WW1 / WW2 / 20th Century

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A Stunning WW1 1914 Saxe Meinigen Silver Merit Medal Group Including Order of The Crown For Members Of The Kaiser’s Royal Household.

A Stunning WW1 1914 Saxe Meinigen Silver Merit Medal Group Including Order of The Crown For Members Of The Kaiser’s Royal Household.

Four medals in superb order with original silk ribbon suspension on a single bar.Circular silver medal with original loop for ribbon suspension, the face with the head of Grand Duke Wilhelm Ernst in relief facing left, circumscribed Wilhelm Ernst Grossherzog Von Sachsen; the reverse inscribed Dem Verdienste 1914 (for Merit 1914) Only a few thousand awards of the decoration were made in total and it is comparatively rare, especially in silver. The Prussian 1897 Centenary Medal (Zentenarmedaille) was officially titled the Medaille zur Erinnerung an des Hochseligen Kaisers und K?nigs Wilhelm I., des Grossen, Majesty, to honor the 100th Birthday of Kaiser Wilhelm I. It was established by Kaiser Wilhelm II (Kaiser Wilhelm I's grandson) through a Royal Order effective 22 March 1897 and was given to all active duty Imperial German military personnel and veterans of the wars of 1848, 1864, 1866, and 1870-1871. .

Circular gilt bronze medal with loop for ribbon suspension; the face with the royal crown centrally, circumscribed Treue Dienste Reserve Landwehr (Faithful Service Reserve and Territorial Army); the reverse inscribed Landwehr Dienstaus-zeichnung II. Klass (Reserve and Territorial Army Service Award, II class); Prussian Order of the Crown Medal. Founded in 1861 instituted in 1888 an order mainly for members of the Kaisers royal household.  read more

Code: 20371

345.00 GBP

An Excellent German 1940 K98 Bayonet with All Its Original Blue to the Blade and Hilt

An Excellent German 1940 K98 Bayonet with All Its Original Blue to the Blade and Hilt

Bayonet and blade in 5 Star plus condition, the scabbard has denting but the bayonet fits and extracts perfectly.
Good maker markings by E.F.Horster and blade dated 1940, with considerable number of Swastika waffenamt markings. A bayonet for the standard Mauser arm used by the Heer Army, Kriegsmarine Navy, used before and during the allied liberation of France, and subsequently the whole of the enslaved Western Europe, until, finally, the capture of Berlin by the Red Army. The Karabiner 98 kurz (German; "carbine 98 short", often abbreviated Kar98k or K98k and often incorrectly referred to as a "K98" (which was a Polish Carbine), is a bolt-action rifle chambered for the 7.92 ×57mm Mauser cartridge that was adopted on 21 June 1935 as the standard service rifle by the German Wehrmacht. It was one of the final developments in the long line of Mauser military rifles. Although supplemented by semi- and fully automatic rifles during World War II, it remained the primary German service rifle until the end of the war in 1945. Sold to over 18s only.  read more

Code: 24825

245.00 GBP

A Very Good WW2 'Chindit' Ghurkha Kukri of the 9th Ghurkha Rifles. In Excellent Condition for Age, in Original Belt Frog

A Very Good WW2 'Chindit' Ghurkha Kukri of the 9th Ghurkha Rifles. In Excellent Condition for Age, in Original Belt Frog

The 9th Ghurkha Rifles were part of 16th Brigade in 1944. On 5 February 1944, Fergusson's 16th Brigade left Ledo for Burma. They avoided Japanese forces by traversing exceptionally difficult terrain. The rest of the Brigades were brought in by air to create fortified bases with airstrips.

"Ayo Gorkali" The Gurkha Battle Call "The Gurkhas Are Coming!" Field Marshall Manekshaw once said, " If someone says he does not fear death, then he is either telling a lie or he is a Gurkha".
The Gukhas are probably the finest and bravest, combat soldiers in the world, and universally agreed as the most feared, with legendary loyalty to the British Crown.

