping with Omega’s military watches. The movement carries the number 9139590 which dates it to 1939, the case back 9962982. Whilst the case back is stainless steel the watch case is perhaps nickel plated. The dial is white and without luminous markers as with the later watches. There is spotting around the periphery and some staining nearly always present even on the later watches. The hour and minute hands are the original blued steel hands but the centre second sweep hand may be a replacement. The case is in very good condition but the bracelet is of course a modern replacement. Indicative of the esteem in which I hold this ultra-rare Wristwatch, it has just undergone a complete overhaul of the movement at a cost of £800 and now runs perfectly and keeps very good time. A true collector’s piece both for the watch or aviation collector, the date making an ideal addition to a Battle of Britain display.

A Court Mounted Medal Bar Group of Three

A Court Mounted Medal Bar Group of Three

A Court Mounted Group of Three Medals comprising: A scarce “Schinkel” Iron Cross Second Class with silver frame and nonmagnetic core, the medal itself retaining all the original frosting and features the rare and desirable early ribbon with an almost orange appearance to the central colour, absolutely in keeping with the Schinkel. A Four Year Army Long Service Medal in very good condition with silver eagle pin. A Commemorative Medal of 1st October 1938 (Entry into Czechoslovakia) with Prague Castle Bar. Only 134,563 Bars were awarded and only to those “who had rendered valuable service in organising the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia”. The Bar was instituted on 1st May 1939. A beautiful early group in very good condition

Court Mounted Medal Bar with 1936 Olympic Games Decoration

Court Mounted Medal Bar with 1936 Olympic Games Decoration

The last in this small collection of Court Mounted Medal Bars is this superb Bar of five to a Police officer with Olympic decoration. The Bar comprises: WW1 Iron Cross Second Class with magnetic core, in very good condition. 1914/18 Cross of Honour with Swords, magnetic, in very good condition the reverse marked I.C.M. Olympic Decoration Second Class, in bronze gilt and enamels. The highlight of this group he decoration is in very good condition, close study with an eye revealing a very few hairline cracks to the enamel, but no loss. These are not obvious to the naked eye and I doubt a better example could be found. Silver Police 18 year Long Service Medal with silver embroidered Police eagle to the ribbon. All in very good condition. WW1 Commemorative Medal for Hungary in very good condition. The reverse is covered in a red felt with the Berlin makers label stitched in place. A quite beautiful Medal Bar.

Unissued RAF Oxygen Hose Connector AM 6d/526

Unissued RAF Oxygen Hose Connector AM 6d/526

An excellent opportunity to acquire an unissued air Ministry marked Oxygen Hose Connector 6D/526 Mk1V complete with its’ sprung loaded clothing attachment clip. In mint condition the connector is accompanied by the original grease proof paper envelope.

1930s Condor Legion Used Flying Goggles

1930s Condor Legion Used Flying Goggles

Although closely resembling WW11 Luftwaffe flying goggles these are in fact a pair of scarce Spanish made Mira Goggles used extensively by the Condor Region and indeed by Russian aircrew fighting on opposite sides during the Spanish Civil War. Easily identified by the chain hinge joining the two lenses the frames are unpainted and cushioned by a single rubber face piece with the name “Mira” raised in the moulding. Overall condition is very good but with some dryness and cracking at the nose area. The strap, which clearly follows that of the Luftwaffe Goggles, retains a good degree of elasticity and the lenses and frames are without damage. For further reading refer to “Vintage Flying Helmets” by Mick Prodger, page 332.

Gebirgsjager Officer’s Visor Cap - Generallieutenant, Walter Stettner von Grabenhofen

Gebirgsjager Officer’s Visor Cap - Generallieutenant, Walter Stettner von Grabenhofen

A quite beautiful Gebirgsjager Officer’s Visor Cap ( Schirmmutze) attributed to Knights Cross recipient Generallieutenant, Walter Stettner von Grabenhofen and worn by him as a senior officer prior to his promotion to General. The cap was sold as part of the estate of Stettner von Grabenhofen by Hermann Historica during their auction number 65 on 22/23rd. October 2012. Pictures of this cap appear in various places on the internet and in the catalogue itself which is included in the sale, along with a hardback copy of a book on Von Grabenhofen. The catalogue is a superb hardback publication worthy of any coffee table. Clearly a very early and distinctive example the Cap is constructed in a fine Doe Skin material and made by the prestigious maker EREL as an Offizier Kleiderklasse. Overall condition is very good with some minor moth nips to the green Gebirgjager waffefarbe but none to the main body. The interior shows service use and the celluloid diamond shaped protector is no longer in place. The sweatband is fully intact. Of particular interest is the insignia. The metal eagle is the first pattern employed on these caps and the cockade appears to be a silver wire rather than the usual aluminium, as indeed is the chin cord. A professional soldier, Stettner von Grabenhofen, carried out his oath to Adolf Hitler in 1934. In the following year, he was active in the staff of the mountain brigade, which later became the 1st Mountain Division. A little later his promotion to the Major took place. In 1937 he was given the position of the commander of the 1st Battalion of the Mountain Huntsman Regiment 98, which was stationed in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. After the invasion of Austria, Stettner was transferred to Innsbruck, where he took over the leadership of the 1st Battalion of the Mountain Huntsman Regiment of the 2nd Mountain Division to be newly created from the Tyrolean Jager Regiment. He was appointed Oberst with the Mountain Huntsman Regiment 136. Stettner first participated in the invasion of Poland and later in Norway. He became the commander of the 1st Mountain Division and subsequently took part in the Battle of France and was selected to take part in the planned operations against United Kingdom, Operation Sea Lion and Gibraltar Operation Felix, but both operations were cancelled. With Felix cancelled, the division took part in the Invasion of Yugoslavia and he was awarded the Cross in Gold and later the Knight Cross of the Iron Cross. He was by now a Generallieutnant. Generallieutenant, Walter Stettner von Grabenhofen was killed during anti-partisan operations in near Belgrade in1944 at the age of49.

Kriegsmarine Grand Admiral Raeder Signed Promotion Document

Kriegsmarine Grand Admiral Raeder Signed Promotion Document

An impressive Kriegsmarine Promotion Document dated 1st November 1939 promoting Oberfahnrich N.T. (signals) to the rank of Leutnant N.T. The Document measures 355 x 255 mm and is in very good condition without folds. Details of the recipient are typed to the pre printed Document which carries the signature of Grand Admiral Erich Raeder alongside a large embossed eagle and Swastika. It is generally accepted that Raeder hand signed these Promotion Documents. Raeder joined the navy in 1894 and during World War I he took command of a cruiser in 1917. He was chief of the naval staff from 1928 and commander in chief of the navy from 1935 to 1943 when he retired over differences with Adolf Hitler. Raeder advocated the creation of a powerful navy and the conduct of unlimited submarine warfare. He urged that Great Britain be totally defeated before beginning the aggression against the USSR. In 1946 he was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Nuremberg International Tribunal but was released in 1955 and died in 1960

Luftwaffe  Aluminium Drinking Cup

Luftwaffe Aluminium Drinking Cup

A small aluminium cup, perhaps from a flask, standing 55 mm in height and with a good clear Luftwaffe eagle and 1942 date stamped on the base. Overall condition is very good but with a small number of dents.

POW Identity Disc, Stalag Luft 3

POW Identity Disc, Stalag Luft 3

An extremely rare example of an RAF Prisoner of War identity disc to POW number 326 at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan. Unearthed during a dig on the site in 1995 the Disc is unusual in that it clearly follows the pattern of the German identity discs and not the more familiar rectangular style used for POWs. This of course may simply reflect a shortage at the time. Research shows POW number 326 was Sgt J. Daniels (751677) of 58 Sqn. He was sole survivor from Whitley T4174 (GE-X) which was hit by flak whilst attacking Berlin on the night of the 14th/15th November 1940, the Whitley crashing into barracks in Santisstrasse in Marienfelde south of Berlin. The crew comprised Sub Lieutenant I R Webb (RN), Sgt RB Lister, Sgt T Hanlon, Sgt C Stockman and Sgt N S Smith who were all killed. The crew had taken off from RAF Linton-on-Ouse at 1649 that evening. Taken to Dulag Luft Sgt. Daniels moved to the centre compound of Stalag Luft III in 1942 before eventually moving on to Luft 6 later in the war, his final camp. Of zinc construction the disc is in very good condition and stamped “326, Krgfl d. L.w. Nr 3 Sagan”

Iron Cross Second Class in Knights Cross Style Case

Iron Cross Second Class in Knights Cross Style Case

A quite superb example of a privately purchased Iron Cross Second Class, the best one could by in the so called Ritterkreuz Etui (Knights Cross Case). When LDO took over quality control of the private retail market this style of case was no longer sanctioned but was most probably still available. The unmarked Cross is no doubt by Wachtler und Lange and is excellent unused condition, the frosting still bright and the iron core without loss to the finish. Approximately 30cms of ribbon is neatly folded into its recess at the top of the case in the same manner as a Knights Cross and is in as new condition. The case is in very good condition with a firm closure catch and no damage. It would impossible to upgrade this superb and rare example.

1940 Dated British Mk111 Compass

1940 Dated British Mk111 Compass

Although a cosmetically near perfect example of a 1940 dated British Mk111 Marching Compass, the compass card seems reluctant to swing and is perhaps in need more fluid to revive it. In addition, one of the small grub screws securing the stirrup shaped handle is sheared off. Nevertheless, an excellent display piece retaining all the original factory paint and markings.

British Officer's Field Service Cap - Unissued

British Officer's Field Service Cap - Unissued

An excellent and unissued British Officer Field Service Cap by Woodrow, London , Manchester, Liverpool, Dublin and Belfast. In approximately a size 56cm the Cap is tailored in good quality Barathea, completely free from moth or other damage, the side flaps held in place with two general service buttons. Inside, the cap is lined in a copper coloured silk with a velvet band and silk Royal Appointment retailer’s label. No badge has ever been fitted.

British Made RAF Mk111 Goggles

British Made RAF Mk111 Goggles

Not be confused with the Canadian Mk111 Flying Goggles frequently encountered, the British made Mk111’s as I have here are a rare find. Overall condition is very good but with the sponge rubber padding within the leather surround now hard as is always the case with these goggles. The side springs are excellent with no breaks in the springs and no rust bleeding through. The leather and buckle are also very good, an AM stamp, 22c/60 and a 1935 contract number faint but discernible. Lenses are very good and both hinge stops are in place. Ideal for a Battle of Britain display but frequently seen in use much later in the war

LRDG / SAS Chapplies

LRDG / SAS Chapplies

From an impressive collection of original Long Range Desert Group artefacts comes this rare pair of LRDG “Chapplies” or “Chupplies” (desert sandals) locally sourced in Egypt or obtained like much of the special equipment, from the Transjordan Frontier Force or the Egyptian Defence Force. Overall condition is very good although both soles are worn. As we would expect there are no markings. A very rare addition to any LRGD or SAS collection

Sleeve Shield worn by the Don Cossack Volunteers

Sleeve Shield worn by the Don Cossack Volunteers

Sleeve Shield worn by the Don Cossack Volunteers including those in the 1st and 5th Divisions. BeVo weave embroidered in mint unissued condition with Cyrillic letters BA translating to VD, Voysko Donskoye, the colours being traditional to the Cossacks. A rare piece.

Solid Silver 3rd Polish Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade Badge with Provenance

Solid Silver 3rd Polish Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade Badge with Provenance

The first of an excellent collection of WW11 Polish Ground Force Badges I will be listing is this superb provenanced example of the solid silver breast badge awarded to Fabiszewski Antonio Bomb.- 3rd Polish Carpathian Artillery Regiment, Polish Independent Carpathian Brigade. Accompanied by a letter from the Polish Institute dated 22nd February 1991 identifying the original recipient, the Badge is in very good condition and complete with screw post and locking disc showing the Italian maker F.M. Lorioli, Milano and Roma. Stamped into the rear of the badge is the 800 silver mark and 3563 identifying the recipient. Fabiszewski Antonio Bomb served with the Brigade in Tobruk. He was Born in 1918, Army Number : 1918/4/III. After the war he came to the UK with his Regiment where he died on the 17th September 1947. He is buried in Blacon Cemetery, Chester in plot section H grave Number 178 A very fine and attractive piece with good provenance.

WW2 Italian Guastatori (Elite Assault Engineer’s) Sleeve Badge in Golden Wire

WW2 Italian Guastatori (Elite Assault Engineer’s) Sleeve Badge in Golden Wire

A WW2 Italian Guastatori (Elite Assault Engineer’s) Sleeve Badge measuring approximately 96mm x 47mm and showing a gold bullion vertical sword over a flaming globe also in bullion. Perhaps for an officer the insignia is set on a field grey woolen backing The badge is in very good condition with deep toning to the bullion

A collection of Paperwork and a Cuffband to a KIA Fallschirmjager

A collection of Paperwork and a Cuffband to a KIA Fallschirmjager

An excellent collection of items relating to Harry Röwer Obergefreiten and Zugführer Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger The collection comprises: 1) Kreta Cuff Title “Armelband Kreta” Document dated 14th April 1944, this being the most elaborate issue and associated only with the Fallschirmjager with the island and FJ badge featured and facsimile signature of GenOb Kurt Student commanding General of X1 Flieger – Korps along with the stamp of the Korps. Generally very good once folded condition but with large stain to one side. 2) Luftwaffe Paratrooper Badge award document “Abzeichen für Fallschirmschützen” dated 23rd. September 1943 in very good once folded condition. 3) Military document regarding permission to marry dated 25th April 1944. Unit marked: 4./Fallschirmjäger-Bataillon Schirmer. Signed by a Stabsarzt in Halberstadt. Very good condition, punched and once folded. 4) German Red Cross search request document for information on missing persons confirming he was killed in action on 22nd July 1944 in Wilna with details regarding his death. Very good folded condition with Red Cross stamp. 5) Field post letter including cover (L61022) dated 21st July 1944 Harry asks his wife to secure his Kreta Cuff title “Kreta-Bänder” for him. Probably the last field post letter written by him as he was KIA the next day. 6) Part of a newspaper. “Zahlreiche Panzerabschüsse in Rumänien” with details of successes made by his unit “Bei Wilkowischken hat sich das mehrfach bewährte Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 16 unter Führung von Oberstleutnant Schirmer erneut hervorgetan...” (“At Wilkowischken, the repeatedly proven Parachute Regiment 16 under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Schirmer has once againexcelled...”) 7) Five tags for military payment 1944. 8) Kreta cuff band. Full length with stamped RB number and featuring the seven Acanthus leaf motive. Very good unworn condition. Born in 1922 Rower served as a group leader “Gruppenführer” in Amiens France. By July.44 he was on active service active in Lithuania and was KIA on 25th July 1944 during an attack on his unit at the railway between Wilna (Vilnius, Lihuania) and Schaulen.

Fallschirmjager Badge in Zinc by S & L

Fallschirmjager Badge in Zinc by S & L

A well preserved example of a Luftwaffe fallschirmjager Badge in zinc, unmarked but most probably by S & L The badge retains a good degree of the silver wash finish and shows no appreciable wear to the detail but is missing the closure catch for the pin. A nice displayable piece

WW11 British Sun Spectacles

WW11 British Sun Spectacles

A nice useable pair of WW11 British Army Sun Spectacles, the glasses themselves identical to those used by the RAF, the difference only being the case which here is marked, “Spectacles, Tinted, Dash, Nos 2 or 3, Case Mkl1 M. W. & Co. Ltd. RAF Spectacles have an AM marked case. Very good usable condition with leather side screens and sprung side arms and free from damage, the case though with some dents to the lid.

Royal Flying Corps Observer's Map Board

Royal Flying Corps Observer's Map Board

An extremely rare example of a Royal Flying Corps Map Board complete with a 1915 dated map of Belgium. This is only the second example of the type I have handled, the first is now featured on pages 106 to 109 of Mark Hillier’s excellent work “Royal Fling Corps Kitbag”. Used by the observer who in those days was the commander of the aircraft rather than the pilot these Boards were known as “Bigsworth” Boards after the designer and aviator Arthur Bigsworth, the inspiration behind the fictional Biggles character. Measuring 360mm x 354mm the Board is constructed of four wooden slated panels held in place with two oak cross members. The panels are stamped “ Bleriot London” with an A.I.D. stamp and the Air Department A over an arrow. A small wooden splint has been added at the base of the slats to prevent spread by warping. The map, which has modern ink additions added is contained beneath a Perspex cover which allows for wax pencil markings. The Perspex is cracked in places. Plotting is achieved using a hinged arm which moves along a track at the top of the board which once had a protractor or ruler attached although this is now no longer present. A rare artefact and an ideal addition to a mannequin display.

South African Air Force Pilot's Wings in Bullion

South African Air Force Pilot's Wings in Bullion

A scarce pair of WW11 Hand Embroidered Bullion South African Air Force Pilot’s wings. Measuring approximately 92 mm in wingspan the wings are in good condition with slight wear to the left wing tip and right lower edge of the feather but with heaving toning to the Bullion wire.

WW11 Rhodesian Air Force (RhAF) Pilot Wings

WW11 Rhodesian Air Force (RhAF) Pilot Wings

An unissued pair of Second Wold War Rhodesian Air Force (RhAF) Pilot Wings, hand embroidered in red, white, green, yellow, violet and black cotton on a black wool base. The wings are in very good condition, without padding and have an overall width of 100 mm. Rather scarce to find an original pair of these wings in a sea of copies and even more so to find a hand embroidered example.

RFC Goggle Mask Flying Mark 1 with Original Case

RFC Goggle Mask Flying Mark 1 with Original Case

A scarce pair of Royal Flying Corps period Triplex Flying Goggles complete with their original case and gold block stamped “Goggle Mask Flying Mk1, The Triplex Goggle Mask & Lens Co. Ltd”. Below this is the A over arrow stamp which is now only partially visible. The Goggles are in generally good condition but with damage to one pin making up the central hinge meaning they cannot be folded as they are. Nevertheless they would sit well on a head display. Both lenses are without damage. In addition, the fur from the back of the mask has now gone. The strap is nicely marked with an A.I.D stamp but has now lost its elasticity. The case is in very good condition and marked with the Triplex Safety Glass logo and “FWT” Model.

German Army Collarless Shirt

German Army Collarless Shirt

Following the style of pre war German Army Shirts which were collarless until the introduction of a new model in 1943, this scarce example is in very good perhaps unused condition and shows only very light storage marks. A coarse rayon/wool pull-over shirt it features a vertical, three button front plaquet running from the forward neckline to mid-waist. It has a long tail skirt and an inverted "V" slash to each side seam. The wearer’s neck would have been protected by the collar band attached to the tunic. The buttons are I believe paste or paper and all are present. An RB number is clearly stamped inside at the back of the neck. A full cut this example has a chest size of approximately 42”

Bar to the Iron Cross 1st Class with Case

Bar to the Iron Cross 1st Class with Case

A very fine example of an unmarked 2nd pattern Bar (Spange) to the Iron Cross First Class of 1914, by B.H. Mayer. Struck in a nickel silver plated Tombak this is the second version of the Spange and of the type generally referred to by collectors as being a type “A”. Overall condition is very good with most of the frosting intact and is of course free from any damage. The Case is no less pleasing, the Spange sitting perfectly on a black velvet covered card. The lid carries a silver embossed depiction of the award and is closed securely by the catch operated by a rectangular release button. Condition is very good.

K98 Rifle Single Ammunition Pouch

K98 Rifle Single Ammunition Pouch

A single ammunition pouch for ten cartridges for the K98 Rifle. In my view cut for purpose from an original set of three, albeit no doubt at the time, these Pouches remain something of an enigma. I have seen several over the years and popular opinion seems to be that they were intended for perhaps guard duties where a reduction in weight was useful and the need to carry sixty rounds of ammunition was deemed unnecessary. Overall condition is very good with the owner’s name marked twice.

Navaho American Indian Silver and Leather Horse Halter

Navaho American Indian Silver and Leather Horse Halter

An excellent example of a Silver and Leather Navaho Horse Halter ( or headstall) dating from the 1890s. Well displayed in a glazed frame measuring 57 cms x 54 cms the Halter is in very good condition. At centre on each side arm sits a sunburst decorated oval disc known as a “Concha” whilst the arms themselves are decorated with a repeated native design roughly resembling a Wigwam. Everything is arranged on a leather backing strap which continues up to a buckle and strap which fitted across the horse’s head and downwards to a bit. PLEASE NOTE the bit is not original Native American and is added simply to complete the display. Joining the side arms is a leather strap adorned with silver bearing the same Wigwam design whilst the centre section carries a leaf pattern and loop from which hangs the “Naja” (Cresent Shaped) pendant intended to ward evil spirits away from the horse. A quite beautiful display which will always attract admiration.

British Military Ross Stepnac 6x30 Binoculars

British Military Ross Stepnac 6x30 Binoculars

A pair for British military Ross Stepnac 6x30 Binoculars with an 11 degress field of view. First introduced in 1927 they were discontinued in 1939 but remained in service. A heavy brass construction these glasses are in very good condition with all external covering intact and with very little wear to the paintwork. Optics appear free from damage but are now rather cloudy and would need to be serviced. Both front prism plates carry the war department arrow and the original neck strap is in place.

K98 Rifle Single Ammunition Pouch

K98 Rifle Single Ammunition Pouch

A single ammunition pouch for ten cartridges for the K98 Rifle. In my view cut for purpose from an original set of three, albeit no doubt at the time, these Pouches remain something of an enigma. I have seen several over the years and popular opinion seems to be that they were intended for perhaps guard duties where a reduction in weight was useful and the need to carry sixty rounds of ammunition was deemed unnecessary. Overall condition is very good with the owner’s name marked twice.

Panzer Officer's Flat Wire Breast Eagle

Panzer Officer's Flat Wire Breast Eagle

An excellent unissued and unmarked example of a Panzer Officer’s Breast Eagle, machine embroidered in silver flat wire on a black rayon backing. Cut from a roll

WW1 German Bread Bag Strap

WW1 German Bread Bag Strap

A rare WW1 German Bread Bag Strap with manufacture dating from the pre/early War period. Made in tan cotton canvas which dates it to at the latest, 1915 as from that year onwards these were manufactured in field grey. As with all early manufactured equipment these tan Straps continued to be used throughout the War. WW1 Bread Bag Straps are difficult to find but they are an important piece of equipment since during WW1 they were used by all Infantry to support the weight of the cartridge Pouches. German Infantry did not have "Y straps" in WW1. The cartridge Pouches were usually supported by the Pack, however the Pack was not used in the assault so the Bread Bag Strap was used instead. In keeping with this there are markings to an Infantry Regiment however these are too faded to be discernible. Overall condition is good with slight fraying and surface rusting to the metalwork. There is rust staining to the cloth, however it remains strong with the leather ends robust and the sprung clips fully functioning. The final images show the Strap laid out with other items of German WW1 equipment that I have listed. These associated items do not form part of this sale but are shown for interest only. An essential but hard to find piece of WW1 German Equipment.

Rare Afrika Korps Copy of Militargeographische Beschreibung von Libyen with Panzer Stamp

Rare Afrika Korps Copy of Militargeographische Beschreibung von Libyen with Panzer Stamp

An exceptionally rare copy of Militargeographische Beschreibung von Libyen, essentially a military study of Libyian geography for German Afrika Korps troops, printed in Berlin in January 1941 and contained in a card sleeve with Libien 1941 hand written on the spine. Of great interest are the hand written details of the circumstances under which the book was recovered. “German study of the military geography of Libya Berlin 1941 recovered from a burnt out German tank, N Africa. Stamp of 11 Panzer 5 Reg + Signature of 10” The stamp is in red ink and appears on page 1 and dated 17.2.41 along with and unknown signature. The inside front cover and page 1 both show fire scorching at the bottom edges. The book is complete and in very good used condition with age staining to the covers. There are 93 pages of text with 3 fold out cards. This is followed by a section with 96 black and white illustrations. In the back of the book are 6 fold-out maps, including a very large fold-out map “ The water supply in the hinterland of Tripoli “ An exceptionally rare softback book measuring 150mm x 210mm and with a good history and Afrika Korps Panzer connection.

For Furhrer and Fatherland Vol 1 By Angolia. Bender Publication

For Furhrer and Fatherland Vol 1 By Angolia. Bender Publication

A 1976 1st. edition of Angolia’s For Fuhrer and Fatherland, Military Awards of the Third Reich Volume1 by R James Bender Publishing 1976. 446 glossy pages with hard covers this work still provides an excellent reference on the subject. This copy is in fair condition only with the front cover and first page having started to detach along the hinge of the spine. The pages have slightly darkened from use and the covers are faded and rubbed at the edges. Still very readable and useful.

Luftwaffe Short Range Day Fighter Clasp in Silver

Luftwaffe Short Range Day Fighter Clasp in Silver

A quite beautiful example of an early Luftwaffe Short Range Day Fighter Silver Flight Clasp, the Frontflugspange für Tagjäger awarded for the completion of 60 “Front” flights Constructed in nickel silver the clasp is in near mint condition the central upward facing winged arrow motif finished in an antique silver. Non maker marked the Clasp is complete with the original early imitation leather covered case with “Frontflugspange für Jäger Silber” in Gothic script to the lid. The case is in very good condition with the sprung catch working perfectly. It would be difficult to upgrade this example. I will shortly be listing examples in both gold and bronze grade.

Luftwaffe Short Range Day Fighter Clasp in Bronze

Luftwaffe Short Range Day Fighter Clasp in Bronze

The second of these beautiful early Luftwaffe Short Range Day Fighter Flight Clasps, the Frontflugspange für Tagjäger is this Bronze grade example for the completion of 20 “Front” flights Constructed in Tombak the clasp is in near mint condition the central upward facing winged arrow motif finished in an antique silver. Non maker marked, the Clasp is complete with the original early imitation leather covered case with “Frontflugspange für Jäger Bronze” in Gothic script to the lid. The case is in very good condition with the sprung catch working perfectly. It would be difficult to upgrade this example.

Bronze Memellands Commemorative Medal

Bronze Memellands Commemorative Medal

A very good example of the scarce Memellands Medal with ribbon but without pin back fixing, this being the type known as the “B” medal, an impressed and almost indiscernible B being present between the two figures. Overall condition is very good with some light marks to the ribbon with evidence of a pin having once been in place. On 20th March, 1939, Hitler successfully demanded the return of the Memel District (an area of East Prussia) from Lithuania. A medal was subsequently issued to commemorate this historic event. In all, 31,322 medals were awarded.

Very Early RAF Shoulder Albatross

Very Early RAF Shoulder Albatross

A scarce and very early RAF Shoulder Albatross dating from around 1919. Uniform removed the badge is machine embroidered in blue thread on a Melton wool background. Very good condition but with toning to the thread

Uniforms and Traditions of the German Army 1933-1945 Vol.3

Uniforms and Traditions of the German Army 1933-1945 Vol.3

In my view still the very best reference work on the subject this is Volume 3 of the three volume set of Uniforms and Traditions of the German Army 1933-1945 published by Bender This 2nd edition English text version by John R. Angolia & Adolf Schlicht covers all aspects of Special Uniforms, Individual and Miscellaneous and Equipment, Small arms and fire support Weapons, Motor Vehicles, Flags and Signalling Equipment. 640 glossy pages superbly bound with hard covers the book is in very good lightly used condition without damage. I can also offer the full set elsewhere on my site.

M35 Single Decal Helmet with Chicken Wire

M35 Single Decal Helmet with Chicken Wire

In my view far more scarce and far more appealing than an SS Helmet is this superb and completely untouched example of a Heer M35 EF64 Helmet with wartime applied chicken wire netting and a lot number of 4858. Discussed on the Wehrmacht Awards Forum in 2015 the link can be view here: http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/forums/showthread.php?t=457534 This helmet exhibits several highly appealing points. Finished as a single decal Helmet to 1940 specifications, the shell is completely free from damage and retains virtually all of the factory green/grey lightly textured paint with no areas of wear and with a single, I believe Pocher decal. The chicken wire is also in excellent condition and has clearly never been interfered with. Inside, the helmet is every bit as pleasing. The zinc plated liner band fits snugly to the shell making viewing of any date impossible while cautious viewing of the pins shows they have clearly never been touched. The leather tongues are clean and completely without damage. They remain supple and are held by the original drawstring with a size 57 stamp and a partially discernible owner’s name. The chinstrap is very good and shows the stamp of Lagesa in Dresden, a maker I have not encountered before. A quite exceptional and totally untouched original example and one which would prove very difficult to upgrade if indeed a contender could be found. This Helmet was at one time in my own personal collection.

Luftwaffe Officer's Aluminium Breast Eagle

Luftwaffe Officer's Aluminium Breast Eagle

A particularly nice aluminium Luftwaffe Breast Eagle for wear on the white Summer Tunic although often used on the private purchase leather flying jackets. This example is in very good condition with just the smallest impression on the top of the left wing which I have shown in the images but with virtually no wear to the detail. Although without a maker’s mark, the small spider web pattern to the reverse of the eagle’s body is a classic example of the flaw associated with the eagles manufactured by the firm of FLL (Friedrich Linden of Ludenscheid)

General Assault Badge by Deumer

General Assault Badge by Deumer

A very good example of a silvered zinc General Assault Badge, unmarked but identified by characteristics as being by the make Deumer. With minimal loss to the silvering the badge is in very good lightly service used condition

Afrika Camel Hair Cuff Band

Afrika Camel Hair Cuff Band

A fine example of the “Afrika” Cuff Band in very good condition and completely free from moth or other damage. Full length at approximately 455 mm the Cuff Band shows no sign of having been worn and retains the original green inspector’s label 78. 32mm wide mid-brown camel hair band, bearing the word AFRIKA flanked on both sides by an image of a palm tree and edged top and bottom with a 3mm strip, all embroidered in silver-grey cotton. The design was the same for all three armed services. The award required at least six months service in the North African theatre of operations, or any lesser period if the recipient was decorated for bravery, was wounded or if killed – in which case a posthumous award was made. The band was worn on the lower left sleeve of the uniform, including on greatcoats.

Death Card and Letter. Gold Cross Gebirgsjager Commander Oberleutnant Wolfgang Graf Von Bullion

Death Card and Letter. Gold Cross Gebirgsjager Commander Oberleutnant Wolfgang Graf Von Bullion

A Death Card and letter signed by Oberleutnant Wolfgang Graf Von Bullion, Company Commander of 3./Gebirgsjager Regiment 144. Facsimile signature. Killed near Srobry in Russia in February 1943 at the age of 24, Graf Von Bullion was a highly decorated Company Commander and winner of the German Cross in Gold, Ehrenblattspange (Roll of Honour Clasp), Iron Cross 1st and 2nd. Class and the Wound Badge in Black. The open letter to 3./Geb. Jag. Reg 144 is dated 2.10.1942 and addressed to “My Brave Hunters” and appears to be a morale boosting exercise telling of 800 dead Russians along with 770 prisoners. Both the Death Card and letter are in very good condition.

Hollow Back Infantry Assault Badge in White Metal

Hollow Back Infantry Assault Badge in White Metal

Another from the small collection recently acquired is this nice white metal hollow backed Infantry Assault Badge. Non maker marker it is completely without damage and retains some of the original finish

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NSDAP Wall Drape

NSDAP Wall Drape

A very good NSDAP double sided Drape measuring approximately 1420mm x 650mm. Colours are excellent and show absolutely no signs of fading with the Swastika printed on a white background machine stitched into place. The top end of the Drape has a stitched over section allowing provision for a hanging rope etc. Overall condition is very good with close inspection revealing just one hole no more than 1mm which is unlikely to have been caused by moth. It would be difficult to upgrade this example

Truppensonderdienst Officer's Tropical Tunic

Truppensonderdienst Officer's Tropical Tunic

A very good example of tropical weight Officer’s Tunic to an Oberleutnant in the Truppensonderdienst, the troop special services. Tailored in what is known as “moleskin” material the Tunic is of the standard pattern with four pleated and flapped pockets closed with pebbled buttons, whilst front closure is with four matching buttons with two hook and eyes at the collar. The Tunic is unlined All insignia is originally applied, the collar bars and shoulder boards having the waffenfarbe of the Truppensonderdienst. Often mistaken for medical devices on the boards the devices here are correct for the Truppensonderdienst. Unlike other countries the German medical Caduceus featured only the serpent and shaft without the wings. Overall condition is very good. There is some light moth damage the collar and slight fading overall but no other damage. A rare Tunic to this arm of the service in a good mannequin size of about a 38” chest.

WW11 Italian Tank Crew Badge

WW11 Italian Tank Crew Badge

Measuring only 33mm across this Italian Tank Badge appears to be silvered brass and is in very good condition with its fixing pin still in place. The top is inscribed Gruppo Corazzato with the moto Nicaea Fidelis along the bottom IV Gruppo Corazzato Nizza (4th Armoured Group Nizza) was part of the 1st Regiment Nizza Cavalry. IV Group was formed in 1942, using type AB41 armoured cars. The Latin motto on the badge “Nicaea Fidelis” (Nissa faithful) is the ancient motto of the Cavalry Dragons. The badge was worn by both the III Gruppo Autoblindato Nizza (3rd Armoured Car Group Nizza) which comprised two squadrons, a total of 54 type AB41 armoured cars, serving in Africa from May 1942 to the end of hostilities, and by the IV Gruppo Nizza, which comprised 21 type AB41 armoured cars and 15 type L6/40 tanks, which was transferred to Albania in May 1942 where it surrendered to the Germans on September 8, 1943.

Royal Corps of Signals Coloured Field Service Cap

Royal Corps of Signals Coloured Field Service Cap

A very nice example of the coloured other ranks Signals Field Service Cap. Dark blue body with a pale blue piping to the edge flaps and crown the Cap is in very good condition and free from damage other than one small moth hole in the crown. General Service buttons and slider badge. Inside, the lining is without damage and retains the original size label 7. The Signals Coloured Field Service Cap which colours were consistent with the corps traditions had in most cases the same cut as the normal Field Service Cap. Wearing Coloured Field Service Caps was allowed from June 1937, but was optional and in any case reserved to personnel on leave and below the rank of Colonel.

Officer's M43 Cap in Fine Italian Gabardine

Officer's M43 Cap in Fine Italian Gabardine

A quite superb and I believe privately purchased, Heer officer’s M43 Cap constructed in a high quality Italian Gabardine over a field grade wool giving it double thickness and improved insulating properties. The top of the cap features a band of twisted silver aluminium wire piping as worn by officers. There is a single eyelet to provide ventilation at each side. Fold down side flaps are secured up or down by a pair of silvered pebbled buttons with the heavier wool underlay material providing protection for the ears. Insignia is in the form of a trapezoid with BeVo style wire eagle and cockade correctly and originally applied by stitching along the eagle’s upper wings when positioned upside down and then flipping it over to be finished by machine stitching. In keeping with the popular fashion the peak, or visor, has been cracked fore/aft to give it a jaunty appearance. Inside, the lining is a silver grey rayon with a grey leather sweatband to protect the forehead. Overall condition is very good with little evidence of use and absolutely no damage other than perhaps some light toning to the eagle. It would be very difficult to upgrade this example. The HBT Tunic shown in the last image is not included but is available elsewhere on this website

Luftwaffe Observer Badge in Tombak

Luftwaffe Observer Badge in Tombak

Once in my own collection this lovely example of the Luftwaffe Observer’s badge is constructed in a silvered Tombak and remains in very good undamaged condition. Made by Assmann it retains much of the original finish with just the right amount of service wear to the finish on the high points. The pin and catch are typical of Assmann and the rivets hold the eagle securely to the wreath. The reverse of the eagle clearly displays the Assmann raised logo. A fine example of what in my view is the most attractive of the Luftwaffe awards

Eastern Peoples Award Second Class in Silver without Swords.

Eastern Peoples Award Second Class in Silver without Swords.

Instituted in 1942 to recognize the contribution of Eastern Peoples to the war effort against Russia this zinc example is in overall very good condition with the suspension ring marked 100 ( Wachtler & Lange) and complete with ribbon and pin. Overall condition is very good a sticth needed to one side the hanging pin

Northamptonshire Field Service Cap

Northamptonshire Field Service Cap

A very good example of a WW11 coloured Nothamptonshire Field Service cap in very good perhaps unused condition with no moth and no further damage. Blue wool body with khaki coloured insert, the side flaps stitched in place for a smarter appearance. The regimental badge is brass held in place with a sprung pin and the flap buttons are general service. Inside, the cap is lined in a heavy dark brown hessian with a natural coloured sweatband stamped with an arrow and 39 and 37122. An attractive cap in very good condition. Size approximately 54 cms.

Waffen SS Wiking Division Photo Postcard

Waffen SS Wiking Division Photo Postcard

An SS Photo Postcard printed on Agfa paper and measuring 129 x 87 mm. Written in pencil on the reverse is “Waffen SS Wiking Division in Finland wearing camouflaged helmet cover over Bergmutze ski cap” Good condition although the picture is somewhat over exposed towards the bottom.

WWII Italian Tank Crew Badge

WWII Italian Tank Crew Badge

WWII Italian Tank Crew Badge constructed in a silvered bronze and in very good condition with loss of the silvering revealing the bronze. A high quality non maker marked badge, free from damage and with the horizontal fixing pin in place

Italian Red Front Fighter's Badge

Italian Red Front Fighter's Badge

Italian WW11 Regio Esercito, Russian Campaign Honour Badge for the Italian Royal Army in Russia with “Fronte Russo” enclosed in a banner and with crossed Russian Shashkas and the knot of the Royal Family of Sovia. The Milan maker name is raised from the casting on the reserve. Overall very good undamaged condition with fixing pin in place

1930's French Foreign Legion Sleeve Chevrons

1930's French Foreign Legion Sleeve Chevrons

Rank chevrons and Ecusson of Caporal (Corporal). 3e Companie du 4e Regiment Etranger d’Infantry (3rd Company, 4th Regiment of Legion Infantry) dating from the 1930s. Diamond shaped sleeve patch in khaki cotton with rank insignia in green and the number 3, the reverse with 4 attachment hooks on a wool backing. Very good condition with two moth holes to the backing and small fragments of paper perhaps from display This actual chevron is pictured in Joe Lyndhurst’s book Military Collectibles page 128.

WW11 French Foreign Legion Silver "Colonel's" Badge

WW11 French Foreign Legion Silver "Colonel's" Badge

A scarce WWII "Colonel's" badge of the 3rd Company of 4th Regiment Foreign Legion in silver and enamel. Depicting the Mexican eagle grappling a snake with the title “CAMERONE” above snakes head an to either side of thelozenge “3e” and “Cie”. To the reverse centre “ARGENT” (silver) with the maker and address “DRAGO PARIS” “25 R BERANGER”. This special silver badge was presented to the Colonel of the 4th REI by the manufacturer Drago. The manufacture of pocket badges was a lucrative affair with several manufacturers seeking the business. The Colonel of the regiment would decide the design and agree the contract with a manufacturer. It would be commonplace for the manufacturer to present the Colonel with a better quality badge often in silver or gold. The Badge is in very good condition with damage or loss to the enamel.

WW11 French Colonial Officer's Collar patches

WW11 French Colonial Officer's Collar patches

Pair of collar patches for a French Colonial Officer of 66th Moroccan Regiment ( 66 ieme Bataillon de Chars de Combat (BCC) Maroc) 1937-1940 Very good uniform removed condition

Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Officer's M43

Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Officer's M43

Something of an enigma, I believe this M43 Cap to be a Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Officer’s Cap but I cannot decide if the eagle, which is a fine example of the type seen on the “Sailor’s Cap”, has been re applied or not. The eagle is attached by three prongs. The is no rosette as normally associated with these Caps and whilst unusual it is a known configuration, an example of which is shown in Volume 3 page 62 of Angolia’s Die Kriegsmarine, Uniforms and Traditions. The construction is of a fine officer quality wool with a golden wire twisted cord around the upper edge of the side panels. The flaps have their ear loops on the inside and two golden buttons secure the flaps up. I believe though the buttons to be post war replacements. In keeping with the fashion the cloth covered peak is cracked fore / aft. Inside, the cap is lined with an imitation silk with a half sweatband protecting the brow. Of interest are the red ink stamps, absolutely typical of the markings applied by the Russians to captured German headwear. Overall condition is very good with just two small moth holes under one of the flaps.

Eastern People Merit Decoration 2nd Class

Eastern People Merit Decoration 2nd Class

An Eastern People Merit Decoration 2nd Class by Maker “100” - Gold grade, in gilded zinc, ring marked “100” (for Rudolf Wächtler & Lange, Mittweida), gold wash mostly gone. With ribbon and suspension pin.

Luftwaffe or Army Officer's Belt. Large Size

Luftwaffe or Army Officer's Belt. Large Size

A very good Luftwaffe or Army Officer’s early leather Claw Buckle Belt. With a width of 50mm prescribed by order in 1938 the Belt is a large size and will open for up to a 40” waist and close to a 32” waist. Inside, the belt has the two horizontal leather strips to accommodate the keepers which also allowed for the use of a shoulder strap via a loop. By order of September 1939 wear of the strap was abolished and neither the strap nor the keepers remain with the belt. The belt is closed with a silver pebbled buckle with two claws. Overall condition is very good with surface wear and scratching associated with service use and with the stitching to one end of one inside leather strips missing.

