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A nice wartime British made Dutch Free Forces arm i.e formation lion
This is a neat example of a nice wartime British made Dutch Free Forces arm i.e formation lion. The lion was worn by all members of the Netherlands Army (Allied forces) what was later renamed as the Royal Netherlands Brigade. The Brigade was part of 21st Army Group and took part in the liberation of Western Europe and the Netherlands. The badge worn by all Netherlands troops on the left upper arm of their Battle Dress and when the Netherlands Army was re-formed the 'NEDERLAND' on the badge was replaced by 'JE MAINTIENDRAI', the motto of the House of Orange. This example is made of green felt and has a green cheese cloth like backing and is in a removed from uniform condition.
A nice and difficult to find printed and issued Reconnaissance shoulder title
This is a good example of a sought after en difficult to find printed Reconnaissance shoulder title. The Reconnaissance Corps, or simply Recce Corps, was a corps of the British Army, formed during the Second World War whose units provided the mobile spearhead of infantry divisions. It was formed from infantry brigade reconnaissance groups on 14 January 1941. All the brigade reconnaissance groups of each infantry corps were formed into reconnaissance battalions, each usually bearing the number of its relevant division. This example is in a perfect and issued condition and is hard to be upgraded.
Code: 51280Price: 125.00 EUR
A nice British made Canadian Hastings&Prince Edward Regiment shoulder title
This is a good example of a nicely British made Canadian Hastings&Prince Edward Regiment shoulder title. The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, mobilized for active service on 1 September 1939 and was redesignated the 1st Battalion, The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, on 7 November 1940. The unit embarked for Great Britain on 22 December 1939, and on 13 June 1940 it went to France as part of the Second British Expeditionary Force, reaching a point beyond Laval before being ordered back to the United Kingdom. It landed in Sicily on 10 July 1943, and in Italy on 3 September 1943, as part of the 1st Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Infantry Division. On 10 March 1945, the battalion moved with the 1st Canadian Corps to North West Europe, where it fought until the end of the war. The overseas battalion was disbanded on 15 October 1945. This title is in a nice un-issued condition.
Code: 51279Price: 30.00 EUR
A nice pair of early ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) shoulder patches i.e slip ons
This is a good example of a nice pair of early ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) shoulder patches i.e slip ons. The Auxiliary Territorial Service was the women's branch of the British Army during the Second World War. It was formed on 9 September 1938, initially as a women's voluntary service, and existed until 1 February 1949, when it was merged into the Women's Royal Army Corps. This matching set is in a nice un-issued condition.
Code: 51278Price: 25.00 EUR
A Penguin Special 'Guerrilla Warfare' written by Yank Levy
This is a neat example of a Penguin Special 'Guerrilla Warfare' written by Yank Levy. Bert "Yank" Levy (October 5, 1897 – September 2, 1965) was a soldier, military instructor and author/pamphleteer of one of the first manuals on guerrilla warfare, which was widely circulated with more than a half million published. In 1941, Britain is under some of the heaviest air raids of the Second World War. Concerns about Nazi paratroopers landing in Britain and invading take hold in the hearts of the British citizenry. The Home Guard has been mobilised to defend against airborne assault - and it needs training. 'Yank' Levy is brought in to Osterley Park to teach guerrilla warfare, from practical experience in the Spanish Civil War. 'Yank' trains soldiers of the Home Guard how to use surveillance, defend against tanks and armoured vehicles, how to fight in towns and across country and against a well-supplied, highly-trained and mobile occupying force. His book, "Guerrilla Warfare" offers such sound advice as: 'Whether you go to a tea-party or to work on your allotment...take your rifle with you. Don't leave it downstairs for a German to grab if he enters the house' and 'Your motto should always be: Finish them! Then a quick get-away, and another ambush some place else'. This example is in a nicely used condtion with some minor damadge and dirt from years of storage i.e slightly handeling.
