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I Flew for the Fuhrer, The Story of a German Fighter Pilot, Heinz Knoke .
With an amazing 35 autographs of American, German, British and Russian Fighter Aces, personally signed in the 1950's. Heinz Knoke (24 March 1921 – 18 May 1993) was a World War II Luftwaffe flying ace. He is credited with 33 confirmed aerial victories, all claimed over the Western theatre of operations, and claimed a further 19 unconfirmed kills in over 2,000 flights. His total included 19 heavy bombers of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Autographs of and including Hitler's personal pilot Hans Baur, General Adolf Galland, British hero Bob Stanford-Tuck, Johnnie Johnson [Air Vice Marshal James Edgar Johnson, CB, CBE, DSO & Two Bars, DFC & Bar, nicknamed "Johnnie"], and American hero Jimmy Doolittle. Translated by John Ewing, with an Introduction by Lieutenant General E.R. Quesada, 4th printing, New York, 1955, portrait frontispiece and black & white plates from photos, a total of 35 ink signatures of German and some British and US WWII pilots to front endpapers, half-title, frontispiece recto and title verso, each with neat pencil name identification beside, original cloth, a little spotted and rubbed, spine slightly browned, dust jacket, a little rubbed and soiled.
Signatures include Dieter Harbak, Wolfgang Schenk, Hans Joachim Jabe, Gunther Rall, Walter Schuck, Wolfgang Falck, Adolf Galland, Eric Hartmann, Kurt Buhligen, Gerhard Schopfel, Dennis David, Brian Kingcome, John Cunningham, Desmond Hughes, Bob Stanford-Tuck, Geoffrey Page, Walter Krupinski, Hannes Trautloft, Hajo Herrmann, Heinz Marquarot, Adolf Borchers, Hans Baur (Hitler's pilot), Robert S. Johnson, Leonides Maximciuc and Jimmy Doolittle.
James Harold Doolittle (December 14, 1896 – September 27, 1993) was an American aviation pioneer. A Reserve officer in the United States Army Air Corps, Doolittle was recalled to active duty during World War II. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for personal valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid, a bold long-range retaliatory air raid on the Japanese main islands, on 18 April 1942, four months after the Attack on Pearl Harbor. He was eventually promoted to lieutenant general and commanded the Twelfth Air Force over North Africa, the Fifteenth Air Force over the Mediterranean, and the Eighth Air Force over Europe.Following the reorganization of the Army Air Corps into the USAAF in June 1941, Doolittle was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on January 2, 1942, and assigned to Army Air Forces Headquarters to plan the first retaliatory air raid on the Japanese homeland. He volunteered for and received General H.H. Arnold's approval to lead the top secret attack of 16 B-25 medium bombers from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, with targets in Tokyo, Kobe, Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya. On April 18, Doolittle's and his 16 B-25 crews took off from the Hornet, reached Japan, and bombed their targets. Fifteen of the planes then headed for their recovery airfield in China, while one crew chose to land in Russia due to their bomber's unusually high fuel consumption. As did most of the other crewmen who participated in the one-way mission, Doolittle and his crew bailed out safely over China when their B-25 ran out of fuel. By then, they had been flying for about 12 hours, it was nighttime, the weather was stormy, and Doolittle was unable to locate their landing field. Doolittle came down in a rice paddy (saving a previously injured ankle from breaking) near Chuchow (Quzhou). He and his crew linked up after the bailout and were helped through Japanese lines by Chinese guerrillas and American missionary John Birch. Other aircrews were not so fortunate, although most eventually reached safety with the help of friendly Chinese. Seven crew members lost their lives, four as a result of being captured by the Japanese and three due to an aircraft crash or while parachuting. Doolittle thought he would be court martialed due to having to launch the raid ahead of schedule after being spotted by Japanese patrol boats.

Doolittle went on to fly more combat missions as commander of the 12th Air Force in North Africa, for which he was awarded four Air Medals. The other surviving members of the Doolittle raid also went on to new assignments.