Eastern Peoples Award Second Class in Silver with Swords.

Eastern Peoples Award Second Class in Silver with Swords.

Ostvolk Decoration for Bravery on the Eastern Front 2nd Class with swords in Silvered zinc alloy with ribbon and suspension ring stamped 100, made by Wachtler & Lange in Germany. Instituted in 1942 to recognize the contribution of Eastern Peoples to the war effort against Russia this zinc example is in overall very good condition. Very good condition with light marks to the ribbon and minor loss to the silver was in places

1943 Balkenkreuz Uber Wustensand by Stalling

1943 Balkenkreuz Uber Wustensand by Stalling

Published by Gerhard Stalling Verlag, Oldenburgin 1943, this copy of Balkenkreuz uber Wustensand (The Balkan Cross over Western Sands) Farbbilderwerk vom Deutschen Afrikakorps is in generally very good condition with some distress to the front cover which has been reinforced with tape. Edited by Luftwaffen-Kriegsberichter-Kompanie it measures 20 x 26 cms with 159 pages, 100 mono and colour photographs and 1 map. An excellent pictorial reference work on the Luftwaffe in the Western desert.

Afrikakorps Cufftitle

Afrikakorps Cufftitle

A very good uniform removed “Afrikakorps” Cufftitle, full length at 42 cms. Constructed in the classic BeVo style with horizontal dark green cotton centre band with diagonally ribbed bright aluminum flat-wire edge trim top and bottom on a tan rayon backing. Whilst the intention was for the backing to show as a thin border it was common practice, as is the case here, for the border to be folded over and concealed. The Afrikakorps cufftitle was officially introduced on July 18th, 1941, for wear by members of the Deutsches Afrikakorps, Wear of the cufftitle was permitted when personnel were on leave in Europe but when they transferred out of the North African theatre the cufftitle was to be removed. With the introduction of the "Afrika" campaign cufftitle Afrikakorps cufftitle was ordered removed.

Original Case for the Luftwaffe Pilot's Badge

Original Case for the Luftwaffe Pilot's Badge

Always hard to locate but the perfect addition to your Luftwaffe Pilot’s Badge, this original Case is in very good condition without scuffs or damage. The release catch remains strong and the lid closes firmly in place. The hinge is magnetic and the gold block lettering remains clear. A very nice example.

3 Volume Set of Uniforms & Traditions of the Luftwaffe by Angolia & Schlicht.

3 Volume Set of Uniforms & Traditions of the Luftwaffe by Angolia & Schlicht.

A complete three volume set of Uniforms & Traditions of the Luftwaffe by Angolia & Schlicht. Long out of print these books are in my view still the ultimate reference work on the subject for both collector and dealer. Profusely illustrated with high quality glossy paper and hard covers, they embrace every aspect of the Luftwaffe from Aircrew to Fallshirmjager and ground troops Representing a much better buy as set, each volume is in very good condition with light bumps to the corners. Volume 1. 1996 edition with 587 pages. Volume 2. 1st edition, 1997, 487 Pages. This is the most sought after volume which includes the Fallschirmjager. Volume 3. 1st Edition 1998, 592 pages.

RAF Airman's Jacket Simplified. 38-39" Chest 1941

RAF Airman's Jacket Simplified. 38-39" Chest 1941

A good displayable example of a 1941 dated RAF other ranks, Jackets – Airmen- Simplified in an acceptable size 6 for a 38 – 39” chest. Also included are two shoe brushes and a small wash bag to the same airman. The Jacket is in generally very good condition but does have two moth holes, one on the left collar which could perhaps be concealed with careful pressing of the roll to the collar and one near the hem on the right side which is not noticeable. In addition there are perhaps eight very small and almost unnoticeable nips on the sleeves. Both brass belt support hooks are in place along with the belt itself. Both sleeve patches are originally applied.

Pre 1938 RAF 603 Bomber Sq. Pipe Band Cap Badge

Pre 1938 RAF 603 Bomber Sq. Pipe Band Cap Badge

An extremely rare RAF 603 Bomber Squadron Pipe and Drum Band Cap Badge worn on the Glengarry and Sporran and the only original piece I have seen. A large badge, the eagle has a wingspan of just over 66mm and a depth of 44mm. Stamped in brass the detail is excellent with just the slightest wear to some of the high points which are only visible under and eye glass. Both posts and the sprung pin are in place. 603 Squadron was formed on 14 October 1925 at RAF Turnhouse as a day bomber unit of the Auxiliary Air Force. On 24 October 1938, No. 603 was re designated a fighter unit and flew Hinds until the arrival of Gladiators at the end of March 1939. The badge therefore dates from between 1933 when the Pipe Band was formed to 1938 when it became a fighter Squadron.

WW11 Italian ANR Cap Badge

WW11 Italian ANR Cap Badge

Cap insignia of the National Republican Air Force (Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana, or ANR) was the air force of the Italian Social Republic during World War II, closely linked with the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) in northern Italy and in existence from 1943 - 45. Filed grey wool backing with machine embroidered eagle and wreath. In excellent unissued condition

Tropical Artillery Signals Personnel “Blitz” Sleeve Badge

Tropical Artillery Signals Personnel “Blitz” Sleeve Badge

Khaki cotton base with machine embroidered blitz arrow in red threads, the badge finished in a khaki cotton surround. Very good condition and typically seen on early DAK tunics. Quite a rare badge

Arm Shield of the Kuban Cossacks

Arm Shield of the Kuban Cossacks

Arm Shield for a member of the 3rd and 4th Regiments of the Kuban Cossacks. Cut from a roll and with the regiments colours printed on a white cotton background. Excellent unissued condition

Heer Radio Operator NCO Trade Badge

Heer Radio Operator NCO Trade Badge

The 1940-45 pattern embroidered "Blitzbundel," in golden yellow cord, consisting of three lightening bolts, the center one arranged vertically and the other two diagonally, bound by a variant center, on a 55mm diameter field-grey wool base. Hand embroidered and in my opinion uniform removed, this example features the silver twisted cord border of an NCO Funkmeister. very good service used condition

Kriegsmarine Hydrometer Used on U Boats

Kriegsmarine Hydrometer Used on U Boats

A very good example of a Kriegsmarine Hydrometer used to determine the density of sea water, critical for the trimming of U Boats. The Kriegsmarine property mark remains but is now quite faint and visible only on close inspection, the instrument is in undamaged working condition and contained within the original card storage tube with an overall length of 335mm.

Luftwaffe Presentation Piece from the Officers at Krefeld Airfield

Luftwaffe Presentation Piece from the Officers at Krefeld Airfield

A beautiful example of Teutonic art is this solid oak presentation piece presented by the Officer Corps of Fliegerhorst Krefeld (Krefeld Airfield) and dated 10.10.40 With a diameter of 350 mm it is perhaps intended as a fruit or bread dish or simply as an attractive wall piece. At centre is the coat of arms of Krefeld below which is the dedication perhaps to Insp. Mehmerl from his comrades, whilst the lower half of the rim is decorated with the classic oak leaf and acorn design. The upper half has 23 engraved facsimiles of the officer’s signatures with a droop tail eagle and Swastika surrounded by clouds. There is an age related crack which has resulted in the separation into two parts horizontally slightly above centre. This has been very well repaired and in my view does not detract. Fliegerhorst Krefeld was the home of JG1 and 52 operating Bf109s, Fw 190 and He162. One of the notable commanders was Hermann Graff.

Luftwaffe Trumpet Banner Eagle

Luftwaffe Trumpet Banner Eagle

An impressive Luftwaffe Eagle with a wingspan of 190 mm and constructed in a chain link golden wire with features in a brown cotton tread. Purported (according to a sticker written in ball point) to have been cut from a trumpet banner at Stendal Airfield near Berlin, the home of Fallschirmjager training. A yellow edging is apparent to the eagle which would suggest a yellow banner. Very good condition, the eagle attached to a felt covered board by four tack stitches so easily removed. Very nice wall piece.

Two Fallschirmjager Arab Made Souvenir Dishes

Two Fallschirmjager Arab Made Souvenir Dishes

Two locally produced small beaten brass souvenir dishes one for the Afrika Korps, the other for the Fallschirmjager, each measuring about 95mm in diameter and perhaps intend as coasters or ashtrays. Both decorated at the outer rim the Fallschirmjager dish features the Luftwaffe swooping eagle and Swastika with Afrika atop, the other with DAK 1942 and a Palm Tree with Swastika. Interesting variant to the souvenirs produced for the German forces in North Afrika

1946 1st Edition - Detour The Story of Colditz. 64 Illustrations and Text

1946 1st Edition - Detour The Story of Colditz. 64 Illustrations and Text

Published by The Falcon Press, 1946, First Edition,Detour is the story of Colditz in text accompanied by approximately 64 portraits and cartoons drawn in the camp a large number of which were taken from diaries brought home from Colditz. I had the pleasure of viewing the actual diaries some years ago in Canada. Beige quarter-bound boards with gilt titling to front and spine. Book in very good condition with a pages intact but with bumping and some loss to the board corners. All text and illustrations are very clean and clear; 183 pages plus index. Oflag IVC was a high-security German prison camp during the Second World War, designed to contain officers who had escaped several times. Compiled from material brought back from Oflag IVC, the International "bad boys" camp. The script totals roughly 80,000 words of narrative written by the officers, with commentaries of true incidents of battle, prison and escape. The text is accompanied by thirty-two pastels in four-colour and thirty-two pastels and cartoons in mono-colour by Lieut. J. F. Watton of the border Regiment.

1st. Pattern Afrika Korps Tunic - Unissued

1st. Pattern Afrika Korps Tunic - Unissued

An excellent and unissued example of the 1st Pattern Tropical Tunic issued to the Afrika Korps for their arrival in North African 1941 Constructed in a lightweight ribbed khaki/olive cotton twill, it has a six button front closure with small opened fold back lapels and a lay down collar. There are four pleated and flapped front patch pockets with scalloped edges, each closed by a pebbled grey painted button matching those at the front. All buttons are complete with the correct S rings and are dated 41. National BeVo weave eagle and collar patches appear originally applied but no shoulder straps have been fitted to the existing loops. Roughly a size 34/36 chest there is a Breslau maker’s stamp under the inside button flap. Completely free of damage or marks of any kind and ideal for those who prefer “as new” original items.

Luftwaffe Cockpit UV Lamp FL 32269-6 . Me 410/110

Luftwaffe Cockpit UV Lamp FL 32269-6 . Me 410/110

A now extremely rare Ultra Violet lamp taken from the cockpit of an Me410. I have found reference to this type of lamp also being used in the Me110 and no doubt other types. In very good condition but missing the light diffuser from the end. A broken bulb appears still to be in place. According to a note found with it, this was removed from the aircraft in Norway in 1945.

Luftwaffe Flak Artillery Shoulder Straps, Unissued

Luftwaffe Flak Artillery Shoulder Straps, Unissued

A very good matched pair of Luftwaffe Feldwebel slip on shoulder straps for a Feldwebel in the Flak Artillery. Perhaps never used, the straps are free from moth or any other damage and are ideal for display on the Flyer's Blouse

1944 RAF Captains of Aircraft Map

1944 RAF Captains of Aircraft Map

An original RAF Captains of Aircraft Map entitled sheet 4 Enniskillen to Avignon, very few original appearing to have survived. Measuring just 450mm x 347 mm the map is printed on white paper and covers North Western Europe. Dated 1943 but with corrections to spot heights for this 1944 edition, the map shows , borders, rivers, major cities and coastlines. Its purpose was to provide a basic navigation map for Pilots to display the track prepared by the navigator at briefing and shown on the full topographical charts used at the Navigator’s station. This would provide situational awareness for the Pilot and allow for notes relating to areas of known enemy opposition etc. This example appears to have been used twice and shows one route from an airfield in Yorkshire to a target North of Paris carried out in daylight and a second, night time operation, to a target South East of Calais. There are various time and altitude annotations and no RAF airfields are shown. An excellent backdrop to any collection the map is without tears but shows a large coffee or cocoa stain. Whilst this of course spoils its appearance it does have an appeal, conjuring up the image of a bomber pilot trying to sip his beverage in turbulent conditions. Both folded and rolled in the past it will be posted rolled.

Triangular NSDAP Pennant Perhaps for a Motor Vehicle

Triangular NSDAP Pennant Perhaps for a Motor Vehicle

Triangular NSDAP Pennant, perhaps a car Pennant measuring approximately 360mm x 180mm. Red cotton background with a black machine woven Swastika on a circular white ribbed rayon backing. The Pennant is free from damage but does show some age related staining. The absence of any halyard or suspension rings suggests this may at one time have been held in a celluloid cover of the type used on motor vehicles.

Hitler Jugend Summer Cap

Hitler Jugend Summer Cap

A Hitler Jugend (Hitler Youth) tan-coloured cotton twill Summer Cap with red piping denoting the HJ basic colour rather than a specialist branch. The Cap has an expansion fold along its crown which in this case has been tacked with thread front and back to maintain a better appearance. Beneath the piping, and over the forward seam line of the panels, is a machine woven Hitler Youth diamond and Swastika. The interior is fully lined in a tan-coloured twill. A nice clean Cap in overall very good condition

Heer Officer's Tombak Summer Tunic Eagle

Heer Officer's Tombak Summer Tunic Eagle

Without doubt the finest example I have ever seen of a Tombak pin back Army Officer’s Breast Eagle for wear on the white summer tunic. In overall near mint condition the eagle retains virtually all of the original frosting and is without any signs of damage or wear. The reverse is equally pleasing with both horizontal and vertical fixing pins in place. It would be quite impossible to upgrade this superb example.

Kriegsmarine Troppenhelm Shields

Kriegsmarine Troppenhelm Shields

A good displayable pair of Kriegsmarine Troppenhelm Shields, the eagle shield marked to Gustave Bremer 41. Both shields show some wear to the finish and both are missing their fixing prongs.

1930's French Foreign Legion Officer's Kepi With Tropical Cover

1930's French Foreign Legion Officer's Kepi With Tropical Cover

WW11 Period French Foreign Legion Officer’s Kepi with dark blue wool band measuring approximately 9cm high and with a red wool crown and dark blue piping. An upright bullion flaming grenade is to the front. The Kepi is complete with a rare tropical cover. The chinstrap is held in place by a pair of brass French Legion buttons whilst the interior is fully lined with a black leather sweatband and gold silk lining. A very nice example of the iconic 1930's model kepi.

Infantry Officer's Peaked (Visor) Cap. 13 /J.R 66

Infantry Officer's Peaked (Visor) Cap. 13 /J.R 66

A very good privately purchased example of an infantry officer’s peaked (or Visor) Cap by the very rare maker August Schanze. Made in a fine quality doeskin the Cap is in overall very good condition with two small moth holes to the crown and two very small nips just below the white waffenfarbe which separates the crown from the lower cloth. Insignia is aluminium alloy and is in excellent condition as is the green felt hat band. The black vulkanfibre peak or visor is undamaged and has a pale grey underside. The aluminium wire chincord is in excellent condition Inside, the cap shows evidence of light use only, the lining undamaged as is the imitation leather sweatband. Lifting the sweatband shows that the foam padding has become detached and transferred to a folded newspaper insert. Of interest are the stampings showing that this privately purchased Cap was inspected prior to being approved for wear by the 13th. Company of Infantry Regiment 66. A quite beautiful example

WW1 RFC Sidcot Suit by Robinson & Cleaver

WW1 RFC Sidcot Suit by Robinson & Cleaver

A very rare example of an early RFC Sidcot Flying Suit bearing the label of the original manufacturers, Robinson & Cleaver and with a second faded label with the just discernible wording “Sidcot Flying Suit”. Developed during the winter of 1916 by Sidney Cotton of the RNAS and patented by his friend, J Evans of Robinson & Cleaver, London, the 'Sidcot' Suit is one of the most well-known items of flying clothing of the period, replacing as it did the full length Leather Flying Coat. A one-piece khaki twill proofed cotton outer with a rubberized cotton interlining and 'fur' lining, it has a large buttoned chest flap, open pockets on the knees and buttons at the wrist and ankles (Text courtesy of Mark Hillier) Overall condition is good , showing just the right amount of combat wear and needing just a helmet, goggles and a pair of shoes for a complete mannequin display. There are I believe three buttons missing and a few small areas of wear, clearly period darned with a heavy cotton thread. The back appears to have had a panel inserted using identical material and professionally applied, again clearly of the period. The waist belt remains in place, possibly with a section inserted as a repair but again, no doubt done at the time. There is a large stain at the left ankle of undetermined origin but there is the possibility this might be blood, although clearly not a fatal would. As far as we can determine these suits were produced without a fur collar and photographs show them both with and without suggesting the collar was perhaps added in the field. This actual example appears on page 91 of Mark Hillier's excellent publication entitled “Royal Flying Corps Kitbag” already in my view the definitive work on RFC clothing. The book follows his two other works in the Kitbag series on both the RAF and Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain.

Kriegsmarine Summer Tunic Breast Eagle

Kriegsmarine Summer Tunic Breast Eagle

A quite beautiful Kriegsmarine Summer Tunic Breast Eagle by Assmann in gilded tombac for wear on the tropical uniforms. Approximately 95 mm wingspan. Overall condition is very good but with some bending to the pin and hinge from use.

Kriegsmarine Hand Embroidered Cap Eagle

Kriegsmarine Hand Embroidered Cap Eagle

A very nice Kriegsmarine Officer / Senior NCO Peaked (Visor) Cap Eagle insignia. Hand embroidered in golden Celleon thread and clearly removed from a Cap the eagle has a wingspan of 77mm including the blue black wool backing. Very good condition with about 40% of the paper backing remaining.

Italian Major's Single Shoulder Board

Italian Major's Single Shoulder Board

1930s -40s single Shoulder Board to and Italian Major ( Maggiore) Field Officer in the Engineers. Hand embroidered gold bullion engineer’s insignia on field grey ribbed wool backing on board trimmed with golden tresse and piped in mauve, with screw button and slider. Very good condition and free from damage

WW11 Italian Medic’s Cap Badge

WW11 Italian Medic’s Cap Badge

An oval, machine embroidered badge on a dark grey/green background. Measures approximately 40m x 62mm. Very good unissued condition

Wartime British Driving Gauntlets

Wartime British Driving Gauntlets

Famously photographed in wear with the Long Range Desert Group these leather Gauntlets are perhaps most associated with use by British Motor Cycle dispatch Riders. A small size, the leather is in very good condition but there is some deterioration to leather lining.

116th Panzer Division Traditions Badge

116th Panzer Division Traditions Badge

A scarce Traditions Badge of the Heer 116th Panzer Division worn of the left side of the cap and featuring the Windhund in relief on a black oval, measuring just 29mm x 21mm, pre drilled for sewing to the cap. To be worn by all members of the division by order dated October 25th 1944 the badge is constructed (I believe) in feinzink, black lacquered. Although a popular bring home souvenir original badges such as this are rare. Sadly the condition is poor the badge having been broken in half at some time and glued back together. Priced accordingly.

Shinkel Iron Cross and Luftwaffe 4 Year Service Medal on a Medal Bar

Shinkel Iron Cross and Luftwaffe 4 Year Service Medal on a Medal Bar

A quite beautiful Schinkel Iron Cross Second Class and Luftwaffe 4 year Service professionally mounted on a medal bar. The Iron Cross displays the unmistakable characteristics of a Shinkel and is in excellent condition, retaining virtually all of the original frosting and black finish to the magnetic core. The 4 year service medal is again in excellent conditions with no signs of wear and with all the original frosting. Both ribbons are very good, the service medal with its silver Luftwaffe eagle. The reverse is finishing with a hand applied field grey wool panel whilst the pin is without damage. It would be difficult to upgrade this excellent example.

British Officer's Marching Boots

British Officer's Marching Boots

A good pair of British Army Officer’s Brown pebbled Leather Boots in a small size 7 but suitable for a mannequin display. Undated but probably of WW11 vintage the Boots are in good condition but in need of being polished. 8 pairs of eyelets with waxed laces in place, the only markings I can find are to the sole, WD, 7 and L.

The History of the German Steel Helmet 1916-1945 by Ludwig Baer

The History of the German Steel Helmet 1916-1945 by Ludwig Baer

Forming the basis of knowledge for all further books on the subject this hardcover first edition was published by Bender publishing in 1985, and written by Ludwig Baer. A 448-page textbook full history of the German steel helmet with full of descriptions of each type of helmet and containing many black and white photos showing the different examples of each helmet. There are several colour photographs of helmet decals, helmets and soldiers wearing the helmets although most of these photos are in black and white and provide a good archive of soldiers wearing the helmets during wartime. The book itself is in very good, almost new condition. Essential reading on the subject.

Their Honour Was Glory. Bender Publication

Their Honour Was Glory. Bender Publication

Very good condition. 2nd Edition. An illustrated and documentary history of the Knight's Cross holders of the Waffen-SS and Police 1940-1945. Dual language - German & English. Matt boards. B/w photos. 519 pages. Overall very good hardly used condition and an excellent reference on the subject.

"KRETA -SIEG DER KÜHNSTEN" BOOK. 1942

"KRETA -SIEG DER KÜHNSTEN" BOOK. 1942

A 22cm x 31cm, two hundred fifty-two page hardcover book with over two hundred and fifty photographs. A simulated splinter pattern camouflage cover with impressed facsimile of the paratroopers badge to front center which has now lost its colour. The title translates roughly as, Crete-Victory of the Brave. Published in Graz in 1942 with the cooperation of "General der Flieger" Kurt Student it opens with a preface by Reichsmarschall Göring with facsimile signature. Written, and compiled with photographs by German war correspondents. The pages show yellowing typical of age but condition is generally very good and include what appears a dedication from a a Fallschirmjager

Pre War German Walkers Bread Bag

Pre War German Walkers Bread Bag

Following almost exactly the design of the NSDAP Bread Bag with the exception of the belt support hook, this example appears to be private purchase and absolutely in keeping with the pre war German popularity of outdoor activities. Overall condition is good with some detachment of the leather flap trim with the owners name tag still attached.

WW11 Period Army Medical Services Armband / Brassard

WW11 Period Army Medical Services Armband / Brassard

WW11 period British Army Medical Service Armband in very good perhaps unissued condition. White linen Armband approximately 78mm wide with a red felt cross machine stitched into place and an Army Medical Service property stamp. Very similar in appearance to the WW1 Armband but with adjustment achieved with brass Newey Press Fasteners rather than with buttons

Tropical Artillery Signals Personnel “Blitz” Sleeve Badge

Tropical Artillery Signals Personnel “Blitz” Sleeve Badge

Khaki cotton base with machine embroidered blitz arrow in red threads, the badge finished in a khaki cotton surround. Very good condition and typically seen on early DAK tunics. Quite a rare badge

Tropical Artillery Signals Personnel “Blitz” Sleeve Badge

Tropical Artillery Signals Personnel “Blitz” Sleeve Badge

Khaki cotton base with machine embroidered blitz arrow in red threads, the badge finished in a khaki cotton surround. Very good condition and typically seen on early DAK tunics. Quite a rare badge

British Black Leather Marching Boots, Size 8, 1942

British Black Leather Marching Boots, Size 8, 1942

A particularly nice pair of British Army Marching (Ammunition) boots in a size 8, 1942 dated. The pebbled leather uppers show virtually no signs of wear, the top of the ankles with a WD and crow’s foot stamp and 165. The laces are leather and appear to be the original pair. Inside, the boots are clearly stamped 8, M, WW and 1942. The soles are in very good used condition, stamped with the crow’s foot arrow and M, the hobnails intact A very good displayable pair of wartime other ranks Boots.

RAF Observer's Half Wing

RAF Observer's Half Wing

An excellent unissued example of an RAF Observer’s half wing padded brevet. Machine embroidered in off white silk thread on a black wool backing, the reverse with the original paper backing.

Iron Cross 2nd. Class For Female Recipients by Klein & Quenzer

Iron Cross 2nd. Class For Female Recipients by Klein & Quenzer

An exceptionally rare Iron Cross Second Class with Bow Arrangement associated with those awarded to female recipients such as the last pictures show. Although there is no doubt many more were prepared for award but it is thought that were something in the region of less than forty actually awarded. This textbook example is by Klein & Quenzer with 65 stamped on the suspension ring and is in excellent condition with a pleasing patina to the cross itself. The last two pictures are from “The Iron Cross 2nd Class” by Dietrich Maerz and are not included.

Silver Grade Tank Destruction Badge

Silver Grade Tank Destruction Badge

Worn on the right sleeve the Silver Tank Destruction Badge was awarded for single-handed destruction of one enemy tank using a hand held weapons such as a hand grenade, panzerfaust, satchel charge, etc. The award features a blackened magnetic tank, with crisp details superimposed on silver tight interwoven celleon braid, edged with two black rayon stripes, top and bottom. The example is in very good condition + condition with some moth damage to the black wool backing. A particularly nice example

Iron Cross 2nd. Class For Female Recipients by Klein & Quenzer

Iron Cross 2nd. Class For Female Recipients by Klein & Quenzer

An exceptionally rare Iron Cross Second Class with Bow Arrangement associated with those awarded to female recipients such as the last pictures show. Although there is no doubt many more were prepared for award but it is thought that were something in the region of less than forty actually awarded. This textbook example is by Klein & Quenzer with 65 stamped on the suspension ring and is in excellent condition with a pleasing patina to the cross itself. The last two pictures are from “The Iron Cross 2nd Class” by Dietrich Maerz and are not included.

Green Linen Afrika Cuff Band

Green Linen Afrika Cuff Band

A scarce green linen variation of the Afrika Cuff Band sometimes associated with use by the Fallschirmjager. This example measures 214mm and has been period shortened to allow it to be stitched into the seams of the sleeve rather than embracing the entire circumference. The obverse is heavily sun bleached, the original green of the cloth now faded to almost a pale tan with the machine embroidered silver grey thread of “Afrika” and palm trees similarly toned as are the borders top and bottom. The reverse clearly shows the original green colour with the inspector’s label still remaining. A very good sun bleached example

1942-1943 Eismeer Front Medal

1942-1943 Eismeer Front Medal

1(Medaille zur Erinnerung an die Eismeer-Front) Commemorative medal for Gebirgsjagers who fought in Eismeer Front, the north of Russia between 1942-1943 year. Constructed of patinated zinc, with double loops for suspension, the obverse with a raised edelweiss, the reverse with an inscription of “EISMEER FRONT 1942-1943. Very good condition.

Complete Set of 10 x80 Flak Binoculars from Batterie Lothringen Jersey

Complete Set of 10 x80 Flak Binoculars from Batterie Lothringen Jersey

A complete service used set of 10 x 80 Flak Binoculars with an interesting history. Accompanied by all their accessories including the rare original Tripod and transit case, I have owned this set in my own collection since my days growing up and living in Jersey. I bought them there from a gentlemen living in St. Peter’s valley who took them a fortification at Noirmont Point immediately after the liberation. This was the Kriegsmarine Batterie Lotheringen on the Westery point of St. Aubins bay and guarding the harbour. The glasses themselves are without damage to the optics which are a little cloudy and have minor delamination spots to the objective lenses. They are useable but do need a service which I can arrange at extras cost. There is a mix of paint finish to the accessories which is quite common for those that were used in service. All are in very good condition but the fold out handle on the cradle is missing. Batterie Lotheringen today is a tourist attraction with some of the bunkers restored and the last images shows the Kriegsmarine rangefinder which is there today. A VERY heavy item and shipping will be costly so pick up is preferred but I will deliver to within 15 miles of the PO8 Petersfield area of Hampshire, Covid restrictions permitting

WW11 RAF Observer Half Wing

WW11 RAF Observer Half Wing

A very nice WW11 period RAF Observers half flat wing in machine embroidered thread on a black Melton wool background. Very good condition, the thread now darkened from use.

Luftwaffe Night Bombing Map. UK/NW Europe/ Germany

Luftwaffe Night Bombing Map. UK/NW Europe/ Germany

Being without doubt the most sought after of the highly collectable series of Luftwaffe maps intended for night operations, this double sided map is printed on rubberised linen and features the British Isles, Ireland and the Channel Coast on side two and Germany on one. With yellow known to the best background for contrasting with black, they were ideal for plotting using a chinograph pencil with track lines being simply wiped off with a damp cloth for re use. Dimensions are approximately 735mm X 600mm. There are various dates relating to magnetic variation, updates etc, the earlies being 1938, the latest May 1943. Side one shows two early swept tail Luftwaffe Eagles at the top border whilst side two, UK, shows two larger size second pattern eagles. Depicted in Mercator projection in a scale of 1:2000,000 the features are fairly basic showing only those which might be visible at night, coastlines, built up areas, rivers and lightships. In addition water depths are shown to allow for minelaying operations. The entire map is in very good condition. Side one features the whole of Germany along with its’ borders to the neighbouring countries and shows more detail than side two, such as airfields and navigation beacons . A rare and collectable Map which would make an excellent display backdrop.

1945 Dated British Mk1V Helmet

1945 Dated British Mk1V Helmet

Not uncommon but nice to find a Mk1V Helmet with its original wartime brown grit applied paint. Overall condition is very good with the 1945 dated size 6 ¾ liner remaining supple and without damage and the chinstrap retaining its elasticity. First worn in combat by British and Canadian troops on D-Day, the Mk III and Mk IV were used alongside the Brodie helmet for the remainder of the Second World War. It is sometimes referred to as the "turtle" helmet by collectors, because of its vague resemblance to a turtle shell

1st pattern M40 Tropical Field Cap

1st pattern M40 Tropical Field Cap

An excellent example of the 1st Pattern M40 Tropical Field Cap issued to the first contingents of the Afrika Korps. Heavily sun bleached the Cap retains the original BeVo weave eagle, correctly machine stitched in place along the upper edge before being folded down and finished by hand, whilst the rosette is machine stitched into place. Clear evidence exists of a soutache having once been there, but removed, no doubt in accordance with the 1942 instruction. At each side are a pair of ventilation grommets positioned backwards from the upward scalloped edge of the false side flaps. The top panel is one piece with a strengthening line formed by stitching a pleat in the centre running fore / aft. The peak or visor is covered with the same cotton twill material as the rest of the Cap with a double row of stitching underside securing it to the cardboard stiffener. Inside, the Cap is lined in a red cotton. Overall condition is very good but the rear seam has been opened to allow for a bigger head size and there a cut to the right of that which can be seen in the pictures, the edges reinforced with a tan cotton twill perhaps cut from a uniform.

1943 Dated British Airborne Mk1  HSAT by G & S

1943 Dated British Airborne Mk1 HSAT by G & S

Now generally known by collectors as a Helmet Steel Airborne Troops (HSAT) Mk1, this 1943 dated example by G&S is reasonable size 6 7/8. Whilst overall condition is very good the Helmet is sadly let down by a break in the short end of the harness. There is no loss to the leather of the two halves and when held together they merge nicely. A leather reinforcing strip was once attached to hold both ends together but this has now become detached and a skilled hand is needed to effect a permanent repair. The shell has a nice grit finish under a dark green paint and whilst I have not removed the net, I can see no signs of damage to the shell. Inside, the padding is good but firm and a small area of wear has exposed the horsehair filling. The sweatband is very good with good clear stamps. Finally the cotton harness and bump pad are in very good condition.

WW11 British Made French Foreign Legion Badge

WW11 British Made French Foreign Legion Badge

A very good British made pin back badge to the WW11 4th Btn. Ist Regiment of the French Foreign Legion. Finished in a gold wash with green and red side panels depicting the words Honneur and Discipline beneath the Regiment’s banner, the badge is in very good condition, the reverse with H.W. Miller B’Ham Ltd. raised in the casting.

WW1 German Water Bottle

WW1 German Water Bottle

A quite very good example which I believe to be of mid war manufacture and featuring a metal, blue enameled, bottle, the main body of which is covered with a brown cloth. The neck shows some loss to the enamel with subsequent surface rust with one pin sized area of penetration. The covering is formed of two pieces stitched together at the sides and is not removable. Condition of the cloth is excellent and completely free of moth damage. Suspension from a Bread Bag is by a sprung clip attached to a single strap and buckle arrangement around the neck. The stopper is original to the bottle and is complete with a leather strip which is probably intended to be tied to the buckle but presently hangs loose. The final images shows this piece in place as part of an equipment set, the various components of which are to be listed shortly

WW1 German Bread Bag

WW1 German Bread Bag

A nice M1887/14 Bread Bag manufactured in grey heavy-duty canvas. This is a small haversack worn suspended from the soldier's waist belt. It features a large pocket divided into two and has a single large flap closure. This flap has two short leather straps sewn the underside of the flap, their purpose to secure the contents of the bag closed by locating these straps over two metal dished buttons, sewn to the lower pocket of the bag. Another longer leather strap is fitted between the latter for securing the contents closed, and this engages over another dished metal button. A metal 'D' ring is sewn to the top left of the bag's outer flap for suspending the man's Water bottle and has a further short leather tab sewn horizontally beneath to secure the bottle's strap in place. Two button-back belt loops are located to the left and right upper edge, with between them, a single vertical strap terminating with a metal hook attachment that engages over the belt. All these components are strong and the Bread Bag can be hung from the Belt without problems. To the reverse of the Bag are fitted two small metal 'D' rings via leather tabs, these are for a Bread Bag Strap to clip on to when the Bread Bag is used on its own as a satchel. This piece was accepted into service by the Second German Army Corps in 1916 and there is a clear marking to that effect. Overall condition is very good, with no damage. The final image shows the Bread Bag Strap laid out with other items of German WW1 equipment that I have listed. These extra items do not form part of this sale but are shown for demonstration purposes only. A good example of the M1887/14 Bread Bag.

British Trouser Button Compass

British Trouser Button Compass

A pair of British Army Trouser Compass Buttons stitched to the fly or ankle adjusting straps, one with a spike the other being magnetised and pointing to North when placed on the spiked button, North and South being shown by radio luminescent dots. Utilised by ground and airborne troops the identical Buttons, painted black, were issued to aircrew. Very good condition.

12 x 60 Zeiss Binoculars From The Island of Jersey

12 x 60 Zeiss Binoculars From The Island of Jersey

Taken from a 4 meter rangefinder in St. Clement, Jersey shortly after the liberation of the Island, these are one of the last Island acquired optics I have in my collection, having grown up there. Overall condition of these 12 x 60 Zeiss Binoculars is very good. The original factory paint to the main body remains over 95% intact whilst that to the drop down lens shield is of a different colour, absolutely typical of these glasses and of the Island where anything went through lack of spares later in the occupation. Optically they would be improved from cleaning but the picture is still acceptable with the reticule still in place in the right ocular. The lenses are without damage, one objective lens showing a very small “snow flake”. Focusing works well but horizontal adjustment of the oculars is very stiff as is the filter selector, a consequence of the lubricants hardening over the years. The “lift up” eye pads are very good and the often missing rain guard for the oculars is present but the original securing strap has been replaced by a cord. Included is a later Island made mount to allow the glasses to be mounted on a conventional tripod with a single spigot mount.

Hawker Biplane Series Spade Grip by BSA

Hawker Biplane Series Spade Grip by BSA

Best known as Spade Grips the correct terminology for these interwar and wartime stick tops is Ring Grip, for obvious reasons. Although lacking the following and romantic appeal of those fitted to the Spitfire these beautiful grips for the Hawker biplane series are for me as much a piece as art as they are a piece of historic aviation memorabilia. Beautifully made by BSA (British Small Arms) in heavy stainless steel those that have survived have stood the test of time and are usually in good condition no doubt as a result of the high standards demanded during the pre-war golden age of aviation. Although Hawker biplane fighters were replaced by 1939 either by the Gladiator or Hurricane some variants such as the Audrax continued in service notably in the Middle East until 1941. This example is in excellent overall condition. Clearly stamped with the BSA logo and serial number, both machine gun paddles move freely and the grip covering is without loss. The Grip comes with a home made stand from which it detaches but allows for it to be well displayed. A quite beautiful piece

OSS Printed Fake Hitler Postal Stamps - Operation Cornflakes

OSS Printed Fake Hitler Postal Stamps - Operation Cornflakes

A fascinating collection of fake and original German Postal Stamps printed by the American OSS (forerunner of the CIA) and comprising two excellent direct forgeries and five featuring Hitler’s face as a skull along with two genuine stamps for comparison. All are in very good condition, the fakes intended for use in Operation Cornflakes On February 5th 1945 American P-38 fighter-bombers attacked a German mail train bound for the Austrian city of Linz. The twin-engine fighters strafed the train, destroying the locomotive and damaging twelve freight cars. Minutes after the initial attack, a second wave of P-38s dropped their unconventional payload over the wreckage: eight bags of mail. These bags, painstakingly prepared by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), contained thousands of letters and newspapers addressed to civilians throughout Hitler’s Third Reich. The idea behind this unusual Allied operation was to have the German postal service gather the fake mail, along with the real mail from the destroyed train, and hand-deliver Allied propaganda to German homes. While the Allies dropped hundreds of thousands of leaflets over Germany prior to January 1945, the officers in charge of psychological warfare efforts wanted to make sure the German people read these propaganda leaflets and newspapers before the German authorities could confiscate them. Allied intelligence officers surmised that German civilians, who were unlikely to pick up and read leaflets in public spaces where they could potentially be observed by their neighbours and reported to the Gestapo, would be more willing to read leaflets in the privacy of their own homes. To fool German authorities into delivering the mail, the men and women of the OSS scoured pre war German directories and wartime newspapers for addresses. Since the German government only permitted official and business mail in the final months of the war, the Allies used the return addresses of German businesses. The OSS mail also contained a plausible mixture of hand addressed and typed envelopes, as well as newspapers depicting the German high command as divided and demoralized. The Allies dubbed the effort “Operation Cornflakes,” after the breakfast cereal, since citizens of the Reich would hopefully read the papers over their morning meal. Between February and April of 1945, the 14th Fighter Squadron of the 15th Air Force dropped 320 mail bags containing 96,000 forged letters during ten missions over southern Germany and Austria. There is evidence that at least some of this mail made its way into German homes. It was difficult to measure the operation’s direct contribution to weakening German morale, however, since the Allies used a number of different methods to broadcast their messages into Germany. Ironically, one of the greatest hindrances to Operation Cornflakes was the fact that Allied bombing had gutted so many German cities by early 1945 that many Germans had abandoned their destroyed homes and become refugees. With no address to deliver the mail to, the German government destroyed much of it.

Early "Wagon Wheel" Escape and Evasion Compass

Early "Wagon Wheel" Escape and Evasion Compass

A good early “Wagon Wheel” Escape and Evasion Compass of the type concealed in escape buttons etc and carried in the RAF and Airborne troops Aids Kits. Very good working condition.

RAF Mk1V Goggles Stores Box

RAF Mk1V Goggles Stores Box

The finishing touches to a pair of RAF Mk 1V Goggles has to be this scarce cardboard Stores Box. Usually discarded or simply not surviving the passing of time, this example is in very good condition, the original label remaining complete. The Box comprise a top and bottom part and measures 200mm x 145mm x 125mm. There are no internal partitions.

RAF Mk1Vb Goggles

RAF Mk1Vb Goggles

A good pair of RAF Mk1Vb Goggles in need of some light restoration. For some reason someone has polished the lens frames and retaining plates for the rubber pads which have also been removed. The Goggles themselves are very sound. The frame is without bends, the nose protector is very good as are the side springs and loops with just some of the spring exposed on one loop. Well worth a little work

RAF White Dial Wall Clock. A Published Example

RAF White Dial Wall Clock. A Published Example

An impressive working example of a “Published” pre war Elliott White Dial RAF Wall Clock, extensively featured on pages 131 – 134 of Bob Gardner’s “A History of Clocks in the RAF”. The Clock works intermittently and will need a full service to restore it to full working condition, the last being carried out about seven years ago. Diameter is approximately 460 mm. Overall condition is very good the only points of note being slight deterioration to the dial in the nine O’clock position. The case is in fine condition and heavily stamped with the RAF property stamp, maker’s name and 1928. Of particular interest is the Crown and A.M. at the 12 O’clock position, this being the only example I have seen without either the RAF wings or crest. Even more interesting is the fact this is hand painted, a feature Bob Gardner is happy with. At the bottom half of the dial is the inventory serial number 2504 and No. 1.S.D.K (No1 Stores Depot Kidbrook) 10.12.30. In his book Bob goes on to tell us the Clock has a wartime dark bezel and an undated movement by Elliott, correct for 1928. A beautiful and functional RAF Clock that without doubt saw service into WW11. The Clock is heavy and will be costly to ship so collection from the PO8 area of Hampshire is possible and recommended

Kaiserliche Marine Sailor's Cap and Ribbon

Kaiserliche Marine Sailor's Cap and Ribbon

An excellent example of a rare Imperial German Naval Sailor’s Cap and Cap Ribbon, to 5.11.WERFT = Division 11.5 Overall condition is near excellent and suggests this cap was never issued. It is quite incredible to think it is perhaps 100 years old. The blue wool material retains all the original colour and is virtually without damage, the exception being two tiny moth nips under the brim on the left side. At the front sits the tri colour rosette, the centre red section having minor loss to the red paint. The silver wire ribbon is again virtually as new with the ends cut to shallow swallows tails. Inside, the sweatband shows no sign of use, whilst the lining shows most of the original manufacture’s printed log. Research shows that 5.11 WERFT = DIVISION 11.5 relates to the Wilhelmshaven Depot Organisation that provided initial recruit training for conscripts for the technical branches. Two original postcards showing recruits wearing these caps are included in the sale. A beautiful piece that will prove impossible to upgrade.

