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Out of print book : Some talk of private armies by Len Whittaker

This is a excellent copy of Some talk of private armies by Len Whittaker published in 1984 by the Harpenden based company of Albanium Publishing. More than 30 other clandestine units which abjured anything likely to advertise themselves or their activities, are also mentioned in the narrative.

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A nice un-issued British made South Saskatchewan Regiment, 2nd Division shoulder title

This is a good example of a un-issued British made South Saskatchewan Regiment, 2nd Division shoulder title. The South Saskatchewan Regiment landed on Normandy’s Juno beach on D-day, June 6, 1944. After putting up fierce resistance for two months in Normandy, German forces fell back to defensive positions on their own frontier and in the Low Countries. The Canadians were assigned the job of clearing ports on the English Channel. In doing so, they encountered tenacious German counter-attacks, particularly around the Belgian port of Antwerp. Liberating Antwerp shortened the Allies supply lines; they were almost immediately able to throw themselves against the imposing Sigfried Line and to reach the German industrial heartland along the Rhine. Once the Rhine was reached, the Canadians turned to liberate Holland. At war’s end, the toll of the Saskatchewan dead read 3,880. This single shoulder title is in perfect and un-issued condition.

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A good typical British made Canadian Royal Hamilton Light Infantry embroided shoulder title

This is a neat example of a typical British made Canadian Royal Hamilton Light Infantry embroided shoulder title. The regiment mobilised the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, CASF for active service on 1 September 1939. It was redesignated as the 1st Battalion, the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, CASF on 7 November 1940. It embarked for Britain on 22 July 1940. The battalion took part in Operation Jubilee on 19 August 1942. (General Denis Whitaker, who fought as a captain with the RHLI at Dieppe, in a 1989 interview stated, “The defeat cleared out all the dead weight. It was the best thing that ever happed to the regiment.” The RHLI returned to France on 5 July 1944 as part of the 4th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, and continued to fight in North-West Europe until the end of the war. The overseas battalion was subsequently disbanded on 31 December 1945.This example is in a perfect un-issued condition.

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A nice Canadian/British made Canadian Queens Own Rifles of Canada cap badge

This is a good example of a Canadian/British made Canadian Queens Own Rifles of Canada cap badge. For the Invasion of Normandy, the regiment landed in Normandy, France as part of the 8th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division. The first major combat operations were on D-day June 6, 1944. The Queen's Own Rifles landed on "Nan" sector of Juno Beach and with the support of tanks of the Fort Garry Horse captured the strategic seaside resort town of Bernières-sur-Mer. The battalion fought its way to its D-Day objective – the village of Anisy 13.5 km (8.4 mi) inland, the only Regiment to reach its assigned objective that day. The QOR had the highest casualties amongst the Canadian regiments, with 143 killed, wounded or captured. As well as losses in the initial landing, the reserve companies' landing craft struck mines as they approached the beach. In the battle for Caen, the QOR – as part of the 8th Infantry Brigade – participated in Operation Windsor to capture the airfield at Carpiquet which was defended by a detachment from the 12th SS Panzer-Division Hitler Jugend. The Germans inflicted heavy casualties and Panzer-grenadiers attempted to recapture the village. During the war, 463 riflemen were killed in action and almost 900 were wounded as they fought through Normandy, Northern France, and into Belgium and the Netherlands, where they liberated the crucial Channel ports.

Code: 51389Price: 30.00 EUR


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A nice World War Two Royal Navy Combined Operations arm badge in yellow

I was lucky enough to find last week three identical right facing World War Two Royal Navy Combined Operations arm badges in yellow. These badges were worn by Royal Navy Commandos such as Combined Operations Pilotage Parties (COPPs), Obstacle Clearance Units (LCOCUs) and Royal Navy Parachutist. I can offer them for an atractive price (they are of course priced per single piece!). Please do note that this item does not show 'sold' before the last item has been sold.

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A nice wartime British made Belgium Free Army forces ramping lion beret badge

This is a neat example of a good British made Belgium Free Army forces ramping lion beret badge. In 1940, Belgian pre-war émigrés and former soldiers who had escaped occupied Belgium were formed into units within the British military which later fought in the European and Mediterranean Theatres. These included an infantry formation, which later became the Brigade Piron, as well as Commando and paratroop units. Belgians also served in the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, serving in Belgian-only units as well as in majority-British units. Significant numbers of soldiers from the Belgian Congo fought on the Allied side against the Italians in East Africa. After the liberation of Belgium in September 1944, the Free Belgian forces formed the foundations of the new Belgian army. This badge is in a nice issued condition and comes with it's original cutter pin and has most of it's orginal gilding still present.

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A perfect un-issued British made North Shore Regiment New Brunswick shoulder title

This is a good example of a un-issued embroided British made Canadian North Shore Regiment New Brunswick shoulder title. 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. This example is in a perfect un-issued condition. Hard to ugrade.

Code: 51385Price: 40.00 EUR


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A nice un-issued late war period Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry white on red embroided shoulder title

This is a neat example of a nice un-issued late war period Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry white on red embroided shoulder title. The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry was a light infantry regiment of the British Army that existed from 1881 until 1958, serving in the Second Boer War, World War I and World War II. The 2nd Battalion, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry returned to England in July 1940, after having served in British India and Burma for the last eighteen years. The battalion, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel L.W. Giles, became part of the 31st Independent Brigade Group, serving alongside 1st Battalion, Border Regiment, 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment and 1st Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles, all Regular Army battalions, the latter two having also served in British India before the war.

In October 1941 the battalion, together with the rest of the 31st Brigade, was re-roled as an airborne, specifically as glider infantry, and the 31st Brigade was redesignated the 1st Airlanding Brigade and became part of the 1st Airborne Division. In mid-1943 it was transferred, along with the 1st Royal Ulster Rifles, to become part of the 6th Airlanding Brigade in 6th Airborne Division. The 2nd Ox and Bucks were due to take part in the invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky); however in April 1943 the battalion was advised that the 1st Airborne and not the 6th Airborne were to be deployed in the landings. As part of Operation Deadstick just before the landings on D-Day on 6 June 1944, D Company commanded by Major John Howard as well as 30 Royal Engineers and men of the Glider Pilot Regiment (a total of 181 men), were to land in six Horsa gliders to capture the vital structure which became known as Pegasus Bridge over the Caen Canal and the bridge over the Orne River which became known as Horsa Bridge and was east of Pegasus. Their capture was intended to secure the eastern flank to prevent German armour from reaching the British 3rd Infantry Division that was due to commence landing on Sword Beach at 07:25hrs. This example is in a perfect and un-issued condition.

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A nice full matching set of serif type lettering Royal Signals shoulder titles

This is a neat example of a nice full matching set of serif type lettering Royal Signals shoulder titles. These Royal Signals shoulder titles replaced the Royal Corps of Signals titles during mid 1944. This nice set with a cheese cloth backing is in a nicely used removed from uniform condition. Difficult to find.

Code: 51383Price: 70.00 EUR


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A nice red on black embroided Royal Navy shoulder title

I was lucky enough to find four single red on black embroided Royal Navy shoulder titles. I'am not sure about the period. I can offer them for an atractive price (they are of course priced per single piece!). Please do note that this item does not show 'sold' before the last item has been sold.

Code: 51382Price: 6.00 EUR

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