Doolittle received the Medal of Honor from President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House for planning and leading his raid on Japan. Ivan Nikitovich Kozhedub [ June 8, 1920 – August 8, 1991] was a Soviet military aviator and a World War II fighter ace. Kozhedub took a part in the Korean War as a commander of the 324th Fighter Air Division. He is credited with 64 +2 (P-51) individual air victories, most of them flying the Lavochkin La-5 – the top scoring fighter pilot on the Allied side during World War II. He is one of the few pilots to have shot down a Messerschmitt Me 262 jet. He was made a Hero of the Soviet Union on three occasions (4 February 1944; 19 August 1944; 18 August 1945).

Code: 21009Price: 1400.00 GBP


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The Story of the George Cross, 1st edition, 17 VC Winners & 21 George Cross
Winners Autographs. Written by John Smyth .
The Story of the George Cross, with a Foreword by Air Vice-Marshal Sir Laurence Sinclair, 1st edition, 1968,
colour frontispiece and black & white plates from photos, a few little marks and stains, some annotations, several large red ink stamps of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Collection of Kenneth Williams, upper hinge cracked, numerous signatures mostly to preliminary leaves and endpapers at front and rear, original cloth (rubbed) in chipped dust jacket,
This simply amazing and unique historical collection of original autographs are simple unrepeatable. The autographs include 17 VC winners and 21 George Cross winners plus various frontiersmen. The VC winners' autographs include David Ross Lauder, Bhanbhagta Gurungn, Lachliman Gurungn, Harry Nicholls, Janju Lama, Albert Hill, Rambahadur Limba (twice), William Butler, Edgar Myles, Jackie Smyth, Richard Annand, Charles Upham and William McNally. The George Cross winners' autographs include Stuart Archer (twice), Dennis Copperwheat, Fred Anderson, Leon Goldsworthy, Walter Arnold, Anthony Cobham, Alfred Lungley, Frank Naughton, Nandlal Thapa, Reg Rimmer, Edwin Crossley, Richard Blackburn, Daphne Pearson and Ernest Elston. The story of the VC award to Lt.John ‘Jackie’ Smyth VC. On 18 May 1915 at Festubert on the Western Front, the British were struggling to hold a captured German trench known as the ‘Glory Hole’. At 3.30pm Lieutenant John ‘Jackie’ Smyth of the 15th Ludhiana Sikhs was ordered to venture out across open ground to deliver some much-needed ammunition.

Having watched the horrific consequences of two previous attempts, Smyth faced the daunting prospect of asking for volunteers to undertake the mission. In Smyth’s own words ‘the proudest moment of my life was that every man said he wanted to go’.

Accompanied by ten Sikh volunteers, Smyth had to cover a distance of about 230 metres over open ground, exposed to machine-gun fire and enemy snipers. The men were said to have resorted to dragging the heavy ammunition boxes using their pagris (turbans) through mud, water and past the bodies of their fallen comrades.

Eight of the ten Sikhs were killed or wounded in the action. But, against all odds, Lieutenant Smyth, with the aid of Lance-Naik Mangal Singh and Sepoy Lal Singh, successfully delivered the bombs and the trench was held. Inside the dust jacket liner is a handwritten note by its second owner who purchased it in 2004 for £600.

Code: 21008Price: 1100.00 GBP


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A Very Good Pair Of German WW2 E. Leitz of Wetzel Binoculars
In leather carrying case. Individual focusing eyepieces. Alloy frame with original black paint. Leather covered body. Original neck strap. Maker marked by Leitz, magnification 6 x L25, 150 - 8,5 degrees. Some service wear paint losses to frame. A pattern as used by all the major services, SS division personnel, Panzer officer's etc. Each eye piece focuses individually. The lenses provide a super sharp, bright, clear view. A photo of SS-Untersturmführer Franz-Josef Kneipp in the gallery wearing his service binoculars of the same type. They work very well will nice clear optics and focusing.