WW1 Period British Officer's Breeches - Early RFC Interest

WW1 Period British Officer's Breeches - Early RFC Interest

A very good pair of WW1 British officer's breeches that were most probably made for an early entrant into the Royal Flying Corps. Whilst the name of the original owner is unknown the breeches have been tailored with a flap at the front instead of the standard fly, and this very specific style is known to have been favoured by some RFC officers pre WW1. It was based on the idea used for both the issue "other ranks" RFC breeches and the issue leather flying trousers of the early period, this being that a frontal flap afforded a better protection against "wind chill" than a standard fly when in the air. By 1915 such quaint ideas in regards to flying clothing had largely been abandoned and from that time on breeches with a standard fly were more the norm. This wartime simplification equally applied to the war produced issue RFC breeches and this change is well described in Mark Hillier's excellent book "Royal Flying Corps Kitbag". The breeches are used but in very good condition overall with one moth hole to the left leg which shows well in the pictures along with a few very minor nips. They are tailored in a light khaki wool and use of this pale colour is again very typical of RFC officers. To the rear of the waistband there is a blank tab for the owner's details, sadly however this has not been filled out and so there is no definitive RFC confirmation.

RAF Flying Goggles Heater Rheostat - Hawker Biplane etc.

RAF Flying Goggles Heater Rheostat - Hawker Biplane etc.

Although I once owned a pair of heated Flying Goggles as worn on the Everest flight, I have yet to see a later pair which makes this Air Ministry Rheostat for Goggles something of an enigma. My feeling is that its use was perhaps only for use in open cockpit aircraft and I have shown a good clear image of the exact same thing fitted in the open cockpit of a Hawker Biplane. Overall condition is very good with the rotary switch turning as it should. There is no damage to the casing which does show a slight loss of paint.

WW1 German Army Belt and Ammunition Pouches Set

WW1 German Army Belt and Ammunition Pouches Set

A good mid-War German Belt and Pouches set in perfectly matched condition. Most desirably, all the components of the set match each other perfectly for colour, condition and wear. All leather components are an identical black colour and they have exactly the same age patina. This is really a rather difficult thing for the collector today to achieve as WW1 German blackened leather equipment is infamously hard to match up well. This is because the German Army actually started the War wearing brown leather and it is only in late 1915 that this was ordered to be "blackened" by the High Command. The order essentially came into effect in 1916, however the blackening was inconsistently done due to the prevailing conditions. In some instances soldiers simply attempted to polish the equipment black with varying degrees of success, and in other instances the equipment was properly dyed black at Depot level. The result of this difference in technique is that the Depot-dyed leather became properly black, whereas the polished leather often became merely dark brown. This in turn means that today it is very difficult for the collector to put together a truly black mid-War equipment representation. This is not the case here however. Here both Belt and Pouches have been properly Depot-dyed matching black. The Belt in maker marked 1915, and is of a good sought after large size of "110" with the corresponding marking to that effect. The Belt is complete and strong with the original brown colour still visible to the inside. At some time the original wearer has added a series of buckle adjustment holes to the Belt in order to reduce the practical wear size of the Belt. This classic modification, whilst being a common occurrence to large size belts, is barely noticeable when the Belt has its equipment on. Both the Belt buckle and corresponding securing clip are made of steel which is usual for the mid-War period. The Pouches were found together and both are clearly dated 1916. They are a good, solid, Depot-dyed matching black pair with here too the original brown colour still visible to the inside. The pouch belt-loops on both are strong and each can be hung on the Belt without problems. On one Pouch two of the closing straps have been field repaired/strengthened at the closing end, this being a notorious weak spot under trench conditions. Again such a repair is a common occurrence from the mid-War period onwards due to the need to alleviate equipment shortages. The repair has been very well executed with added re-enforcing leather clearly salvaged from another pouch. One has to look very closely to notice this repair. As with the Belt, both pouches have the usual mid-War steel fittings. The final image shows the Belt and Pouches set laid out with other completing items that I have equally listed. These extra items do not form part of this sale but are shown for demonstration purposes only. The Entrenching Tool and Bayonet set shown match this Belt and Pouches set in colour and condition exactly. These originally formed an integral part of this Belt and Pouches set and were bought from the same advanced German collection. For the sake of photographic clarity however, I have listed the Entrenching Tool and Bayonet set separately. A nice Belt and Pouches set, the match of which would be singularly difficult to replicate.

1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers, 32" Waist

1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers, 32" Waist

A very clean pair of these 1940 pattern trousers in generally very good condition but with two red marks on the rear waistband. These will out of view when displayed with a blouse as will one moth hole also on the rear waistband.. Four or five of the plastic buttons are missing although two loose ones are in a pocket and there are some tears on the inside of the waist where buttons appear to have been pulled off. Inside, they are marked to a size 10 which should equate to a 31”-32” waist (actual measurement being 32”) and a height of 5’9” – 5’10”. Inside leg is 27” with about 1.5” of turn up available. A small label has clearly been removed from the inner waist band but a WD stamp with “L” remains. This dates the inspection to 1946 but I cannot tell if they were made earlier or not. Ideal for mannequin display or for the more athletic reenactor.

NSPDA Foreign Ministry General  Government Official's "OST" Cuff Title (Ärmelstreiffen)

NSPDA Foreign Ministry General Government Official's "OST" Cuff Title (Ärmelstreiffen)

Without doubt the finest of only two other similar Cuff Titles I can find for sale anywhere, this recently acquired piece has never before been in a collection and is in near mint condition. Constructed in a high quality blue / black wool bordered top and bottom with a bright silver Russian braid and boldly highlighted with a hand embroidered “OST” silver wire raised script, it has an overall length of 42 cms and is stitched closed at the reverse. For wear on the dramatic if ostentatious blue/black uniform of the Governments Officials, the size and pre finished state suggest it was intended for easy removal, perhaps from an overcoat. Shortly after the successful take-over of Poland personnel from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, assigned for temporary service in Poland were allotted this Cuff Title to be worn on the lower left sleeve of the navy blue service tunic and greatcoat as in this case. A very rare and quite beautiful example.

K98k Bayonet

K98k Bayonet

A good example of the standard German Army 84/98 K98k Bayonet complete with scabbard and frog. The Blade is without bends or nicks but has been extensively polished removing most of the blueing. There are also signs of it having been sharpened at some time but the polishing has removed most of the marks. The Ricasso is marked 2299 and ab whilst the flat top edge is stamped 41 The guard plate sitting along the top of the handle has some impact marks, these usually the result of this being used as a hammer in the field. Both grips are of Bakelite and in very good undamaged condition. The Pommel is double WaA stamped 243 and the release catch works well. The Scabbard is good with one dent to the reverse but mismatched to the Bayonet, the throat stamped 6677 and 41asw with a WaA stamp 88 at the tip. The Frog is very good with all stitching firm and intact and with a partially discernible manufacture’s stamp and 1941 date. Shipping to EU countries only. Sorry.

NSDAP Wall Drape

NSDAP Wall Drape

A very good NSDAP single sided Drape measuring approximately 155cms x 77cms (5'1" x 2'6"). Colours remain strong with the two part Swastika applied to a white background machine stitched into place. Overall condition is very good with minor stains from storage and just one hole no more that 2mm in diameter.

Kriegsmarine Breast Eagle

Kriegsmarine Breast Eagle

Typically worn on the pullover jumper shirt this eagle is in mint unissued condition. Cut from a roll the eagle is machine embroidered in the classic BeVo weave with golden thread on a rayon backing.

British Airborne Drop Pannier - Signalling Stores

British Airborne Drop Pannier - Signalling Stores

A very good example of a British Airborne Drop Pannier used by British Airborne troops for the carriage of various supplies and equipment and in this case for signalling stores. Measuring approximately 73 x 44 x 44 cms the Pannier is in overall very good condition with some minor loss to the wicker strips. The sliding lock works well although the latches need some manipulation to close and the pig skin protector strips remain on the edges. The canvas lid cover is in place and this is clearly stencilled “Signalling Stores”. Both of the wooden base skids remain with one cracked through. A very nice background display item for any airborne collection or display. A heavy item and difficult to pack so collection only form PO8 0PY or I will happily delivery it as far as the M25 / A3 junction in Surrey.

Luftwaffe M43 Cap Size 58

Luftwaffe M43 Cap Size 58

A very good lightly used example of a Luftwaffe other ranks M43 Cap in a desirable size 58. Constructed in a field grey wool mix material the cap is in overall very good condition and completely free from moth or other damage. It shows no real signs of fading and retains virtually all its’ original colour. Insignia is in two parts with the machine embroidered eagle sitting above the rosette and has perhaps been re applied. Side flaps are held in position by two pebbled buttons and both ear loops match the rayon lining which shows sweat marking at the brow but which is again without damage. Nicely marked with the size 58 and 1944 date.

Battle Damaged M40 Helmet Shell with the Remains of Period Artwork.

Battle Damaged M40 Helmet Shell with the Remains of Period Artwork.

A Q66, the damage to the front lip appears to be from an upward strike suggesting true battlefield damage whilst most take home creations feature a single bullet hole entering from the outside. There is also a hairline crack to the crown but this proved impossible to capture with the camera. The actual artwork is clearly period applied and is no longer discernible other than 1944. My best guess - "1944 Somewhere - In - Normandy" at the front. The paint is a combination of black and green but not the remains of camouflage. Just visible on the left side are the remnants of an army decal. Inside, the liner band remains and has never been removed but the liner itself is missing. The crown has been painted grey.

Mid War Heer Breast Eagle

Mid War Heer Breast Eagle

A mid war BeVo weave Heer Breast Eagle in a subdued silver grey thread partially trimmed for fitting. There is a liquid stain on the rayon backing below the right wing and the wing tip itself has just been caught during trimming but hardly noticeable.

A Complete Wartime Set of RAF Flying Headgear

A Complete Wartime Set of RAF Flying Headgear

A complete set of RAF Flying Headgear, typical of an arrangement used from C.1943 and comprising: G Type Oxygen Mask. Perhaps the best example I have seen for some years. Completely free from cracks or damage of any kind and still with the original rubber bands in place on the harness which also features the early figure of 8 attachment hook. The microphone is AM marked. Attached is an excellent oxygen hose with crocodile clip and AM marked connector. The C type Helmet is a small size 1 but does fit on a display head of approximately 55 cms. This is an early wired example with three straps at the back and a true wartime piece. The only point of issue is the male press fastener to secure the chinstrap which is a modern replacement and not visible with the chinstrap fastened. The helmet is wired with a very good cord still carrying the AM label and terminating with a very good connector plug. Both receivers are AM 13466. The set is completed by a very good service used pair of MKV111 Goggles with an AM stamp clearly visible beneath the hinge. Unusually the head band retains its elasticity. Really a very nice and complete set.

Cased iron Cross First Class by Zimmermann. Mint

Cased iron Cross First Class by Zimmermann. Mint

A virtually mint example of privately purchased CF Zimmermann Iron Cross First Class complete with its original case and with the LDO number L/52 impressed on the fixing pin. The Cross itself is quite exceptional, retaining all the original frosting and colour to the magnetic core and completely free from damage. The case is no less impressive. Removing the card insert reveals the details of the original retailer, the case itself being in very good condition. In my opinion it would prove difficult to upgrade this example.

British Military Record "Dirty Dozen" Mechanical Wristwatch

British Military Record "Dirty Dozen" Mechanical Wristwatch

British Military Record "Dirty Dozen" Mechanical Wristwatch A very nice example of a British Military Record waterproof mechanical Wristwatch, one of the so called “Dirty Dozen” WWW watches commissioned by the British Ministry of Defence. With a 36mm stainless steel case the watch has a perfect black dial with a sub seconds dial at the 6 o’clock position. The hands are I believe original to the watch and are without loss to the luminous paint which is also still present on the markers. The case is very good and shows signs of light use only and is without notable damage, the case back numbered 531339, the crystal having very light scratches as you would expect. The lugs measure 18mm and have fixed bars but a brand new NATO style nylon band is included. The 15 Jewels 022K movement runs well but the watch does gain time and time setting can only be accomplished turning the hands backwards. Rotating the crown anticlockwise will unscrew it an not turn the hands. Clearly a service is needed but I believe I have compensated for this adequately in the price. A highly collectable timepiece

Close Combat Clasp in Bronze by JFS

Close Combat Clasp in Bronze by JFS

A quite superb example of a Close Combat Clasp in Bronze, die struck in zinc by the maker JFS. The Clasp shows little or no signs of having been issued and retains all the crisp features of the excellent design. The magnetic backing plate is of blued steel and is of course original to the badge, sitting firmly in place. On the reverse the maker’s initials JFS are raised whilst the designer’s details are stamped in making this an unusual but known variant. The pin is the standard “Coke Bottle” style with the hinge block held in with a rectangular crimping. It would difficult to upgrade this Clasp.

Tropical Gebirgsjäger Sleeve Insignia

Tropical Gebirgsjäger Sleeve Insignia

Despite extensive research I have not been able to find another original example of this rare tropical Gebirgsjäger Sleeve Insignia. Cut originally from a roll the construction is classic BeVo weave with the Edelweiss encompassed by a design in silver grey thread tied at the top in a silver aluminium thread all on a rayon backing. Clearly unissued the badge is in very good condition apart from what appears to be a manufacturing flaw at the 5 o'clock position. A very rare badge

Polish 5th Kresowa Infantry Division Badge

Polish 5th Kresowa Infantry Division Badge

Two-piece construction with bronze charging buffalo on a yellow and black enamelled crest, mounted to a silvered bronze cross base with "5" on the top arm and "K P D" on the other three arms, the British 8th Army insignia on the rim of the lower arm. Complete with its packet of issue Maker marked "F.M. LORIOLI MILANO-ROMA" on the screw back. Very good condition. This unit was formed in the Soviet Union in 1941, later evacuated to Iraq to form with the 2nd Polish Corps under the British command.

WW2 Polish 3rd Carpathian Rifle Division in 800 Silver

WW2 Polish 3rd Carpathian Rifle Division in 800 Silver

Second World War period 'Polish 3rd Carpathian Rifle Division breast badge in 800 silver 'Monte Cassino Cross' bearing DSK, fir tree, bayonets and eagle on 'Tobruk' tablet. The reverse impressed in relief with Polish legend "WWIARA-WYTRWAŁOŚĆ-ZWYCIESTWO"(Faith Perseverance Victory) and 800 silver stamp. Sadly the securing nut is missing but perhaps by the maker F.M. Lorioli, Milano-Roma. Very good condition. Formed in Syria 1940 the badge was designed badge designed by Lt. Z. Ochnio

British Military "Dirty Dozen" Record Wristwatch

British Military "Dirty Dozen" Record Wristwatch

A very nice example of a British Military Record waterproof mechanical Wristwatch, one of the so called “Dirty Dozen” WWW watches commissioned by the British Ministry of Supply from 1944 onwards. With a 36mm stainless steel case the watch has a very good black dial with the original “train track” sub seconds dial at the 6 o’clock position. The hands are original to the watch and are without loss to the luminous paint although there is slight deterioration to the paint on the markers. The case is very good and shows signs of light use only and is without notable damage, the crystal (glass) having very light scratches as you would expect. The lugs measure 18mm and have fixed bars but a brand new NATO style nylon band is included. The movement runs well and the watch keeps good time. Case back is numbered 534322 whilst one of the strap lugs is numbered 242. This suggests the watch was once serviced by the REME who switched the case back with another watch, a very common and often seen occurrence. A highly collectable timepiece with no issues at the time of sale.

WW2 Polish Cap Badge (2nd Polish Corps in Italy) with Packet of Issue

WW2 Polish Cap Badge (2nd Polish Corps in Italy) with Packet of Issue

WW2 Polish Cap Badge to the 2nd Polish Corps in Italy, constructed in Bronze and maker marked "F.M. LORIOLI MILANO-ROMA" on the screw back. Complete with the original glassine packet of issue, maker marked "F.M. LORIOLI FRATELLI MILANO-ROMA" on the front, both badge and packet are in very good condition

Polish 2nd Infantry Rifle Division Badge. French Made

Polish 2nd Infantry Rifle Division Badge. French Made

The 2nd Infantry Rifle Division was formed in France in 1939 where these attractive pocket badges were manufactured for their use by the firm of Huguenin. Made in a silvered bronze with red, white and blue enamels, illustrating the crowned Polish eagle standing upon a plaque inscribed "DSP", the plaque above the flags of France, Poland and the United Kingdom and backed by three downward-pointing swords. Measuring approximately 18 mm x 56 mm the badge is in very good condition with both badge and screw plate plate named to the manufacturer.

Polish 2nd Warsaw Armoured Division WW2 Breast Badge

Polish 2nd Warsaw Armoured Division WW2 Breast Badge

A die cast and silvered c.1944 Italian made Polish 2nd Warsaw Armoured Division WW2 breast badge by the Italian maker Lorioli. Very good undamaged condition with post and screw in place the screw with the maker’s details

Polish 2nd Artillery Group Breast Badge

Polish 2nd Artillery Group Breast Badge

Polish 2nd Artillery Group Breast Badge in white metal showing the maid of Warsaw holding a shell on rays set within a wreath, fitted onto a cross backing. Complete with its original glassine packet of issue the Badge retains its screw post fitting with makers mark for F M LORIOLI MILANO ROMA impressed into the screw plate. Both Badge and packet are in very good condition, the packet with wrinkles.

Polish 2nd Corps Numbered Badge

Polish 2nd Corps Numbered Badge

A very good Polish 2nd Corps Badge worn on the left side of the Tunic or Battledress. Die cast and silvered with screw post and disc the badge is in very good condition retaining most of the original silvering and impressed with the number 061120. Measures approximately 37 x 20mm

Tropical Pioneer Signals Personnel “Blitz” Sleeve Badge

Tropical Pioneer Signals Personnel “Blitz” Sleeve Badge

Khaki cotton base with machine embroidered blitz arrow in black threads, the badge finished in an khaki cotton surround. Very good unissued condition with what is perhaps a manufacturing flaw running across the badge near the base of the lightning bolt. Typically seen on early DAK tunics and quite a rare badge

Tropical Infantry Signals Personnel “Blitz” Sleeve Badge

Tropical Infantry Signals Personnel “Blitz” Sleeve Badge

Khaki / Brown cotton base with machine embroidered blitz arrow in white hand embroidered threads, the badge finished in a khaki / brown cotton surround. Very good condition and typically seen on early DAK tunics. Quite a rare badge

Tropical Special Services Signals Personnel “Blitz” Sleeve Badge

Tropical Special Services Signals Personnel “Blitz” Sleeve Badge

Khaki cotton base with machine embroidered blitz arrow in Bordeaux threads, the badge finished in a khaki cotton surround. Very good condition and typically seen on early DAK tunics and associated with smoke troops etc.

British Escape and Evasion "Swinger Compasses

British Escape and Evasion "Swinger Compasses

Still retained in their original paper wrapper, a pair of British “Swinger” type escape and evasion compass pointers. Small magnetised strips of diamond-shaped steel sheet with 1,8 mm holes, two of which were filled with luminous paint, enclosed with a spot of varnish on either side. Tied to thread and allowed to float in water the needle would point north. Used by all services including British paratroopers who had this type of compass sewn into their battledress for Operation Market Garden The Swinger was well suited for concealment inside small everyday objects and is known to have been molded into plastic combs or stitched into collars. Very good condition

M38 or 35 Hungarian Army Helmet

M38 or 35 Hungarian Army Helmet

A very good example of a WW11 period Hungarian army helmet also widely used by the Finnish army during the Winter War against Russia. 200 000 soldiers and officers of the Hungarian army took part in the battle for Stalingrad where they were caught in the pincer movement which surrounded the city. Basically a copy of the German M35 Helmet these Helmets are referred to by a number of different designations depending on your view, Hungarian M35, 37 or 38. Externally the most obvious difference from the German helmet is the rear bracket to allow the helmet to suspended from a belt when not in use. The liner and chinstrap are quite different. The shell is in very good condition and retains a good amount of the original matte green/brown paint. The liner is all in place but has two splits, one separating the leather from top to bottom. There are three pairs of tongues behind which are cotton pockets for padding. All are empty. A point of note is the metal liner band which appears to have been reduced in size by cutting it at the back and securing it again with rivets. This may however just be the way they were made Finally, the chinstrap is in very good undamaged condition. An interesting addition for the committed helmet collector.

Heer Tropical Breast Eagle

Heer Tropical Breast Eagle

A scarce uniform removed Heer Tropical Breast Eagle in machine embroidered blue grey BeVo style weave on tan rayon backing. Overall condition is very good but with a slight cut below the right wing root and just above the Swastika wreath on the left side, no doubt caused while removing it from the uniform. A good service used piece

Panzer Cap Insignia

Panzer Cap Insignia

The first such example I have ever encountered of a one piece Panzer Eagle and Swastika over Rosette Cap Insignia, machine zig zag stitched on to a black woollen backing. The insignia is of the BeVo weave type, the eagle in a silver grey thread. Overall condition is very good with just the right amount service wear apparent, the breast of the eagle showing some wear commensurate with the roll on the front of a cap. The reverse show traces of an adhesive and blue tack from display. A rare example.

Kriegsmarine Double Decal Camouflaged Helmet - Atlantic Wall

Kriegsmarine Double Decal Camouflaged Helmet - Atlantic Wall

An extremely rare M35 Double Decal Camouflaged Kriegsmarine Helmet, the ultimate goal of any German Helmet collector but sadly let down by its condition. Never in a collection other than my own, the helmet had been kept in a garage until I bought it about three years ago and has clearly suffered the effects of years of neglect. An ET66 with a lot number of 3438 the shell has been painted with a tan colour allowing the original factory green to make up a splinter pattern camouflage typical of the pattern applied to match the camouflage of bunker emplacements on the Atlantic Wall. The ghost of both decals remain under the paint, an eyeglass picking out flecks of gold on the eagle. The shell is without damage but surface rust overall shows through the paint. The temptation has been great to apply a wax finish which will greatly enhance it but I have resisted and not touched it. Inside, the liner band is the early non reinforced aluminium type without a break and although I cannot see a date I suspect the helmet dates from 1937. The leather is very poor, stiff and brittle with large portions missing but the most interesting aspect is the sailor’s name tag to KUHL who joined the North Sea fleet as a sailor in 1939. The chinstrap is stiff and broken but is dated 1938. Offered at less than half the price of a good example if indeed you could ever find one.

Battle of Britain Luftwaffe Oxygen Bottle with History

Battle of Britain Luftwaffe Oxygen Bottle with History

A true Battle of Britain relic this Luftwaffe Oxygen bottle was recovered from the crash site of Bf 110C-4, 3M + EK, Werk Nr 2065 which collided with another 110 during a bomber escort sortie on 3rd September 1940 and crashed at Hobbs Cross in Essex. The recovery was carried out during the 1970’s by the London Air Museum and features on page 619 of “The Battle of Britain then and now”. Overall condition is good with some corrosion to the alloy valve fittings and is missing rotary selector knob. The main body retains perhaps 85% of the original blue paint with a red band and with clear stampings including the date 31/7/39. The bottle measures approximately 345mm from base to top of the valve. “1/I./ZG 2. Flown by Fw.Wagenbrett. In escort mission intercepted by Hurricanes and collided with Bf 110C-4 3M+HL(WNr 2133) of the same unit. Crashed at Hobbs Cross, Harlow-Essex. Pilot, Fw Wagenbrett and radio/gunner Uffz.Schubert KIA. In total, five Bf110s of ZG2 were destroyed. The first was when a Bf110 (3M+EK) collided with another Bf110 (3M+HL) and crashed and exploded in flames at Harlow north of North Weald at 1045hrs. The Bf110 (3M+HL) was at the time being pursued by Hurricanes of 310 Squadron and trying to take evasive action when it collided with 3M+EK.” UK postage only. Sorry

Heated Luftwaffe Cotton Flying Suit Velveteen Lined

Heated Luftwaffe Cotton Flying Suit Velveteen Lined

One piece Luftwaffe Electrically Heated Flying Suit following very closely the better known summer Fliergerkombi but much more rare. Made in blue grey cotton and lined in a blue velveteen with matching collar it has electrical connectors at the cuffs and lower part of the legs to allow current into the heated gloves and boots, the suit itself being unheated. The main cable to connect to the aircraft system is located in the left hand leg pocket. All zips function well and are without damage but the cotton outer shows extensive service use resulting in fraying of the fabric, generally where such things as the parachute harness and other equipment has rubbed. An example of the this suit is shown on page 114 of Mick Prodger’s Luftwaffe vs RAF, Flying Clothing of the Air War. Interestingly similar damage is evident there so clearly the material was susceptible to wear.

Home Guard  Armband / Brassard

Home Guard Armband / Brassard

Home Guard Armband in very good unissued condition. 85mm wide Armband in a heavy ribbed cotton with Home Guard printed in black

WW11 Period RAF Air Rank Officer's Cap

WW11 Period RAF Air Rank Officer's Cap

An absolutely superb example of a true wartime made RAF Air Rank Officer’s Cap. A good large size the cap retains its original colour and is completely free from moth or other damage. Of note is the seam at the brim which is without the piping seen on later examples. There are two enamelled vent holes to each side. The Air Rank badge and oak leaf braid to the peak are in very good condition. Inside, the sweatband is clean, without loss of stitching and impressed “Real Calf leather”. The brow is trimmed with velvet and the peak lined in green. Finally, the lining is a quilted golden silk and since there has never been a protective cover, the maker’s name is not immediately visible. There are however what may be the initials AD. A beautiful Cap and one which would prove difficult to upgrade.

M18 Reissue Single Decal Helmet

M18 Reissue Single Decal Helmet

A German M18 Helmet, originally of course with its WW1 painted finish but brought back into service for the Third Reich during the thirties when it had double decals applied at which time it became what collectors call a “transition” helmet. At some later stage it underwent yet another change and was overpainted with a grey finish and had a single Heer decal applied on the left side and was fitted with a new liner. These reissued helmets were then generally sent to occupation or second line troops. This example is in good condition but shows loss to the grey painted finish with a chip to the paint and right side of the decal revealing the ghost of the original overpainted “transitional” eagle. The shell has minor dents and no stampings are visible on the inner skirt, the vent lugs though being the A2 size for use with a size 64 Helmet. The liner itself is very good with the liner band fitting snugly against the shell and without the usual damage caused by collectors insisting on seeing what’s stamped on the band. The leather tongues are intact and remain supple. There is no chinstrap.

'41 Pattern RAF Mae West with Stole

'41 Pattern RAF Mae West with Stole

A good displayable example of ‘41 Pattern RAF Mae West with stole. Both Mae West and Stole have issues, the Mae West itself having clearly been in the sea at some time. The press fasteners have oxidisation and an earlier attempt to open them has resulted in one on the O2 lever flap having become detached and seemingly glued back into place whilst one of those on the body of the Mae West has been partially pulled away from the cloth. I’ve managed to open them all with the time honoured technique of inserting a screwdriver and turning it, the only way to deal with these old press fasteners! I have not attempted to open the small press fasteners on the pocket on the left lobe. The neck zip is intact and complete but this again has suffered from oxidisation and is reluctant to open. I have not forced it. There is a good AM label, grab handles, leg tapes and ties and a ripper bag for the dye marker. There is no pocket for the flotation lamp as this example pre dates those. I managed to extract the stole through one of the lobes. This shows a 1948 last inspection date but the inflation tube is broken with the mouth piece missing. With the use of a suitable bung it can be inflated but loses air quickly. A good early example of the type and ideal for display.

Auer Neophan Goggles

Auer Neophan Goggles

A pair of Auer Neophan goggles, primarily utilized by U-Boat crews as night adaptation and sun goggles and by all other branches of the Wehrmacht as dust or sun goggles Constructed in a malleable black rubber frame with shatter-proof red plastic eyepieces. The goggles retain a dark green cotton strap with metal buckles for secure attachment, the strap having lost a degree of its elasticity. The obverse bears are raised maker’s mark of “AUER, NEOPHAN”, while the interior has a raised number “270/12”.

British Airborne Drop Pannier - Signalling Stores

British Airborne Drop Pannier - Signalling Stores

A very good example of a British Airborne Drop Pannier used by British Airborne troops for the carriage of various supplies and equipment and in this case for signalling stores. Measuring approximately 73 x 44 x 44 cms the Pannier is in overall very good condition with some minor loss to the wicker strips. The sliding lock works well although the latches need some manipulation to close and the pig skin protector strips remain on the edges. The canvas lid cover is in place and this is clearly stencilled “Signalling Stores”. Both of the wooden base skids remain with one cracked through. A very nice background display item for any airborne collection or display. A heavy item and difficult to pack so collection only form PO8 0PY or I will happily delivery it as far as the M25 / A3 junction in Surrey.

WW1 Iron Cross First Class

WW1 Iron Cross First Class

A very nice factory vaulted example of an WW1 design but Third Reich period produced factory vaulted Iron Cross First Class. Produced as a replacement piece for veteran recipients these are less often encountered than the WW1 produced crosses. Overall condition is very good with a nice patina. Rare to see the early design produced in the Third Reich period.

1944 Dated British Dispatch Rider's Helmet

1944 Dated British Dispatch Rider's Helmet

An unissued and near mint example of a 1944 dated British Army Dispatch Rider’s Helmet. The shell retains all of the original factory dark brown paint with granulated finish and is completely without damage. The leather chinstrap, side flaps and brow pad are in similarly excellent condition as is the harness. The only point of note is very slight moth nibbling to the felt inner ear flaps. The padded sweatband is impressed with the maker’s initials, BMB, size 6 ¼ and 1944. Both the last letter B and the last digit 4 have lost their infill colour but there is no doubt the date is 1944 and is guaranteed as such. A small size but women of course operated extensively as dispatch riders.

Estonian Waffen SS Arm Shield

Estonian Waffen SS Arm Shield

A mint unissued example of the Waffen SS Estonian Sleeve Shield and most probably one of those taken from the stores at Dachau concentration camp after its liberation. Worn on the left sleeve these machine embroidered shields measure 60 x 50 mm and would have be worn on the left sleeve by members of the 20 Waffen - Grenadier Division of the SS Estrishe No 1 and by Estonians of the 11 SS Freiwilligen (volunteer) Panzer Grenadier Division Nordland. Now a rare badge to find

Leather Covered French Motorcycle / Paratrooper's Helmet

Leather Covered French Motorcycle / Paratrooper's Helmet

Although a good clear images exists of the French 1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment wearing predominantly the French Air Force Airaile Flying Helmet, close scrutiny of others in the line suggests variations including some that bear a striking resemblance to the leather covered helmet I have here. Somewhat enigmatic, I am in little doubt this helmet is French and of pre 1945 manufacture but whilst it may very well be of one of the types used by the 1943 formed 1st Parachute Chasseur Regiment it could just as easily be a period French motorcycle Helmet and I am offering it on that basis. Overall condition is fair to good with some distress to the side flaps particularly on the right side where repair stitching is obvious. The chinstrap is also rather stiff.

Finnish /German 'Nordfrontkreuz'

Finnish /German 'Nordfrontkreuz'

Finnish /German: 'Nordfrontkreuz', being a white/blue coloured enamelled variant with Pohjoisrintama - Die Nordfront - 1941/43, the Finish Lion and both Finish and German flags. The front of the cross is undamaged and displays very well but the screw back pin has been re attached and is missing it’s disc.

Memellandes Medal

Memellandes Medal

A very good example of the scarce Memel Medal with t ribbon without pin back fixing. On 20th March, 1939, Hitler successfully demanded the return of the Memel District (an area of East Prussia) from Lithuania. A medal was subsequently issued to commemorate this historic event. In all, 31,322 medals were awarded. The last picture Adolf Hitler in Memel the day after the city's annexation to the Reich.

1941 Silver and Gilt Afrika Korps Finger Ring

1941 Silver and Gilt Afrika Korps Finger Ring

A good locally made smelted silver DAK Finger Ring dated 1941 the cartouche with a gilt finish over a palm tree with Swastika at centre and DAK 1941. On one side the shank is decorated with Bedouin imagery whilst the owner’s initials BA appear on the other. Very good condition

Cossack Breast Insignia

Cossack Breast Insignia

A Cossack Breast Insignia worn above the right breast pocket in place of the Eagle and Swastika. Silver grey BeVo weave on a field grey rayon backing. Cut from a roll and in very good unissued condition

RAF Escape Boots

RAF Escape Boots

A used pair of the so called RAF Escape Boots. These appear to be a size 42. The upper suedes are undamaged although somewhat dusty. Both zips work perfectly and are original to the boots. One is a DOT, the other arrow marked. The shoes themselves are good but resoled and with steel tips to the heals and one toe. Inside, the fur is very good with just minor wear at the top of one. There is a small smudge of green paint to one heal but the shoes generally would be greatly enhanced with a black polish. Generally a very nice pair that would display well.

General Service Escape & Evasion Button Compass

General Service Escape & Evasion Button Compass

Not to be confused with the crude fakes peddled by the unscrupulous, this beautiful example of a Button Compass concealed within a general service button is a fine example of the exacting engineer standards employed in their manufacture. Created from a Gaunt Button, this is an early example with the standard thread but with a star shaped compass. Overall condition is very good, the thread perfect and the compass working well. Despite the appeal of the RAF equivalent, those for the ground forces are seldom seen making this a rare find for the Escape and Evasion collector.

'41 Pattern RAF Mae West with Stole

'41 Pattern RAF Mae West with Stole

A good displayable example of ‘41 Pattern RAF Mae West with stole. Both Mae West and Stole have issues, the Mae West itself having clearly been in the sea at some time. The press fasteners have oxidisation and an earlier attempt to open them has resulted in one on the O2 lever flap having become detached and seemingly glued back into place whilst one of those on the body of the Mae West has been partially pulled away from the cloth. I’ve managed to open them all with the time honoured technique of inserting a screwdriver and turning it, the only way to deal with these old press fasteners! I have not attempted to open the small press fasteners on the pocket on the left lobe. The neck zip is intact and complete but this again has suffered from oxidisation and is reluctant to open. I have not forced it. There is a good AM label, grab handles, leg tapes and ties and a ripper bag for the dye marker. There is no pocket for the flotation lamp as this example pre dates those. I managed to extract the stole through one of the lobes. This shows a 1948 last inspection date but the inflation tube is broken with the mouth piece missing. With the use of a suitable bung it can be inflated but loses air quickly. A good early example of the type and ideal for display.

1939 Dated Wehrmacht Long Winter Underpants

1939 Dated Wehrmacht Long Winter Underpants

The finishing touches to a mannequin display, this pair of German 1939 dated Long Winter Underpants appear unissued and are in overall very good condition with just a few small holes at one ankle and one at the base of the fly. Made in a cotton point with 50% rayon fabric, reinforced at the waist and with two closure buttons and open fly. Available in sizes 1-3 this pair being a size 3.

Luftwaffe "Afrika" Cuff Band

Luftwaffe "Afrika" Cuff Band

An unissued example of the Luftwaffe “Afrika” Cuff Band measuring approximately 440mm in total length. Dark blue felt backing, with “Afrika” in a block script machine embroidered in a silver grey cotton thread. Overall condition is very good with three very small moth nips, two of which are only visible on the reverse turnover. Instituted on March 6, 1942 and authorized for wear by all members of Luftwaffe Units that were stationed in North Africa and by those who were wounded in North Africa.

SS Allgemeine Armband

SS Allgemeine Armband

Never before in a collection, this SS Allgemeine, VT etc. Armband carries the scarce and impressive early two piece silk label, Vom Reichsführer SS befohlene Ausführung" and "21/35". Constructed in a red felt with two part ribbed rayon Swastika on white ribbed rayon background. Top and bottom are trimmed with a black horizontal ribbed rayon stripe. I don’t recall ever seeing one that had not attracted the attention of moth which in this case is fairly minor and mostly limited to the reverse. A rare Armband

Operation Bernhard Forged British £5 Note

Operation Bernhard Forged British £5 Note

A very good example of a forged British £5 note printed by the Germans as part of “Operation Bernhard”, this being one of those carrying the signature of Peppiatt. The note has the prefix A222 and the fault to the right leg of the N in the England watermark which clearly identifies it as one of these fascinating and highly collectable forgeries. Overall condition is very good with minor loss to the left and right edges. Operation Bernhard was an exercise by Nazi Germany to forge British bank notes. The initial plan was to drop the notes over Britain to bring about a collapse of the British economy during the Second World War. The first phase was run from early 1940 by the Sicherheitsdienst (SD) under the title Unternehmen Andreas (Operation Andreas, Operation Andrew). The unit successfully duplicated the rag paper used by the British, produced near-identical engraving blocks and deduced the algorithm used to create the alpha-numeric serial code on each note. The unit closed in early 1942 after its head, Alfred Naujocks, fell out of favour with his superior officer, Reinhard Heydrich. The operation was revived later in the year; the aim was changed to forging money to finance German intelligence operations. Instead of a specialist unit within the SD, prisoners from Nazi concentration camps were selected and sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp to work under SS Major Bernhard Krüger. The unit produced British notes until 1945; estimates vary of the number and value of notes printed, from £132.6 million up to £300 million. By the time the unit ceased production, they had perfected the artwork for US dollars, although the paper and serial numbers were still being analysed. The counterfeit money was laundered in exchange for money and other assets. Counterfeit notes from the operation were used to pay the Turkish agent Elyesa Bazna—code named Cicero—for his work in obtaining British secrets from the British ambassador in Ankara, and £100,000 from Operation Bernhard was used to obtain information that helped to free the Italian leader Benito Mussolini in the Gran Sasso raid in September 1943. In early 1945 the unit was moved to Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp in Austria, then to the Redl-Zipf series of tunnels and finally to Ebensee concentration camp. Because of an overly precise interpretation of a German order, the prisoners were not executed on their arrival; they were liberated shortly afterwards by the American Army. Much of the output of the unit was dumped into the Toplitz and Grundlsee lakes at the end of the war (see last image), but enough went into general circulation that the Bank of England stopped releasing new notes and issued a new design after the war.

Wehrmacht Eating Utensil Set

Wehrmacht Eating Utensil Set

A very nice complete but mixed services, stainless steel set comprising Spoon, Fork, Knife and Can Opener. The Can Opener forms the retaining sheath for all pieces of the set which is most probably a private purchased upgrade set, despite being well marked to the Wehrmacht. The Can Opener is marked 879 above a good clear Eagle and Swastika. The Fork carries a Luftwaffe eagle and T.W.S. 41 whilst the Spoon has the Heer eagle and swastika and GAG 41. Finally, the Knife is marked only KG &F Rostfrei, with no Eagle. All pieces are in very good condition

13th March 1938 Annexation of Austria (Anschluss ) Medal

13th March 1938 Annexation of Austria (Anschluss ) Medal

Instituted on 1 May 1938, the medal commemorated the annexation of Austria by the German Reich, the so-called Anschluss. German troops crossed the Austrian border on 12 March 1938 without any resistance. The medal, known as the "Anschluss medal", was awarded to those, both military and civilian, who contributed to or participated in the annexation. This included German State officials and members of the German Wehrmacht and SS who entered Austria This example is a circular silvered bronze medal; on suspension loop from its well preserved period original Austrian style ribbon featuring a horizontal pinback; the obverse with two raised male figures, the one on the right bearing the German flag in his left hand, with his right hand placed around the shoulders of the figure on the left, with broken chains around his right arm with the German eagle directly below; the reverse with the date 13. März, 1938 centrally and circumscribed Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer (One People, One Country, One Leader). Very good condition.

Carte du Combattant & Croix du Combattant to a German in the French Foreign Legion

Carte du Combattant & Croix du Combattant to a German in the French Foreign Legion

An interesting Carte du Combattant accompanied by a full size Croix du Combattant and a miniature to Eduard Eck, a German who joined the French Foreign Legion in 1936. Born in 1903 Eck was later to join the German forces and was killed in Russia on 1st August 1943 I believe near Charkow. All three pieces are in very good condition.

1914 Dated British Officer's Presentation Binoculars

1914 Dated British Officer's Presentation Binoculars

A 1914 British Army presentation pair of German Busch 9 magnification Binoculars awarded as a shooting prize in Egypt, the case with a silver plate engraved “The Ian Hamilton Prize, Egypt Command Rifle Meeting, 1914” Both case and Binoculars are in very good condition, the Binoculars with clear undamaged optics and in perfectly useable condition. They have a central focusing wheel and pull out sunshades while the body covering remains completely intact. Made of brass they are small and measure just 137mm from the objective lenses to the prism covers.