600 sorties by Dakota transport aircraft transferred 9,000 men to the landing zones. Chowringhee was abandoned once the fly-in was completed, but Broadway was held with a garrison which included field artillery, anti-aircraft guns and even a detachment of six Mk.VIII Spitfires of No.81 Squadron RAF from 12 March to 17 March. On 17 March they were attacked during take-off by Japanese Ki-43 'Oscars'. S/L William 'Babe' Whitamore and F/O Alan M Peart managed to get airborne, with both shooting down one 'Oscar' each. Whitamore was shot down and killed but Peart survived for over half an hour, holding off over 20 enemy fighters. The remaining Spitfires were destroyed on the ground for the loss of another pilot, F/Lt Coulter. Peart flew back to Kangla the same day in his damaged Spitfire (FL-E JF818) and reported the action.28 The detachment was duly ended by AFC Stanley Vincent, the CO of No. 221 Group.27

Fergusson's brigade set up another base named Aberdeen north of Indaw, into which 14th Brigade was flown. Calvert's brigade established yet another, named White City at Mawlu, astride the main railway and road leading to the Japanese northern front. 111 Brigade set up ambushes and roadblocks south of Indaw (although part of the brigade which landed at Chowringhee was delayed in crossing the Irrawaddy River), before moving west to Pinlebu.

Ferocious jungle fighting ensued around Broadway and White City {all the Chindit bases had British city region names}. At times, British and Japanese troops were in close combat, bayonets and kukris against katanas. On 27 March, after days of aircraft attack, the Japanese attacked Broadway for several nights before the attack was repulsed with flown-in artillery and the aid of locally recruited Kachin irregulars.

The deprivations of the Burma campaign were horrifying for all sides. This is just one account in Burma. Several British soldiers said that the crocodiles preyed on the Japanese soldiers in the swamp. The most prominent firsthand retelling of what happened comes from naturalist Bruce Stanley Wright, who participated in the Battle of Ramree Island and gave this written account:

“That night of Feb. 19, 1945 was the most horrible that any member of the M.L. motor launch crews ever experienced. The crocodiles, alerted by the din of warfare and smell of blood, gathered among the mangroves, lying with their eyes above the water, watchfully alert for their next meal. With the ebb of the tide, the crocodiles moved in on the dead, wounded, and uninjured men who had become mired in the mud…

The scattered rifle shots in the pitch black swamp punctured by the screams of the wounded men crushed in the jaws of huge reptiles, and the blurred worrying sound of spinning crocodiles made a cacophony of hell that has rarely been duplicated on Earth. At dawn, the vultures arrived to clean up what the crocodiles had left.” — Bruce Stanley Wright

The giant lizards had a feast of their lives as nearly 1,000 terrified soldiers dripped blood and sweat into the crowded confines of the Ramree mangrove swamp.

Around 500 Japanese soldiers are believed to have fled the mangrove swamps, with 20 of them being recaptured by British forces who had set up a perimeter around the dense jungle. Around 500 of the fleeing men, however, never made it out of the swamp.

Survivors are said to have heard harrowing stories of hundreds of crocodiles assaulting the soldiers in a mass assault, as well as appalling tales of crocodiles attacking the soldiers individually.

On 12/13 May 1945 at Taungdaw, Burma now Myanmar, Rifleman Lachhiman Gurung VC was manning the most forward post of his platoon which bore the brunt of an attack by at least 200 of the Japanese enemy. Twice he hurled back grenades which had fallen on his trench, but the third exploded in his right hand, blowing off his fingers, shattering his arm and severely wounding him in the face, body and right leg. His two comrades were also badly wounded but the rifleman, now alone and disregarding his wounds, loaded and fired his rifle with his left hand for four hours, calmly waiting for each attack which he met with fire at point blank range. Afterwards, when the casualties were counted, it is reported that there were 31 dead Japanese around his position which he had killed, with only one arm.In the Falklands War in 1982 the Argentinians abandoned Mount William without a fight simply because the enemy forces advancing towards them were the 2nd Battalion, 7th Ghurka Rifles. Only one small accessory knife still present  read more

Code: 24828

395.00 GBP

A WW2 British Royal Navy Vosper Motor Torpedo Boat Binnacle Steering Compass

A WW2 British Royal Navy Vosper Motor Torpedo Boat Binnacle Steering Compass

In superb condition for age. A Cockpit enclosed MTB steering compass with side mounted petrol lamp and red glass filter in order for the boat to avoid being seen by Kriegsmarine ships and u-boats at night. Top viewing lid opens, the top section may be removed entirely revealing the compass fully, the bottom plinth section is still painted battleship grey, and also bears its patent number and serial number stamped upon its makers base plate. The top section is brass and naturally age discoloured as it hasn’t been polished for likely 20 years or more.