Code: 51277Price: 20.00 EUR
A good example of a difficult to find embroided RAChD (Royal Army Chaplains Department) shoulder title
This is a neat example of a difficult to find embroided shoulder title to the Royal Army Chaplains Department. The Army Chaplains' Department (AChD) was formed by Royal Warrant of 23 September 1796. Previously chaplains had been part of individual regiments, but not on the central establishment. Only Anglican chaplains were recruited until 1827, when Presbyterians were recognised. Roman Catholic chaplains were recruited from 1836, Methodist chaplains from 1881, and Jewish chaplains from 1892. The Department received the "Royal" prefix in February 1919 for its services during World War I. Some 4,400 Army Chaplains were recruited between 1914 and 1918; 179 lost their lives on active service and three were awarded the Victoria Cross. The RAChD is the only branch of the Army to perpetuate the tradition of dividing supporting troops into "departments". When Airborne Forces first was formed in 1940, members of the RAChD were amongst the first members to join. Chaplains undertook the same training at Hardwick Hall and Ringway as the soldiers. The first Chaplain to jump operationally was Padre RE Price who dropped with the 1st Battalion at Souk el Arba on 16 November 1942. Since the ens of the Second World War, Army Chaplains have continued to serve an important role within Airborne Forces. This shoulder title is in a nice and issued condtion with its black gauze backing. Difficult to find these days.
A nice un-issued red on black Commando shoulder title
This is a nice example of a red on black Commando shoulder title introduced early 1943 and worn in the early stage of formation of the Commando units before the use of the numbered shoulder titles. This title is in perfect and un-issued condition.
A nice pair of pre 1952 Parachute Regiment service dress collar badges
This is a good example of a nice pair of pre 1952 Parachute Regiment service dress collar badges. These collar badges were worn by every Officer of the Regiment on there No.1 and No.2 service dress. This example is nickel plated and still got there original cotter pins present. A nice little matching set.
A nice and never seen before 1st World War period pencil drawing by the well known Canadian cartonist Donald Mc Ritchie
I was lucky to find this little beauty last time at a local car boot sale in Holland. Donald McRitchie (1881-1948) was born at Englishtown, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia on 2 June 1881, son of Donald and Catherine McRitchie, he moved with his mother and sister to Glace Bay after the death of his father. After graduating from high school, he worked in the offices of the Dominion Coal Company, subsequently being transferred to its office in Boston, Massachusetts. There he appears to have developed his talent for drawing. Returning to Cape Breton by the winter of 1904, he began producing cartoons for the Sydney Daily Post. McRitchie continued to work as a cartoonist and illustrator until the 1930s, interrupted only by service in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. By the spring of 1905, he was living in Ottawa and producing cartoons and illustrations for the Ottawa Journal. Moving west, he stopped briefly at Port Arthur, Ontario before arriving in Winnipeg in the fall of 1906. He was probably working as a freelance artist through 1911, having art work published in the Winnipeg Telegram and Calgary Eye Opener, and may have also tried ranching in Alberta. Between 1908 and 1911, he prepared, along with fellow cartoonist Hay Stead and others, a series of caricatures of noteworthy men for publication in the book Manitobans As We See ‘Em, and a similar volume entitled British Columbians As We See ‘Em.
In 1911, he moved to Montreal to become Advertising Manager for Carrick Real Estate Limited while continuing to do art work on the side. After returning from military service overseas, he found work at the Halifax Herald, where he was political cartoonist and manager of the engraving department, and after 1931, library supervisor, until retirement in 1937. On 20 June 1912, he married Mary Jane Fraser at Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. They had one daughter, Margot McRitchie (wife of Jack Miller). After retirement from the Herald, he returned briefly to real estate work for the J. J. Carrick firm at Toronto, Ontario before returning to Halifax to administer the federal government’s telephone censorship policy during the Second World War.
After the war, McRitchie worked briefly for the Information Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Trade and Industry. He died at Halifax, after a lengthy illness, on 29 November 1948 and was buried in Camp Hill Cemetery. A collection of his art work is contained in the Esther Clark Wright Archives of Acadia University (Wolfville, Nova Scotia).
This pencil drawing is in a perfect condition with it's original glass and ebonized frame still present. The frame it self measures 22.0cm x 26.0cm.
Code: 51273Price: 120.00 EUR
A nicely Dutch made 1944-1945 so called Brabant weef volunteer star
This is a good example of a nicely Dutch made 1944-1945 so called Brabant weef volunteer star. This Dutch production (Brabant weave) was worn on the battle dress on the lower arm. The badge was determined on September 19, 1940 and expired on January 30, 1950. It was worn by voluntarily serving soldiers below the rank of officer. This example is in a perfect un-issued condition.
Code: 51272Price: 20.00 EUR
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