WW1 Officer's Cuff Ranked Tunic. Machine Gun Corps

WW1 Officer's Cuff Ranked Tunic. Machine Gun Corps

A very good Lightweight WW1 British Officer’s Cuff Rank Tunic to a Lieutenant in the Machine Gun Corps. The tunic is in overall very good condition. There is a small repair at the lower end of the right breast pocket and approximately 10 small moth nips, all of which have been nicely darned. In addition the lower edge of the Tunic shows slight wear and there is one split to the lining and some loss of stitching under the right arm. Each cuff shows the rank of Lieutenant with a shadow where the second Lieutenant pip once sat on the separately tailored and applied panel. On the right sleeve are three blue overseas service chevrons. There are five Machine Gun Corps brass buttons by Gaunt and two Corps collar insignia on the lay flat collar, secured by three posts with no sign of any further holes. At the back are two brass belt support hooks. A very nice Tunic to a famous Corps.

800 Silver Marked Gebirgsjäger Finger Ring.

800 Silver Marked Gebirgsjäger Finger Ring.

The second of this small collection of WW11 Finger Rings is this silver double 800 marked Gebirgsjäger Ring. There is minimal wear to the features which remain well defined and only slight distortion to the thin band which also shows clear evidence of having had a small panel added to increase the diameter

IWC Krieigsmarine Klasse  11 Pocket watch

IWC Krieigsmarine Klasse 11 Pocket watch

A very nice example of the beautiful and rare Kriegsmarine Klasse 11 open face Pocket Watch by IWC. Presented in a nickel case measuring approximately 55mm these Kl 11 watches were of such excellent quality that all other clocks on the ship were set by reference to them. It is thought that IWC perhaps produced only about 1500 pieces and are the most collectable of all Kl 11 watches. Sold on the 26th October 1943 the Watch is triple signed IWC and has a Cal. 67, 18 lig, H5 movement which runs smoothly, the watch still keeping very good time. The movement is numbered 1053101 whilst the case carries the number 1080933. The ceramic dial is marked KM, International Watch Company, Schaffhausen and has a subsidiary seconds dial. Hands are of blued steel whilst the numbers are non-luminous Arabic. There is a chip to the ceramic just above the 10 and a circular area of crazing between the 4 and 5 which is only obvious on close inspection. On the reverse of the case is a clear eagle and Swastika above the Marine inventory number 9847 above 11 KL. The Watch comes with an extract from the IWC ledger showing the Watch details and a grey suede storage pocket. The wooden stand is not included. In my view a true investment piece for the watch or Kriegsmarine collector.

US Paramarines Jump Helmet

US Paramarines Jump Helmet

Clearly distinguishable from the US Navy NAF 1092 Flying Helmet by the USMC property mark stamped into the back of the Helmet, this a rare example of a US Paramarines Jump Helmet. This superb example is in as new unissued as new condition in a size 6 5/8. The US military saw the success of German paratroopers in 1940, and quickly set about creating its own elite airborne units. The US Marine Corps, already a premier force, scoured its ranks for the fittest men to organize into parachute battalions. The "Paramarines" fought on Guadalcanal, and wrested the island of Vella Lavella from the Japanese. Special headgear was developed for the Paramarines, including a USMC contracted NAF 1092 leather jump helmet for wear by instructors and qualified officers. It would be impossible to upgrade this example

A Rare Übergröße Iron Cross Second Class

A Rare Übergröße Iron Cross Second Class

A very scarce and much sought after example of the so called Übergröße (Ubergrosse) Iron Cross Second Class. Measuring approximately 47mm x 47mm this example carries no maker’s mark to the ring and is overall in very good condition with just a light patina to the borders and no damage. A rare find.

Memellandes Medal

Memellandes Medal

A very good example of the scarce Memel Medal with t ribbon without pin back fixing. On 20th March, 1939, Hitler successfully demanded the return of the Memel District (an area of East Prussia) from Lithuania. A medal was subsequently issued to commemorate this historic event. In all, 31,322 medals were awarded. The last picture Adolf Hitler in Memel the day after the city's annexation to the Reich.

1940 Pattern Russian Paratroop Helmet

1940 Pattern Russian Paratroop Helmet

The first I have been able to offer or indeed ever handled, this unissued and mint condition 1940 Pattern USSR Paratrooper Helmet was I understand originally sourced in the Russian Federation. Showing a typical lack of regard for the well-being of the user, the helmet is constructed in a soft chrome leather with a blue wool lining and is completely without padding. The chinstrap is secured with a double ring friction arrangement.

Battle Trophy "Kreta" Cuffband

Battle Trophy "Kreta" Cuffband

A well-worn and battle damaged example of a Kreta Cuffband with machine embroidered “Kreta” on a white cotton backing sitting between a pair of Acanthus leaf motifs each with seven leaves. Top and bottom of the band is timed with a golden cord. Clearly removed from a uniform and missing two thirds of the cord with some cloth along the top edge, the Cuffband shows staining which may be the result of some injury, but is full length. An interesting battle trophy and sought after Cuffband.

A Post-1830 French Dragoon Brass Helmet

A Post-1830 French Dragoon Brass Helmet

A Post-1830 French Dragoon Brass Helmet, the comb embossed with volutes and with black horsehair crest, the left side with plume holder with a red feathered plume. To the front is the brass brush holder with black horsehair brush. The back of the skull stamped 20, the front of the skull embossed with a flaming grenade, laurel wreath and branches of oak leaves and acorns, with fluted ear rosettes, the chinstrap of brass interlaced graduated S links, with leather liner which is now dry and somewhat distorted. The comb is secured at the back with wire, the original hook missing, otherwise the Helmet is in generally good condition but missing the liner.

Luftwaffe Glider Pilot's Archive. 230+ Photographs, Award Certificates etc.

Luftwaffe Glider Pilot's Archive. 230+ Photographs, Award Certificates etc.

A quite incredible archive of some 230 original photographs and documents from the estate of Luftwaffe Glider and Transport Pilot Hand-Friedrich Behnke and previously part of the collection Stijn David author the excellent B & D Publication “The Glider Pilot Badge”, considered the ultimate reference work on these Luftwaffe Badges. The photographs are in very good condition and appear predominantly to have been removed from an album and remounted on A4 paper showing the text from the back of the photographs, possibly done by Stijn David as part of the researches for his book. All are service related with none of the usual home family shots and whilst there are inevitably local scenes and group photographs, including Fallschirmjager (paratroops) there are numerous airfield and aircraft photographs and one nice shot of the famous Stuka Ace Rudel taken his during a visit in 1944. Also included are his: 1938 dated Certificate for his Gliding Badge Front page and front cover including photograph for his Luftwaffe Pilot’s Licence date 8th June 1938 Qualification Certificate for Heavy Gliders (stuck to card) Award Certificate for the Iron Cross Second Class (Stuck to card) and dated November 1942 Award Certificate for his Frontflug Spange fur Transportflieger in Bronze (Stuck to card) Award Certificate for his Frontflug Spange fur Transportflieger in Silver (Stuck to card) 1952 Dated Glider Pilot’s Licence and award Certificate. Hans Behnke details his Luftwaffe career in a typed document and I have included a literal translation to help the collector. A full list of his units is also included. He flew DFS 230 Gliders, JU52 and Hs 126 as a tow plane and participated in the invasion of Crete whilst operating from Greece. In June 1941 he arrived in Bucharest by rail, 15 DFS 230 Gliders arriving shortly afterwards. They moved to Ploesti to participate in the invasion of Russia and operated to Tiraspol and later Nikalajew carrying troops whilst under tow from JU52s. Later missions were carrying fuel and munitions (see photographs). In late summer 1942 he is assigned to Close Reconnaissance Squadron 3 flying the Hs 126 (see photographs) as a tow plane and describes making several landings on the Steppe to avoid Russian fighters. He later returns to the glider unit and is slightly wounded while flying supplies to the Kuban bridgehead and in the spring of 1944 moves with Tow Group 2 to Poland and is then assigned to the defence of the Reich, promoted to Leutnant and captured by the Russians. He eventually returns to German on October 1945. A fascinating collection and history of one Glider Pilot’s wartime service

Kriegsmarine Soldbuch and Driving Licence. Lorient Coastal Artillery 2nd U Boat Flotilla

Kriegsmarine Soldbuch and Driving Licence. Lorient Coastal Artillery 2nd U Boat Flotilla

A very nice collection of three paperwork items belonging to Wilhelm Rugge who served with the kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery, notably as part of the 2nd U-Boat Flotilla in the defence of Lorient. The collection comprises, his Soldbuch, Kriegsmarine Driving Licence and a postcard sized photograph of him in the blue uniform. The Solbuch is in very good condition with the Swastika originally obscured but subsequently uncovered and intact. All pages are present and well completed. The inside cover shows him wearing his Coastal Artillery uniform whilst the following pages chart his service having joined the Kriegsmarine in 1941 at the age of 41. In May 1944 he was awarded the War Merit Cross Second Class with Swords and in August, the Iron Cross 2nd Class. In late 44 and 45 he is issued with a rifle and pistol. His Driving Licence is also in very good condition and was issued in September 1941 with a head and shoulders photograph showing him in his Kriegsmarine green uniform with field service cap.

U Boat War Badge Cast in Solid Silver.

U Boat War Badge Cast in Solid Silver.

A quite beautiful and extremely rare example of a U Boat War Badge cast in solid silver. Although, as far as I am aware these were never officially instituted or sanctioned, examples do exist with known provenance, such an example being shown on page 195 of Gordon Williamson’s “Torpedo Los!” and once belonging to Georg Staats, commander of U-508. These badges are believed to have been privately commissioned from jewellers perhaps as a gift or commemorative piece. Overall condition is very good with no damage. The reverse is unmarked and bears no silver stamp. A highly desirable piece.

Original US Navy "Hook Front" Deck Jacket

Original US Navy "Hook Front" Deck Jacket

An extremely rare original US Navy “Hook Front Deck Jacket”, this being the 1943 revised version which featured the stenciling across the back to make navy personnel more obvious to friendly troops during beach operations. In addition heavy closure clips took the place of a zippered front as a more robust and easily managed arrangement when wearing heavy gloves. Overall condition is very good and the Jacket is a very wearable size 48. The ribbed cotton outer is without damage, the knitted collar has one small hole the cuffs are excellent, the waistband showing just one hole. All six sprung clips are present and remain strong. There are two front “D” patch pockets and these jackets featured a celluloid plastic interlining between the outer shell and Melton wool inner lining, making them warm and waterproof. Now a much copied fashion item, original pieces as this seldom appear, especially in this condition and size and are much sought after by collectors.

Luftwaffe Two Part Ground Combat Badge in Zinc

Luftwaffe Two Part Ground Combat Badge in Zinc

A very good early two part zinc example of the Luftwaffe Ground Combat Badge instituted in April 1942 to recognise the involvement in fighting of Luftwaffe ground units, particularly in Russia. Whilst later pieces were cast as one piece this is the more desirable version with the eagle riveted to the badge. Eagle and wreath are matt silvered and polished whilst the clouds, lightning bolt and earth are oxidised antique silver. The reverse is non maker marked and has an undamaged pin, hinge and catch.

French Cuirassier Helmet

French Cuirassier Helmet

A French Model 1874 Cuirassier Helmet with polished metal body stamped 66, with brass trim and accents and ornate brass comb with face of Madusa to the front. The comb features a black horse main with a black brush in a copper gilt holder. On the left side of the helmet a red feathered plume sits in a retaining socket. At the front, a flaming grenade is decorated either side on a brass band which extends backwards to the swivel point of the chin scales, the scales themselves backed with leather with and buckle at the front to allow for adjustment. There is no liner and the shell shows very light surface rust which I do believe with polish of. An attractive display piece dating back to the Napoleonic wars.

Original RAF E*Oxygen Mask

Original RAF E*Oxygen Mask

Whilst of course excellent reproductions of the RAF E* Oxygen Mask are available and grace many collections, to my mind there can never be an acceptable substitute for the real thing. This original E* Mask is in generally very good condition. The body remains soft and flexible with the lower edge showing breakdown to the rubber but this is without loss and remains soft. The rest of the Mask shows only light crazing and typical of any original example. The harness is complete but with the usual loss of elasticity. The oxygen tube is excellent, free from splits and attached with the correct sprung clip. The supply connector is brass and carries the arrow rather than AM stampings. Please note. The Flying Helmet in the pictures is NOT included in the listing and has been used simply to display the mask.

Luftwaffe Dreieckrechner Navigation Computer

Luftwaffe Dreieckrechner Navigation Computer

In essence a circular slide rule used extensively by the Luftwaffe for navigation calculations and manufactured by the company 'Dennert & Pape' in Hamburg-Altona, this example dated April 1942.The Dreieckrechner (Triangle Computer) is allocated the stores reference number Fl23825. Overall condition is very good with no damage and with all functions moving smoothly. There is also a nice Luftwaffe BAL stamp on the obverse side.

Black Leather Marching Boots (Marschstiefel)

Black Leather Marching Boots (Marschstiefel)

A pair of black leather Marching Boots (Marschstiefel), unmarked but which appear to be of German origin. Made of blackened leather cowhide with a double sole to accommodate the hobnails, the Boots are in generally very good condition with all stitching firm and intact. The leather is a little firm but still supple. Although there are no size stamps they appear to be about a UK size 9 and measure 30cms from heel to toe.

1943 Dated Mg34 Breech Cover

1943 Dated Mg34 Breech Cover

A very nice of course original WaA stamped and 43 dated Breech Cover for the MG34. Rare to find an original piece amidst a mass of reproductions this example is in very good condition with some light fading to the field grey cotton canvas body and no further damage. All closure straps are in place and all stitching is firm and intact.

German Gluhzunapparat 39

German Gluhzunapparat 39

A scarce German Electrical Detonator the Gluhzunapparat 39. Complete with it’s winding and firing handle it appears in very good condition but although seemingly fully wound, turning the handle in the ignite position does not release the spring that operates the electrical current. Removing the top cover may reveal a fix but I have not attempted to do so. The manufacturer’s plate is in position and dated 1940. Very heavy item measuring approximately 17cms x 9cms

German Officer's Pickelhaube Cover

German Officer's Pickelhaube Cover

An excellent example of an Officer’s private purchase Pickelhaube Cover (Uberzug) in a field grey cotton. Discussed with positive approval on the German Helmets Walhalla forum, the cover is in very good undamaged condition and shows little sign of use with just a slight colour difference between the interior and exterior through modest fading. No hooks were used on the officer’s privately purchased examples but the visors fitted into hardened pockets with the sides and opening for the spike elasticated for a snug fit. In this case the elasticity has now gone. Markings found on private purchase style covers are the letters DRP, (Deutsches Reich Patent) or DRGM,( Deutsches Reichsgebrauchsmuster) stamped in black ink. Here the stamping remains clear. In my view a very rare piece and the first I have been able to offer

Black Wound Badge - Condor Legion

Black Wound Badge - Condor Legion

An exceptionally nice example of the often called 1936 Black Grade Condor Legion Wound Badge in blackened pressed tombac. Overall condition is very good with light wear to the blackened finish but with no wear to the features and high points. Non magnetic with pin back, it would be difficult to upgrade this lovely example.

RAF Officer's Service Dress Cap. Wartime / Pre War Example

RAF Officer's Service Dress Cap. Wartime / Pre War Example

Undoubtedly the most impressive wartime or pre-war RAF Officer’s Service Dress Cap I have seen for a very long time. Clearly privately purchased and of “Extra Quality”, the lining is of a muted gold silk and heavily padded, the retailer’s diamond shaped silk label to S.H. Bastick & Sons in Southampton clear and undamaged, the cap having been made by Tress and Co. in London. The sweatband is a dark brown leather and much deeper than usually seen. In this case the stitching is at fault over about 80% but the band sits firmly in place. The cap retains its original shape, the blue cloth completely without damage or marks of any kind, the brim without the seam piping seen in later war years, the underside of the peak or visor in green. Finally, the mohair hat band is free from damage and carries a fine hand embroidered golden wire officer cap badge. The chinstrap is black patent leather. A truly beautiful cap and almost identical example of which is held by the Imperial War Museum where they refer to it as a pre-war cap. Roughly a size 57 and ideal for display

Luftwaffe Feldgendarmerie Leutnant Shoulder Boards

Luftwaffe Feldgendarmerie Leutnant Shoulder Boards

Formerly part of the Gordon Williamson collection a pair of unissued and virtually mint Luftwaffe / Leutnant sew-in shoulder straps with bright braid on light blue for Feldgendarmerie / Nachschube . This colour was used by Luftwaffe Feldgendaramerie until 1943 when they changed to the same Orangerot as used by the Army Feldgendarmerie.

Hitler Youth "Watch" Bayonet

Hitler Youth "Watch" Bayonet

An extremely rare example of a Hitler Youth Watch Bayonet used by HJ boys given the honour of special guard duty at Party rallies and special events such as the Feldernhalle Putsch anniversary. Whilst those with a Bakelite grip are not common, those with real Stag horn grips seldom appear and I’m not aware of another on the market at the moment. This is a short Bayonet measuring just 313mm from the top of the pommel to the blade tip, the blade itself being 194mm in length. The release button is for appearance only and is not functional. Complete with original sheath and frog. The blade by Alcoso has no bends or nicks but shows evidence of light sharpening and shallow pit marks to first half below the crossguard. The pommel and crossguard have perhaps been rubbed to remove patina and each grip has a short crack running down from the bottom fixing pin to the crossguard. The Hitler Youth emblem has some cracks but remains intact. Both sheath and frog are in very good condition with about 50% paint loss to the sheath. A rare piece which displays well and with the price adjust well to account for condition.

Double Decal SE62 Heer Helmet

Double Decal SE62 Heer Helmet

An extremely nice example of an SE62 Double Decal Heer Helmet retaining virtually all of the original factory finish of the slightly lighter paint associated with SE Helmets. The shell is completely without damage and both decals are of course originally applied and no less than 90% intact. The eagle displays light toning and an appealing crazed appearance. Inside, the liner is the standard M31 re-enforced liner band which appears to be 1938 dated and with the later chinstrap bales. The tongues remains undamaged and are supple with the original drawstring in place. Two owner’s names are evident. The chinstrap is very good and 1941 dated. Interestingly there is no lot number evident but two small areas of rust on the inner flare of the shell may have obscured these.

Cased Tombak Luftwaffe Pilot's Badge by FLL

Cased Tombak Luftwaffe Pilot's Badge by FLL

A very good example of an early Luftwaffe Pilot’s Badge in silvered tombak, complete with case of issue. Although unmarked the badge is identified as being by the maker FLL ( Friedrich Linden, Ludenscheid) and is very good undamaged condition, the wreath retaining much of the original silvering, the eagle much of the patinated finish. The case matches the badge well and is again in very good condition, the lid closing firmly secured by the strong catch and with the gold block lettering without loss.

Luftwaffe Flak Badge - Named

Luftwaffe Flak Badge - Named

An exceptionally nice example of a Luftwaffe 'Flakkampfabzeichen' ( anti-aircraft badge) which, despite being the later zinc variety shows little if any signs of wear and retains virtually all of the original factory finish. Although non maker marked this is the more desirable type with ball hinge pin and scooped out back and shows no damage other than slight bending to the pin from wear. Of note is the name of the owner scratched into the back which appears to be “Bornholdt”. It would be difficult to upgrade this zinc example, brought home by a private in the Hampshire regiment.

Kriegsmarine Shoulder Straps Oberfeldwebel

Kriegsmarine Shoulder Straps Oberfeldwebel

A good matched pair of Kriegsmarine sew in Shoulder Straps for wear on the Reefer jacket by an Oberfeldwebel . Blue black wool backing each with two silver rank pips and the career cypher of engine room personnel, all trimmed with golden celleon tresse. Very good condition but with the remains of adhesive obvious underneath from having once been mounted for display.

Silver Cigarette Case, Arnhem Veteran, 1st Independent Polish parachute Brigade

Silver Cigarette Case, Arnhem Veteran, 1st Independent Polish parachute Brigade

A quite beautiful Silver Cigarette Case formerly the property of 2nd Lieutenant Edward Bąk, 1st Independent Polish Parachute Brigade, 1 Corps. Heavy continental silver pocket cigarette case measuring 90mm x 70mm, on the lid are the initials BG, and three badges: Polish Parachutist qualification badge with combat wreath; Combat badge; Wound badge with three stars (signifying wounded three times). The inside of the cigarette case is engraved: "23/26.9.44 Garden Driel Arnhem ppor. E. Bak 1 S.B S. 1270 1410". This is the date of the operational parachute jump, Operation Market-Garden, Driel near Arnhem where the Polish Parachute Brigade was dropped. Bak's rank and unit, the number of his parachute qualification badge, and number on the combat wreath. Inside, the lid has the screw fixings for the badges, maker and hallmarks, also engraved "6.II. 1948 Gienek", details of the date and jeweller who attached the badges and engraved the details. Interestingly the wheel fittings show an Italian manufacture’s name whilst that holding the wound badge carries the initials J.D. The parachute badge number and combat wreath number comply with the roll of recipients and show Bak with the Machine Gun Company, 1st Independent Polish Parachute Brigade. A superb piece of history once belonging to an Arnhem veteran.

British Airborne HSAT Fibre Rim Helmet - 4 (French) SAS France & Holland Service

British Airborne HSAT Fibre Rim Helmet - 4 (French) SAS France & Holland Service

Another from a superb and extensive collection of Helmets I am in the process of offering is this 1942 dated British HSAT by BMB in a size 6 7/8. Although it is quite difficult to read there is a name visible on the sweatband and “4 SAS”. I have been able to establish this name is Emile Hugounenq and he indeed was in 4 (French) SAS. Here are his service details Military Medal and War Cross 39-45 Born on 9 January 1921 in Le Caylar Volunteered in March 1939 with the 28th Engineer Regiment French countryside Captured in Brittany on June 21, 1940 - Escaped on July 29, 1940 Assigned to the 41st Battalion of Telegraph Engineers in Morocco in January 1941 Tunisia campaign Volunteered for the BCRA on 6/12/1943 Committed to FAFL n ° 56141 Assigned to HQ squadron / 4e SAS on 1/02/1944 as a radio specialist Parachute course at Ringway on 03/30/1944 patent n ° 2538 Parachuted into France (Dingson 23 June 1944) and in Holland (Amherst) HQ squadron 4th SAS. The helmet itself is in generally very good condition but with a dark green perhaps vehicle paint applied over a grit finish. The yellow Sorbo rubber remains intact and soft and both sweatband and chinstrap are in very good condition. Two service numbers appear one clear as 22346218 the other, in the chin cup only partially discernible. I have absolutely no doubts about the legitimacy of the name in this helmet. A rare and historic item to a real man of action.

1944 Attributed Slouch Hat to the 1st Gurkhas

1944 Attributed Slouch Hat to the 1st Gurkhas

An attributed Slouch Hat to the 1st Gurkhas complete with boss badge. Formerly the property of Capt J Blyth of the 1st Gurkhas who later transferred to the 5th Gurkhas, the hat is accompanied by a 1944 dated photograph of his wife wearing the actual hat. Overall condition is very good but missing the female press fastener and with the usual moth tips to the upper side of the brim. Of particular interest is the fine Gurkha Boss Badge. The sweatband is marked Made in South Africa and dated 1944. A manufacture’s stamp is no longer discernible. Captain John Blyth had been called up and initially drafted into the Royal Scots. He was an artist and one of his jobs was to sketch the position of the enemy lines etc. He was well known as an artist and has pictures in the Royal Scots museum. A rare provenanced Gurkha Slouch Hat.

1915 dated British Flexible Trench Saw

1915 dated British Flexible Trench Saw

A British WWI flexible blade chain saw complete with detachable handles and leather carrying pouch. At each end of the chain is a substantial steel ring through which two wooden handles attach allowing easy use by two men at the same time. The ring on one end is maker marked Francis Wood & Sons Sheffield, along with a War Department arrow. The other ring is dated 1915 and these rings accept the wooden handles both of which are dated 1915. The components fit neatly into a typical M1903 lined leather belt pouch made by John Round and dated 1915. The pouch has large belt loops for a Pattern 1907 Web Belt. Overall condition is very good with some loss to the stitching at the base of the pouch and where the brass closure stud is attached. Two further tools appear to be missing from the kit.

D Day Commandos Binoculars and Flash Hood

D Day Commandos Binoculars and Flash Hood

In December 2014 an important collections of artefacts formerly belonging to Captain Mike Boyd Reynolds of 48 Royal Marine Commando who was seriously wounded on D Day as commander of A Troop, came up for sale on eBay. Sadly the collection was broken into several lots and dispersed to different collections. I recently acquired the Beret which is now sold but I have just obtained Captain Reynold’s Binoculars and Flash Hood which were auctioned at the same time as item number 371201187037. Captain Reynolds can be described as a true hero and his exploits on the day are well recorded. 48 RM Commando landed on Nan Red Sector of Juno Beach, alongside the Canadians. Commando casualties during the landings were very high and included most of the Troop Commanders. “Z Troop was more fortunate and about 40 men were eventually collected in the assembly area. It was found on calling for reports that A, B and X Troops each had about 50-55 men available, with Captain Reynolds the A Troop commander returning to duty despite being wounded.” “Leaving the beach on D Day during the advance to Langrune A troop was led Captain Reynolds, a remarkable sight. Both his arms were strapped across his chest and his Battledress was soaked in blood. He had been badly wounded in one arm and a shoulder but insisted he was mobile and quite able to cope. And cope he did until, under the direct orders of the Commanding Officer he was sent back for proper treatment.” For his actions on that day Capt Reynolds was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government. Offered here are his pre war German Goerz Binoculars, quite possibly issued to him as there were numerous drives to obtain binoculars from the British public to aid the war effort. These are in very good condition, optically perfect and contained in his 1943 dated British Army Binoculars case. Also included is his naval flash hood, again in very good condition. I have printouts of the original eBay listing which gives providence to the history. Two wonderful D Day artefact to an amazing man and well worthy of museum display.

1942 Dated Australian Service Dress Tunic

1942 Dated Australian Service Dress Tunic

A scarce 1942 dated Australian Service Dress Tunic worn by the second Australian Imperial Force and being almost identical to that worn in WW1 by the first Australian Imperial Force. Although initially deployed to the UK, by 1941 Australian troops were being committed to actions in North Africa and sent to fight in the wool service dress in their actions not only in Bardia but Greece and Crete, but soon began to receive Khaki Drill (KD). They later left the middle east for the Pacific and to my knowledge never actually wore a Battledress Blouse, those being encountered having been produced as a war aid uniform for other British and commonwealth troops. This example is in generally very good condition with about six moth holes, three of which are along the bottom of the lower left pocket. Front closure is by four brass buttons allowing the Tunic to be worn open with a fifth plastic button to close the collar. The brass buttons, including those on the pocket flaps and epaulettes, are Australian Military Force Buttons. On each epaulette is the curved Australia post back badge whilst the Australian Commonwealth Military Force badges sit at the collar. Inside, the 1942 dated label shows no size, S16 I believe being the manufacture’s code. Approximate size is 35-36” chest.

"Der Soldat in Libyen – Taschenbuch fur Truppen”  February 1941.

"Der Soldat in Libyen – Taschenbuch fur Truppen” February 1941.

Issued only to members of the Afrika Korps this pocket sized guide for troops is entitled "Der Soldat in Libyen – Taschenbuch fur Truppen” and dated February 1941. Roughly 70 pages with soft covers with the second page stamped 2. Kompanie and dated 7 .6. 41 the book covers a multitude of subjects with fold out colour illustrations of allied troops, black and white pictures of enemy equipment, pages covering insignia and ranks, military dictionary and with a large fold out 1:5000,000 map of Libya and Egypt with surrounding boarders. Overall condition is very good but with the last fold out colour illustration detached from the spine but present. Despite an extensive search I cannot find another example for sale anywhere. A rare piece and obviously only printed for a very short period.

The Iron Cross First Class by Maerz & Stimson

The Iron Cross First Class by Maerz & Stimson

An excellent and as new new copy of the most comprehensive and detailed book about the German Iron Cross First Class (EK 1) decoration of 1939. On hundreds of pages you will find information about the history of the award, its manufacturing process, award procedures, and, most importantly, precise data, photographs, and scans which will enable the collector or student of this famous and prestigious emblem of honour to positively identify genuine pre-1945 produced examples. The wartime products of over twenty manufacturers of crosses and Wiederholungsspangen are described in meticulous and thorough detail.

Luftwaffe Soldbuch

Luftwaffe Soldbuch

A good Luftwaffe Soldbuch to Alfons Boland who joined Luftwaffen-Bau-Bataillon 4./IV (Luftwaffe Construction Battalion) at the end of 1941 and was to see service in Russia, the Battalion suffering heavy losses at Rossosch in January 1943, Boland transferring to Luftwaffen-Bau-Bataillon 10./VII in March of the same year. He ended the war with Bau Pi. Ers. u. Ausb. Btl.11 and was issued with a rifle as late as 13.4.45 The Soldbuch is in very good condition with all pages present and attached

Original 1940 Dated German Army Suspenders (Braces)

Original 1940 Dated German Army Suspenders (Braces)

Although a much copied item and closely resembling the 1950’s braces (or suspenders) used by the Czech Army, I am satisfied these are original 1940 produced braces for the German Army and of course guaranteed as such. Made in an elasticated cotton with metal fasteners they are grey green on the outside and white on the reverse, with the leather reinforcement tabs in natural leather, the upper back tab here stamped where it should be to the maker RKK and dated 1940. The brace straps retain their elasticity and overall condition is very good with some staining to the cloth and rust patches from the metal fasteners. See page 42 of Deutsche Soldaten by Agustin Saiz which shows and identical pair.

1942 dated New Zealand Made Battledress Blouse and Trousers

1942 dated New Zealand Made Battledress Blouse and Trousers

A fine example of a 1942 dated New Zealand made Battledress Blouse with matched Trousers Marked to a size 8 which I believe equates to a 37” breast and 32 -33” waist, the Blouse is in very good condition with three very small moth nips and one noticeable hole of 6mm on the sleeves. All buttons are in place and there is no other damage. The Trousers are in similarly fine condition with close inspection revealing about four moth nips none of which are noticeable. All but one of the dished steel buttons are in place. A really nice well matched pair, better made and of a slightly more lightweight material than British made examples and difficult to upgrade.

DAK Finger Ring with Gilt and Niello Cartouthe

DAK Finger Ring with Gilt and Niello Cartouthe

Unquestionably the most impressive Afrika Korps Finger Ring I have ever come across. A large size, the ring appears to be of smelted silver and has been decorated on both sides of the shank in a typical Arab fashion along with the owner’s initials in Niello. The bezel surrounds a cartouche with a gilt and Niello finished Swastika and palm tree and DAK 1941. Overall condition is very good.

RAF Flight Engineer's Bullion Half Wing. Tropical

RAF Flight Engineer's Bullion Half Wing. Tropical

A very unusual RAF Flight Engineer’s Half Wing, handmade in silver and gold bullion on black wool and backed with khaki cloth. The wing has two male press fasteners in place for wear on a shirt or tropical KD jacket. Probably theatre made. Light service wear but generally very good used condition.

Kriegsmarine Officer's Undress Belt Buckle

Kriegsmarine Officer's Undress Belt Buckle

The smaller brother of the better known Buckle for the Kriegsmarine Officer’s Brocade Dress Belt, this is the Buckle for the Officer’s Undress Belt. Intended to be worn with the black Moire Belt sometimes referred to as the Dagger Belt, the Buckle measures just 36 mm in diameter and attaches to the Undress Belt with a curved clawed fitting. Gold washed, the Buckle is in good condition with some loss to the finish on one fitting and is without makers marks.

Luftwaffe Flak Car Pennant

Luftwaffe Flak Car Pennant

An attractive Luftwaffe Car Pennant for an Officer or Commander of a Flak Regiment. Measuring 210mm x 360mm I believe this to be an early example judging by the style of the chain stitched eagle and composition of the colouring to the main body of the Pennant itself. Prior to 13.7.40 Flak pennants were red, without a black strip. After that date a central black strip was added and close examination of this example shows it to have been a single red panel with a black strip carefully added by staining the material whilst taking great care not to damage the eagle, no doubt to bring it up to standard after July 1940. Top and bottom edges are trimmed with twisted cord while the hoist end is finished with a ribbed rayon strip which at one time held a steel mounting rod. The rod is no longer present and the effect of its’ rusting has cause the retaining sleeve to split open. Otherwise condition is very good with some fading to the cotton body which is particularly obvious in the black stripe.

German Medic's Duty Armband

German Medic's Duty Armband

A very nice Medical Duty Armband worn by Red Cross and military personnel when on duty. Very heavy white cotton or linen band with Red Cross machine embroidered. A control stamp with a good clear eagle and Swastika remains but wording is not discernible. Overall condition is very good and perhaps unissued.

RAD Rank Insignia

RAD Rank Insignia

RAD Sleeve rating for a Vorman for wear on the brown fatigue uniform. Single grey embroidered pip centered between a matching grey chevron on a brown herringbone twill backing. Very good unissued condition with one small mark at the lower end of the chevron

Kriegsmarine White Summer Tunic

Kriegsmarine White Summer Tunic

A very good example of the so called “New Style” Kriegsmarine white cotton tropical Tunic which superseded the pre war Tunic, differing only by the replacement of the stand – up collar with the lay flat collar. This smart Tunic has four pleated patch pockets and is closed by four buttons in a single breasted style. All buttons are gilt finished and are mostly made by Assmann, dated 1939 and attached with ring clips for easy removal before washing. The first button hole has a correctly applied ribbon for the Iron Cross Second Class. Above the right breast pocket is a good pin back eagle in this case attached by passing the pins through the Tunic which appears never to have had the mounting loops applied. At each shoulder are the removable “winged” shoulder boards of an Oberleutnant zue See, held in place by matching screw post fittings. The boards are in good condition with some staining to the white wool underlay. Overall condition of the Tunic is very good with no obvious damage.

Two Allied Propoganda Leaflets ‘Wie Lange Noch?’

Two Allied Propoganda Leaflets ‘Wie Lange Noch?’

Two single sided allied dropped leaflets entitled "For How Much Longer?" these are numbers 2 and 13 “Lesen und Weitergeben!" or "Read and Share." Each measures 185mm x 135mm and both are in very good folded condition. Known as the black art, Propaganda Leaflets formed part of allied clandestine psychological warfare, a practice extensively used by both sides

RLB Enlisted Man’s Belt Buckle

RLB Enlisted Man’s Belt Buckle

A scarce second pattern RLB enlisted man’s Belt Buckle in moulded aluminium with plain field with Swastika and oak leaves above which is the Luftschutz banner all mounted on a pair of outstretched wings. Unpainted finish and overall very good condition. The Reichsluftschutzbund (RLB) (National Air Raid Protection League) was the organization in charge of air raid precautions in residential areas and among smaller businesses

Luftwaffe Cloth German Cross in Gold

Luftwaffe Cloth German Cross in Gold

Bridging an obvious gap between the Iron Cross First Class and the Knights Cross, the German Cross in Gold was instituted in 1941. Because of the size and weight of the metal Cross, it was felt a cloth version should be available for wear with combat clothing making, in my view, the cloth version more interesting. They were produced with a Luftwaffe grey backing as we have here, a field grey for the army, dark blue for the navy and black for Panzer. Approximately half the number of the Cross were awarded to the Luftwaffe as to the army. This example follows the standard pattern,72mm wide hand embroidered, featuring a double overlaid eight point sunburst pattern with the top inner layer sunburst in a matt, brownish/grey cotton thread, and the bottom outer layer in bright silver/aluminium wire threads. The cross has a gilt washed circular stamped alloy wreath with embossed laurel leaves and “ribbons” and a small banner with the impressed introduction date, “1941”. Identical in appearance to the wreaths utilized on the metal crosses, the inner edge of the alloy wreath has a red thread border with an additional silver/aluminium thread border to the outer edge. The wreath encompasses an embroidered, canted, black swastika with a silver/aluminium thread outer border on a white rayon ribbed backing. Mounted on a cut-out, Luftwaffe grey wool base indicating the service branch of issue and clearly removed from a uniform, the Cross is in generally very good condition whilst showing signs of light service use such as would have been encountered during wear on a Fliegerbluse. Approximately 50% of the paper backing remains, beneath which the manufacturer’s stamp is still visible. The last images shows the metal version of the award in wear.

An RLB (Air Raid Protection League) Peaked or Visor Cap Eagle

An RLB (Air Raid Protection League) Peaked or Visor Cap Eagle

Constructed of aluminium in the shape of a second pattern RLB (Reichsluftschutzbund) eagle clutching a mobile swastika on a sun emitting rays, the reverse with both prongs in place. Very good perhaps unissued condition but now lacking the black painted finish to the Swastika

War Merit Cross 1st Class with Swords in Tombac

War Merit Cross 1st Class with Swords in Tombac

A fine example of a War Merit Cross First Class with Swords. This early example by Julius Bauer Sohne, Zella Mellis is produced in silver plated tombac and is in very good condition retaining all of the factory plating. The flat untampered pin typical of the manufactured carries their lieferant number 43.

Luftwaffe Contruction Unit Insignia

Luftwaffe Contruction Unit Insignia

Triangular insignia worn by civilians assigned to the Luftwaffe Construction units where it was felt their expertise would be best utilised. Comprising a black cotton backing with machine embroidered details in a silver grey rayon thread. Produced in two sizes for wear on the breast or left sleeve, this is the larger of the two which I take to be for wear on the sleeve. Uniform removed and in very good condition.

Boxed and Cartoned Iron Cross First Class by Klein & Quenzer

Boxed and Cartoned Iron Cross First Class by Klein & Quenzer

A very nice example by the preferred maker Klein & Quenzer in it's box of presentation and most unusually with the original card sleeve. The Iron Cross is in very good condition and appealingly,slightly vaulted. The small red marks on the right arm of the cross appear to be the remains of something like a wax crayon which only became obvious to me after the flash had picked them up. I'm confident they will simply brush off but I never interfere with anything. On the reverse the pin shows the 65 stamp associated with this maker. The case is very good and free from damage. Finally we have the very rare card sleeve by the same maker. One side flap is missing and there are some tears but it displays very well. A nice complete set and very rare to find by this maker.

Luftwaffe Mechanic's Black Work Cap (Arbeitsmutze)

Luftwaffe Mechanic's Black Work Cap (Arbeitsmutze)

A Luftwaffe Mechanic’s Field or Work Cap (Arbeitsmutze) in a black herringbone cotton twill and following the normal style of the Fliegermutze. Nicely washed out as you would expect of a work cap, this example is in very good undamaged condition with a good machine embroidered eagle on the correct black backing wool. Inside, the cap is lined in a black cotton with an S or a 5 hand embroidered into it.

Luftwaffe Officer's Wehrpass

Luftwaffe Officer's Wehrpass

Although somewhat sparse in it’s content, this Wehrpass to a Luftwaffe Officer is perhaps worthy of further research. The second version of the Wehrmacht document, it is in very good condition with all pages intact. Originally joining the army in June 1930, Martin Lontke served with infantry regiment 7 and was awarded the Wehrmacht four year service award. In May 1936 he appears to have transferred to the Luftwaffe and this Wehrpass was issued at the Luftwaffe Signals School. Page two has a good photograph of him wearing the uniform of a Regierungsinspektor (Oberleutnant) in the Luftwaffe- Wehrmachtbeamten, the administrative branch of the Luftwaffe. In January 1941 he is promoted to the rank of Oberregierungsinspektor (Hauptman). What I do find interesting is that on page 4 under foreign languages he is shown as being an English speaker and this combined with his training at the signals school might have earmarked him for special duties such as radio transmission monitoring. This would explain why he did not simply join a Luftwaffe signals regiment. An interesting Wehrpass in very good condition.

Screw Back Iron Cross First Class

Screw Back Iron Cross First Class

A very nice and really rather scarce example of a Screw Back Iron Cross First Class by Rudolf Souval. Overall condition is very good with no damage and with a nice patina, the disc with the Liferant number L58. there is very slight surface paint loss at the lower edge of the left arm of the cross, accentuated by the flash but not obvious to the naked eye. Screw Back Iron Crosses are a great favourite of mine and this example represents a classic wartime produced Souval piece

Pre WW2 German Mess Kit (Kochgeschirr)

Pre WW2 German Mess Kit (Kochgeschirr)

An early issue, large, aluminum construction mess kit with a steel swivel handle carrying wire. Based on the WWI 1910 pattern mess kit, this 2 litre capacity version has the same kidney shape as the army M31 pattern but with extra height. It first saw service between the wars and into the early part of WW11 and was also used by some of the political organisations including the SS as the last picture shows. The front has four small impressed horizontal lines, for measuring 1/2 litres. Metal carrying handle mounts are riveted to each upper side of the body. The removable top lid has a riveted, hinged handle with raised loops for the carrying straps or extension arm. There are no markings. Overall condition is very good, free from damage and with the black painted finish at least 90% intact.

