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A Brodie helmet with evidence of barn storage, issued to Polish forces in Great Britain during WWII. The Polish eagle has faded to the front with rust bleed coming through the Polish insignia from the steel shell below. The interior fibre cradle profusely stamped with size ‘6 ¾ ‘ ‘TTCII’ with the date ‘1939’. Faint stampings to the shell close to the strap retaining lug but unfortunately rust bleed through the paint does obscure the detail. The liner is complete with its elasticised webbing chinstrap. To the interior of the shell are spiders webs and other evidence of barn storage. A rare helmet.
The WWII version of the Adrian helmet, excellent condition, good paint finish, huge size, complete with its original chinstrap and liner.
A scarce variant of the British spike bayonet being the model with the victory plastics Canadian and American supplied scabbard that was used with the specially adapted webbing frog. The scabbard itself is in untouched condition ‘VP’ logo to the reverse side, very slight surface rust to the bayonet hilt, which would clean easily.
A very good model 41 Russian combat helmet of WWII with one minor shrapnel section of damage as can be seen by our web images. Much of the original Russian green paint remaining to the skull, with its complete three pad liner and canvas chinstrap.
A good WWII RAF officers cap, possibly size 56. No moth damage, two vent holes to either side of the cap, complete with its velvet wire and metallic RAF officers badge, mohair centre band, standard black leather front strap. One of the side buttons has lost its RAF crown over albatross covering but still has its base intact. Complete with all interior lining, much service wear evident overall.
A WWII RAF flight lieutenant’s tunic, standard four pocket configuration, four brass buttons, complete with its fixed belt. All the buttons are of the standard RAF type, crown over albatross. Fitted to the upper left breast is a set of non padded RAF pilot’s wings. Two pin holes visible to each collar where possibly the brass VR badges would have been (Volunteer Reserve). Some light moth damage to the point of each lower bellows pocket and to the lower left arm area. The tailor’s label to the interior ‘Hope Brothers, London Provences W.R.Butt Esquire 5.5.43’. Priced according to the slight moth damage and the missing VR collar badges.
Two vehicle pennants belonging to Major General Warren, one in red, one in faded khaki, one is the pennant as Commanding Officer of the 5th Indian Division, the other one is his pennant as a Regimental Commander. Both well service used, along with a biography of Major General Warren, who had a long and distinguished career in the British Armed Forces culminating in fine action outside Kohima in Burma.
A very nice condition jaunty shaped RAF officers visor cap, the size possibly 55 or 56. No moth damage, no staining, complete with its all leather wide sweatband, velvet lined to the forehead area, very nicely multi lozenge stitched to the upper inner crown with the faint remains of gold blocked ‘Hobson & Sons London Limited’ retailers label. Complete with its gilded albatross bullion wire crown and wreath below with red velvet centre to the crown with its correct chinstrap and cloth covered side buttons.
A nice little grouping to a British soldier Norman Thomas Whiting, who was brought up in Northampton, he joined the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment in 1931 and was part of Eastern Command Band, and was a long term soldier. He became a qualified parachutist on the 8th January 1942, served in South East Asia with the Indian Airborne Division and rejoined the Eastern Command Band in March 1944. He was discharged at the end of WWII with the annotation ‘REGARDED TO HAVE COMPLETED 22 YEARS SERVICE.’ Amazingly he was only 4 foot, six inches in height, pasted into the book is the authorisation for Norman Whiting to wear the 1939-45 Star and the Burma Star. Most of these details are in his Burma Campaign linen service pay book. Also accompanying is his European style pay book with a stiff cover. Accompanying his two British service books is a Japanese small book, which has been annotated in ink to the exterior ‘Japanese pay book’ with the word ‘MEIKTILA’, the importance of this indicates that this soldier served at the Battle for Meiktila in the Burma Campaign in 1944’. Lastly an Army Certificate of Education 3rd class presented to Whiting 2nd Battalion The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment dated ‘August 1931’. A nice interesting grouping.
Two 11.5 x 10cm images of Japanese officers surrendering their swords, one shows them bowing towards the British officers with Indian troops lined up, the second showing the officers presenting their swords onto the table draped with the Union Jack, historically interesting images.
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