Code: 21007Price: 375.00 GBP


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Baa Baa Black Sheep, 1st edition New York 1958, 24 Knights Cross Autographs
By Gregory 'Pappy' Boyington. Medal of Honor, Navy Cross. Also with American aces autographs.
Portrait frontispiece, 24 mostly German Knight's Cross winner autographs to half-title verso, frontispiece recto, title verso and dedication pages, signatures include Hajo Herrmann, Kurt Buhligen, Herman Graf, Herbert Ihlefeld, Walter Schuch, Gunther Rall, Johannes Steinhoff, Pappy Boyngton, Saburo Sakai, Eric Hartmann, Leonidas Maximcivc, Frans Kieslich, Adolf Galland, John Bolt, Jimmy Doolittle and A.G. Coons (Boyngton's mechanic), some paper thinning from name erasure to half-title recto, original cloth in dust jacket, a little chipped, soiled and creased, John Franklin Bolt (19 May 1921 – 8 September 2004) was a naval aviator in the United States Marine Corps and a decorated flying ace who served during World War II and the Korean War. He remains the only U.S. Marine to achieve ace status in two wars and was also the only Marine jet fighter ace. He rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel during his military career. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington (December 4, 1912 – January 11, 1988) was an American combat pilot who was a United States Marine Corps fighter ace during World War II. He received both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. Hans-Joachim "Hajo" Herrmann (1 August 1913 – 5 November 2010) was a Luftwaffe bomber pilot. In World War II, he was a high-ranking and influential member of the Luftwaffe and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Sub-Lieutenant Saburo Sakai 25 August 1916 – 22 September 2000 was a Japanese naval aviator and flying ace of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.
Sakai had 28 aerial victories (including shared) by official Japanese records, while his autobiography Samurai!, co-written by Martin Caidin and Fred Saito, claims 64 aerial victories

Code: 21006Price: 995.00 GBP


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Simply Beautiful Shinto Wakazashi Signed Katsutsugu
Circa 1650, with original Edo shakudo mounts, including signed kodzuke decorated with a flying crane and full moon, and its signed kodzuka blade bears an horimono, the signed fushi is decorated with a superb cockerel with fine shakudo plumage, the kogai is inlaid with silver scrolls representing clouds. Original Edo lacquer saya of the finest quality decorated with tiny rectangular slices of abilone shell over black lacquer and beneath clear lacquer. The blade is grey and should be repolished to show its true beauty. The tsuba is chisseled with a nanako ground and deep relief takebori carved flower heads in silver and gold. Wakizashi have been in use as far back as the 15th or 16th century. The wakizashi was used as a backup or auxiliary sword; it was also used for close quarters fighting, and also to behead a defeated opponent and sometimes to commit ritual suicide. The wakizashi was one of several short swords available for use by samurai including the yoroi toshi, the chisa-katana and the tanto. The term wakizashi did not originally specify swords of any official blade length and was an abbreviation of "wakizashi no katana" ("sword thrust at one's side"); the term was applied to companion swords of all sizes. It was not until the Edo period in 1638 when the rulers of Japan tried to regulate the types of swords and the social groups which were allowed to wear them that the lengths of katana and wakizashi were officially set

Code: 21003Price: 5450.00 GBP


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Memoirs of Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz. Signed 1st English Edition
Autographed by Grand Admiral Doenitz, second and last Fuhrer of Third Reich Germany. Published by Wildenfield & Nicolson in 1959 (First German edition published in 1958). Good binding, clean pages overall, a little bumping to top and bottom of spine. Signature in blue ink of Doenitz is on a 'Doenitz memoirs' autograph plate. Small staining to front and rear linen hardback cover. Doenitz was born in Berlin-Grenau on 16th September, 1891. He enlisted as a sea cadet in 1910 and after naval training was commissioned as an officer in the German Navy in 1913.

During the First World War Doenitz served on a cruiser in the Mediterranean before being transferred to submarines in October 1916. He was captured on 4th October 1918 and remained a prisoner of war until July 1919.