Bronze Infantry Assault badge by JFS

Bronze Infantry Assault badge by JFS

A particularly nice example of a Bronze Infantry Assault Badge in zinc by the maker Josef Feix Sohne. Free from damage the obverse retains virtually all of the bronzed factory finish whilst the reverse shows the manufacture’s logo and more unusual ball hinge pin.

Luger PO8 Cleaning Rod and Stripping Tool

Luger PO8 Cleaning Rod and Stripping Tool

A useful pair for the Luger collector is this Cleaning Rod and Stripping tool for the PO8. Both are without stamps but the Cleaning Rod is brass tipped apparently dating it to the WW1 or earlier period. Both are in very good condition.

Italian RSI Black Brigades Hat / Beret Badge

Italian RSI Black Brigades Hat / Beret Badge

An impressive Italian RSI (Italian Social Republic) Skull Hat / Beret Badge for the Black Brigades measuring roughly 45mm vertically and 35 mm across the Skull. Overall condition is very good but with the fixing pins missing from the reverse. The Corpo Ausiliario delle Squadre d'azione di Camicie Nere (Auxiliary Corps of the Black Shirts' Action Squads), most widely known as the Black Brigades ( Brigate Nere), was one of the Fascist paramilitary groups, organized and run by the Republican Fascist Party (Partito Fascista Repubblicano, PFR) operating in the Italian Social Republic in northern Italy, during the final years of World War II, and after the signing of the Italian Armistice in 1943. They were officially led by Alessandro Pavolini, former Minister of Culture of the fascist era during the last years of the Kingdom of Italy.

A Bronze Grade Luftwaffe Driver’s Proficiency Badge

A Bronze Grade Luftwaffe Driver’s Proficiency Badge

A Kraftfahrbewährungsabzeichen in Bronze. Magnetic metal on a grey wool background with metal support plate and original paper backer. Measuring 48 mm in diameter the badge is in very good unissued condition with nearly all of the original finish intact.

Luftwaffe Flying Technical Personnel  Specialty Badge

Luftwaffe Flying Technical Personnel Specialty Badge

Luftwaffe Sleeve Badge for Luftwaffe Flying Technical Personnel (Fliegertechnisches) with the twisted golden wire border indicating one year’s service. Very good lightly used condition

Finnish /German 'Nordfrontkreuz'

Finnish /German 'Nordfrontkreuz'

Finnish /German: 'Nordfrontkreuz', this being the black/blue coloured enamelled variant with Pohjoisrintama - Die Nordfront - 1941/43, the Finish Lion and both Finish and German flags. The front of the cross is undamaged and displays very well but the screw back disc has been replaced with a pin

DLV Sleeve Eagle

DLV Sleeve Eagle

A scarce uniform removed Sleeve Badge for wear on the left sleeve of the tunic by members of the German Air Sports Association, Deutscher Luftsportverband, or DLV which was an organisation set up by the Nazi Party in March 1933 to establish a uniform basis for the training of military pilots. 55mm in diameter with machine embroidered eagle on a blue / grey woolen backing all in very good undamaged condition.

Zeiss Kriegsmarine Binocular Case. 7x50 and 10x50 Non Gas Mask Binoculars

Zeiss Kriegsmarine Binocular Case. 7x50 and 10x50 Non Gas Mask Binoculars

These water resistant Cases for the Zeiss Kriegsmarine 7x50 and 10x50  non gas mask Binoculars have always been hard to find and here we have a nice example. The case is without damage but has some crazing to the fabric of the lid. The closure strap is complete and with a good strong spring. All internal support blocks and rubber eye cup blocks are in place as are the lens filter holders. At the front is the correct Kriegsmarine Wa stamp below the Zeiss banner. Now very hard to find

US Airborne Overseas/Garrison Cap

US Airborne Overseas/Garrison Cap

US WW2 Airborne Garrison or Overseas Cap with machine embroidered cap badge for Paratroopers and Glider troops. Overall condition is very good and completely free from moth or other damage. Constructed in an olive drab wool with a blue piping branch of service cord in keeping with the infantry which the airborne troops formed part of. Inside, the shows little sign of wear and retains the original size 6 5/8 label stitched into the leather sweatband.

US Tropical Overseas / Garrison cap

US Tropical Overseas / Garrison cap

A very good US Tropical Overseas Cap to a staff officer with silver single bar with security latch. Lightweight khaki cotton with branch or service piping and name label to Harry B Routh. Overall condition is very good and free from damage. Approximate size 56cms.

Luftwaffe Trade Specialty Badge - Medical Personnel

Luftwaffe Trade Specialty Badge - Medical Personnel

Roughly, 55mm diameter, Luftwaffe blue/grey wool base with machine embroidered Caduceus, all in silvery/grey rayon threads.The outer edge of the badge is trimmed with hand stitched twisted, silvery/grey rayon cord indicating NCO ranks. Very good condition

Luftwaffe Trade Specialty Badge. Aircraft Radio Man with Certificate B

Luftwaffe Trade Specialty Badge. Aircraft Radio Man with Certificate B

Roughly, 55mm diameter, Luftwaffe blue/grey wool base with machine embroidered Propeller and lightning Bolts, all in silvery/grey rayon threads.The outer edge of the badge is trimmed with hand stitched twisted, silvery/grey rayon cord indicating NCO ranks. Very good condition

German Identity Disc Pouch

German Identity Disc Pouch

A German soldier’s leather Pouch for an Identity Disc (Erkennungsmarke) made from a natural coloured leather and in very good used condition. Named to W Schott from Dusseldorf and no doubt a privately acquired piece, these were intended to protect the chest from the zinc disc and the effects on them of extreme temperatures. Appears to have been used as a purse at some time.

Luftwaffe Trade Specialty Badge. Aircraft Equipment Administrator

Luftwaffe Trade Specialty Badge. Aircraft Equipment Administrator

Roughly, 55mm diameter, Luftwaffe blue/grey wool base with machine embroidered Propeller and engine pistons all in silvery/grey rayon threads.The outer edge of the badge is trimmed with hand stitched twisted, silvery/grey rayon cord indicating NCO ranks. Good condition

Luftwaffe Trade Specialty Badge. Ordnance Personel

Luftwaffe Trade Specialty Badge. Ordnance Personel

Roughly, 55mm diameter, Luftwaffe blue/grey wool base with machine embroidered F, all in silvery/grey rayon threads.The outer edge of the badge is trimmed with hand stitched twisted, silvery/grey rayon cord indicating NCO ranks. Very good condition

"Shinkel" Iron Cross Second Class

"Shinkel" Iron Cross Second Class

In complete contrast to the Übergröße Iron Cross this is the scarce “Shinkel” variant noted for it’s smaller frame much more along the lines of the WW1 Iron Cross second class. This example is in excellent condition retaining most of the original frosting and completely free from damage. A particularly nice example of a rare Iron Cross

RAF Escape and Evasion Pipe

RAF Escape and Evasion Pipe

In over 50 years of collecting this is only the second original example of these ultra-rare tobacco Pipes, described in the secret wartime publication Per Ardua Libertas under the pre-capture section, I have encountered. Superbly engineered, the bowl and stem are a typically British made walnut the Bakelite mouthpiece pulling out to reveal a stub which, when unscrewed, reveals a chamber to hold the compass and a vent hole allowing smoke to bypass the chamber to give the appearance of a perfectly normal tobacco pipe when in use. The compass is present but the Perspex screen and the actual rotating compass disc are missing, these tiny compasses being well known for that problem. In addition the rubber bung which closed off the compass chamber has also been lost to time. Without doubt the pinnacle for any Escape and Evasion collection I believe this to be the only original example available anywhere

SOE / RAF Escape and Evasion Telescope

SOE / RAF Escape and Evasion Telescope

Described as “Baby Telescope, magnification 8 and 6 for watching guards etc” on page 45 of the secret wartime MI9 publication Per Ardua Liberatas, this is the single draw version which I take to be the 6x magnification. Generally associated with use by SOE it comes under the chapter of post capture aids and was no doubt available to RAF crews and indeed the other services. 42mm in length when fully extended and 31mm when closed, this example is complete with its original aluminium capsule. Overall condition is very good, the telescope with good clear optics, focusing achieved by sliding the extension in and out to suit the user. The main body has a black crinkle finish without significant loss.

RAF Escape and Evasion Buckle Compass

RAF Escape and Evasion Buckle Compass

Perhaps one of the more ingenious of the escape and evasion aids devised during the war, was this compass needle built into the standard RAF and Army Battledress Blouse. When in place on the Blouse, the material concealed a small compass needle which sat under a slider and mounting pin. When removed, the slider released the compass needle which was then mounted on the pin which pointed to magnetic North. This item is in excellent complete and undamaged condition. For further reading see page 100 of Mick Prodger’s Luftwaffe vs RAF, Flying Equipment of the Air War, 1939-45 and, if you are lucky enough to obtain a copy, page 92 of Bob Baldwin’s, Behind Enemy Lines, Evasion and Escape Aids of World War 11.

"Deutscher Deutscher Volkssturm Wehrmacht"

"Deutscher Deutscher Volkssturm Wehrmacht"

Light weight, cotton construction, official pattern armband with a multi-colored, printed design featuring horizontal, red bordered, top and bottom edges and a black/white/black center stripe. The armband has white printed Latin script, "Deutscher Deutscher Volkssturm Wehrmacht", (German People’s Militia Armed Forces), in two lines, to the front centre which is flanked by a white national eagle, with out-stretched wings, clutching a wreathed, canted, swastika to either side. Overall condition is very good.

MI9 Escape Pencil Clip Compass

MI9 Escape Pencil Clip Compass

A very nice example of the MI9 developed Pencil Clip Compass disguised as an innocent looking pen or pencil pocket clip and easily carried by aircrew members. These followed exactly the ordinary clip differing only by the addition of a small indentation on the underside of the clip to allow it to remain in place on the point of the pencil. Condition is excellent

SS Officers Hand Embroidered Collar Tab with Runes

SS Officers Hand Embroidered Collar Tab with Runes

An excellent example of an SS Officer's right hand black wool construction collar tab with hand embroidered SS runes in bright silver/aluminum wire threads with a silver/aluminum cord piping around the borders , all mounted on a buckram backing. Although no longer present, there are traces on the original paper label evident. Overall condition is very good with absolutely no signs of damage.

Rare First Edition. All-In Fighting by W.E. Fairbairn 1942

Rare First Edition. All-In Fighting by W.E. Fairbairn 1942

Although modern paperback reprints of this book are available, there is never an acceptable alternative to owning a rare original 1942 First Edition as I have here, of the famous publication, All-In Fighting by W.E. Fairbairn of Fairbairn Sykes dagger fame. Published by Faber & Faber ltd. the book covers all aspects of the subject in 132 well described and illustrated pages. Complete with dust jacket and with the Rifle Section by Capt. P.N. Walbridge, the book is in very good condition with just the price cut from the dust jacket and without further damage or missing pages. A very rare book

Kriegsmarine Uniforms and Traditions, by John Angolia and Adolf Schlicht. Complete 3 Volume Set

Kriegsmarine Uniforms and Traditions, by John Angolia and Adolf Schlicht. Complete 3 Volume Set

To my mind still by far the best all round reference work on the subject are these three volumes entitled, Die Kriegsmarine Uniforms and Traditions, by John Angolia and Adolf Schlicht. Published between 1991 and 1993 by R James Bender in beautifully bound hardback format, they have never been reprinted and cover every aspect of the Kriegsmarine Uniforms, Equipment etc. each volume comprising roughly 400 lavishly illustrated pages. Each book is in very good condition with some minor rubbing to the edges of the covers, but with no further damage. Now a very hard to find set and absolutely essential for any Kriegsmarine collector.

British Mk1* Helmet, 1938 Dated. Rough Khaki Finish

British Mk1* Helmet, 1938 Dated. Rough Khaki Finish

Once these were everywhere but not the case now and particularly so in such nice condition and with a size 7 ¼ liner. These Mk 1* Helmets represented the last development of the Mk1 Brodie before the introduction of the true Mk11 in 1939 and were typically worn by the BEF during the early months of the war until their departure via Dunkirk. The shell is without damage and retains almost all of the factory applied rough khaki finish. The so called bales (chinstrap anchor points) are dated 1938 and the chinstrap itself is in very good condition. The oil cloth liner is very good, without the usual cracks and still supple whilst the fibre cross bands carry the manufacture’s initial’s, size 7 ¼ and 1939 date. A very nice example of an early war helmet which probably saw service with the BEF or in the western desert.

Kriegsmarine Minesweeper war Badge in Tombak

Kriegsmarine Minesweeper war Badge in Tombak

A very nice Tombak struck Kriegsmarine Mine Sweeper War badge by Richard Simm & Sohne in very good lightly service used condition. The wreath and eagle show light wear to the gilding entirely in keeping with rubbing from the left sleeve, the same being true of the silver and darkened silver of the sea and badge reverse. Overall condition is very good with no damage and with the maker’s initials, RSS, clearly raised on the reverse.

Kriegsmarine Admiral's Car Pennant

Kriegsmarine Admiral's Car Pennant

Always one of my favourite Car Pannants this Kriegsmarine Admiral’s Pennant measures approximately 33.5cm long and 22 cm tall. Flown when the Admiral was carried in the car this double sided Pennant has a field is of dark blue cotton trimmed along the edges with gold tresse displaying swastikas. At centre is a finely executed padded Kriegsmarine eagle hand embroidered with gold and with dark brown threads picking out the detail. At the hoist end are two spring attachment clips Overall condition is very good with no damage but with the usual toning to the bullion golden tresse. A quite beautiful example with Donitz own identical pennant currently on view at the Herefordshire Light Infantry Museum.

High Quality Luftschutz Field Cap

High Quality Luftschutz Field Cap

An excellent and as new example of a Luftschutz Police Field cap in a high quality ribbed wool usually seen in Luftwaffe Officer’s caps, Luftschutz Caps being drawn from Luftwaffe stocks. Completely free from damage or signs of wear the side flaps are piped with the green twisted cord of the police whilst the front carries a fine BeVo Luftschutz insignia. The lining is a grey cotton drill clearly stamped Berolina Berlin 1942, 57. It would not be possible to upgrade this example.

Luftwaffe NCO's Dress Bayonet Frog and Portepee

Luftwaffe NCO's Dress Bayonet Frog and Portepee

A scarce 1938 dated Luftwaffe NCO’s Bayonet Frog carrying stamps to the manufacturer and the Luftwaffe LBA but most importantly to 1/KG 158. Complete with its grey leather strapped portepee, more correctly termed Faustriemen, all components are in very good and undamaged condition, ideal finishing touches for a Luftwaffe parade bayonet. KG 158 was to become KG 76 in 1939 then operating from Cormeilles-en-Vexin during the Battle of Britain with Do 17Z and Ju 88A’s.

WW1 M1887 Bread Bag

WW1 M1887 Bread Bag

Small haversack style Bread bag of grey heavy-duty canvas, worn suspended from the soldier's waist belt. The Bread bag features a large pocket divided into two and has a single large flap closure. This flap has two short leather straps sewn the underside of the flap, their purpose to secure the contents of the bag closed by locating these straps over two metal dished buttons, sewn to the lower pocket of the bag. Another longer leather strap is fitted between the latter for securing the contents closed, and this engages over another dished metal button which in this case is missing. A metal 'D' ring is sewn to the top left of the bag's outer flap for suspending the man's Water bottle and has a further short leather tab sewn horizontally beneath to secure the bottle's strap in place. Two button-back belt loops are located to the left and right upper edge, with between them, a single vertical strap terminating with a metal hook attachment that engages over the belt with stampings that appear to show a 1915 date. To the reverse are fitted two small metal 'D' rings via leather tabs, so that a separate strap may be used. Overall condition is very good, with no damage. The final image shows this Bread Bag as part of a equipment set to be listed as separate pieces shortly on this site.

WW1 German Entrenching Tool and Bayonet  Set

WW1 German Entrenching Tool and Bayonet Set

A very good German Entrenching Tool and Bayonet set in perfectly matched condition. Most desirably, all the components of the set match each other perfectly for condition and wear. The leather components are of an identical dark brown colour and have exactly the same age patina. This is really rather a difficult thing for the collector today to achieve as period leather is infamously hard to match up well. The Entrenching Tool Carrier is the M1909 type and it has a clear German Army date marking for 1915. True WW1 German Entrenching Tool Carriers such as this are exceedingly difficult to find, 99% of the ones offered on the market today are actually "lookalike" versions from other nations such as Bulgaria etc. The Carrier's hanging straps fixings have been period repaired at Depot level by having the stitching replaced by small rivets. Such repairs were a common occurrence at the time as this was a notorious weak spot for such Carriers. The leather to the hanging straps is strong and the Carrier can be hung from the Belt without problems. Wonderfully, and most unusually, the securing strap for the Tool to the Bayonet retains its full length. This is important as these straps are now often found reduced in length making it impossible for the collector today to attach the Bayonet to the Tool as was prescribed at the time. The Entrenching Tool itself is also a correct German example, immediately recognisable as the classic M1898/09 type by the riveted "turn-backs" to the top blade rim. Whilst the German Army used several subtly different versions of the Entrenching Tool in WW1 this pattern is the most easily discernible as German as other nations' Entrenching Tools do not have these "turn-backs". The Bayonet is also a classic, being the M98/05 "butcher" type. This is the 1915 version with reduced muzzle wings, added flash guard, and steel scabbard. The Bayonet is in very good condition overall with the blade bright, clean, and clearly dated 1917. The steel scabbard has a wear mark at the precise spot where the Entrenching Tool Carrier bayonet securing strap rubs, this confirming that this Bayonet has indeed been used in the field as opposed to having been used simply for "walking out". The Frog is the rare pre-war pattern type with brass rivets and dated 1910 on the reverse. There is a period field repair at the top edge above the stud hole. Again, this was a common occurrence on long used frogs such as this as this area was another notorious weak spot. The Frog remains strong and it too can be hung from the Belt without problems. It has an original WW1 German Bayonet Knot attached, this is in good condition aside from the odd bit of staining. These Bayonet Knots came in a variety of different colours with each colour combination denoting a specific Company within the regiment. The blue/yellow colour combination of this particular Bayonet Knot denotes the 12th Company. The final photograph shows the Entrenching Tool and Bayonet set laid out with other components that I have equally listed. These extra items do not form part of this sale but are shown for demonstration purposes only. The Belt and Pouches set shown match this Entrenching Tool and Bayonet set in colour and condition exactly. These originally formed an integral part of this Entrenching Tool and Bayonet set and were bought from the same advanced German collection. For the sake photographic clarity I have listed the Belt and Pouches set separately. A lovely Entrenching Tool and Bayonet set, the main component of which is really rather difficult to find.

WW1 German Waist Belt and Ammunition Pouches

WW1 German Waist Belt and Ammunition Pouches

A good early war German Belt and Pouches set in perfectly matched condition. Most desirably, all the components of the set match each other perfectly for colour, condition and wear. Each of the leather components are of an identical dark brown colour and they have exactly the same age patina. This is really a rather difficult thing to achieve as period leather is infamously hard to match up well. The Belt is complete and strong with no issues. The markings to the Belt have worn away however it can date to no later than 1915 as it has a securing clip in brass. During 1915 these clips were changed to steel in keeping with all the brass to steel transitions made by the German Army manufacturing industry during that year. The Belt has a corresponding brass and nickel Prussian buckle, and again these were transitioned to steel manufacture during 1915. The Pouches are a good matched pair with steel fittings. One is dated 1916 and the other 1915. The 1915 Pouch is interesting as it demonstrates well the brass to steel transition of 1915 as two of the three closing studs remain in brass whilst the remainder of the Pouch's fittings are steel. Both Pouches have firm stitching and their closing straps are present, strong, flexible, and undamaged. On one Pouch the internal leather dividing strip is present but has come loose at one end, this is not visible from the outside. The final photograph shows the Belt and Pouches set laid out with other items that I have also listed. These extra items do not form part of this sale but are shown for demonstration purposes only. The Entrenching Tool and Bayonet set shown match this Belt and Pouches set in colour and condition exactly. These originally formed an integral part of this Belt and Pouches set and were bought from the same advanced German collection. For the sake of photographic clarity however I have listed the Entrenching Tool and Bayonet set separately. A nice Belt and Pouches set, the match of which would be singularly difficult to replicate.

1943 Dated 45 Commando Royal Marines, Blouse and Beret with Family Provenance

1943 Dated 45 Commando Royal Marines, Blouse and Beret with Family Provenance

Perhaps the last from this wonderful collection of originally badged Battledress is this 45 Commando Royal Marines Blouse and Beret. Originally obtained from the son of Sergeant Herbert Wiles who enlisted on 23 February 1940 and joined 45 Commando in late 1942 serving with them until December 1945. He died in 1996. Also included are a number of copies of his service record, Commando Certificate of service (a copy), medal entitlement etc. along with a number of copy photographs, the originals all being retained by the family. The Battledress Blouse is an American War Aid Blouse and retains the original labels dating in to 1943.Interesting to note that he appears to wearing just such a Blouse in one of the copy photographs. Each sleeve carries the originally applied machine embroidered Commando insignia and his Sergeants chevrons. In true Royal Marine tradition the stripes have had a white blanco applied. Overall condition is very good with the exception of one finger sized hole on the right elbow. The Beret is another textbook example of a 1943 dated Kango Wear Beret and although the markings are not immediately visible, the famous “wet test” reveals them well. I have managed to capture these in the images. The Beret is in very good condition with one post broken off the badged which has been secured with stitching. On the 26th May 1944 45 Commando left Eastbourne for a staging camp at Southampton, where they were regularly briefed for their task part in the greatest amphibious invasion in history; Operation Neptune, the amphibious phase, and Operation Overlord, the land assault on Hitler’s Fortress Europe. However, for security reasons there was no mention of their destination or timing of the invasion. On 5th June, 1944, 45 Commando RM moved to Warsash at the entrance to the Solent where they embarked in five LCI(S)s, Landing Craft Infantry (Small). At 1700 hours, they slipped anchor and formed up in the Solent, to take their place in a vast armada of craft destined for the Normandy beaches. The secrecy over the Commandos' mission was finally broken, when the precise details of their landing beach were revealed; 0910 hours on "Queen Red" beach, two miles west of Ouistreham in Normandy. 45 Commando RM played a highly significant part in the landings as any search of the internet will reveal and later continued through France and into Germany up to the Baltic Coast. Sergeant Wiles was with them as his award of the France and Germany Star shows. Original pieces of history such as we have here hardly ever change hands now and I am delighted to be able to offer this fully provenanced and totally original collection.

Kriegsmarine Minesweeper War Badge in Tombak L/16

Kriegsmarine Minesweeper War Badge in Tombak L/16

A very nice Tombak struck Kriegsmarine Mine Sweeper War badge by Steinhauer & Luck in very good lightly service used condition and impressed with the seldom seen L/16 LDO number of the maker. The wreath and eagle show only the slightest light wear to the gilding entirely in keeping with rubbing from the left sleeve, the same being true of the silver and darkened silver of the sea and badge reverse which has also been personalised with the name Sachse Overall condition is very good with no damage. A particularly nice example.

"Inland Liner" for the US M2 Paratrooper Helmet

"Inland Liner" for the US M2 Paratrooper Helmet

An extremely rare original “Inland” liner for the US M2 paratrooper Helmet The liner is in very good condition without chips or cracks and with the “Inland” stamp impressed into the crown. The nape strap carries the stamp of the George Frost Company, size 3. The suspension webbing, sweatband, webbing and buckles for the chin cup are all in place but I believe the chin cup has perhaps been taken from US flying helmet and is therefore not original to liner and may even be a reproduction piece. It is included in the interests of completeness and appearance only and the chin cup only is not guaranteed original. The leather chinstrap is in good condition with some light surface cracks.

1943 Dated 45 Commando Royal Marines, Blouse and Beret with Family Provenance

1943 Dated 45 Commando Royal Marines, Blouse and Beret with Family Provenance

Perhaps the last from this wonderful collection of originally badged Battledress is this 45 Commando Royal Marines Blouse and Beret. Originally obtained from the son of Sergeant Herbert Wiles who enlisted on 23 February 1940 and joined 45 Commando in late 1942 serving with them until December 1945. He died in 1996. Also included are a number of copies of his service record, Commando Certificate of service (a copy), medal entitlement etc. along with a number of copy photographs, the originals all being retained by the family. The Battledress Blouse is an American War Aid Blouse and retains the original labels dating in to 1943.Interesting to note that he appears to wearing just such a Blouse in one of the copy photographs. Each sleeve carries the originally applied machine embroidered Commando insignia and his Sergeants chevrons. In true Royal Marine tradition the stripes have had a white blanco applied. Overall condition is very good with the exception of one finger sized hole on the right elbow. The Beret is another textbook example of a 1943 dated Kango Wear Beret and although the markings are not immediately visible, the famous “wet test” reveals them well. I have managed to capture these in the images. The Beret is in very good condition with one post broken off the badged which has been secured with stitching. On the 26th May 1944 45 Commando left Eastbourne for a staging camp at Southampton, where they were regularly briefed for their task part in the greatest amphibious invasion in history; Operation Neptune, the amphibious phase, and Operation Overlord, the land assault on Hitler’s Fortress Europe. However, for security reasons there was no mention of their destination or timing of the invasion. On 5th June, 1944, 45 Commando RM moved to Warsash at the entrance to the Solent where they embarked in five LCI(S)s, Landing Craft Infantry (Small). At 1700 hours, they slipped anchor and formed up in the Solent, to take their place in a vast armada of craft destined for the Normandy beaches. The secrecy over the Commandos' mission was finally broken, when the precise details of their landing beach were revealed; 0910 hours on "Queen Red" beach, two miles west of Ouistreham in Normandy. 45 Commando RM played a highly significant part in the landings as any search of the internet will reveal and later continued through France and into Germany up to the Baltic Coast. Sergeant Wiles was with them as his award of the France and Germany Star shows. Original pieces of history such as we have here hardly ever change hands now and I am delighted to be able to offer this fully provenanced and totally original collection.

Third Pattern Japanese Paratrooper Helmet

Third Pattern Japanese Paratrooper Helmet

An extremely rare example of a Japanese Paratrooper Helmet. There were four different patterns of paratrooper helmets used by the Japanese military during 1940-1945. The Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) had three versions, this being the Third (second steel) Pattern helmet. The steel shell is fitted with a factory applied cover with four ventilation holes at the top. Side flaps are of a similar material each terminating with either side of the leather chinstrap. The IJA star insignia is placed at the front of the shell. Inside the two tapes synonymous with WW11 Japanese helmets are in place and these double as both a securing and carrying strap. Around the inside rim are a series of cotton pockets containing rubber pads. The rubber has hardened and in some cases disintegrated as have those beneath the cheesecloth lining to the dome. This is only apparent to the touch and in no way degrades the appearance of the Helmet. Generally a fine example in otherwise very good condition.

Iron Cross First Class by Fritz Zimmerman

Iron Cross First Class by Fritz Zimmerman

A non maker marker marked Iron Cross First Class with iron core attributed to the maker Fritz Zimmermann. With a beautiful and constant overall patina, the Cross is in very good undamaged condition and free from any signs of rust to the core.

1943 Japanese Model 98 Army officer's sword “Shin Gunto”

1943 Japanese Model 98 Army officer's sword “Shin Gunto”

A quite beautiful example of a Japanese Model 98 Army officer's sword “Shin Gunto”, 1943 in scabbard with company grade officer's tassle. 29 inch, clean “Genduato” hand forged blade with straight Harmon and good polish, the blade tang engraved with Japanese characters showing the sword maker was a man called Kane Hisa who almost certainly worked in Mino Province (City of Seki in today's Japan). The sword was made in the 18th year of the reign of the emperor Hirohito, i.e. 1943. Khaki binding on the Ray fish skin covered grip with heavy brass tsuba. The Scabbard is painted brown with brass and copper fittings. Overall condition is very good with no damage and with a superb blade. Shipping to UK and EU only

Heer EM/NCO’s Tropical Cap Eagle and Cockade

Heer EM/NCO’s Tropical Cap Eagle and Cockade

A Heer EM/NCO’s Tropical Cap Eagle and Cockade BeVo embroidered grey Wehrmacht eagle clutching a wreathed mobile swastika, above a machine-embroidered tri-colour cockade The eagle is in very good condition, the Cockade closely trimmed and worn with both showing signs of an adhesive to the backs

Heer Other Ranks Panzer Breast Eagle

Heer Other Ranks Panzer Breast Eagle

An unused BeVo weave Panzer Breast Eagle for wear by other ranks and NCO’s An early version with bright thread on a rayon background and cut from a roll. There is some staining to the left wing of the eagle and seven small perforations to the rayon backing

Vehicle Identification / Recognition Flag

Vehicle Identification / Recognition Flag

A German Vehicle Identification / Recognition drape roughly, 98cm x 196cm reputed to have been brought back from the Western Desert and perhaps most likely associated with use on a heavy armoured vehicle. Single sided, two piece, woven, light weight, cotton/rayon construction with a red field with a separate white circular disk with a black printed Swastika to one side. The central white circular disk is machine stitched to the flag. Each has a magnetic sheet metal grommets designed for attaching the flag to the ground or a vehicle. The colours remain strong but there is a sprinkling of small moth holes which show well in the images.

First Pattern German Red Cross Field Cap - Published Example

First Pattern German Red Cross Field Cap - Published Example

Originally sold by Ruptured Duck in the USA when it was described as the the very Cap featured on page 252 of Angolias’s “In The Service of the Reich”, this rare early example of a Red Cross enlisted man’s Field cap is in excellent undamaged condition. Constructed in a grey wool with a single ventilation grommet at each side, the Red Cross insignia sits over the inverted grey Soutache with two black fabric false buttons below. Inside, the grey cotton lining shows no signs of wear and is size stamped 56

Kriegsmarine Tropical Breast Eagle

Kriegsmarine Tropical Breast Eagle

A textbook example of a mint and unissued Kriegsmarine tropical breast eagle constructed of fine quality BeVo style machine embroidery in golden-yellow threading on a tan/khaki-coloured rayon base. Cut from a roll

Pre War Army Other Ranks Breast Eagle

Pre War Army Other Ranks Breast Eagle

Pre war (c.1934) pattern army other ranks / NCOs Breast Eagle with machine embroidered eagle in a silver grey thread on a green woollen background with a back backing weave. Very good condition

NSKK Cap Eagle

NSKK Cap Eagle

NSKK Cap Eagle A superb unissued example of the rare NSKK Cap Insignia for wear on the Kepi and Luftwaffe style Peaked or Visor Cap. This is the second pattern version in virtually mint condition and made in stamped aluminium with a silver wash finish. The often missing prongs are in place and have never been unfolded and the hollow back shows the clear RZM markings M1/102 (Insignia code / Frank & Rief Stuttgart) along with the RZM mark itself. A lovely piece which could not be upgraded

Belgian M31 Adrian Helmet

Belgian M31 Adrian Helmet

A Belgian M31 Combat Helmet with a very good shell retaining 90% overall of the original factory finish but badly let down by a liner in relic condition only with just the liner band and some of the clips remaining. The original chinstrap remains in place. The Belgian M31 was a direct copy of the French Adrian. Produced in Belgium from 1931 it retained (with minor modifications) the Lions Head that was affixed to the WWI Adrian's. The major visual difference between the Belgian and French helmets is the more flared sides and brim of the Belgian, the French M26 had a much lower profile. Displays well.

Luftwaffe Trade Speciality Badge - Direction Finder Operator

Luftwaffe Trade Speciality Badge - Direction Finder Operator

Luftwaffe Trade Speciality Bade roughly, 55mm diameter, Luftwaffe blue/grey wool base with a machine embroidered, with four lightning bolts, and a Gothic "P", indicating, Peil Funker, (Direction Finder Operator), to bottom, all in silvery/grey rayon threads. The outer edge of the badge is trimmed with hand stitched twisted, silvery/grey rayon cord indicating NCO ranks.

Luftwaffe Flak Arm Badge

Luftwaffe Flak Arm Badge

Luftwaffe Flak Artillery Personnel sleeve insignia awarded after nine month service. Silver grey machine embroidered. Lightweight blue grey backing presumable for wear on a summer issuer blouse. Very good unissued condition

WW1 German Waist Belt and Ammunition Pouches

WW1 German Waist Belt and Ammunition Pouches

A good early war German Belt and Pouches set in perfectly matched condition. Most desirably, all the components of the set match each other perfectly for colour, condition and wear. Each of the leather components are of an identical dark brown colour and they have exactly the same age patina. This is really a rather difficult thing to achieve as period leather is infamously hard to match up well. The Belt is complete and strong with no issues. The markings to the Belt have worn away however it can date to no later than 1915 as it has a securing clip in brass. During 1915 these clips were changed to steel in keeping with all the brass to steel transitions made by the German Army manufacturing industry during that year. The Belt has a corresponding brass and nickel Prussian buckle, and again these were transitioned to steel manufacture during 1915. The Pouches are a good matched pair with steel fittings. One is dated 1916 and the other 1915. The 1915 Pouch is interesting as it demonstrates well the brass to steel transition of 1915 as two of the three closing studs remain in brass whilst the remainder of the Pouch's fittings are steel. Both Pouches have firm stitching and their closing straps are present, strong, flexible, and undamaged. On one Pouch the internal leather dividing strip is present but has come loose at one end, this is not visible from the outside. The final photograph shows the Belt and Pouches set laid out with other items that I have also listed. These extra items do not form part of this sale but are shown for demonstration purposes only. The Entrenching Tool and Bayonet set shown match this Belt and Pouches set in colour and condition exactly. These originally formed an integral part of this Belt and Pouches set and were bought from the same advanced German collection. For the sake of photographic clarity however I have listed the Entrenching Tool and Bayonet set separately. A nice Belt and Pouches set, the match of which would be singularly difficult to replicate.

RAF Signaler's Padded Half Wing

RAF Signaler's Padded Half Wing

An unissued padded example in near excellent condition. The Signaler’s wing appeared in 1943 to reflect the post of the Wireless Operator.

WW11 RAF Sunglasses

WW11 RAF Sunglasses

A good useable pair of WW11 RAF Sunglasses complete with Air Ministry marked tin With sprung side arms and leather side shield the glasses are in very good condition with minor scratching only to the lenses. The left lens has a very small chip at the point the frame is closed. The tin closes firmly and has light denting to the lid.

Third Reich Period "Afri Cola" Bottle

Third Reich Period "Afri Cola" Bottle

A scarce glass Afri Cola .25l bottle dating from I believe 1941 and in very good undamaged condition. Standing 210mm in height, the bottle, as well as the name, does of course bear a striking resemblance to the iconic Coca Cola Bottle of the period. During the early 30’s Coca Cola was sweeping across Europe and by the establishment of the Third Reich things were about to change. A German business man Karl Flach started to produce Afri Cola (made from an African bean) and managed to convince the Nazi party that Coca Cola was a Jewish concern but it was not until the outbreak of war that Coca Cola pulled out of Germany leaving the market open to Afri Cola. The bottles were boldly decorated with a Palm Tree leading to the mistaken belief that they were intended for the Afrika Korps. In fact Afri Cola was not only available to the armed forces but was of course commercially available. The company continues to this day, the early post war bottles having a smaller base and different shape. A scarce item and ideal as a backdrop display item.

Japanese Naval Landing Forces Enlisted Man's Cap

Japanese Naval Landing Forces Enlisted Man's Cap

The last from this collection of Imperial Japanese items I have been able to offer is this Imperial Japanese Naval Landing Forces Enlisted Man's Cap Fabricated from olive green cotton with a machine embroidered yellow and olive green embroidered Imperial Navy anchor insignia sewn in place to the front, three reinforced eyelets on either side near the top for ventilation and a two-piece cotton strap resting upon the peak with two adjustable sliders. At the back are two pairs of eyelets with an adjusting tape. The cap is unlined and carries an ink stamp in the crow which I believe dates the cap to 1944. Overall condition is excellent, the cap perhaps unissued.

Panzer NCO Lightweight Tunic

Panzer NCO Lightweight Tunic

An excellent example of a privately tailored Panzer Officer Candidate’s lightweight field green cotton summer Tunic. Very much following the style of an officer’s Tunic it has a six button front closure with a metal hook and eyelet at the neckline. The tunic has four pleated patch front pockets, all with scalloped button down flaps and with the sleeves finished with a full French cuff. A machine embroidered eagle is correctly positioned above the right breast pocket and is hand sewn in place. The green wool finish to the collar is trimmed with silver aluminium tress, the collar insignia being correct for this Panzer NCO’s Tunic. Shoulder Straps are the removable slip type, trimmed with Panzer pink waffenfarbe and again bordered with a silver aluminium tress. Each strap carries two strips of subdued artificial tress indicating this NCO was an Officer Candidate. Above the left breast pocket is a medal bar for the Iron Cross second Class and the Eastern Front Medal, whilst the pocket itself shows pin holes for three awards suggesting this NCO had no facility to have the correct loops formed. Inside there are pads at the shoulders and a dagger strap accessed by the lower left pocket. Overall condition is very good, free from damage and significant stains.

German Bakelite Whistle with Lanyard

German Bakelite Whistle with Lanyard

Issued to Officers, NCO’s and appropriate other ranks from 1943, these Whistles were made either of Bakelite or Celluloid. This example appears to be Bakelite. Complete with the original grey plaited Lanyard, all components are in very good condition with the Whistle functioning well.

1944 dated Royal Marines Beret 71/4

1944 dated Royal Marines Beret 71/4

A 1944 dated Royal Marines Beret by Kangol Wear Ltd. in a good size 7 1/4. Overall appearance is very good with a number of surface moth trails but no holes to the blue wool. An interesting feature is the half moon shaped stiffener placed inside the Beret to support the badge when in wear. The liner is in very good condition with the name S.L. Greenslade in white block stamping and the maker’s name and date still visible.

Jager/Gebirgsjager Tropical Shoulder Straps.

Jager/Gebirgsjager Tropical Shoulder Straps.

An excellent well matched and lightly used pair of Jager/Gebirgsjager other ranks Tropical Shoulder Straps. Constructed in a khaki ribbed cotton with a heavy wool backing and piped with the branch of service light green both straps are in near new condition with only a faint impression from the securing buttons showing they were ever issued. Impossible to upgrade

Gebirgsjäger Arm Badge.

Gebirgsjäger Arm Badge.

An unissued machine embroidered example of the Gebirgsjäger arm badge. Embroidered onto a field grey wool background the badge is in excellent condition

Jager Sleeve badge

Jager Sleeve badge

Unissued machine embroidered Jager Sleeve badge in excellent condition. Multi coloured threads on a dark green woollen backing appropriate for use by the Heer.

Jager Sleeve badge

Jager Sleeve badge

Jager Sleeve badge Unissued Jager Sleeve badge in BeVo weave cut from a roll and in excellent condition Multi coloured threads on a green rayon backing appropriate for use by the Heer.

A Wehrmacht Heer Gebirgsjäger Officer’s Edelweiss Cap Insignia

A Wehrmacht Heer Gebirgsjäger Officer’s Edelweiss Cap Insignia

Gebirgsjäger Officer’s Edelweiss Cap Insignia in two part aluminium with gilded centre and with both prongs intact on the reverse, along with the maker’s initials F & B ( Funcke & Bruninghaus. Measuring roughly 31 mm x 27.57 mm the insignia is in excellent unissued condition.

Gebirgsjäger Feldmützen Edelweiss Cap Insignia

Gebirgsjäger Feldmützen Edelweiss Cap Insignia

Gebirgsjäger Feldmützen Edelweiss cap insignia by the maker F & B ( Funcke & Bruninghaus) used on Heer M43 Feldmützen but also famously seen worn by U Boat crews who’s boat utilised the insignia. The badge is nickel plated magnetic steel in two parts, the centre originally gilded. There are four holes to the petals to allow the badge to be stitched in place.

Kriegsmarine Auxiliary Cruiser Badge in Tombak by Juncker

Kriegsmarine Auxiliary Cruiser Badge in Tombak by Juncker

A very good example of a Kriegsmarine Auxiliary Cruiser War Badge struck from Tombak with a fire gilded finish. Although no maker’s name appears I’m inclined to think this badge is by C.E. Juncker with such features as the hinge block, coastline profile on the globe and indeed the separate face of the globe itself pointing to this manufacturer. The gilding to the wreath, eagle and ship remains very good with just the slightest surface rubbing no doubt from the cloth of the sleeve. The same is true of the finish to the globe. On the reverse the gilding is very good with a small are of darkening on the wreath. A rare badge in very good condition.

