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Out of print book : SIGNED COPY ... Freddie Gough's Specials at Arnhem, an illustrated history of the 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squardron by Robert Hilton

Freddie Gough's Specials at Arnhem is an extremely well documented work on the 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squardron. The book has been written by Robert Hilton and compromises a well illustrated history of the Squardron from official records and personal accounts of former members.
The book features many previously unknown pictures and documents. The title of the book refers to Freddie Gough one of the 1st Airborne's elder officers and in charge of the 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squardron. As with all books published by Robert Sigmond this book in a high quality and publsished in a limited edition only.

As a former member of the Parachute Regiment and a Falkland War vetran Robert Hilton has been interested in the history of the British Airborne Forces since the late '70 and has been to the Arnhem/Oosterbeek area on many occasions. After buying a copy of 'Remember Arnhem' by John Fairley his interest in the Reconnaissance Corps was triggered with this book as a result.

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Out of print book : SIGNED COPY ... Freddie Gough's Specials at Arnhem, an illustrated history of the 1st Airborne Reconnaissance Squardron by Robert Hilton

Addional photographs.

Code: 51379Price: On Request


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A nice example of Get Tough ! by Major W.E. Fairbairn

This is a good example of a 1942 dated nicely used Get Tough ! by Major W.E. Fairbairn. The father of modern hand-to-hand combat, Capt. W. E. Fairbairn, taught the famed British Commandos from this classic, long-out-of-print manual on unarmed combat. Known for his "get tough" attitude, Fairbairn designed these practical methods after years of training troops and watching ruffians, thugs, bandits and bullies. This copy is in a nicely issued condition.

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A nice 1934 dated not so often seen personalized shoe brush

This is a nice personal item you will not so often seen. It's a nice 1934 dated personalized shoe brush. These personal items were mostly standard issued or they could be purchased from the NAAFI store. This example was made by C.W.S. MAKE and was owend by a soldier with the number 5724731. A nice litte personal item.

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A good Canadian made The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment cap badge

This is a nice example of a Canadian made The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment cap badge. During the Second World War, the regiment was first stationed in Woodstock, New Brunswick and then Sussex, New Brunswick. When it shipped overseas, it was initially stationed in Liverpool, after that it moved to Scotland near the castle of the Duke of Argyll. On June 6, 1944, the regiment participated in the landing on Juno Beach, landing on Nan Red sector and losing nearly 50 men. On June 10, it liberated the town of Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, Calvados. Newsreel footage of the North Shore Regiment landing under fire taken by the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit became one of the most-used film depictions of the Allied D-Day landing. It helped clear the coast of France in late August and early September 1944, then it advanced into the Netherlands, taking part in the Battle of the Scheldt. It fought in Breskens Pocket in flooded fields and harsh conditions. After the Scheldt, it moved onto the rest of the Netherlands, fighting near the Bergsche Maas River at Kapelsche Veer. In February 1945, it moved into Germany via amphibious landing. It fought in the Rhineland, the Hochwald, but then it doubled-back to the Netherlands and conquered the Twente Canal, and liberated Zutphen where it met its most brutal urban fighting since Caen. It then moved back into Germany in April, and it ended the war on German soil. On 1 June 1945, a second Active Force component of the regiment was mobilized for service with the Canadian Army Occupation Force in Germany, as the 3rd Battalion, The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment, CIC, CAOF. The battalion disbanded on 13 April 1946.

Code: 51376Price: 35.00 EUR


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A nice un-issued and mid war period standard British parachute qualification wing

This a fine example of a standard British made mid war period parachute qualification wing. The parachute qualification wing was introduced in early 1941 for everyone who had passed the Parachute Training school located at Ringway near Manchester Airport. These wings came in different shapes and sizes. The parachute qualification wing was issued after the soldier had qualified for them after 8 jumps. 2 from a balloon and 6 from a aircraft. This wing is in a nicely un-issued condition.

Code: 51375Price: 65.00 EUR


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A nice single right facing embroided Airborne 'Pegasus' Division shoulder formation sign

This is a neat example of a -albeit regrettably single - right facing Airborne 'Pegasus' Division formation sign. First introduced in 1942 and designed by Major E.Seago based on the Greek saga of the winged horse Pegasus and his rider Bellerophon. This example is in a perfect issued condition and these patches are harder to find these days.

Code: 51374Price: 60.00 EUR


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A nice 1944 dated not so often seen personalized shoe brush

This is a nice personal item you will not so often seen. It's a nice 1944 dated personalized shoe brush. These personal items were mostly standard issued or they could be purchased from the NAAFI store. This example was made by Kent Admy and was owend by D.Randall. A nice litte personal item.

Code: 51373Price: 15.00 EUR


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A nice British printed made Canadian shoulder title to The Calgary Regiment

This is a nice example of A nice British made Canadian shoulder title to The Calgary Regiment. When the Canadian Armoured Corps was created, the Calgary Regiment lost its status as an infantry regiment and transferred to the new corps. A reserve regiment remained in Calgary. The regiment was composed of 400 members of the reserve battalion, drawing also from reinforcement personnel from the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada and the Loyal Edmonton Regiment. The original 'A' Squadron was drawn from Olds and district, 'B' Squadron from Stettler area, 'C' Squadron from Red Deer, and Headquarters from Calgary, High River, and Okotoks district. In March 1941 the regiment moved to Camp Borden, becoming part of the First Army Tank Brigade and in June 1941 sailed for Great Britain. Matilda tanks were initially used on the Salisbury Plains, but these were replaced later in the year by the first manufactured Churchills. The overseas unit trained on various vehicles in Canada and the United Kingdom, and in August 1942 took the Churchill tank into battle for the first time at Dieppe. The unit was rebuilt after the raid, having left large numbers of tanks and crews behind. A notable casualty was Lieutenant Colonel "Johnny" Andrews, who was killed in action. In late February 1945 the regiment was moved to Leghorn and embarked to Marseilles, France, where it moved by rail to the North-West Europe theatre. The regiment moved to the Reichswald Forest and on 12 April 1945 fought in the Second Battle of Arnhem, supporting the 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division to Ede, the Netherlands. The regiment's final actions of the Second World War were in support of the 1st Belgium Brigade in clearing the resistance between the Nederrijn and Waal Rivers. When the overseas unit returned to Canada in 1945, it was disbanded, and the Calgary Regiment continued its service as a reserve armoured unit. The shoulder title is in a good condition.

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A perfect matching set of British made late war period Le Regiment de la Chaudiere shoulder titles

I was lucky enough to find this perfect matching set of British made late war period Le Regiment de la Chaudiere shoulder titles. Le Régiment de la Chaudière (Mitrailleuses) mobilized Le Régiment de la Chaudière (Mitrailleuses), CASF on 1 September 1939. It was redesignated as Le Régiment de la Chaudière, CASF on 24 May 1940; and as the 1st Battalion, Le Régiment de la Chaudière, CASF on 7 November 1940. It embarked for Great Britain on 21 July 1941. On D-Day, 6 June 1944, it landed in Normandy, France as a part of the 8th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, and it continued to fight in North West Europe until the end of the war. The overseas battalion was disbanded on 15 January 1946. This set is in a perfect un-issued condition.

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