Doenitz remained in the German Navy and in 1935 was put in charge of the new U-Boats being developed. However he clashed with Hermann Goering who was unwilling to supply the necessary capital to spend on the navy. Doenitz said that he needed 1,000 submarines to win any future war with Britain but by 1939 he had only 57.

At the beginning of the war the German Navy was equipped with the 750-ton Type VII U-boat. These proved too small for Atlantic operations and larger long-range types were later introduced. Doenitz developed the idea of fighting in wolf packs. Between 1940 and 1943 U-boats took a heavy toll of Allied shipping in the Atlantic, Arctic and the Mediterranean.

In January, 1943 Adolf Hitler sacked Erich Raeder and appointed Doenitz as Commander in chief of the German Navy.

The Allies gradually began to introduce successful anti-submarine strategies. This included the convoy system, long-range aircraft patrols, improved antisubmarine detectors and depth charges. By May 1943 German U-Boats were forced to withdraw from the Atlantic.

Doenitz gave permission for a radically improved U-boat to be built in 1944. Working closely with Albert Speer, the Minister of Armaments, Germany were producing 42 of these all-electric boats a month by 1945. However, they were too late to make an impact on the outcome of the Second World War.

Adolf Hitler selected Doenitz to become head of state after his suicide on 30th April, 1945. After forming a new government he negotiated Germany's surrender on 8th May.

At the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial Doenitz was found guilty of war crimes and was sentenced to ten years in prison. After his release in October, 1956, he wrote his autobiography, Memoirs: Ten Years and Twenty Days (1959).

Karl Doenitz died on 24th December, 1980.

Code: 21002Price: 675.00 GBP


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A Superb Ancient Japanese [Nodachi] Katana Engraved With Buddhist Bonji
Blade around 650 years old, formerly a Nodachi [an early samurai warriors so called 'great sword']. Simple yet very fine shakudo fittings and a Koto period o sukashi tuba in iron of the same age as the blade. The original Edo period silk tsuke-ito [hilt binding] is wrapped over a patinated copper dragon fly menuki and a flower menuki. The blade is is Edo polish and shows a superb grain in the hada and a thin irregular sugaha hamon. The bonji horimono under the tsuke is the Buddist symbol of Fudo Myoo 'Almighty Strength, Middle Guard' , the the other horimono, is Kongoyasha Myoo, " Power, North Guardian". Bonji were in use since the late Kamakura period [the 1300's]. Before that religious inscriptions were made in Chinese, but with the spreading Shingon-Buddhism Sanscrit became popular.
Sanskrit characters (or rather pictograhs) used on swords are called Bonji or Shuji. They are readings of the various incarnations of Buddha. Very slight signs of old battle wear. Odachi were extremely long and very rare swords, used in battle in the ancient warring days. This sword is an absolute beauty, both ancient and enchanting, and fitted with stunning Edo mounts of simple but super quality. The original Edo period saya simple black lacquer. The tang has three intersperced mekugiana, the current one being several inches from the others, which would indicate it was an incredibly long sword, a nodachi or odachi. To qualify as an odachi, the sword in question must have had an original blade length over 3 shaku (35.79 inches or 90.91 cm). However, as with most terms in Japanese sword arts, there is no exact definition of the size of an odachi. The odachi's importance died off after the Siege of Osaka of 1615 (the final battle between Tokugawa Ieyasu and Toyotomi Hideyori). The Bakufu government set a law which prohibited holding swords above a set length (in Genna 3 (1617), Kan'ei 3 (1626) and Shoho2 (1645)).
After the law was put into practice, odachi were cut down to the shorter legal size. This is one of the reasons why odachi are so rare.

Since then many odachi were shortened to use as katana, we feel this may well have been when this blade was shortened. Odachi [or Nodachi] were very difficult to produce because their length makes heat treatment in a traditional way more complicated: The longer a blade is, the more difficult (or expensive) it is to heat the whole blade to a homogenous temperature, both for annealing and to reach the hardening temperature. The quenching process then needs a bigger quenching medium because uneven quenching might lead to warping the blade.