Complete Kriegsmarine Foul Weather Suit

Complete Kriegsmarine Foul Weather Suit

Whilst I have been able to offer a number of the leather Jackets and trousers in the past, this is first I have encountered of the true Kriegsmarine Foul Weather Clothing. Constructed in a rubberised cotton canvas and intended for wear over the leather garments this complete suit includes the three quarter length Coat, Trousers, Sou’wester and the ultra rare hooded cape. Hooded Cape. Despite an extensive search I cannot find another of these either for sale or having been sold . I did find pictures of them in use on U Boats. This example is in very good condition. The rubberised cloth is supple and free from damage, the elastic around the face piece retains its elasticity and both buttons and arm straps are in place. Stamped ebd 7.X1. 41 Sou’wester. An excellent perhaps unused example. The rubberised cloth is supple and without damage and the cotton ties are in place. Stamped Willy Sprengpfeil, Motzenfabrik, Hamburg 19, 1940 size 59. There is also a small ink eagle and Swastika inspection stamp. Coat. Very good condition, the rubberised cloth supple. Double breasted with eight buttons, two of which are missing. Storm cuffs to each sleeve with slight detachment of the rubber cuff trims. Each elbow with a reinforced panel both of which have a small amount of loose stitching. There is a small area of separation to the cloth where the right sleeve joins the coat at the back and a 140mm loss of stitching to the coat’s rear seam near the bottom. Beneath the collar is a closure strap for use when the collar is worn up, and three buttons. Inside, the coat is half lined with one pocket. Stamped edb 50, 18. X11. 1941 Trousers. Again in very good condition, soft and supple. Belt loops are present as are the two fly buttons and waist tapes. Stamped edb 52, 26.V1.1941 A truly rare and complete Kriegsmarine Foul Weather Suit so often seen worn on the conning tower of U Boats

1937 Jager Feldmutze With Early Insignia

1937 Jager Feldmutze With Early Insignia

A true old war horse, this 1937 dated M34 Feldmutze was manufactured prior to June of that year when an order was implemented making changes to the national insignia. Scarcely seen, the original early cockade remains in place featuring the diamond shaped light grey background which changed to green in June. The cockade sits inside the inverted chevron shaped soutache showing the branch of service, in this case a dark green for a Jager or light infantry division. The machine embroidered eagle has clearly been re-applied and rather crudely too. Overall the cap shows wear with the knap now feeling quite coarse and with a 23mm vertical repair to the right side flap which penetrates the body. The repair does however appear to be period effected. There is one very small moth hole and several areas of wear along the bottom of the cap, particularly near the front. Inside, the cotton lining is very good with the date, size 57 and perhaps regimental marking 9.K.L (or I) visible. Despite the wear, the cap is sound, displays well and is a rare example of a very early cap.

Luftwaffe Breast Eagle for the Herringbone Twill Tunic

Luftwaffe Breast Eagle for the Herringbone Twill Tunic

Luftwaffe Breast Eagle for the Drillich HBT Tunic Very occasionally seen on Luftwaffe Fallschirmjager jump smocks, these scarce Luftwaffe Breast Eagles, machine embroidered on a green cotton herringbone backing, were primarily intended for wear, when used, on the summer weight Drillch or Herringbone Twill Tunic. Overall condition is very good with no damage and perhaps unissued. A rare breast eagle

MINIATURE RAF Pilot Wings For Foreign Nationals

MINIATURE RAF Pilot Wings For Foreign Nationals

An excellent pair of RAF Pilot’s Miniature King’s Crown Wings. Generally associated with wear on the right breast by foreign nations serving with the RAF, these wings display all the quality if the full size wing but a wings span of just 70mm. Period photographs of them in wear are rare, most showing a full size wing, all of which leads me to believe that the miniatures perhaps appeared late in the war. A beautiful set of wings in silk thread and free from damage.

Aircraft Recognition Model Short Stirling

Aircraft Recognition Model Short Stirling

Despite having attracted the attentions of some bygone schoolboy who decided to camouflage it, this is a very rare wartime Frog Aircraft Recognition model of the Short Stirling in a 1/72 scale with a wingspan of 41cms. Overall condition is very good with the underside showing the original black matt paint, stores stamp and the Frog logo alongside “Stirling” Lightweight it appears to have been made in a hollow resin.

Junghans Luftwaffe Cockpit Clock. Version 3 1940-41

Junghans Luftwaffe Cockpit Clock. Version 3 1940-41

A very nice working example of the Third Version of the Junghans Cockpit Clock Fl23885, Bo-UK 1, which is believed to been produced between 1940 and 1941. As with version 2, version 3 implemented changes. There is a stop watch function operated by a push button below the winding knob with a subsidiary dial at the bottom of the face showing elapsed time. The rotating bezel is now made of grey painted Bakelite with a white pointer and the back plate now has a bayonet fitting. Perhaps the most noticeable change is the provision of a lever to the right of the winding knob which when lowered allows the hands to be set by the winding knob. A data plate also appears on the back of the clock which shows various details including the Werk Nr. of this clock, 39207 whilst a plate now covers the movement which in this case carries the number 73355. The low Werke number of this clock possibly suggests a factory repair or upgrade. Overall condition is very good. The clock runs well with all functions operating as they should however, it is not guaranteed

Iron Cross Second Class with Original Packet

Iron Cross Second Class with Original Packet

A very good example of an Iron Cross Second Class by the preferred maker, Klein und Quenzer complete with its original K u Q paper packet and ribbon. The cross itself is in very good condition with light toning only to the silver borders and with the suspension ring stamped with the Lieferant number for K u Q, 65 . The ribbon is very good with some age accumulated darkening whilst the packet is very good, twice folded and with creases and one 18mm long split.

British NFS Helmet 1940

British NFS Helmet 1940

A really very nice example of a British Mk11 National Fire Service Helmet. Dated 1940 the Helmet is by BMB in a good size 7 and is painted in a flat drab olive paint with some grit application evident in places. The shell has one small barely noticeable dent and retains a good overall amount of the wartime applied paint and displays a very good NFS decal. The liner is in unusually good condition, supple and free from damage with the liner bands and pads in similarly good condition.

M17 Reissue Polizei Helmet

M17 Reissue Polizei Helmet

WWI Austrian M17 Helmet re-worked by the Germans for use as a Polizei or Ordnungspolizei helmet. Overall condition is very good with the exception of the party shield on the right side which has suffered considerable loss. The shell is completely without damage and retains most of the reissue grey / green paint. No internal stampings are obvious but the vents are the type A1 fitted to shell sizes 66 to 68 with agrees with the appearance. The underside of the edge beading at the front appears to be stamped LGK 00 or perhaps 66 but this is only partially discernible. Both liner and chinstrap are the original Austrian fittings and not often seen. The liner tongues remain supple with the tips of two missing, additional holes having been applied to hold the drawstring. Underneath the three sections the pockets and pads remain in place and in similarly very good condition. Finally, the rare Austrian chinstrap is complete and without damage.

NSKK Regiment Speer Officer's Cap

NSKK Regiment Speer Officer's Cap

Certainly the first I have ever been able to offer and I believe an exceptionally rare, NSKK Regiment Speer Officer's peaked or visor hat. This unit was attached to the Luftwaffe, and personnel wore Luftwaffe uniforms with NSKK insignia or the brown uniform of Speer’s staff. At first glance the Cap appears identical to the Luftwaffe officer’s cap but there is a subtle difference. Luftwaffe caps are constructed with a non-removable mohair hatband. With NSKK Caps the hatband is again non-removable but either of brown or the more scarce black wool as we have here. The Cap appears to be a late war example, the NSKK reaching maximum strength in 1944 and is best distinguished as such by the subdued aluminium piping and imitation leather sweatband. The NSKK eagle is zinc and the winged cockade is the standard Luftwaffe hand embroidered silver wire with an aluminium wire chin cord lying on a green backed vulcanite peak. Inside, the lining is a golden rayon, the celluloid sweat shield still completely intact. Overall condition is generally very good with light moth nips, primarily to the underside of the brim. The Cap has been forum discussed to 100% positive acclaim, one suggesting being that it was perhaps manufactured in one of the occupied territories, perhaps Holland or France.

WW1 British War Medal & Serbia, Order of the White Eagle, 5th Class.

WW1 British War Medal & Serbia, Order of the White Eagle, 5th Class.

A British War Medal and Serbia, Order of the White Eagle, 5th Class. Awarded to Captain T H Gunnell, Army Service Corps. The pair comes with copies of his service papers, gazette extracts and MIC The British War Medal is named (Capt.); T H GUNNELL. The Serbia, Order of the White Eagle, 2nd type, 5th Class breast badge with swords, silver, silver-gilt and enamel has some minor repair to blue enamel crown pendilia but otherwise in Fine condition. Serbia, Order of the White Eagle, 5th Class London Gazette 26 February 1920. Thomas Henry Gunnell was born in Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire on 15 March 1884. A Farmer and Motor Engineer by occupation and a long-standing member of the 3rd (Volunteer Battalion) Cambridgeshire Regiment, he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Army Service Corps on 8 November 1916 (London Gazette 28 December 1916). Entering the Salonika theatre of war in April 1917, he was posted to the 819 M.T. Company, A.S.C. on attachment to the Serbian Army. As a Temporary Lieutenant in the A.S.C. he was awarded the Serbian Order of the White Eagle. He was ranked as an Acting Captain, March 1918-May 1919. In 1929 he was found guilty of fraudulent conversion of property and sentenced to three months imprisonment. With copied service papers, gazette extracts and M.i.C. He is entitled to a Victory Medal according to MiC but this is not with the group. Both awards are mounted a blue card.

US M1 Fixed Bale Helmet with Liner

US M1 Fixed Bale Helmet with Liner

An excellent example of an early US M1 Combat helmet with welded steel chinstrap loops (fixed bale) and centre front seam rim edging all conforming to Helmets manufactured between 1941 and 1943. The shell by McCord is in very good condition retaining most of the original factory applied drab olive green paint with the cork mix remaining prominent. Part of the heat of steel number is just visible beneath the front flair and the heavy khaki coloured chinstrap with blackened steel buckle and hook arrangement remains stitched in place on the bales. The high pressure plastic resin liner is in very good condition with perhaps three minor cracks to the rim edge. There is no maker stamp and the exterior shows the remains of a drab olive paint. The clip on adjustable headband shows little signs of use whilst the leather sweatband is stamped 6 ½. Finally the liner chinstrap is of leather with clips for attachment and a cam buckle for adjustment. A desirable early M1 helmet in very good original condition

Imperial Japanese Army Officer's Field Cap (Sen-bou)

Imperial Japanese Army Officer's Field Cap (Sen-bou)

An exceptionally fine example of an Imperial Japanese Army Officer’s Sen-bou (Field Cap) in a khaki coloured ribbed wool with short stiffened peak. Produced with both leather and cloth chinstraps this has the latter secured on both sides by a single brass cherry blossom button. To the front is a five pointed star in gold bullion wire which has now toned with age. On each side of the cap are three ventilation holes, each reinforced with stitches. At the back are four eyelets with an adjusting cord. Inside, there are little signs of wear. The sweatband has signs of mildew which I believe could be removed with a damp cloth and the lining is a brown hessian. An excellent example with no damage and a large size.

Luftwaffe Night Navigation Chart. British Isles and Germany

Luftwaffe Night Navigation Chart. British Isles and Germany

Being without doubt the most sought after of the highly collectable series of Luftwaffe maps intended for night operations, this double sided map is printed on rubberised linen and features the British Isles ( as far North as Glasgow), Ireland and the Channel Coast from Nantes in the South to Amsterdam in the North on side two and Germany on one. With yellow known to the best background for contrasting with black, they were ideal for plotting using a chinograph pencil with track lines being simply wiped off with a damp cloth for re use. Dimensions are approximately 735mm X 600mm. There are various dates relating to magnetic variation, updates etc, the earliest being 1938, the latest May 1943. Side one shows two early swept tail Luftwaffe Eagles at the top border whilst side two, UK, shows two larger size second pattern eagles. Depicted in Mercator projection in a scale of 1:2000,000 the features are fairly basic showing only those which might be visible at night, coastlines, built up areas, rivers and lightships. In addition water depths are shown to allow for minelaying operations. The entire map is in very good condition. Side one features the whole of Germany along with its’ borders to the neighbouring countries and shows more detail than side two, such as airfields and navigation beacons . A rare and collectable Map which would make an excellent display backdrop.

Post World War Two West German Nordrhein-Westfalia (NRW) Polizei Shako.

Post World War Two West German Nordrhein-Westfalia (NRW) Polizei Shako.

A very appealing example of a Post World War Two West German Nordrhein-Westfalia (NRW) Polizei Shako. Overall condition is very good, the body without damage and with the regional shield central to the large star burst aluminium badge with national cockade above. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this Shako is the liner. Here what are perhaps the signatures of fellow Police officers adorn the liner tongues. We can only guess at the reason, perhaps as a retirement present. Post War, but a very nice display item.

WW1 Period British Army / RFC Officer's Shirt

WW1 Period British Army / RFC Officer's Shirt

A good WW1 period British Army officer's collarless shirt with it's original separate collar attached. This shirt was found with the WW1 period British officer's breeches I recently listed (No. 54227) and both items have clearly been made for the same officer. The shirt has "mother of pearl" buttons throughout and is tailored in a light khaki colour frequently favoured by RFC officers. A perfect colour match to the breeches and similarly to these it has a plain unfilled out name tag at the back of the neck. In good used condition overall with the rear inside of the collar having been expertly patched due to wear. In my view this repair, whilst invisible when the shirt is worn, indicates "field" use overseas as I believe such a repair would not have been undertaken in Britain where replacement collars would be readily available when needed. There are also some stress related repairs along the shoulder. Both sleeves have been shortened with a stitched turn up halfway up the sleeve. Collar size is 15". A scarce item for a WW1 display of the British officer on the frontline.

1945 Dated British Airborne Beret

1945 Dated British Airborne Beret

Although the loose hand stitching to the stiffener we all like to see has been lost to time, this 1945 dated British Airborne Beret is in every other respects a textbook example and of course guaranteed to be of that date. Clearly marked to Kangol Wear Ltd. with the date, the Beret is a size 6 1/4 and carries a Royal Engineer slider badge with brass back plate. Overall condition is very good with just one moth hole of no more than 3mm in diameter. A good original and unmolested example.

German Black Leather Belt

German Black Leather Belt

A useful German Leather Belt, perhaps of political origin and approximately 40mm in width. The catch is lightweight brass and the tongue has at some time been replaced with one in pig skin. The outside of the leather shows signs of having been varnished perhaps for display purposes. The leather remains supple and overall condition is good without breaks.

Luftwaffe Officer's Aluminium Breast Eagle

Luftwaffe Officer's Aluminium Breast Eagle

A quite superb example of a Luftwaffe Officer’s Aluminium Breast Eagle for wear on the white summer tunic, but also seen in period images on the short private purchase leather flying jackets. Condition is excellent, this piece clearly never having been used. It retains all the original finish with polished Swastika and is completely free from damage or wear of any kind. On the reverse the fixing pin is straight and the initials GM remain clear to the left of the hinge black, all that appeared in the casting intended to show DRGM and I believe synonymous with the maker Assmann. It would be quite impossible to upgrade this example.

A Gold Grade Luftwaffe Driver’s Proficiency Badge

A Gold Grade Luftwaffe Driver’s Proficiency Badge

A Kraftfahrbewährungsabzeichen in Gold. Gilded magnetic metal on a grey wool background with metal support plate and original paper backer. Both prongs are intact. Measuring 48 mm in diameter the badge is in very good unissued condition with nearly all of the original gilding intact.

A Silver Grade Luftwaffe Driver’s Proficiency Badge

A Silver Grade Luftwaffe Driver’s Proficiency Badge

A Kraftfahrbewährungsabzeichen in Silver. Silvered magnetic metal on a grey wool background with metal support plate and original paper backer. Measuring 48 mm in diameter the badge is in very good unissued condition with nearly all of the original silver washed finish intact. Slightly vaulted for wear.

Splinter Pattern Luftwaffe M40 Fallschirmjager Smock Rank Insignia

Splinter Pattern Luftwaffe M40 Fallschirmjager Smock Rank Insignia

A very interesting pre 1944 Luftwaffe Hauptgefreiter’s rank chevrons, the silver tresse on a Luftwaffe grey background but then applies to a splinter pattern camouflage material. These are the first I have encountered and I have to assume they were intended for wear on the M40 Splinter Pattern Fallschirmjager camouflage smock and whilst we are familiar with the gulls worn by the higher ranks, those below the rank of Stabsfeldwebel wore the chevrons. Seldom seen in period photographs these were perhaps not always worn possibly explaining why these are in excellent unissued condition. A rare find.

Luftwaffe Sound Locator Specialty Badge

Luftwaffe Sound Locator Specialty Badge

Luftwaffe Sleeve Badge for a qualified Sound Locator Operator ( Horcher) with the twisted golden wire border indicating one year’s service. Very good lightly used condition

Luftwaffe Rangefinder Specialty Badge

Luftwaffe Rangefinder Specialty Badge

Luftwaffe Sleeve Badge for a qualified Rangefinder Operator (Entfernungmesser ) with the twisted golden wire border indicating one year’s service. Very good lightly used condition

Luftwaffe Trade Badge for a Motor Vehicle Driver

Luftwaffe Trade Badge for a Motor Vehicle Driver

A Luftwaffe trade badge for a Motor Vehicle Driver (Kraftfahrer) with the twisted golden wire surround for one year’s service. Very good perhaps unissued condition

Luftwaffe Trade Badge for a Technical Feldwebel

Luftwaffe Trade Badge for a Technical Feldwebel

Luftwaffe trade badge for a Technical Feldwebel (Technischer Unteroffizer) with the twisted golden wire surround for one year’s service. Very good unissued condition

BeVo Weave Heer Tropical Cap Eagle

BeVo Weave Heer Tropical Cap Eagle

Machine BeVo weave Heer Tropical Cap Eagle in excellent unissued condition and cut from a roll. Blue /Grey rayon thread on a tan rayon backing. It would not be possible to upgrade this example

Luftwaffe Tropical Breast Eagle

Luftwaffe Tropical Breast Eagle

A very nice uniform removed example of the Luftwaffe Tropical Breast Eagle. Machine woven in an off white thread on a khaki cotton backing measuring approximately 95mm x 50mm. Overall condition is very good with a pleasing bleached appearance. Quite a scarce piece

Kriegsmarine Cap Ribbon

Kriegsmarine Cap Ribbon

A nice displayable Kriegsmarine Cap Ribbon for wear on the sailor’s Tellermutze. Shortened to 325mm the ribbon shows the machine embroidered “Kriegsmarine” in artificial thread on a rayon ribbon. Overall condition is very good.

Kriegsmarine Cap Ribbon

Kriegsmarine Cap Ribbon

A nice displayable Kriegsmarine Cap Ribbon for wear on the sailor’s Tellermutze. Shortened to 325mm the ribbon shows the machine embroidered “Kriegsmarine” in artificial thread on a rayon ribbon. Overall condition is very good.

Handbook on Japanese Military Forces. Original Wartime Copy

Handbook on Japanese Military Forces. Original Wartime Copy

A very good original September 1944 copy of the US War Department Handbook on Japanese Military Forces Compiled during WWII by the War Department, the Handbook on Japanese Military Forces was intended to familiarize command staff with nearly every aspect of Japan’s war machine. Originally classified "restricted", the Handbook was created from the best intelligence that the OSS and other military information sources could offer. It contains comprehensive information and analysis of the Japanese military system, and includes chapters on recruitment and training, field organization, tactics and fortifications. It also contains a description of Japanese insignia, uniforms and equipment. This includes discussions of mechanized forces and weapons from small arms to mortars, artillery, vehicles and tanks, as well as naval and land-based aircraft. Additional chapters describe the Special Forces and Military Police. While some of the details within this book may bear review in light of history, it remains one of the most comprehensive compendiums of information about the Japanese forces ever assembled. Although it was declassified after WWII, it's never been easy to obtain a copy of this book. An absolute must as a detailed reference on the subject it has been reprinted several times in post war years but there can never be a substitute for this original collector’s piece. Overall condition is very good with all of the 401 pages appearing to be present.

Original Troppenhelm Shields on 1966 Souvenir Card

Original Troppenhelm Shields on 1966 Souvenir Card

Mounted on card and sold as souvenirs in the 1960’s in museums and gift shops this pair of original shields for the Troppenhelm are in mint unused condition. The card is dated 1966 and tells the story of the Afrika Korps and the desert war and is in very good condition but with one 35mm long tear at the bottom. Both shields are held in place with the original pins but I have not disturbed these to inspect any manufacture’s marking. From the halcyon days when such things were easily obtainable I can well remember such things being sold in what was then called the Underground Hospital in Jersey. Nice to find a pair in this condition with something of a story to them

Heer BeVo Weave Cap Eagle

Heer BeVo Weave Cap Eagle

A Heer BeVo weave cap eagle, removed from a cap. A nice display piece in good condition but somewhat stiff form perhaps having been secured in place with adhesive prior to stitching or possibly from having been board mounted for display.

Luftwaffe Shirt Eagle. Summer weight "Blaumeliert" Shirt

Luftwaffe Shirt Eagle. Summer weight "Blaumeliert" Shirt

The first I have encountered, this is the breast Eagle for the blue / grey cotton "Blaumeliert" Luftwaffe shirt intended for summer or tropical wear without jacket. Removed from a shirt it shows fold over edges and clear evidence of the machine applied fitting stitches. Off white machine embroidered eagle on the triangular "Blaumeliert" cloth. Overall condition is very good with some very light marks on the right wing feathers. A truly rare piece.

Case for Luftwaffe Nitsche & Gunther Goggles

Case for Luftwaffe Nitsche & Gunther Goggles

Scarce to find an original Luftwaffe pilots splinter proof goggles case as we have here for Flieger-Splitterschutzbrillen, Nitsche & Gunther Goggles, this being the case for the goggles with the tinted lenses. The ideal finishing touches for the goggles, the case is in generally very good condition with some loss to the original painted finish and light denting. Missing its internal card protective sleeve. Case only.

Behind Enemy Lines. A New Reference Work on Escape and Evasion Items

Behind Enemy Lines. A New Reference Work on Escape and Evasion Items

Behind Enemy Lines Evasion and Escape Aids of World War II by R.E. Baldwin Elm Grove Publishing Large format 8.5” x 11” soft-cover 102-pages, In 2013, well known scholar and leading authority on Second World War evasion and escape tactics Bob Baldwin, author of “Last Hope: The Blood Chit Story” (Schiffer Publishing, 1997), was invited to guest curate an important exhibit of evasion and escape artefacts at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville, Kentucky (US affiliate of the London Armoury). The exhibit, “Behind Enemy Lines: Evasion and Escape Aids of World War II,” showcased hundreds of rare items which are seldom seen and had never previously been displayed together in one place. To accompany the exhibit, a high quality, full colour catalogue featuring photographs and descriptions of all of the artefacts on display was produced. The dangers faced by soldiers trapped behind enemy lines has been recognized since the beginnings of warfare. Allied aircrew members, special operations personnel, and other soldiers at high risk of being caught behind enemy lines during World War II had a “secret weapon” unlike anything seen before. This weapon came in the form of the secret Evasion and Escape (E&E) organizations established first by the British government, and then by the United States. These organizations provided E&E training for Allied soldiers, organized safe escape routes in occupied countries, communicated with prisoners in enemy prisoner-of-war camps, and provided special E&E aids. It was an extraordinary operation, unique in military history, and inspired the Survival, Evasion, Rescue and Escape (SERE) operations conducted by today’s military. The illustrated catalogue proved to be extremely popular as a reference source for students, historians and collectors, and, long after the exhibit ended, copies of this book are still highly sought after. It is now offered as a reprinted second edition, featuring a new foreword and introduction by Mr. Baldwin.

Battledress Blouse - Maritime Royal Artillery (U Boat Interest)

Battledress Blouse - Maritime Royal Artillery (U Boat Interest)

An extremely rare battledress blouse to the Maritime Royal Artillery having all it's originally applied wartime insignia. The Maritime Royal Artillery was an initially secret, war raised seaborne unit of volunteers, created to protect British merchant ships from Hitler's declaration that all British merchant vessels would be treated as warships and open to attack. The small unit was part of the larger Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships (DEMS) organisation. This organisation, which was under the control of the Admiralty’s Trade Division, drew personnel from the Admiralty (Royal Navy and Royal Marines), the War Office (Army), and the Ministry of War Transport (Merchant Navy). Initially the volunteer Army gunners were deployed as Anti-Aircraft Artillery on the merchant ships, however as the war progressed attacks by enemy aircraft diminished and so surface ships and submarines became the main threat. To counter this increasing menace low-angle guns were introduced, and to reflect the change in role from March 1943 onwards the Maritime Royal Artillery wore the letters "RA" on their special shoulder badge whereas previously they had worn the letters "AA". This blouse sports the second pattern badge showing that it's original owner was on anti-submarine/surface vessel deployment. The blouse is Australian "War Aid" 37 pattern, made specifically for British troops (only two small Australian units wore battledress in WW2, their commandos and their parachute battalion). It is in overall very good condition, dated 1943, and has medal ribbons that show that the owner served on ships from the Atlantic to the pacific, culminating in the Mediterranean/north African theatre. It was very common for British servicemen serving in the Mediterranean to be issued Australian made battledress as most of the War Aid uniform deliveries were there. The blouse has Royal Artillery arm-of-service strips to the top of the arm, then the special Maritime Royal Artillery badge, followed by corporal stripes, and finally the rare DEMS Gun layer's qualification badge to the lower left forearm. All of the insignia is well worn and bedded into the blouse whereas the medal ribbons are considerably newer showing that these were crudely applied shortly before demobilisation. It is very rare to have a Maritime Royal Artillery blouse still with it's seaborne insignia as immediately the war ended the Royal Artillery DEMS volunteers returned to their parent units and were usually demobbed wearing that latter insignia. The final picture shows new recruits to the Maritime Royal Artillery in wartime, clearly wearing insignia in identical configuration to this blouse. From the collection of a renowned Special Forces collector this rare uniform makes an evocative depiction of the "enemy" for German submarine crews.

Late War Breast Eagle

Late War Breast Eagle

A late war uniform removed Heer Breast Eagle in rayon tread on an imitation cotton background with wool mix backing. Overall condition is very good with traces of adhesive to the reverse for initial positioning prior to sewing into place

Heer Breast Eagle

Heer Breast Eagle

A good mid war uniform removed BeVo weave Heer Breast Eagle in a subdued silver grey thread on a rayon backing. Overall condition is very good with no damage.

Luftwaffe Photograph Album with 150 Photographs + Army of Occupation

Luftwaffe Photograph Album with 150 Photographs + Army of Occupation

A fascinating Luftwaffe Photograph Album found in a destroyed building somewhere near Hamburg by Gunner J Perryman, F Troop, 147th (Essex Yeomanry) Field Regt. R.A. who then continued to add his own photographs. Accompanied by a handwritten letter from Gnr. Perryman the album features some 71 photographs of Luftwaffe ground troops along with some RAD soldiers I believe in Germany in 1940. In 1941 the album switches to service life in Russia with an additional 43 photographs showing German graves, Russian tanks, destroyed buildings and aircraft bomb dumps etc. and appears to stop abruptly that same year. In his letter, Gnr. Perryman talks of the additional 40 photographs he added, all taken just after the cessation of hostilities while remaining in the Kiel area. Some pictures are loose and remain in the back of the album with a number of newspaper cuttings relating to the regiments exploits. A very interesting album with approximately 150 original photographs with a number of the British photographs being duplicated .

Luftwaffe Officer's Breeches

Luftwaffe Officer's Breeches

A good pair of Luftwaffe Officer’s Breeches, ideally suited to a mannequin display. Made in a field grade wool rayon mix the Breeches were no doubt intended for combat wear rather than walking out but follow the pattern of the high quality Trikot wool Breeches. There are two diagonal front slash pockets, one flapped back pocket and a front horizontal watch pocket with loop for attaching the fob. Closure is by four buttons and a hook and eye with the waistband having six belt loops and with two adjustable side straps and buckles. At each calf are cotton tapes for securing the legs while putting on boots. Overall condition is good to very good with the last button of the fly having ripped the cloth and with some stitching to repair a split it the base of the fly. There is minor wear to the opening of the slash pockets from use. The cloth retains most of the original nap and colour and I can find only three very small moth holes. Waist size is approximately 32” whilst the legs are of course short for wear with riding or flying boots.

Luftwaffe Shirt Eagle. Summer weight "Blaumeliert" Shirt

Luftwaffe Shirt Eagle. Summer weight "Blaumeliert" Shirt

The first I have encountered, this is the breast Eagle for the blue / grey cotton "Blaumeliert" Luftwaffe shirt intended for summer or tropical wear without jacket. Removed from a shirt it shows fold over edges and clear evidence of the machine applied fitting stitches. Off white machine embroidered eagle on the triangular "Blaumeliert" cloth. Overall condition is very good with some very light marks on the right wing feathers. A truly rare piece.

Mk1V Webley & Scott Mk1V War Finish. UK & EU Deact. Certificate

Mk1V Webley & Scott Mk1V War Finish. UK & EU Deact. Certificate

Deactivated to current UK and EU specification this Webley & Scott Mk1V .38 Revolver has the additional attraction of being a “War Finish” example, the frame stamped to reflect this. Within the confines of the current deactivation work this is example is in very good undamaged condition. Operating the trigger rotates the chamber (although sometimes this is hesitant to turn) and brings the hammer slightly back in the process. The barrel breaks and the chamber will accept cartridges, the cartridge ejection mechanism working well. The hammer can be brought full back but will not remain in this position. The barrel blocked. A nice example perfect for re-enactment or display. Shipping to UK and EU only

Advanced Training For The Home Guard - 1942

Advanced Training For The Home Guard - 1942

Another of these fascinating pocket size manuals produced for the Home Guard. This edition covers Battle Drill, Assault Courses, Field Exercises etc. 142 pages and in very good condition, with no pages missing.

Luftwaffe Tropical Shirt Breast Eagle

Luftwaffe Tropical Shirt Breast Eagle

A very rare bird indeed is this original machine embroidered Second Pattern Luftwaffe Breast eagle for wear on the tropical shirt. Overall condition is excellent with stitch holes evident after removal from the shirt and with both the eagle and triangular cotton patch retaining all their colour without stains. It would be difficult to upgrade this example.

1939 Pattern "Home Guard" & Regular Army Cartridge Carriers

1939 Pattern "Home Guard" & Regular Army Cartridge Carriers

Derived from the 1903 pattern Bandolier these leather Cartridge Carriers are generally associated Home Guard use. They were however extensively used by the regular army until supplies of the ’37 Pattern Webbing became available. This pair show very little sign of use and are in generally very good condition. There is however a small repair to one of the cartridge dividing straps. Both are named to Graham.

Home Guard etc. 1939 Pattern Leather Belt and Bayonet Frog

Home Guard etc. 1939 Pattern Leather Belt and Bayonet Frog

Immortalised by the famous series “Dad’s Army” and certainly most associated with the Home Guard, the 1939 pattern equipment was issued to other troops at a time when the strangle hold on Britain by the U Boat Fleets made the importation of cotton for the 37 pattern, difficult. While a nation continues to eat, leather will always be available. The Belt is a good size with both Belt and Bayonet Frog being in very good used condition with a light roughened surface stain on the lower loop of the frog.. Neither is dated but both have WD inspection stamps.

NSRL Silver Sports Badge In Cloth

NSRL Silver Sports Badge In Cloth

An excellent silver award badge for the NSRL, "Nationalsozialistischer Reichsbund für Leibesübungen" (National-socialist State-league for Physical-fitness), which was later incorporated into the DRL, "Deutscher Reichsbund für Leibesübungen" (German State-league for Physical-fitness), without changing their award insignia, in 1938. This cloth version of the award, which would have been sewn to an athletic uniform, has machine woven in silver-coloured threads to its black rayon base, an eagle with down-swept wings and a black, mobile swastika to its breast with the date "1937". The eagle is encircled by a silver coloured, 70mm diameter wreath. The silver award signifies qualifying for the final of an all Germany championship in one sport Excellent unused condition and very scarce to find in silver.

NSRL Silver Sports Badge In Cloth

NSRL Silver Sports Badge In Cloth

An excellent bronze award badge for the NSRL, "Nationalsozialistischer Reichsbund für Leibesübungen" (National-socialist State-league for Physical-fitness), which was later incorporated into the DRL, "Deutscher Reichsbund für Leibesübungen" (German State-league for Physical-fitness), without changing their award insignia, in 1938. This cloth version of the award, which would have been sewn to an athletic uniform, has machine woven in bronze coloured threads to its black rayon base, an eagle with down-swept wings and a black, mobile swastika to its breast with the date "1937". The eagle is encircled by a bronze coloured, 67mm diameter circle. The bronze award signifies qualifying in one sport only. Excellent unused condition but with the remains of a gummed paper strip to the rear where it has been mounted for display.

German Political Black Leather Belt Cross Strap

German Political Black Leather Belt Cross Strap

A very good and often missing black leather German Cross Strap marked only 13 but with the typical pebbled attachment clip. Most often seen in use with political organisations , these straps have always been difficult to locate

An inner Deployment Bag for the Fallschirmjäger RZ20 Parachute

An inner Deployment Bag for the Fallschirmjäger RZ20 Parachute

This is the bag into which the parachute canopy, lines and static line are packed before being placed inside the pack attached to the harness. Overall condition is very good, perhaps unissued and with good clear stamping including a 1943 date.

British Home Front Stoneware "Ointment Anti-Gas" Jar

British Home Front Stoneware "Ointment Anti-Gas" Jar

An interesting piece of WW11 Home Front memorabilia, this stoneware Jar stands some 26cms in height and once contained “Ointment Anti – Gas”. Overall condition is very good with no cracks and without crazing to the glaze. The lid is secured by a rotating claw which locks it in place and a folding handle allows it to be carried. The Jar is now completely empty and clean. Impressed with the date 11.43 there is no maker’s name but I believe these were produced by Doulton in Lambeth. Much work was put in before war broke out to equip both the armed forces and civilians with suitable counter-measures to protect against the horrific effects. Jars of anti-gas ointment went on general sale in grocery shops and chemists. The ointment was intended for use to protect the skin against mustard or liquid blister gas. It could be applied either as a thin film in advance to prevent gas from damaging the skin surface and flesh, or as a counter-acting remedy after contamination. It relies upon a strong alkaline content to neutralise the gas residue.

NS Frauenschaft  Sports or Sleeve Insignia

NS Frauenschaft Sports or Sleeve Insignia

NS FrauenschaftSports or Sleeve Insignia Machine woven black central field with mobile sunwheel swastika above a "Leben-rune" (Life rune), machine embroidered on a white rayon background. Approximately 90 x 103mm Overall condition is very good with some staining

Kriegsmarine Photograph Album

Kriegsmarine Photograph Album

A nicely composed Kriegsmarine Photograph Album containing some 95 original photographs of which about 50 are good uniform shots with virtually all of the remaining photographs being of scenic shots taken during training. Although without captions to help most pictures have some detail written in pencil on the reverse but this is usually undecipherable. The Album appears to chart training in the Kriegsmarine in the late thirties and into 1940. The exact location of the training establishment is undetermined but the images appear to have been developed in Leer, a town in Pomerania and on a river estuary of the Baltic . The photographs show training in both sailing and field craft, wearing both the Naval blue and field grey uniforms which are particularly interesting. Towards the back of the album buses are shown perhaps leaving the establishment with the recruits and then show the interior of a ship, perhaps the first posting. Some of these images are marked T12 and since one dockyard scene is in Norway and others show snowy conditions, it may be that his first ship was Torpedo Boat 12 which was sent to Norway to escort North Sea minelayers. She was also an escort to Scharnhorst and Prinz Eugen during operation Zerbus, the Channel Dash. The album and photographs are in very good condition with no missing pictures and will prove an interesting project for further research

RAD Sports Shorts Badge

RAD Sports Shorts Badge

Early pattern RAD Sports Badge for wear on the sports shorts. Machine embroidered in black cotton with a white circle on white rayon backing. Approximate 100mm x 90mm Excellent unissued condition

Luftwaffe Flak Badge

Luftwaffe Flak Badge

An exceptionally nice example of a Luftwaffe 'Flakkampfabzeichen' (or Air Force anti-aircraft badge) which, despite being the later zinc variety shows little if any signs of wear and retains virtually all of the original factory finish. Although unmaker marked this is the more desirable type with ball hinge pin and scooped out back and shows now damage other than slight bending to the pin from wear. Of note is the name of the owner scratched into the back which appears to be “Bornholdt”. It would be difficult to upgrade this zinc example, brought home by a private in the Hampshire regiment.

Luftwaffe Officer's Breeches

Luftwaffe Officer's Breeches

A good pair of Luftwaffe Officer’s Breeches, ideally suited to a mannequin display. Made in a field grade wool rayon mix the Breeches were no doubt intended for combat wear rather than walking out but follow the pattern of the high quality Trikot wool Breeches. There are two diagonal front slash pockets, one flapped back pocket and a front horizontal watch pocket with loop for attaching the fob. Closure is by four buttons and a hook and eye with the waistband having six belt loops and with two adjustable side straps and buckles. At each calf are cotton tapes for securing the legs while putting on boots. Overall condition is good to very good with the last button of the fly having ripped the cloth and with some stitching to repair a split it the base of the fly. There is minor wear to the opening of the slash pockets from use. The cloth retains most of the original nap and colour and I can find only three very small moth holes. Waist size is approximately 32” whilst the legs are of course short for wear with riding or flying boots.

Hand Embroidered Wartime Parachute Qualification Wings

Hand Embroidered Wartime Parachute Qualification Wings

A quite beautiful and really rather scarce wartime hand embroidered pair of British Parachute Qualification wings. Without damage and with just a couple of tiny marks on the blue feathers, the wings retain all their original colour and a have clearly never been used.

DAF (Deutsche Arbeitsfront) Armband

DAF (Deutsche Arbeitsfront) Armband

A seemingly unused and excellent example of a DAF (Deutsche Arbeitsfront) Armband. Blue rayon Armband with the DAF cogwheel and Swastika machine embroidered in dark blue thread and with the number 26 to the back. Completely free from marks or damage of any kind.

Luftwaffe M43 Cap Size 57

Luftwaffe M43 Cap Size 57

A very good service used example of a Luftwaffe other ranks M43 Cap in a desirable size 57. Constructed in a field grey wool mix material the cap is in overall very good condition and completely free from moth or other damage. Insignia is in two parts with the machine embroidered eagle sitting above the rosette both hand applied. Side flaps are held in position by two pebbled buttons and both ear loops match the rayon lining which shows sweat marking. A faded Rbn number, size 57 and 1944 date are just discernible.

WW1 British Machine Gun Corps Officer's "Floppy Cap"

WW1 British Machine Gun Corps Officer's "Floppy Cap"

A very good example of the WW1 period Officer’s Service cap generally referred to by collectors as a “Floppy Cap” and very popular with officers during 1915 -1916. Constructed in a khaki ribbed wool material identical to the cuff rank tunic I have listed, this cap was once worn by an officer in the Machine Gun Corps, the bronze badge being actually a collar device as was the practice with MGC officers at the time. Overall condition is very good with minor mothing and some wear to the lining revealing the celluloid stiffener added by the wearer for a better look. The typically thin leather chinstrap is in place and retained by the two original “football” style buttons. A rare and iconic piece of WW1 headwear to a famous regiment

Luftwaffe M43 Other Ranks Cap

Luftwaffe M43 Other Ranks Cap

Luftwaffe blue/grey, wool/rayon, blend construction M43 Cap, with fold down side and back panels and a scalloped front with two, small, pebbled, sheet metal button closure at the front centre. The back and side panels were designed to be folded down to protect the wearers ears and neck and the scalloped front section could be secured with the buttons closed under the wearers chin. At the front a machine embroidered second pattern eagle sits over a BeVo style machine embroidered rosette, both originally factory applied. Overall condition is very good, the cap remaining clean and completely free from moth or other damage. The rayon lining is without damage and shows evidence of light usage only. An RB number, 1944 date and size 56 stamps remain clear. A very nice example.

Insinia Set for the Pre 1945 German Police Shako

Insinia Set for the Pre 1945 German Police Shako

An impressive and seemingly unissued insignia set for the pre 1945 period German Police Shako. Ideal for the conversion of the previously listed Post War Shako this aluminium set is in excellent condition, the Cockade by Dicke also dated 1942

Luftwaffe Tropical Fliegermütze

Luftwaffe Tropical Fliegermütze

A very good and unissued example of a Luftwaffe other ranks tropical Fliegermütze (Tropen Fliegermütze). According to Angolia an order dated 13 April 1942 and referring to tropical issue items, no longer mentioned these caps so their initial issue was perhaps only for service in North Africa. This perhaps explains why this piece remained unissued. No doubt remaining stocks moved to Italy and other areas as did those already issued. As a consequence, original examples such as this are really quite rare. Made in a tan cotton with a tan linen lining and with just the faint stamping of August Shellenberg, size (possibly) 58 and 1942 date. The eagle insignia is machine embroidered and hand stitched into place as is the rosette which has a matching tan backing. Excellent condition with just a few very minor storage spots.

Kriegsmarine Bayonet and Frog

Kriegsmarine Bayonet and Frog

Now very difficult to locate, this Kriegsmarine S84/98 Bayonet is complete with its Kriegsmarine marked Frog but sits in a mismatched non Kriegsmarine marked scabbard. The Bayonet itself is in very good condition, the crossguard stamped with the Nordsee property stamp N31475K. The blade retains virtually all of the original factory blueing and is free from damage other than a slight flattening at the tip usually the result of contact with the scabbard itself. The chape bears the serial number 9362 f and the maker’s name Coppel whilst the top of the blade is dated 40. Both Bakelite grips are undamaged and all fittings retain most of the original blueing. The pommel is double WaA stamped 253. Both pommel head and flashguard show light denting, the Bayonet having been used as a tool in the field as seems always to be the case. The Scabbard is not KM marked, the throat with the serial number 6886h to one side and E. Pack & S 1939 to the reverse. Overall condition is very good with two light surface dents. The Frog is nicely marked with the KM eagle over M below which is the maker’s stamp. All stitching is firm but one aluminium rivet is missing. The closure strap has a split running from one side into the button hole and it appears someone has tried to glue it at some time. It does however display well when closed. UK and EU shipping only

U Boat U-Bootsfrontspange (Combat Clasp) in bronze

U Boat U-Bootsfrontspange (Combat Clasp) in bronze

A scarce second pattern U Boat U-Bootsfrontspange (Combat Clasp) in bronze and die cast in zinc by the well known Berlin maker, Schwerin. The general appearance of the badge is very good with light wear to the bronzed finish. However, the badge is badly let down having had its pin broken off although the hinge block and catch remain. The badge displays very well but is priced to account for the damage, a perfect example perhaps achieving twice the price.

Second Pattern S Boat Badge by Schwerin

Second Pattern S Boat Badge by Schwerin

As seems nearly always the case with zinc badges made by the firm of Schwerin as we have here, the fire gilding to the eagle and wreath on this Second Pattern S Boat has now been entirely absorbed into the zinc. The silvering to the boat’s hull and the greying to the waves do however, largely remain. Typical of the maker is the horizontal positioned tapered pin and securing hook on the reverse with the makers details raised from the casting at the bottom of the badge. The badge is without damage.

WW2 British Emergency Rations Tin - Unopened

WW2 British Emergency Rations Tin - Unopened

Although the external sealing band has been interfered with, this is an unopened Emergency Rations Tin used by the RAF and other services during WW2. The lid reads 'Emergency Ration - Purpose of Contents - To be consumed only when no other rations of any kind are procurable. To Open - Strip off band. Insert coin in corner groove and turn. Notice - not to be opened except on order of an officer'. These tins measure approximately 110mm X 80mm and will contain four large squares of chocolate. Overall condition of the Tin is very good.

WWI Webley & Scott Mk111 Flare Pistol with Holster

WWI Webley & Scott Mk111 Flare Pistol with Holster

A very nice deactivated example of the heavy brass Webley Mk111 Flare Pistol complete with its correct Holster. The Pistol is in very good condition, deactivated in 2016 to the correct specifications at that time but can now be sold in the UK only. It cocks, dry fires and allows the barrel to be opened. The lanyard ring mount is present but the ring is missing. Interestingly the rather absurd looking “blunderbuss” barrel fitting served a purpose and allowed the barrel to be gripped when firing the pistol without the risk of injury to the fingers. Mk1 pistols did not have the attachment. The left side of the frame carries the maker’s stamp, MK111and proof marks for 1917. On the right side is the Webley flying bullet logo and the serial number 52543 which corresponds with the deactivation certificate. The wooden grips are in good condition, the right grip with an impact mark which is also evident on the adjacent frame, the result of the pistol having been used to hammer something into place. The holster remains supple and shows evidence of having been professionally re stitched in places but has no further damage. The carrying strap is in place but the buckle has broken through the leather, the break stitched closed. UK Shipping only

M35 Italian Tank Crew Helmet.

M35 Italian Tank Crew Helmet.

A very nice example of an M35 Italian Tankers helmet. Made of tightly stitched high quality black leather with a tan leather lining/suspension and with a leather neck flap originally installed to keep oil and debris from the tankers neck. The permanently attached thick leather padded bumper around the helmet was for extra protection. Vent holes on each side of the helmet provides sufficient ventilation through the padding and liner. The liner is divided into 7 tongues tied together with a leather strip. Leather adjustable chin strap with roller buckle. Overall condition is very good, with no damage. These helmets are notoriously difficult to date and especially so since original wartime helmets, as I believe we have here, were reissued post war for use by paratroops and motorcyclists. In this case the liner is stamped but these are no longer fully legible but with perhaps just the suspicion of 43 date.

Infantry Officer's Peaked / Visor Cap

Infantry Officer's Peaked / Visor Cap

A very nice late war example of a German Infantry Officer’s peaked / Visor cap showing the distinct manufacturing characteristics of a Cap by August Schellenberg, in a classic “saddle” shape. The cap is constructed in a field grade wool which shows some fading and slight loss to the nap though general service and perhaps combat wear but is completely without moth or other damage. The brim and dark green felt hat band are piped with the white infantry waffenfarbe and the silver aluminium cap cord sits on the black vulkanfibre which shows the rarely seen smooth black underside. Insignia is of aluminium alloy. Inside, the Cap has a grey imitation leather sweatband which remains firmly stitched in place whilst some additional has overlapped where minor where to the edge of the Cap has been addressed. The lining is of grey rayon and some areas of light wear but with the sweat shield now missing. A charismatic combat style officer’s Cap

Early SS RZM Helmet

Early SS RZM Helmet

An excellent and completely unmolested example of the ultra rare SS RZM Helmet produced under special contract exclusively for the SS and intended to replace the WW1 helmets as a combat helmet. In the event that did not happen perhaps because the liner system did not stand up to heavy use and perhaps also because the metal used proved susceptible to corrosion. The design was unique. Obvious from the exterior is the closeness of the liner rivets to the vents and a very slight ridge which runs the circumference of the helmet where the flare begins. This was a consequence of the method used when applying the RZM and SS stamps which are dominant on the inside of the skirt. The colour is also unique, early examples as we have here being produced in a dark gun-blue, very similar to an anodized finish. At this stage, no decals were applied to these early helmets. This example is in very good original condition. To the touch there are some very minor dents to the top of the shell but really this is being pedantic as these are hardly visible to the eye. The original paintwork is very good with the flash photography over emphasising minor points. Inside, the liner is very good with the tongues remaining supple and without damage. The stampings to the skirt are clear with the usual loss to the edges of the encompassing circles noted on every example. The chinstrap is no less impressive being the correct carbine strap by Otto Sindel and dated 1935. Without doubt one of the best original examples available anywhere and recently discussed on the German Helmets Walhalla forum where it met with absolute positive approval.

Italian WW11 Alpini Colonel's Tyrolean Hat

Italian WW11 Alpini Colonel's Tyrolean Hat

A quite beautiful example of a Tyrolean style Hat to a Colonel in the Italian Alpini Artillery. Formed in a green felt pressed into shape, the brim is trimmed with a gold braid whilst the insignia is hand embroidered in a gold wire with pleated ribbon and golden rope twist below. On the left side are the inverted golden chevron of a Colonel and black feather plume and with its fitting. Overall condition is very good but with some moth trails on the rear turn up of the brim. Inside, the sweatband and lining are very good with makers name visible. Personnel for the mountain (Alpini) divisions were drawn from Italy's mountainous Alpine region and tended to be of superior quality. In addition to being well trained for mountain warfare, they were expert in the handling of pack artillery. The mountain divisions differed from a standard infantry division in that each regiment had its own artillery, engineering, and ancillary services associated with the regiment on a permanent basis. This made each regiment of a mountain division relatively self-supporting and capable of independent action. By design, a mountain division consisted of a divisional headquarters, two mountain infantry regiments, an artillery regiment, a mixed engineer battalion, a chemical warfare company, two reserve mountain infantry battalions, and divisional services. The divisional headquarters included an anti-tank platoon.

25 Panzer Assault Badge by Juncker

25 Panzer Assault Badge by Juncker

Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from Carsten Baldes in Germany and also forum discussed, this 25 Panzer Assault Badge is non maker marked but identified as being by C.E.Juncker. Constructed in a heavy silver plated zinc and measuring approximately 62mm x 46mm (not taken with callipers) the badge is in overall very good condition and without damage or repairs. A good amount of the silvering remains to the wreath and eagle whilst the tank retains much of the charcoal grey finish. The gold colour to the “25” is no longer present. The reverse shows the textbook “scooped out” construction synonymous with this maker whilst the two domed rivets holding the tank in place are obvious. A very rare Badge

Kriegsmarine Bayonet and Frog

Kriegsmarine Bayonet and Frog

Now very difficult to locate, this Kriegsmarine S84/98 Bayonet is complete with its Kriegsmarine marked Frog but sits in a mismatched non Kriegsmarine marked scabbard. The Bayonet itself is in very good condition, the crossguard stamped with the Nordsee property stamp N31475K. The blade retains virtually all of the original factory blueing and is free from damage other than a slight flattening at the tip usually the result of contact with the scabbard itself. The chape bears the serial number 9362 f and the maker’s name Coppel whilst the top of the blade is dated 40. Both Bakelite grips are undamaged and all fittings retain most of the original blueing. The pommel is double WaA stamped 253. Both pommel head and flashguard show light denting, the Bayonet having been used as a tool in the field as seems always to be the case. The Scabbard is not KM marked, the throat with the serial number 6886h to one side and E. Pack & S 1939 to the reverse. Overall condition is very good with two light surface dents. The Frog is nicely marked with the KM eagle over M below which is the maker’s stamp. All stitching is firm but one aluminium rivet is missing. The closure strap has a split running from one side into the button hole and it appears someone has tried to glue it at some time. It does however display well when closed. UK and EU shipping only

Heer Flak Badge - Steinhauer & luck

Heer Flak Badge - Steinhauer & luck

Although missing its pin, hinge block and catch, this Heer Flak Badge is really rather rare and displays very well. Although unmarked it is identified as having been manufactred by Steinhauer & luck There is a theory that in some cases these fittings were removed prior to surrender to allow the badge to be concealed in a pocket to avoid detection. Despite this drawback this zinc badge is in otherwise very good condition.

WW1 German Groundsheet / Tent Quarter

WW1 German Groundsheet / Tent Quarter

A rare 1918 dated grey groundsheet (tent quarter) in exceptionally good condition, a find which is almost impossible to achieve. Most unusually the groundsheet has seen only the most minimal use, the grey colour is in its original state with no fading or holes as is usually encountered with these. Being a useful all-purpose item such groundsheets were often used post-war in civilian life to cover all manner of articles outside, in all weathers, and for years on end. The consequence of such detrimental civilian actions of course is that more often than not the groundsheet colour is bleached out as well as other damage. Such post-war treatment however has obviously not been the case here, the groundsheet is near perfect, with only five buttons missing and a few others being period soldier replacements. Even more exceptional is the fact that this groundsheet still retains nearly all its original Guy-ropes, something that I have never encountered. Usually these are always missing. Here, only one set of Guy-ropes is missing, these having been replaced by simple string, and again I believe this to be a period soldier replacement. The groundsheet has been taken into service by the Tenth German Army Corps in 1918 and there is a clear date marking to that effect. 1918 was the last year that this pattern of groundsheet was manufactured. These were not manufactured post-war as the small German Army of that period had more than enough wartime stocks for its limited needs. Manufacture of groundsheets was only taken up again in 1927 when the new M27 pattern of groundsheet came out. This groundsheet has been regimentally issued on three occasions, unfortunately however the first two of these regimental markings are rather faint and difficult to read. I believe the first regimental issue mark may state 1918 and if this is so it would explain the exceptional condition as the groundsheet may not have had much opportunity to be used before the war ended and it was taken back into stores. The only regimental re-issue marking that is clear is the third one, here there is a Roman III for "third issue" along with the regiment's designation and the issue date of 1926. Again this issue date probably explains why this groundsheet is in such exceptionally good condition as once more there would have been limited opportunity for use before the new pattern came out in 1927. A rare item in incredible condition, despite an extensive internet search I have been unable to find anything similar for sale anywhere.

Iron Cross Second Class - Hermann Aurich

Iron Cross Second Class - Hermann Aurich

A very nice example of an Iron Cross Second, the suspension ring stamped 113 for the maker Hermann Aurich, Dresden. The Iron Cross itself is in very good condition retaining virtually all of the original frosting and free from damage. The original ribbon is the correct length but has yellowed slightly on both side, perhaps the effects of storage.

Italian M42 Paratroops helmet

Italian M42 Paratroops helmet

Despite an extensive search I have not been able to find another original wartime M42 Italian Paratrooper Helmet available for sale. This example is in very good condition with at least 90% of the original factory paint remaining. The shell is without damage and the distinctive green leather “nose” pad is in place. Inside, the liner is in similarly very good condition, the leather without damage with the sorbo rubber pads beneath them remaining soft. In the crown sits the distinctive rubber pad with star shaped centre. Finally the leather harness and chinstrap is soft and without damage, all stitching and rivets in place. Although Italy was training Paratroops before the war, in 1941 a Parachutist division was completed and was designated the 185th Airborne Division Folgore. It was trained by German officers for the assault on Malta in Operation Hercules which never took place. During the course of the war in Africa it was engaged in ground combat operations in North Africa. A second school was opened in Italy in Viterbo and a new division, the Nembo (Nimbus or Rain Cloud) was being organized. A third division, the 183 Airborne Division Cyclone (Cyclone), was planned but the armistice of Cassibile interrupted the process. 184th Division Parachutists Nembo was constituted in 1943 like the second Airborne Division with the creation of new units of the Folgore . The Nembo was sent on the evening of 8 September 1943 to Sardinia where it was decimated by malaria. An excellent and rare helmet.

London ARP Whistle and Lanyard

London ARP Whistle and Lanyard

A standard ARP whistle as issued to air raid wardens prior to and during WW2. It is thought over one million of the three-inch-long cylindrical whistles were produced. The first contract for ARP whistles came in 1938 and was with Birmingham-based manufacturer J. Hudson and Co. All whistles were nickel-plated brass and engraved with “A.R.P.” and Hudson’s details. Each carried the following markings: A.R.P. J. HUDSON & Co. BARR ST. HOCKLEY BIRMINGHAM This example is in very good condition and complete with its excellent original lanyard. These lanyards differed in their colour with white, as we have here, being generally associated with the London civil defences. By no means scarce but just a very nice complete example.

Kriegsmarine Officer's car Pennant

Kriegsmarine Officer's car Pennant

A really nice and textbook example of a double sided Kriegsmarine officer’'s Car Pennant with chain stitched Eagle and Swastika. The Pennant retains all the original colour and is complete with both dulled metal attaching clips and is free from moth or other damage. Top and bottom edges are trimmed with a golden cotton. Measures approximately 30cms x 20cms and flown by all branches of officers including coastal artillery, below Admiral rank when the officer was in the car

WW1 German Army Ammunition Pouches

WW1 German Army Ammunition Pouches

A very good pair of matching WW1 German Army brown leather Ammunition pouches. One is clearly 1916 dated (and with a 1921 reissue ink stamp) the other is dated 1915, however this latter marking is slightly less clear as the stamp is upside down and very close to the rear D ring attachment. Both pouches have matching steel fittings and all stitching is firm and intact. The closing straps are all present and they are strong, flexible, and undamaged. The internal dividing straps are equally present however one has lost its securing rivet one side.

Luftwaffe Glider Pilot Badge Segelflugzeugführerabzeichen

Luftwaffe Glider Pilot Badge Segelflugzeugführerabzeichen

With only about 1700 Luftwaffe Pilots known to have qualified as Glider Pilots, the Luftwaffe Glider Pilot Badge ( Segelflugzeugführerabzeichen) is considered one of the rarest Luftwaffe awards and even more so in the case of the unmarked “ball hinge” examples as we have here. Forum discussed to total positive acclaim and also known as the Gablonz type, this Badge is constructed in zinc with a silvered wreath and Swastika and darkened eagle. Overall condition is very good and free from damage but with the silvering now absorbed into the zinc.

"Afrika" Cuffband. Linen Variation

"Afrika" Cuffband. Linen Variation

A scarce unissued linen version of the “Afrika” Cuffband in excellent condition and measuring approximately 430mm in length and 28mm in width. Finished top and bottom with Russian braid and with the title and palm leaves machine applied with a silver grey cotton. Very seldom seen variation and the first I have been able to offer, this Cuffband comes with Guarantee of Authenticity from its last sale some years ago.

Pattern 1939 Leather Infantry Equipment Gaiters 1940 Dated. Home Guard Interest

Pattern 1939 Leather Infantry Equipment Gaiters 1940 Dated. Home Guard Interest

An excellent pair of Pattern 1939 Leather Infantry Equipment Gaiters clearly dated 1940 along with the maker’s initial J & A H and inspector’s stamp. Overall condition is very good, the leather supple and without damage and with all stitching firm and intact. Size 2 and showing very little signs of use. Often also associated with use by the home guard this is the best pair I have seen.

SS Wedding Presentaion Casket With a Copy of Mein Kampf

SS Wedding Presentaion Casket With a Copy of Mein Kampf

A very nice undamaged example of the so call SS Wedding Presentation Casket purportedly presented to member of the SS on the occasion of their wedding and containing a copy of Mein Kampf. They are however believed to have been available for purchase by high ranking members of the SS generally, either for the storage of the book or for other purposes. Hand-carved in oak and bearing SS runes which are surrounded by oak leaves, another runic symbol and a Swastika, the Casket measures approximately 250mm x 190mm and accommodates the copy of Mein Kampf exactly. Overall condition is very good and free from any signs of damage. The Casketx contains a 1938 dated copy of Mein Kampf, the first page with a facsimile copy signature of the Bürgermeister of Bremen. The book is in very good condition with hard covers and gold blocked leather spine.

WW1 Period British Army Sighting Telescope

WW1 Period British Army Sighting Telescope

A WW1 period British Army brass Sighting Telescopic With short tripod stand marked Sig Tel Stand Mark V. The Telescope is optically good, the lenses clear and without damage. The leather clad main body has a silver plaque attached engraved “Presented to the Hythe Rifle Club by Col. H. Street DSO.” Fully retracted it measures 26cms and extends to 43cms. The tripod legs are of whilst the fittings are brass. Overall condition is very good. Col. Street was Assistant Commandant of the Small Arms School at Hythe between the wars.

German WW1 M1915/17 Mess Tin

German WW1 M1915/17 Mess Tin

An extremely nice example of a German WW1 M 1915/17 Mess Tin/Cooking Pot dated 1917. To save aluminium a new steel sheet Mess Tin was introduced in 1915. It stood about 19.5 cm tall overall and was 16cm wide. This example dates from 1917 and the date "17" appears on both the hinge of the lid and the lower body of the Pot. Enameled in a field grey finish this Mess Tin is most unusually in very good condition with only the slightest loss to the enamel. It would be difficult to upgrade this excellent example.

A scarce leather Carrying Strap for the MG34.

A scarce leather Carrying Strap for the MG34.

Although ideal for display on the MG34 this carrying strap is actually designed for use on the MG34 only and features the narrow sprung grip attachment which will not fit the wider grip of the MG42. The components of the leather are in very good condition, supple and without loss to the stitching. At the front end of the strap is the sprung clip to attach to the fitting on the barrel jacket, this being the second model clip. Both leather strap and barrel jacket clip are un marked whilst the grip attachment is WaA marked

Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze

Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze

An excellent example of a Panzer Assault Badge in Bronze by Herman Wernstein. The zinc Badge displays absolutely no wear and retains all of the factory bronzed finish to both the obverse and reverse which also clearly displays the maker’s logo raised in the casting. Completely free from damage it would be difficult to upgrade this example.

Early SS RZM Helmet

Early SS RZM Helmet

An excellent and completely unmolested example of the ultra rare SS RZM Helmet produced under special contract exclusively for the SS and intended to replace the WW1 helmets as a combat helmet. In the event that did not happen perhaps because the liner system did not stand up to heavy use and perhaps also because the metal used proved susceptible to corrosion. The design was unique. Obvious from the exterior is the closeness of the liner rivets to the vents and a very slight ridge which runs the circumference of the helmet where the flare begins. This was a consequence of the method used when applying the RZM and SS stamps which are dominant on the inside of the skirt. The colour is also unique, early examples as we have here being produced in a dark gun-blue, very similar to an anodized finish. At this stage, no decals were applied to these early helmets. This example is in very good original condition. To the touch there are some very minor dents to the top of the shell but really this is being pedantic as these are hardly visible to the eye. The original paintwork is very good with the flash photography over emphasising minor points. Inside, the liner is very good with the tongues remaining supple and without damage. The stampings to the skirt are clear with the usual loss to the edges of the encompassing circles noted on every example. The chinstrap is no less impressive being the correct carbine strap by Otto Sindel and dated 1935. Without doubt one of the best original examples available anywhere and recently discussed on the German Helmets Walhalla forum where it met with absolute positive approval.

Female DAF Lapel Badge

Female DAF Lapel Badge

Deutsche Arbeitsfront, DAF, Gau level Frauensachbearbeiterin Lapel Badge introduce in 1934 for wear by female workers, the colouring of the Badge indicating their level or position. This enamel on metal badge shows the DAF motif at centre with a red border to the black inner indicating a lower GAU (region) level female worker. The reverse marked RZM and M1/18. Overall condition is very good with no damage.

German Officer's Brown Leather Belt

German Officer's Brown Leather Belt

An early German Officers Claw Buckle Belt possibly dating from around 1936 and constructed with the early 60cms wide medium brown leather. Stamped 80 (about 31.5”) it feature the standard wider silver pebbled claw buckle seen with this Belt width. Overall condition is very good the leather showing very little signs of use. Most importantly the often missing leather keeper is present. Ideal for a mannequin display.

Norwegian Free Forces Battledress with Documents

Norwegian Free Forces Battledress with Documents

The first of a quite superb collection a WW11 Battledress items I will be offering is this 194(4?) dated Canadian made Blouse issued to Staff Sergeant Per E Evensen, Norwegian Free Forces. Also included are his officer’s quality Field Service Cap, National Registration Identity Card, issued 5 June 1940 to Per E Evenson, 31 Guildford Street WC1 and his Ration Book Issued 5 June 1940 at the same address along with his merchant navy contract for service on the “New Sevilla” ( a whaling ship) and dated 10 November 1939. Between 21.20 and 21.26 hours on 20 Sep 1940, U-138 fired torpedoes at convoy OB-216 52 miles northwest of Rathlin Island and reported three ships totalling 20,000 grt sunk. The three ships sunk were New Sevilla, Boka and City of Simla. The New Sevilla (Master Richard Black Chisholm) was taken in tow, but sank the next day 9 miles from the Mull of Kintyre in 55°48N/07°22W. Two crew members were lost. The master and 22 crew members were picked up by HMS Arabis (K 73) (LtCdr B. Blewitt, RNR) and landed at Liverpool. 44 crew members were picked up by the Icelandic trawler Belgaum and later transferred to the Industria, which had already picked up 215 crew members and landed at Belfast. One has to assume that it was this event that brought Evensen to Britain. The Blouse is in excellent condition with all insignia originally applied. Both sleeves have Sergeant’s Chevrons and Crown above which sit two red infantry arm of service strips denoting 2nd Company, Norwegian Independent Mountain Division. On the left sleeve is the Norge shoulder title, below which is the printed divisional sign of the Norwegian Brigade showing the midnight sun over the North Cape, introduced in mid 1944. The right sleeve shows the Norwegian flag above another printed divisional sign, this for the British Forces Norway. Above the left breast pocket are the Medal Ribbon for King Haakon VII 70th anniversary 1942, silver marching and sports badge, shooting badge in bronze (British made) and ski badge (Swedish made). The Field Service cap is of Officer Quality and in very good condition with an H7 silver badge (British made, with hallmarks for 1942), and Non Commissioned Officer badge (British made) A completely original and museum quality Battledress Blouse.

Kriegsmarine Tropical M41 Cap

Kriegsmarine Tropical M41 Cap

A very good and unissued example of a Kriegsmarine M41 Tropical Cap constructed in a tan coloured cotton and rayon mix material. These caps are very similar in appearance to the M43 but without the fold down side flaps. Overall condition is as new but with two small areas of staining evident in the pictures. At each side are a pair ventilation grommets whilst at the front is the original factory applied insignia with an impressive machine embroidered golden Kriegsmarine eagle. The green lining shows a size 58 with an additional and only pertly discernible stamp to Hermann Pothoff. As with the rest of the cap, the lining is in unused condition.

British "Bungee" Parachute Helmet

British "Bungee" Parachute Helmet

British Airborne Helmet Often referred to as “The Bungee Helmet” (derived from the English West Country term meaning anything thick or squat). These helmets are mostly associated with early Airborne Troop training and are now extremely rare. The Helmet has suffered considerable damage to the right side where two areas have been expertly patched. The two side flaps form a crude chinstrap and each has two alloy grommets to aid with verbal communication, one of these is missing. Inside there is a skirt with adjusting string which allows for basic fitting adjustment. Beneath the skirt is a circular rubber pad about 30mm thick which provided the only crash protection. The rubber remains in soft and in very good condition. The Helmet shows the name Charlton, a WD stamp and a stores reference number 22c/890. This of course is an RAF Flying Clothing reference and whilst some sources claim it falls into a block of unaccounted for numbers, others say it refers to the chest parachute harness, so at least parachute related. A very rare and perfectly displayable item despite the damage.

Romanian M39 Helmet - Unissued

Romanian M39 Helmet - Unissued

An excellent and perhaps unissued example of the Dutch made Romanian M39 Helmet. These Dutch M34's were produced by the "Verblifa Factory" in the Netherlands to fulfil a 1938 order from the government of Romania. With the German occupation of the Netherlands in May 1940 some helmets would also be converted for use with the soon to be Axis aligned Romanian Army, these lacked the pre war Romanian government ink stamp on the interior shell, also all helmets already in service with the Army were ordered to have the "King Carol" insignia to the front removed once King Carol abdicated in September 1940, although many were left on as is the case here. The shell is completely without damage and retains all the original factory paint. Inside, the liner is as new and the chinstrap still rolled as it left the factory. It would be quite impossible to upgrade this example

M38 Single Decal Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger Helmet

M38 Single Decal Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger Helmet

Although sadly with a broken chinstrap harness this early production (1940) M38 Single Decal Fallschirmjäger Helmet is in otherwise in very nice condition. An ET68 with a lot number of 619 the shell retains most of the original factor paint and features the early spanner bolt fittings for the harness. Inside, the original two-piece tan leather liner is in very good condition, each of the two panels with six large circular ventilation holes and a central stitched seam along the dome from left to the right. The rear panel is stamped in black ink "Kopfweite Gr. 56" over "Stahlhaube Nr. 68" (Head Width Size 56, Steel Hood Number 68) and maker mark stamped in black ink "Karl Heisler BERLIN C.2 D.R.G.H. (Deutsches Reich Gebraumeister) on the front panel. All rubber padding is intact and in very good condition. The chinstrap section of the harness remains in very good condition as does the strap on the right side coming forward to join the chinstrap. The strap on the left side has separated from the chinstrap, a common fault with this type of harness and it is possible a small V shaped section of the strap is missing. A repair would require a small piece of leather to be inserted. A very nice early helmet with a notable deficiency which I have tried to allow for in the price.

WW1 German Imperial Navy Shoulder Boards

WW1 German Imperial Navy Shoulder Boards

A very impressive pair Kaiserlische Marine Shoulder Boards, intended for wear on the Tropical brown uniform. Handmade in a heavy silver bullion thread with alternating black and red diagonals, the boards show two golden pips of a Kapitanleutnant. Backed with a bark blue wool they are finished with a short wooden post which secures them through an opening in the Tunic then held in place with one button. Overall condition is very good with some wear to the wool on the posts

Luftwaffe / Fallschirmjager Breadbag

Luftwaffe / Fallschirmjager Breadbag

An absence of discernable markings, often the case with these bread bags, makes positive identification of the branch of service a little difficult. Nevertheless the distinct grey of the heavy cotton canvas material points strongly to this being a Luftwaffe example. Overall condition is very with just some very light storage darkening. All black leather pigskin fittings are without wear or damage, the dished aluminium buttons are all present with the D rings for the hanging accessories showing slight surface rust only. A very nice example.

RAF Kit Bag 1939

RAF Kit Bag 1939

Always a useful backdrop displays piece, this WW11 RAF Kit Bag is in overall good condition although rather dirty and with one or two nicks to the canvas. All but one of the brass eyelets remain but there is no cord. Clearly named to W. Lawson 1030447 with research showing he enlisted either at Cardington or Padgate in September 1939

Eastern People's Award in Silver

Eastern People's Award in Silver

An excellent unissued example of the Silver Ostvolk (Eastern People) Award Second Class without swords. Complete with its’ original unissued ribbon the award is accompanied by the correct issue packet which is now very hard to find.

German Army Signals Officer’s M38 Field Cap ( Feldmutze)

German Army Signals Officer’s M38 Field Cap ( Feldmutze)

A very good example of a German Army Signals Officer’s M38 Field Cap ( Feldmutze) in an unusually large size 59 ½ and tailored in the high quality smooth “Doe Skin” material. In accordance with regulations the crown and front scalloped edges are piped with an aluminium twist cord whilst the subdued pattern eagle and cockade are machine embroidered. The lemon yellow branch of service Soutache for a signals officer sits at a 90 degree angle above the cockade.All insignia appears originally applied. Overall condition is very good with two minor moth nips which show in the images. Minimal fading, accentuated somewhat by the effect of flash photography on the smooth shiny material. The grey / green rayon lining shows only light use. An attractive an untouched Cap

Infantry Leutnant's Summer Weight Blouse

Infantry Leutnant's Summer Weight Blouse

A very appealing and I believe privately tailored Infantry Leutnant’s summer weight Blouse. All insignia appears originally applied, the then fashionable pointed bluish dark green collar perhaps taken, along with the breast eagle, from a normal weight and redundant blouse. The shoulder boards are slip on with the buttons in this case sewn into place. The six button single breasted closure perhaps dates this to a later war example with all five pebbled buttons, along with those on the four faux pleated pockets being in place. Each sleeve terminates in a full French cuff and there is a short single vent at the back. The Blouse is unlined. Overall condition is very good and of note is the degree of fading from exposure to the sun. This is obvious where the waist belt has been in place and on the underside of the pocket flaps. There is some age related marking which takes on a mottled effect and some minor staining near the left breast pocket along with a puncture hole to that pocket where an award has been displayed. Slight mothing to the collar A very nice Blouse in a good displayable size of about a 38” chest, the last picture showing an officer wearing a similar example.

Knights Cross Preliminary Award Document

Knights Cross Preliminary Award Document

Far more rare than the award itself is the Preliminary Award Document, the Vorlaufiges Besitzzeugnis for the Ritterkreuz (Knights Cross). Despite an extensive search I cannot find another for sale anywhere which stands as a testament to its rarity. 210mm x 158mm the document is in very good unfolded condition but is punched for ring binder storage. Awarded to Rittmeister Eberhard Birkhahn Kommandeur, Aufklärungs-Abteilung 321, 321. Infanterie-Division, Heer who was killed in action April 5th, 1944 in the Cetinje / Podgorica region Montenegro. German troops had moved into Montenegro in September 1943 following the collapse of the Kingdom of Italy and were heavily engaged in the fighting with Yugoslav Partisans. The Award itself is dated 10th February 1945 and issued on the 16th, well after his death but given the late stage of the war this is hardly surprising and is by no means unusual. Also of note is the miss spelling of the name, again, quite common. It has the correct typewriter font for the period (the larger size font typed on what was known as the Führerschreibmaschine) and the signature is that of Generalleutnant Meisel, again correct for the period of the document. A perfect display addition for anyone lucky enough to own a Knights Cross

Cased Iron Cross First Class by Wilhelm Deumer

Cased Iron Cross First Class by Wilhelm Deumer

A good example of a Deumer L/11 marked Iron Cross First Class in its’ original case bearing the name of Wilhelm Deumer K.G. Ludenscheid. The Iron Cross is in very good condition but showing three very small marks where the corners has been caught during service use. These are only visible when viewing from the reverse side and really only with an eyeglass. The case is in very good condition and it is the case which makes this piece particularly interesting, manufacturer named case being unusual.

Luftwaffe Other Ranks / Signals Peaked / Visor Cap

Luftwaffe Other Ranks / Signals Peaked / Visor Cap

Much more attractive in appearance than the earlier Tellerform caps, this Sattelform (Saddle shaped) Luftwaffe other ranks / NCO’s cap is a private purchase example constructed in officer quality Trikot wool and piped with the waffenfarbe of the Luftwaffe signals. Insignia is of aluminium below which sits the three part leather chinstrap above a black vulkanfibre peak or visor with green underside. Trim at the front of the peak is loose with about one third missing on the underside. There is notable moth damage at the back of the cap where the side meets the crown and I have shown this in the pictures. Inside, the sweatband is good but quite firm and has lost some stitching. The celluloid sweat shield is in place with the manufacture’s details of Konrad Engelhardt well preserved on the gold rayon lining.

First Pattern S Boat War Badge

First Pattern S Boat War Badge

A good service used example of the Kriegsmarine First Pattern S Boat by the French maker Bacqueville, Paris. Cast in zinc with a gilt finish to the wreath and eagle and a silver finish to the boat and waves, the badge has a scooped out effect to the reverse with a horizontal pin and securing hook. Overall condition is very good with some wear to the finish but no damage.

Kriegsmarine Cap Cockade in GoldenThread

Kriegsmarine Cap Cockade in GoldenThread

An excellent unissued example of a Kriegsmarine Cockade for wear on the peaked (visor) cap by officers and senior NCOs. Hand embroidered in bright golden thread with dark blue wool backing and with a wire embroidered central rosette of the national colours. The reverse has the paper backing intact.

WW11 RAF Group Captain's Cap

WW11 RAF Group Captain's Cap

An excellent example of an early or pre WW11 RAF Group Captain’s King’s Crown Service Dress Cap. Overall condition is very good with no sign of moth or other damage, the only point of note being the absence of the interior grease protector. These deteriorate badly with age and become sticky so this has probably been removed as a result. The sweatband is stamped 6 7/8 but actually measures approximately 57cms. A lovely example with a dual RAF / Army association which may suggest use by forward air controllers who worked closely together directing air strikes after the Normandy landing

Luftwaffe Air Gunner's Badge by Juncker

Luftwaffe Air Gunner's Badge by Juncker

A nice example of a Juncker made the Luftwaffe Air Gunner’s Badge also awarded to on board radio operators and flight mechanics. Instituted in 1935 and re designed in 1942 this aluminium example perhaps dates to the late 30’s and early years of the war and is in generally very good condition but with a replacement locking catch so typical of the aluminium badges. In this case the catch has been fashioned from a screw and flat head suggesting a field repair. The reverse of the eagle is stamped C.E. Juncker, Berlin.

Luftwaffe Operational Clasp For Bombers

Luftwaffe Operational Clasp For Bombers

A very nice late war non maker marked Luftwaffe Operational Flying Clasp (Frontflugspange) for heavy, medium and dive bombers. Constructed in zinc this is the bronze grade awarded for 20 operational flights and is in very good crisp condition.It has now lost the bronze wash which is most often the case with zinc awards. Of importance is the original cardboard shipping box of the type generic to operational clasps of all services, those used by the Luftwaffe usually being plain with the award name printed on the lid. A rare survivor in good condition but with the lid split at each of the four corners.

York and Lancaster Regiment Slouch Hat

York and Lancaster Regiment Slouch Hat

A nice 1942 dated British Army Slouch hat to the York and Lancaster Regiment which saw service in most theatres during WW11 including of course Burma. Constructed in Khaki coloured felt, condition is generally very good but showing the typical signs encountered with these hats being used in the wet tropical conditions of South East Asia. Dusty overall and with moderate staining there are some light moth nips but no holes. The chinstrap has broken on the right side beneath the sweatband although this could easily be stitched back into place. The leather sweatband itself is good but showing the expected sweat staining. Clearly visible on the sweatband is the maker’s name, Hall and Phillips, 7 ¼ and the rather significant date of 1942, the year two Battalions of the York and Lancaster Regiment moved to India, the 8th joining the 25th Indian Division to fight in Burma. The khaki Purgaree remains at the base of the brim with a good York and Lancaster slider badge. Of prime importance is the machine embroidered toned red and white roses of the regiment set on a khaki background, positioned below the press fastener on the folded brim and applicable to, amongst others, the 8th Battalion.

1941 Dated Australian Mk11 Helmet

1941 Dated Australian Mk11 Helmet

Certainly one of the more scarce Mk11 Brodie Helmets are those manufactured by the Commonwealth Steel Company of Australia, a direct copy of the British Mk11 but without an edging to the rim. More than two million were produced and used by not only Australian forces but also by other countries. This exceptionally nice 1941 dated example is in overall very good condition. The shell is without damage and retains virtually all of the factory applied grit finished paint. Inside, the rim is stamped CS 206 with both chinstrap securing mounts dated 1941. The liner remains supple with some wear to the lower edge but is generally very good as is the chinstrap. A surprisingly difficult to find Helmet and one which would prove difficult to upgrade

Luftwaffe Officer's Fliegerbluse - Flying Branch

Luftwaffe Officer's Fliegerbluse - Flying Branch

Once forming part of my own collection, this Luftwaffe Fliegerbluse to an Oberleutnant flying branch is perhaps the nicest I had ever owned Tailored in a high quality officer’s ribbed wool, the blouse is in overall very good lightly used condition with just a few minor moth nips which have been carefully darned with identical thread to become almost unnoticeable. All buttons are original and present and the chest size is approximately 38”. On the right breast is the originally applied aluminium wire hand embroidered eagle whilst the collar displays the again originally applied tabs appropriate to the rank. On each shoulder are the rank boards with a single gold pip. Inside, the Bluse is lined with a grey rayon with a single pocket. Each sleeve is lined with a stripped cloth. A really lovely example in a good size.

1937 Battledress Trousers. Australian War Aid (Commando Airborne Interest)

1937 Battledress Trousers. Australian War Aid (Commando Airborne Interest)

A rare pair of Australian "War Aid" P37 battledress trousers in very good condition. The manufacturer's label is now missing as is usually the case with battledress trousers, however War Aid was obviously only made during wartime. With the exception of two small units (their commandos and their parachute battalion, see last picture) the Australian army did not wear battledress in WW2. Australian battledress was made for issue to British troops and indeed this particular pair was issued to the Royal Artillery DEMS gunner who's battledress blouse I have also listed. A near identical pair of Australian War Aid trousers was discussed on the Wehrmacht Awards forum in 2011 where the commando and parachute connection was pointed out, and it was universally agreed that such trousers were a singularly hard to find. This is certainly the first pair that I have been able to offer. A rare pair of trousers in exceptional condition, ideal for a WW2 British Army or Australian Special Forces depiction.

RAF B Type Helmet - First Pattern Airborne Helmet

RAF B Type Helmet - First Pattern Airborne Helmet

An excellent and unissued example of an RAF B Type Helmet as delivered to stores prior to having the earpieces fitted at station to fit the new owner. A good size 2, condition is excellent the only point of note being what appears to be brown leather dye which has carelessly been allowed to contact the chamois lining during manufacture seemingly when another recently completed helmet was placed inside it. Beyond that there are absolutely no signs of damage or wear. The left cheek shows a nice AM stamp and 22/65 whilst inside is another AM stamp and good clear label. Often also promoted as the first pattern British Paratrooper helmet, which of course it was.

WW11 RAF Aden Protectorate Levies Sun Helmet

WW11 RAF Aden Protectorate Levies Sun Helmet

An extremely rare WW11 Solar Helmet to the Aden Protectorate Levies (APL) with RAF flash and unmarked silver Lahej emblem of crossed jambiyah (traditional curved double-edged dagger) as their badge worn by officers. Constructed of interwoven straw and covered in khaki cloth the Helmet is in very good condition and carries the name of Ronald C Ridout underneath the sweatband. Aden Protectorate Levies (APL) were an Arab military force raised for the local defence of the Aden Protectorate under British rule. The Levies were drawn from all parts of the Protectorate and were armed and officered by the British military. During World War II the APL was expanded from 600 to 1,600 men, a small force and with consequently a small number of officers. They operated in Aden and the Western Aden Protectorate but also provided garrisons at Socotra Island and Sharjah. In 1942 the process of replacing British Army personnel serving with the APL with RAF Regiment officers and airmen commenced. This policy led to the reorganisation of the Levies into a tactical force of two wings, each about the equivalent of a battalion, plus an administrative wing.