The method of polishing is also different. Because of their size, Odachi were usually hung from the ceiling or placed in a stationary position to be polished, unlike normal swords which are moved over polishing stones. Due to the official instruction to limit the size of swords surviving full length No-dachi effectively no longer exist in the general collecting world. The Kamakura period [ Kamakura jidai 1185–1333] is a period of Japanese history that marks the governance by the Kamakura shogunate, officially established in 1192 in Kamakura by the first shogun, Minamoto no Yoritomo. The period is known for the emergence of the samurai, the warrior caste, and for the establishment of feudalism in Japan.

The Kamakura period ended in 1333 with the destruction of the shogunate and the short reestablishment of imperial rule under Emperor Go-Daigo by Ashikaga Takauji, Nitta Yoshisada, and Kusunoki Masashige. The Kamakura period marks the transition to land-based economies and a concentration of advanced military technologies in the hands of a specialized fighting class. Lords required the loyal services of vassals, who were rewarded with fiefs of their own. The fief holders exercised local military rule. 29.5 inch blade from tsuba to tip.

Code: 21001Price: 5295.00 GBP


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Fabulous 19th Century Officer's Gilt & Silver Buckle, Belt 78th Highlanders
Bearing the battle honour of 1806 'Maida', 'Assaye' and 'Java' and the Indian Maida Elephant. On its original leather and silver bullion thistle pattern leather belt. The bullion is gilded solid silver wire, sown around a silk core, and stitched with incredible skill into a stunning Scottish thistle pattern into Morrocco leather. The belt was worn around his red tunic and used to attach the officers basket hilted sword and his dirk. The regiment was known as the 78th Highland Regiment of Foot and then later named the Seaforth Highlanders. The 78th (Highlanders) Regiment of Foot was a Highland Infantry Regiment of the Line, raised in 1793. Under the Childers Reforms it amalgamated with 72nd Regiment, Duke of Albany's Own Highlanders to form the Seaforth Highlanders in 1881. In the Napoleonic Wars the 2nd battalion embarked for the Italy and took part in the Battle of Maida in July 1806 It also took part in the Alexandia Expedition in spring 1807. Three companies of the regiment were captured at Al Hamed near Rosetta: among the prisoners was Thomas Keith who converted to Islam and entered Ottoman service. The battalion then took part in the disastrous Walcheren Campaign in autumn 1809. The battalion embarked for Holland in 1813 and took part in a skirmish at Merksem in January 1814. The battalion returned home in 1815 and the two battalions amalgamated again in 1816. It embarked for India again in April 1842 for service in the First Anglo-Afghan War. While at Sindh, largely due to cholera, the regiment lost two officers, 496 soldiers and 171 women and children between September 1844 and March 1845. It then moved to Persia in January 1857 and took part in the Battle of Khushab in February 1857 during the Anglo-Persian War.
The regiment returned to India in May 1857 to help suppress the Indian Rebellion. It took part in the recapture of Cawnpore in July 1857 and then took part in the reinforcement of Lucknow strongly defending the residency until it was relieved in November 1857. The regiment won eight Victoria Crosses during the campaign and its role at Lucknow was commemorated by poets such as John Greenleaf Whittier and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The regiment returned home in September 1859. Buckle size 6cm x 4.3cm

Code: 21000Price: 745.00 GBP


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A Superb Victorian Officers Silver Buckle & Belt of London Scottish Regt.
On original leather hide belt with silver officer's buckle in superb condition and quality. In 1859 the London Scottish Rifle Volunteers were raised, sponsored by the Highland Society and the Caledonian Society of London, and commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Elcho. The soldiers were given a uniform of homespun cloth known as Hodden Grey to avoid inter-clan rivalry and kilts today are still made of this distinctive material.
During the Boer War, the Regiment supplied contingents of Volunteers who served with the Gordon Highlanders and those links survive still. In 1908 the Volunteer Force ceased to exist and became the Territorial Force. The 7th Middlesex (London Scottish) Volunteer Rifle Corps changed its name to the 14th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (London Scottish).
The 1st Battalion was mobilised on 5 August 1914 and was the first Territorial battalion to go into action against the Germans at Messines, near Ypres on 31 October. The Battalion continued to serve in France and Flanders throughout the War taking part in all the major offensives. The 2nd Battalion served in France, the Balkans and Palestine, while a 3rd Battalion was a Reserve Battalion and supplied drafts to the other two. Two Victoria Crosses and nineteen Distinguished Service Orders were awarded to members of the Regiment.