Arnhem "Theirs is The Glory" Film Premier Ticket. Made from Arnhem Glider

Arnhem "Theirs is The Glory" Film Premier Ticket. Made from Arnhem Glider

A scarce Presentation aluminium ticket for the film “Theirs is the Glory” given to selected guests for the premier of the 1945 film in Ottawa in 1946 Measuring approximately 70mm x 63mm the ticket is in very good undamaged condition. The reverse of the ticket shows the story to the ticket itself raised in the casting which reads: “This souvenir ticket is made from one of the gliders which carried the British 1st Airborne Division into battle at Arnhem on September 17th 1944.” Remember of course that in 1946 the remains of the gliders were no doubt still at Arnhem. An interesting artefact in very good undamaged condition

Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Feldmutze

Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Feldmutze

A well worn but perhaps historically significant example of a Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery NCO’s/ other ranks Field Cap (Feldmutze) with original golden Soutache which was discontinued in November 1942. Attached to the inside of the cap is a hand written label which says reads ” Luftwaffe (mistakenly) field cap taken by Pop from a POW called Stahl, Commando raid on Vaagso, Norway 1941.” Only a piece of paper of course but in my view very plausible. There were three Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery guns Vaagso at the time of the Commando raid in December 1941, two of which were unserviceable. In all 98 German prisoners were taken and brought to the UK. Just visible near the label are the remains of pencil writing and it’s possible that someone had the foresight to preserve the fading text onto a label. Constructed in a coarse grade wool with insignia in the BeVo weave style, hand applied machine embroidered golden eagle with the rosette machine stitched into place, the cap shows overall wear to the nap and moth damage to the left side. Inside, the lining is a grey cotton and with the faint stamp of Clement Wagner and size 59. A desirable Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Feldmutze even without an interesting history which I have not considered in the sale price.

Mk11 Malta "Rubble Pattern" Camoulflage Helmet

Mk11 Malta "Rubble Pattern" Camoulflage Helmet

Bought in a street market in Malta some twenty years as a shell without a liner, this is the first original Malta “rubble pattern” camouflage helmet I have ever been able to offer. Since then the original owner added a 1940 dated liner and a very good chinstrap in the interests of completeness. The helmet appears to have entered service with a grey factory finish the camouflage pattern being formed with a brush applied with a grit paint. Since then the grey has peeled away from the shell but is still obvious on the trim to the edge of the shell where the surface rust has not lifted it. Both liner and chinstrap are in very good condition. An extremely rare helmet with a guaranteed original Malta camouflage.

A Rare NSDStB (National Socialist German Students’-league) Armband

A Rare NSDStB (National Socialist German Students’-league) Armband

A very rare NSDStB, "National Sozialistische Deutscher Studentenbund" (National Socialist German Students’-league) Armband featuring a canted Swastika machine stitched onto a white cotton diamond on a red cotton Armband. Top and bottom are horizontal white cotton stripes which the Swastika motif straddles. Overall condition is very good with some age and storage darkening but no damage. Traces of a circular stamp remain but this is not legible. NSDStB was founded in 1926 as a division of the Nazi Party with the mission of integrating University-level education and academic life within the framework of the National Socialist worldview.

Kriegsmarine Officer's Dagger by Eickhorn

Kriegsmarine Officer's Dagger by Eickhorn

An extremely fine example of a Kriegsmarine officer’s dagger by Eickhorn complete with portepee and one of the original hanging straps. The pommel is a standard Eickhorn type, with excellent detailing to the eagle and wreathed swastika and retaining most of the original frosting. The crossguard has the usual fouled anchor centre section with leaf decorated quillons. The grip is in excellent undamaged condition and constructed of carved wood covered in white celluloid and wrapped with twisted brass wire. The original portepee is present and set in a Double Reef knot all of which is in very good condition. The scabbard is a very fine example, engraved in the lightning bolt pattern and retaining all the original gilding. At the chape is a dent to one side which has bowed the tip lightly. This aliment is commonly encountered with German dagger and results for the dagger being caught in a closing door. The double etched blade is in the Fouled Anchor pattern and is without damage of any kind. All the original grey backgrounds are intact and highlight the design nicely. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the forward facing Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. The original blade buffer is in place. Finally, the one remaining hanger is in overall very good condition but missing the spring from the upper attachment clip. EU shipping only

Iron Cross Second Class by Grossman und Co.

Iron Cross Second Class by Grossman und Co.

A very good example of an Iron Cross Second Class by Grossmann und Co. with original maker’s packet and ribbon. Overall condition is very good with the ribbon ring stamped with the maker’s code, 11 and with a nice patina to the silver borders The packet is very good with light creasing only whilst the ribbon is also very good having at some time been attached to the Cross

Unissued RAF Oxygen Hose Connector AM 6d/526

Unissued RAF Oxygen Hose Connector AM 6d/526

An excellent opportunity to acquire an unissued air Ministry marked Oxygen Hose Connector 6D/526 Mk1V complete with its’ sprung loaded clothing attachment clip. In mint condition the connector is accompanied by the original grease proof paper envelope.

Normandy Camouflage M40 EF64

Normandy Camouflage M40 EF64

Generally referred to by collectors as “Normandy Camouflaged” this M40 is an EF64 with a lot number of 31739 and left the factory as a single decal Heer Helmet. In my view the helmet display clear signs of having been a battlefield pick up, having lain on its right side and angled slightly upwards, enough to allow pooling of water inside the Helmet associated with an area of rust on the outside. Other than the rust there no damage to the shell and absolutely no signs of injury, the Helmet perhaps having been simply discarded. The two tone camouflage is spray applied no doubt by a unit with access to compressors and a clear outline of an overpainted decal can be seen which has partially worn to expose the detail of an army eagle. Inside, the shell displays the original factory paint, a paper label at the back no doubt once having carried the owner’s name. The liner band is snug against the shell, the leather itself without damage, still soft and with the tongues secured by their drawer string. The chinstrap is dated 1942 and has two tears, one very minor the other extending through to the claw hole making it a little delicate.

Cleaning Rod for the K Number Luger Onwards

Cleaning Rod for the K Number Luger Onwards

A very good all steel Cleaning Rod for the K number onwards PO8 Luger pistol. Once again forum discussed to establish originality this has been confirmed to be of 1934 -45 manufacture and is in very good perhaps unused condition. As with all such Cleaning Rods, there are no markings.

Tin for 10 Zundschnuranzunder 29 fuses

Tin for 10 Zundschnuranzunder 29 fuses

An empty tin for 10 Zundschnuranzunder 29 fuses These German igniter fuses were normally used to ignite a fuze or detonator, which in turn is used to fire or ignite Tellermines, smoke candles, or prepared charges. Measuring 110 mm x 70mm the tin retains most of its original paint and has two well preserved 1940 dated labels, one on the outside of the lid, the other on the inside.

Russian Ssh 40 Helmet

Russian Ssh 40 Helmet

This WW2 Russian Ssh40 is the first I have handled and represents something of a learning curve for me. Overall condition is very good with the shell free from damage and retaining most of the original factory green paint. The liner is I believe the final version with three pairs of cloth fingers behind which is pocket with padding, all suspended on three metal tabs and all in very good condition. The chinstrap is very good, the leather supple and strong . The SsH 40 was to remain in service for some years so there is the possibility that the liner may have been replaced in later service.

Mk11 Canadian Brodie Helmet. 1942 size 7 1/4

Mk11 Canadian Brodie Helmet. 1942 size 7 1/4

A very good Canadian Mk11 Brodie Helmet 1942 dated combat example with a good size 7 1/8 Liner. Fitted with a good undamaged net, the shell is in excellent condition and retains all of the original factory painted smooth finish. The brim is nicely stamped with the manufacture's initial cl/c (Canadian Motor Lamp Company) and although in place both of the mounting plates for the chinstrap bales are loose and appear to have been the subject of some interference, although absolutely original. The chinstrap is very good. Of note is the liner which is quite outstanding. Not only is it a big size but it remains soft and flexible as it was originally intended. A lovely example in a good size.

British Jump School Overalls 1942.

British Jump School Overalls 1942.

Originally intended for issue to Armoured crews, but widely issued as training overalls at parachute training schools in Egypt to troops such as SAS, LRDG and Indian Parachute units. Dated 1942 in rear collar there are seven small parachutes drawn on the breast pocket to indicate the number of descents the wearer has made. Overall condition is very good with no damage and with all wartime buttons in place with the exception of the rear adjusting belt which is stitched together.

German WW1 M 1915/17 Cooking Pot.

German WW1 M 1915/17 Cooking Pot.

A very nice example of a German WW1 M 1915/17 Cooking Pot or Mess Tin. To save aluminium a new steel sheet Cooking Pot was introduced in 1915. It stood about 19.5 cm tall overall and was 16cm wide. This Cooking Pot dates from 1918 and the date "18" along with the name of the manufacturer, Bing, appears on both the hinge of the lid and the lower body of the Pot. Enamelled in a field grey finish this example is in very good condition with only minor loss to the enamel and with a slight bend to the carrying handle on the right side.

York and Lancaster Regiment Slouch Hat

York and Lancaster Regiment Slouch Hat

A nice 1942 dated British Army Slouch hat to the York and Lancaster Regiment which saw service in most theatres during WW11 including of course Burma. Constructed in Khaki coloured felt, condition is generally very good but showing the typical signs encountered with these hats being used in the wet tropical conditions of South East Asia. Dusty overall and with moderate staining there are some light moth nips but no holes. The chinstrap has broken on the right side beneath the sweatband although this could easily be stitched back into place. The leather sweatband itself is good but showing the expected sweat staining. Clearly visible on the sweatband is the maker’s name, Hall and Phillips, 7 ¼ and the rather significant date of 1942, the year two Battalions of the York and Lancaster Regiment moved to India, the 8th joining the 25th Indian Division to fight in Burma. The khaki Purgaree remains at the base of the brim with a good York and Lancaster slider badge. Of prime importance is the machine embroidered toned red and white roses of the regiment set on a khaki background, positioned below the press fastener on the folded brim and applicable to, amongst others, the 8th Battalion.

1917 Dated British Marching Compass

1917 Dated British Marching Compass

A very good working example of the British Verner’s Pattern Prismatic Marching Compass complete with its correct leather case and neck strap. Dated 1917 this is an issue the reverse of the Compass bearing the date along with the War Department arrow and F-L. All functions appear to operate well including the locking buttons whilst the dry compass card rotates freely to give what still appears to be an accurate reading. There is no evidence of damage. The case is in very good condition, clearly marked with the WD arrow. All stitching and the closure strap are also in very condition as is the neck strap. A nice complete example in very good condition

British Army 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers. 35-36" waist Unisssued

British Army 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers. 35-36" waist Unisssued

A quite exception pair of British Army 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers in a large size 12 for a 35-36” waist. Dated 1945 the Trousers are clearly unissued and in excellent condition. They are clean, complete with all their buttons and show no moth holes that I can find. Inside leg measure 32 ½” (82cms) It would be impossible to upgrade these Trousers

WW11 Italian Battledress Jacket - Co Belligerent Cremona Combat Group

WW11 Italian Battledress Jacket - Co Belligerent Cremona Combat Group

A very interesting and extremely rare Battledress Jacket to a Sergeant in the 7th Artillery Regiment of the Cremona Combat Group of the Italian Liberation Corps. The Italian Liberation Corps (or Co-Belligerent Army) was a formation raised after the Allied armistice with Italy of 1943. It was created by the new Italian government to fight alongside the allies against the German and pro-Axis Italian forces remaining in Italy. The formation acquitted itself well in the campaign and suffered heavy casualties. The Cremona itself fought against the German Sturmbrigade Reichsfuhrer SS and 90th Panzer Grenadier Division, plus the Axis Italian 12th Parachute Battalion of the 184th Parachute Regiment. In the early months of it's existence the Italian Liberation Army mostly wore salvaged pre-used Battledress, some of which were dyed green in an attempt to emulate the Italian "grigioverde" uniform colour, along with anything useful found in depots. Later in the campaign they were issued brand new Canadian Battledress which of course has a greenish tint. This Jacket will have been one of the early issues as it is actually made from a converted WWI British Army tunic. The British Army fought in Italy in WWI and we can only assume that this tunic had remained in Italian stores since that time, then re-used due to the tunic's khaki having a greenish hue. Obvious are the classic "double pleat" and rifle patches of the British WWI tunic as well a British WWI War Department stamp. These stamps are different from their WWII counterparts since on these the letters of the alphabet do not correspond to the year of issue as they do in WWII. Overall condition is very good with just one or two minor moth holes. It sports Artillery Regiment tabs to the collar and Italian Army buttons throughout. It has the Cremona cloth formation patch to the left sleeve, and both sleeves have the rank chevrons of a Sergeant. Above the left breast pocket are medal ribbons for the War Merit Cross and the Commemorative Medal for the War of Liberation 1943-45. A historically important Battledress Jacket which is quite possibly unique

1944 Dated Atholl Bonnet Regimental Headress, The Lovat Scouts

1944 Dated Atholl Bonnet Regimental Headress, The Lovat Scouts

A very rare 1944 dated government issue Atholl Bonnet to a senior NCO in the elite Lovat Scouts. The Lovat Scouts was a small but distinguished Scottish Highland Regiment first raised in 1900 for service in the Boer War by the 14th Lord Lovat, father of Simon Fraser(15th Lord Lovat) of 4 Commando fame, and uncle of David Stirling, creator of the SAS. It was traditionally recruited from Highland woodsmen, gamekeepers, deerstalkers and gillies, and its members were renowned for their phenomenal marksmanship and field craft. They served with great distinction in the Boer War and in WWI and won much acclaim at Gallipoli. They were the first known military unit to wear a ghillie suit and in 1916 they formally became the British Army's first sniper unit, then known as "sharpshooters". In WW2 they initially spent the 1940-42 period as the garrison protecting the rugged wind-swept Faroe Islands against the feared German invasion. By 1943 however their distinctive skill set had marked them out as ideal troops for a mountain warfare role and they commenced training in the mountains of Scotland and Wales. In December of that year they were then sent to Canada for specialist high altitude winter training and they were the only British unit of WWII to formally have this. Having completed their extensive training, in July 1944 they were sent to the Italian theatre with the idea that they would be deployed in the mountains there. Upon arrival however, the relatively fluid situation between the fall of Monte Casino and the breakout from the beachhead after the Battle of Anzio, meant that instead they were used for aggressive patrolling and as a reconnaissance unit between and behind enemy lines. In this latter role they were attached to a number of different divisions at different times and remained in Italy until the end of the war. The Lovat Scouts proudly wore their unique Atholl Bonnet with both service dress and battledress. This 1944 dated example is in very good condition overall with some moth nips and minor fraying and splitting to the tails. Affixed to the side is its original unmarked silver senior NCO's regimental badge and this has clearly always been there. Whilst Lovat Scouts Atholl Bonnets occasionally turn up as they have been a regiment of long standing, the Bonnets are notoriously very difficult to date if undated as these have remained essentially little changed throughout their history. This is the first WWII dated government issue Lovat Scouts Atholl Bonnet I have ever encountered.

WW1 or WW11 British Army Balaclava Comforter

WW1 or WW11 British Army Balaclava Comforter

A good British Army "Balaclava Helmet" In very nice condition. Whilst it is impossible to date these unless they come with other kit from the original owner, from the ginger coloured wool used I believe that this particular example could well be of WW1 vintage. Balaclavas such as this were produced in both world wars by various "Comfort Committees" at home, and then sent to soldiers at the front. A handy item they were often used in civilian life post war and consequently they are surprisingly difficult to find whatever the vintage. I have priced this based on the basis that its date is unknown, if it were known to be WW1 it would be much more costly Overall condition is very good with one or two minor pull to the knit but no further damage.

Published RFC Map Board and Ypres Area Map

Published RFC Map Board and Ypres Area Map

An extremely rare and published example of a Royal Flying Corps Observers or Pilot’s Map Board with a 1916 dated and similarly published Map of the Hazebbrouck area of Belgium around Ypres and French Belgian border. Covered in over four pages in Mark Hillier’s excellent and definitive work “Royal Flying Corps Kitbag” Mark describes the Board as a re RFC/RAF Mk1 manufactured by the General Instrument and Engineering Company of London. The reverse is stamped with an arrow above A thus confirming the early provenance. In addition is an AID stamp which took responsibility for the quality control from February 1914. Measuring 36x36cms the Map Board is in very good undamaged condition and features a hinged plotting arm with Perspex rule. The Map is featured on page 109 of Mark’s book and is in very good undamaged condition. An extremely rare and published pair of RFC items. The copy of mark Hillier's book is not included but is now available on the internet

New Zealand Armoured Corps Beret

New Zealand Armoured Corps Beret

A very nice example of a New Zealand Army Corps Beret by the Surpak Manufacturing Co. Ltd. Although the date is no longer discernible ( I believe it is 1943) the Beret carries all the distinguishing features we look for in a wartime Beret and whilst again not absolutely discernible, the WD inspector stamp appears to show the M relating to a 1944 date, at which time the unit was in Italy The New Zealand Armoured Corps was the result of amalgamating the 9 Mounted Rifle Regiments and the 18th, 19th & 20 Battalions who were serving in Italy. This happened on March 29, 1944. It was not until after the war that badges bore the Royal title. Overall condition is very good, the brass other ranks badge sitting on a red wool background. There are two very small moth nips to the black wool but no damage. A vice and really rather example

1942 Dated New Zealand "Lemon Squeezer" Campaign Hat

1942 Dated New Zealand "Lemon Squeezer" Campaign Hat

Less well-known than the Australian slouch hat, the New Zealand campaign hat, known as the “Lemon Squeezer” has been closely linked to the Kiwi soldier since WW1. This 1942 dated example by Denham and Hargrave Ltd. is a good size 7 1/8 and is in generally very good condition with perhaps four or five insignificant moth “nips” and a small 5mm split at the very edge of the brim on the right side. The Puggaree and brass badge are those of the army service corps, the Puggaree still clean and in keeping with the rest of the hat. Inside, the sweatband is clean and firmly stitched in place whilst the underside has a WD stamp an “O” for 1942. Two hooks remain for the detachable chinstrap but no chinstrap is present. A very nice and rather rare example.

RAF '36 Pattern Boots. 1939 dated, Size 9

RAF '36 Pattern Boots. 1939 dated, Size 9

A particularly nice pair of RAF 1936 Pattern Boots in a good size 9 with a contract date of 1939. Leather shoes and uppers are both very good without damage but with the left upper showing a few speckles of white overspray which I believe could be removed with a little white spirit. Leather straps and roller buckles are very good. Inside, the sheepskin is without loss and both pulls have the AM tabs, clearly stamped with the 1939 contract date, size and fitting. The opposite tabs carry the name Sgt. Price. Unusual now to find such a nice pair in a good size 9

WW1 British Army Sergeant Rank Stripes

WW1 British Army Sergeant Rank Stripes

A matched pair of WW1 British Army sergeant stripes having "ginger" coloured tape typical of early war manufacture. The stripes are both good condition although there is some staining and fading to the ginger colour

British Airborne Beret Badge

British Airborne Beret Badge

A very nice British Airborne Kings Crown Beret Badge in white metal. Overall condition is very good with both fitting loops pinched to securely hold a sprung pin in place.

USSR Tank Crew Helmet, made from Captured German Luftwaffe flying helmet.

USSR Tank Crew Helmet, made from Captured German Luftwaffe flying helmet.

A USSR Soviet Red Army captured and modified Lkpw101 German Luftwaffe flying helmet for their own tank crews. These were manufactured during one of the worst periods for the Soviet army when troops and equipment were scarce. Adapting the Luftwaffe flying helmet was simple. There was no need to modify the receivers or throat microphones or produce the helmet itself, since the German and Soviet used the same type of connector, microphones as receivers (this in part because of the friendship and cooperation between the two countries during the 1930s). This did however cause problems during the Kursk tank battles where tank crews on both sides reported interference from Russian or German speech during battle. The Helmet is a large size and in very good condition, complete with throat microphones, cord and receivers.

WW1 German Army M1914 Zeltbahn Groundsheet with Possible Elite Sturmtruppen Connection.

WW1 German Army M1914 Zeltbahn Groundsheet with Possible Elite Sturmtruppen Connection.

A grey WW1 German Groundsheet (tent quarter) in significantly above average condition, a find which is rather difficult to achieve. All the buttons are present and the original colour remains strong with some patches of fading and about ten small holes or rips. A useful item in civilian life they were often used to cover all manner of things outside, in all weathers, and for years on end, with the consequence that more often than not the colour is bleached out. This treatment however has obviously not been the case here. Clearly dated 1915 and marked to the 8th German Army Corps. 1915 is a very good early date for grey groundsheets and marks it out one of the earliest issues. The German Army went to war with a tan coloured groundsheet and then only switched over to the grey colour once it became clear that a less visible colour was needed. The 8th German Army Corps is equally desirable as it spent the entire war on the western front. What is great significance is that the groundsheet bears the hand-written details of the original owner and this appears to mark him out as a "stormtrooper". In the Imperial German Army the rank of "private" was unit specific (such as "Dragoner", "Jager", "Kanonier", "Garde-fusilier" etc.) and when these designations were long they were often abbreviated in the same way as the unit designations. The inked rank and unit details of the original soldier are somewhat washed out and faded but they appear to start with the letters "S.pion", which I believe stands for "Sturm-pionier". This then seems to be followed by the unit details: a letter "b" for "battalion", a "dot", and then what appears to be the abbreviation "Stm" which I believe stands for "Sturm", this in turn is then followed by the unit number which seems to be 5? Whatever the case this wonderful groundsheet stands on it's own merit, the condition is unusually sound and for any discerning collector it will make a worthy addition to the Infantryman's pack, or indeed create the classic "horseshoe roll" needed for any stormtrooper representation. A hard to find item and certainly despite an extensive internet search I have been unable to find anything similar for sale anywhere.

Zeltbahn Shelter Kit for Four or More Men

Zeltbahn Shelter Kit for Four or More Men

Contained in a heavy canvas bag secured by two leather straps is what I believe to be the basic kit for the construction of a shelter for four or more men, where the Zeltbahns carried by three or more men are added to the single Zelt included with this kit. Also included in the kit are eight section of poles which push together to form two complete poles, five aluminium ground pegs and a short guy rope, all appropriate for the construction of a four man or larger shelter. All pole sections are date stamped as are the aluminium pegs. Whilst everything is in very good condition the 1944 dated Zeltbahn is in excellent condition missing only one button with two others broken in half. There are no rips, tears or stains. The buttons are worthy of special note being the seldom seen Bakelite variety which featured late in the war and absolutely in keeping with the date of the Zeltbahn itself. Finally, the Zeltbahn is secured when rolled by two leather Zelt straps, one of which is clearly dated 1941.

Kriegsmarine Green Tropical Jacket

Kriegsmarine Green Tropical Jacket

Offered as an alternative to the wear of the Brown summer or tropical Jacket by Kriegsmarine Officers and Senior Nco’s from late 1939 -40, the green or field grey Jacket I have here is really quite a scarce example to find. Constructed in a cotton drill it follows the pattern of the white and brown Jackets exactly with four patch pleated pockets with scalloped flaps, a four button closure and lay flat collar. All buttons are present and held in place with the correct “S” rings. Above the right breast pocket is a gilt pin back eagle held in place by three loops. A pair of good Oberfeldwebel removable “T” boards fit into openings on the shoulders and are secure by split pins. Each board shows the two aluminium rank pips and golden tress appropriate to the rank whist the career devise is that of a Obermechaniker. The Jacket is unlined and carries a maker’s stamp and size markings. Chest size is between 35” and 36” Overall condition is very good with a short repaired split to one of the shoulder board openings and some minor service related marks. Both cuffs appear to have been shortened.

Kriegsmarine Insignia for the Sailor's Cap

Kriegsmarine Insignia for the Sailor's Cap

A good example of a two part pin back Kriegsmarine Eagle and cockade for wear on the Matrosenmutze or sailor’s cap. Although without damage there is toning to the gilt finish on the eagle and to the natural zinc colour of the cockade.

RAF Mk111b Instrument Panel Clock

RAF Mk111b Instrument Panel Clock

A very scarce early war Smiths Mk111b Aircraft Clock used in a multitude of aircraft types and dating for the 1939 -40 period and differing only from the Mk111a by the 24 hour dial. Whilst the clocks themselves are scarce it is very rare to find one in good working condition as we have here, the high quality movements by both Jaeger Le Coultre and Carley and Clemence proving susceptible to damage by rough handling of the long stalked winding and setting knobs. Not surprising with a heavily gloved hand but also because the movement is unusually wound anticlockwise which caused confusion and subsequent damage. Time keeping appears very good and all functions including the secondary time of (elapsed) trip timer work well. The dial is clear and the luminous infill to the hands is intact. Stampings on the dial are not white paint filled and appear never to have been fully applied showing just Mk111 No. / 8 (1938?) S Smith & Sons (MA) Ltd. London 6A/. The case back carries a good Air Ministry stamp and 5944. Cosmetically the appearance is very good with just slight loss of paint to the front plate and a very small chip to the outer edge of the glass near the right hand knob.

Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Field cap

Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery Field cap

A fine example of a Kriegsmarine Coastal Artillery NCO’s/ other ranks Field Cap. Constructed in a coarse grade wool of field grey the cap has side flaps which in this case are held in position by two typical plaited front stitches normally seen on earlier caps and a rather nice feature. Insignia is in the BeVo weave style, hand applied, the machine embroidered golden eagle looking slightly awkward at the neck, the material being pulled back slightly during application. Inside, the lining is a grey cotton with a good clear rectangular maker’s stamp showing the size 57 and 1942 date. Overall condition is very good, clean and free from any sign of moth or other damage and clearly, little used.

British 08 Large Pack. Unissued

British 08 Large Pack. Unissued

A quite excellent example of a 1943 dated British 08 Pattern Pack (Large Pack) with well matched side straps. All components are in unissued condition with both side straps made by M.E.Co. one dated 1943, the other 1940. Impossible to upgrade so why waste your money buying reproductions for the same price?

Iron Cross First Class by Klein & Quenzer

Iron Cross First Class by Klein & Quenzer

An unmarked but readily identifiable Klein & Quenzer pin back Iron Cross First class. In very good overall condition, the Cross is without damage and display a nice patina totally in keeping with light service use.

Japanese Field Cap

Japanese Field Cap

A scarce Japanese Imperial Army Field Cap (Sen-bou) produced in a coarse field grade wool with yellow army star and short peak. Although missing its chinstrap the cap is in very good condition with three ventilation holes to each side and a size adjustment tape at the back. Unlined but with a wide leather sweatband.

An M36 Tunic to an Officer in the Elite Brandenburgs

An M36 Tunic to an Officer in the Elite Brandenburgs

An extremely rare other ranks M36 Tunic upgraded for wear by an Oberleutnant in the Jäger (light infantry) regiment of the Brandenburg Division. Overall condition is very good with only two minor moth holes near the single vent at the back, the nap showing wear entirely commensurate with extended service. The four pleated pockets are closed by pebbled buttons which match the five front closure buttons. There are loops for four awards on the left breast pocket and a machine applied BeVo weave eagle above the right pocket. The second button hole has ribbons for the Iron Cross second class and Eastern front medal which gives support extended service this Tunic saw, the Brandenburgs only arriving on the Eastern front in December 1944. On the right sleeve is the Brandenburg Cuffband in green (most being black) with silver grey gothic script with Russian braid borders. Instituted in August 1944 this again stands testament to the length of service this Tunic saw. On the upper sleeve is the Jäger arm badge in BeVo weave whilst the shoulder straps and collar patches again show the waffenfarbe of the Jäger regiments, all no doubt field applied on promotion. Inside, the Tunic is part lined and has one dressings pocket and good clear stampings. The Brandenburgers were members of the Brandenburg German Special Forces unit. Originally the unit was formed by and operated as an extension of the military's intelligence organ, the Abwehr. Members of this unit took part in seizing operationally important targets by way of sabotage and infiltration. Being foreign German nationals who were convinced Nazi volunteers, constituent members had lived abroad and were proficient in foreign languages as well as being familiar with the way of life in the area of operations where they were deployed. The internet provides further information on their extensive operations. A truly rare Tunic to an elite Regiment.

SS or Panzer Rank Insignia

SS or Panzer Rank Insignia

Panzer Obergefreiten or SS Rottenfuhrer sleeve rank insignia in excellent unissued condition The insignia consists of dual diamond patterned silver tress chevrons, machine sewn to an inverted, black wool construction, triangular base.

Presentation aluminium ticket for the film Theirs is the Glory - Made From One of The Arnhem Gliders

Presentation aluminium ticket for the film Theirs is the Glory - Made From One of The Arnhem Gliders

A quiet beautiful Presentation aluminium ticket for the film “Theirs is the Glory” given to and engraved to Peter Handford at the premier of the 1945 film in Ottawa in 1946, Peter having worked as sound recordist during the production. Measuring approximately 70mm x 63mm the ticket is presented in a case by Goldsmiths and Silversmiths, London, the lid of the case in the two colours of the airborne division. The reverse of the ticket is engraved “theirs is the Glory” – Peter Handford, Sept 17th 1946 with the story to the ticket itself raised in the casting which reads: This souvenir ticket is made from one of the gliders which carried the British 1st Airborne Division into battle at Arnhem on September 17th 1944. Overall condition of the case and ticket is very good and free from damage. Peter had served in the Army Film and Photographic Unit during the Second World War as a photographer and sound recordist. He volunteered to be part of the British Expeditionary Force and had to be evacuated when the Germans overran France. He returned as a cameraman on the D-day landings. He was shot during the hedgerow fighting two days later. His life was saved by a diary and a silver cigarette case which stopped the bullet. During a career which stretched from 1936 to 1988, he worked with a host of top directors including Alfred Hitchcock, Sydney Pollack, Tony Richardson, Joseph Losey and David Lean and was the proud recipient of an Oscar and a Bafta award for his work on Out of Africa in 1985. Peter Thomas Handford, sound recordist, born March 21 1919; died November 6 2007. Included is a book written by Peter Handford entitled Sounds of Railways and their Recording

1941 Dated Mk11 British Brodie Helmet

1941 Dated Mk11 British Brodie Helmet

Once these were everywhere but not so the case now and particularly so in such nice condition and with a size 7 ¼ liner. The shell is without damage and retains almost all of the factory applied matte khaki finish. Inside, the brim is stamped 1941 and the chinstrap is in very good condition. The oil cloth liner is far better than usually encountered with slight flaking at the edges only but still supple and without cracks. The cross pad is also supple. A very nice Helmet

Russian SSh36 ( or M36) Steel Helmet

Russian SSh36 ( or M36) Steel Helmet

An extremely rare and very good example of the Russian SSh (stalnoy shlem, or steel helmet) 36. The shell retains a good amount of the original factory semi gloss dark green paint and is free from damage. Inside, the rear flare is stamped with a series of number but these are largely undiscernible. The liner is very good with hardening to the rubber pads behind the sweatband but is otherwise without damage. Between the liner band and shell is the corrugated metal band. The chinstrap is the later cotton web which replaced the earlier and unsatisfactory leather strap Designed by Aleksandr A. Shvartz, its large front rim and wide flares over the ears provided good protection for the wearer. The German M35, introduced a year before the Russian M-36, served as a model for the development of the M-36. The M-36 was also fitted with a comb on top, which allowed for ventilation. Replaced by the Ssh39 these early helmet are now rather rare.

Wartime Model 9 German Esbit Stove

Wartime Model 9 German Esbit Stove

Designed by Erich Schumm, the Esbit Stove is a pocket sized cooking device designed for use with alcohol tablets which came in a packet which fitted exactly inside the stove. This is the Model 9 produced for and used by German troops during WW11. Overall condition is very good used and does not include the tablets.

M35 French Char Tankers Helmet

M35 French Char Tankers Helmet

A well used but rather rare example of the M1935 French “Char” Helmets for tank crews of the type seen in so many 1940 images of the fighting in France. The shell is general very good with just one or two minor bumps near the crown and with the muddy green paint about 40% present. Each side has two ventilation holes and the flaming cannonball insignia of the infantry and cavalry remains in place at the front below which is the leather padded bump pad. There is some flaking to the leather of the pad but a painted inverted red V remains visible. The liner has survived less well with some cracking and with the tops of two of the tongues missing along with hardening and deterioration to the rubber padding behind it. There are some markings behind the liner but these are not legible. The chinstrap is intact but a little fragile. A rare helmet which still displays well.

Kriegsmarine Official's Brocade Belt

Kriegsmarine Official's Brocade Belt

A very lightly example of these attractive Kriegsmarine Brocade Belts, this being the scarce silver variation for use by Kriegsmarine Officials. The buckle is an aluminium version non maker marked.The high points show virtually no wear to the frosting and the general appearance is excellent. The belt itself is clean and without damage of any kind, the dark blue lining cloth being free from moth. Eyelets to allow for the adjustment of the belt are in place and two high quality hinged hangers sit below cloth flaps to accommodate the dagger hangers. The perfect display piece to accompany a Kriegsmarine Dagger, this belt and buckle would be difficult to upgrade.

Imperial Japanese Type 90 Army Helmet

Imperial Japanese Type 90 Army Helmet

A very good example of the standard Imperial Japanese Army Type 90 Helmet, introduced in the 1930s. The shell is without damage and retains much of its original mustard brown finish which appears to have had a small of grit added. To the front is the five pointed metal star whilst near the crown are four ventilation holes. Inside, the liner is a particularly good example. All three pairs of pigskin tongues are in very good condition, two with the original padding pockets in place behind them although the pads are empty. One pocket is missing. The long cotton chinstrap / carrying strap is also present. Now rather a scarce helmet to find and even more so in this lightly combat used condition.

WW1 US Army 33rd Division Uniform Collection

WW1 US Army 33rd Division Uniform Collection

A quite exceptional collection of US WW1 Uniform items and equipment all of which belonged to one man, Private E Kullberg who served with the 33rd Division which itself served alongside the British and Australian forces on the Somme from July 4th 1918 until September 27th 1918 before being transferred to the Argonne. They were involved in the Tank attack at Hamel in 1918 and were the most embedded US force in the BEF. This extensive collection comprises: His 1917 Pattern Service Wool Coat (or Tunic) in very good condition and free from moth or other damage. Complete with the makers label dated 24th July 1918 and with his initials and service number written on the lining. On the left sleeve is the circular patch of the 33rd Division above the red inverted chevron for honourable discharge and a gold wire 6 months overseas service chevron. Collar discs are for the regular army and infantry company F. All national seal subdued rimmed eagle buttons are present. His matching Breeches with Sept. 6th 1917 contract label, zinc fly buttons and calf eyelets with original ties. Very good condition free from moth but with a rust like stain at the back. His Overseas Cap with matching F Company insignia, his initials and contract label for Sept 9th 1918, size 7 3/8. Excellent moth free condition. His Puttees or leggings. His Helmet with grit applied khaki paint and 33rd Divisional sign to the front. Generally very good with inside rim stamped ZA189 but with both liner and chinstrap now a little fragile. Paper label to inside crown. Completing this wonderful collection is his rare 1917 Pattern American Small Box Respirator contained in the original bag again named to him and with the instruction booklet with repair plasters and two anti-dimming sticks with contents. Whilst all the associated components are in very good condition the Respirator has delaminated lenses and the hose has become distorted from storage. Although the face piece remains supple the internal mouth piece has separated.

French Infantry M26 Helmet

French Infantry M26 Helmet

A quite exceptional example of the French M26 Adrian Helmet showing no signs of ever having been issued. The shell itself retains virtually all of its post 1935 smooth khaki factory paint with just two almost imperceptible creases visible on close inspection. At the front is the smaller M37 infantry disc shaped insignia. Inside, the Helmet is complete with the original cloth backed imitation leather liner which again shows no signs of use although two of the metal eyelets have become detached from the tongues. Finally a very good and undamaged leather chin strap completes this outstanding piece.

1943 RWAFF Officer's Slouch Hat

1943 RWAFF Officer's Slouch Hat

Another from a small collection of WW11 British Army Slouch Hats is this very nice example to an officer in Royal West African Frontier Force in the Gold Coast Regiment. Although missing its chinstrap this Slouch Hat is in well above average condition with very few of the usual moth nips. To the front is an officer’s slider badge the RWAFF which on the right side is the yellow triangle of the Gold Coast Regiment. Each side has three ventilation eyelets and there are small precise horizontal slits above and below the press fastener on the left side, I believe to allow for some sort of additional decoration when required. Inside, the hat shows only light use. The sweatband has minor loss to the stitching at the front and the name of the Denton Hat Co., size 7 and 1943 are impressed into the leather. The nine battalions of the Gold Coast Regiment saw action in Kenya's Northern Frontier District, Italian Somaliland, Abyssinia and Burma as part of the 2nd (West Africa) Infantry Brigade.

RAF B Type Helmet

RAF B Type Helmet

An excellent and unissued example of an RAF B Type Helmet as delivered to stores prior to having the earpieces fitted at station to fit the new owner. A good size 2, condition is excellent the only point of note being what appears to be brown leather dye which has carelessly been allowed to contact the chamois lining during manufacture seemingly when another recently completed helmet was placed inside it. Beyond that there are absolutely no signs of damage or wear. The left cheek shows a nice AM stamp and 22/65 whilst inside is another AM stamp and good clear label. Often also promoted as the first pattern British Paratrooper helmet, which of course it was.

Imperial German Army “Paletot” with WW11 use by a Luftwaffe Officer

Imperial German Army “Paletot” with WW11 use by a Luftwaffe Officer

A very good but somewhat enigmatic example of an Imperial German Army “Paletot” or Overcoat which apparently also saw service during the Third Reich period and is clearly distinguished from the later Overcoats by several features. Perhaps the most obvious are the purely decorative buttons and scalloped panels below the belt on the back and the pebbled buttons by Assmann conforming to the Third Reich period specification. Originally tailored in a fine quality grey wool the coat is in generally very good condition with one vertical patch of the same cloth to the left of the belt loop and some very minor moth at the extreme lower edge at the front. Later service appears to have been by an officer in Luftwaffe. The original dark green collar has been overlaid with a typical officer quality Luftwaffe blue / grey tricot wool and the shoulder boards are those of a Leutnant in the flying branch. Underneath the collar are the remains of a yellow thread suggesting he once wore collar patches. There are two faux French cuffs and two slanted slash pockets and one interior pocket in the lime green lining, the lining having one small patch and some areas of wear. An interesting overcoat with a long service life perhaps to one officer.

German Army Chaplain's Schirmutz (Visor Cap)

German Army Chaplain's Schirmutz (Visor Cap)

This German Army Chaplain’s Schirmutz (visor) Cap is the first I have ever seen other than in period photographs. The Cap carries the Erel Sonderklasse Logo accompanied by the Offizier Kleiderklasse Berlin etiquette beneath the protective celluloid shield in the crown and would have been purchased through the Kleiderklasse catalog or at one of the branch offices. This is the “Extra” model. Completely free from moth damage the Cap appears to be of doe skin construction but has taken on somewhat “fluffy” appearance perhaps as a result of having been rainwater soaked in service or possibly just as a result of age. Piped with the purple waffenfarbe of a Chaplain the cap carries a nicely matched hand embroidered silver wire eagle and cockade between which sits the metal crucifix of a Chaplain. The aluminium wire chin cord sits on the vukanfibre peak or visor which is cross hatched on the underside for a better grip. Inside, the sweatband is in good condition but the stitching suggests that the band, peak (visor) and stiffener have perhaps been re affixed at some time. The gold rayon lining is in very good condition but the celluloid protective sweat shield shows some cracking and stitching loss. An extremely rare cap showing extensive service use but still in very good condition.

1936 Dated Droop Tail Luftwaffe Belt Buckle by K u Q

1936 Dated Droop Tail Luftwaffe Belt Buckle by K u Q

A very early example of a Luftwaffe Belt Buckle by a maker generally more associated with the production of awards, Klein and Quenzer. Featuring the first pattern droop tail eagle, the buckle is of pebbled aluminium with the centre oval raised higher than those we see on later produced pieces. Clearly raised to the reverse are the initial K u Q and 36. The leather tab is stamped with the Klein and Quenzer manufacture’s stamp and a clear 1936 date, the reverse showing a partly discernible unit marking Fl?a 24 ??a. Overall condition is very good, the high points on the eagle show some smoothing but there is no damage. The tab is very good with all stitching intact.

RAF Service Dress Tunic. B17 DFC Winner

RAF Service Dress Tunic. B17 DFC Winner

An RAF Service Dress Tunic to Flying Officer WW Doy who after the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 volunteered for aircrew and after training to be a radio operator and a gunner completed his first tour with 7 squadron as an Wireless Operator / Air Gunner later flying B17’s flying electronic counter measures. This included the first 1,000 bomber raid on Cologne with 7 Squadron. He appears also to have been an Air Gunner between tours in South Africa on Sunderlands with 95 Squadron. He was in the air during the D-Day landings in 1944 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross later the same year. He left the Armed Forces in 1946. Approximately a 36” the Tunic is perhaps the one shown in the pictures (not included in the sale) prior to his award of the DFC. Overall condition is good + with some light moth damage which I have shown in the pictures along with a repair to the left sleeve. The last pictures shows him perhaps wearing the same uniform prior to the award of the DFC.

RAF Art Deco Cigarette Box

RAF Art Deco Cigarette Box

A quite beautiful art deco period Bakelite Cigarette Box by ELO Ware with a superbly executed pair of