Code: 20999Price: 395.00 GBP


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Good and Stout Early Broadsword Blade, Possibly a Landsknecht Arming Sword
Supposedly a schloss's armoury stored sword blade from the Grand Tour period, where the hilt has been removed for remounting. Long tang in well preserved condition. Midsection russetting and some edge losses through age. A superbly powerful blade, ideal to add to restore an early suitable hilt lacking its blade, or, as a collectors display piece. Probably a short arming sword blade also know as a katzbalger. It is a side-arm, often used by pikemen, archers, and crossbowmen as a last resort if the enemy were to draw too close for bows or pikes to be effective.

Mostly a cutting sword, the rounded tip is ill-suited to thrusting, while the flat, broad blade is specialized for cutting. As with other similar cutting-centric arming swords, it can still be used for thrusting, but it would make a mighty and fearsome cutting blade. There are several different explanations about the origin of the name "Katzbalger": one is that it comes from the custom of carrying a sword without a scabbard, held only by a cat's skin (German word Katze means "cat", while Balg means the skin (fur) of an animal. Katzbalger means a piece made of a cat’s skin).

Another theory is that the word derives from balgen (brawling), and refers to intense, close-quarter combat like fights between feral cats. The most common translation is "cat-gutter", with an allusion to cat fight. Most likely from the renaissance era, When the Renaissance began, warfare was entering a great era of changes. The upbringing of firearms made heavy armour less useful, and techniques adapted. The landsknechts were one of the most recognizable trained units because of their gear: multi-coloured puffed sleeves, gigantic berets and some of the most iconic weapons of the time.

Between lances and zweihanders, landsknecht all used a much shorter sword, whose guard aided in parrying: the Katzbalger. Worn without a scabbard, it could be drawn quickly when dire times came, like when their walls of lances were rendered inefficient. It's thanks to their great training, discipline and iconic weaponry, like the Katzbalger, that these military men are still remembered today. The primary value of the Grand Tour, it was believed, lay in the exposure both to the cultural legacy of classical antiquity and the Renaissance, and to the aristocratic and fashionably polite society of the European continent. In essence, the Grand Tour was neither a scholar's pilgrimage nor a religious one, though a pleasurable stay in Venice and a cautious residence in Rome were essential. Catholic Grand Tourists followed the same routes as Protestant Whigs. Since the 17th century, a tour to such places was also considered essential for budding young artists to understand proper painting and sculpture techniques, though the trappings of the Grand Tour—valets and coachmen, perhaps a cook, certainly a "bear-leader" or scholarly guide—were beyond their reach. The advent of popular guides, such as the Richardsons', did much to popularise such trips, and following the artists themselves, the elite considered travel to such centres as necessary rites of passage. For gentlemen, some works of art were essential to demonstrate the breadth and polish they had received from their tour: in Rome, antiquaries like Thomas Jenkins provided access to private collections of antiquities, among which enough proved to be for sale that the English market raised the price of such things, and for coins and medals, which formed more portable souvenirs and a respected gentleman's guide to ancient history. Pompeo Batoni made a career of painting the English milord posed with graceful ease among Roman antiquities. Many continued on to Naples, where they viewed Herculaneum and Pompeii, but few ventured far into southern Italy or Malta, and fewer still to Greece, still under Turkish rule.

27.5 inches long overall, 2.3 inches wide at its widest. Weight approx. 2 Pounds

Code: 20998Price: 785.00 GBP

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