There is a photo of the open bridge of a WW2 Vosper 73-foot boat (MTB 383) showing the ship's wheel, with this MTB steering compass above it. To its right are (in order) the engine throttles, the engine telegraph, the torpedo firing levers, and the engine room voice pipe. The hatch and companion way to the left of the wheel leads down to the wheelhouse.

The wartime success of Vosper is largely due to Commander Peter du Cane, a former naval officer and aviator who joined Vosper in 1931 to boost their involvement in high-speed craft The following year he won a controlling interest in the company and secured the contract from Sir Malcolm Campbell to build his record-breaking speedboat Bluebird II. By this stage the company was already building launches for the Royal Navy, and du Cane naturally considered tendering a bid for high-speed 'offensive torpedo boats'. The award of just such a contract to Vosper s rival, the British Power Boat Company, spurred du Cane on to develop a Vosper design, and he personally funded the design and construction of a 68-foot experimental boat with a hard-chine hull, designated PV 1 (standing for 'private venture'). It was duly purchased by the Admiralty as MTB 102. Unlike the Thornycroft and BPB designs (and after some experimentation), it was capable of firing its torpedoes from deck mounts rather than by dropping them astern. To power the craft, du Cane selected the powerful Italian Isotta-Fraschini petrol engine.

Being made of brass, we have seen the upper sections in the past versions we have had, fully polished, and the resulting finished instrument is very beautiful and can look amazing in the right setting..  read more

Code: 24826

595.00 GBP

A Very Good WW1 Gloucester Regt. Sterling Silver & Blue and White Enamel Military Sweetheart Brooch

A Very Good WW1 Gloucester Regt. Sterling Silver & Blue and White Enamel Military Sweetheart Brooch

The Gloucestershire Regiment was an infantry regiment of the British Army. Nicknamed "The Glorious Glosters", the regiment carried more battle honours on their regimental colours than any other British Army line regiment. During the course of the war, the regiment raised 25 battalions, seeing service on the Western Front, Gallipoli, Macedonia, Mesopotamia, Persia and Italy. Battle Honours gained in WW1; The Great War (25 battalions): Mons, Retreat from Mons, Marne 1914, Aisne 1914 '18, Ypres 1914 '15 '17, Langemarck 1914 '17, Gheluvelt, Nonne Bosschen, Givenchy 1914, Gravenstafel, St Julien, Frezenberg, Bellewaarde, Aubers, Loos, Somme 1916 '18, Albert 1916, '18, Bazentin, Delville Wood, Pozi?res, Guillemont, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, Ancre Heights, Ancre 1916, Arras 1917 '18, Vimy 1917, Scarpe 1917, Messines 1917 '18, Pilckem, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde, Poelcappelle, Passchendaele, Cambrai 1917 '18, St Quentin, Bapaume 1918, Rosi?res, Avre, Lys, Estaires, Hazebrouck, Bailleul, Kemmel, B?thune, Drocourt-Qu?ant, Hindenburg Line, ?p?hy, Canal du Nord, St Quentin Canal, Beaurevoir, Selle, Valenciennes, Sambre, France and Flanders 1914?18, Piave, Vittorio Veneto, Italy 1917?18, Struma, Doiran 1917, Macedonia 1915?18, Suvla, Sari Bair, Scimitar Hill, Gallipoli 1915?16, Egypt 1916, Tigris 1916, Kut al Amara 1917, Baghdad, Mesopotamia 1916?18, Persia 1918  read more

Code: 18819

85.00 GBP

Original Parachute Jump Instructor APJI Wings Army Cloth Brevet

Original Parachute Jump Instructor APJI Wings Army Cloth Brevet

Removed from uniform of a British Army Assistant Parachute Jump Instructor in the post wartime, in nice condition with small backing cloth loss

. "We ought to have a corps of at least 5,000 parachute troops, including a proportion of Australians, New Zealanders and Canadians, together with trustworthy Norwegians and Frenchmen. I hear that something is being done already to form such a corps but only, I believe, on a very small scale. Advantage of the summer must be taken to train these troops, who can nonetheless play their part meanwhile as shock troops in home defence. Pray let me have a note from the War Office on the subject."

Prime Minister Winston Churchill to General Sir Hastings Ismay
22 June 1940  read more

Code: 20397

45.00 GBP

Superb WW1 Slouch Hat Badge of the 5th Mounted Rifle Ortago Hussars

Superb WW1 Slouch Hat Badge of the 5th Mounted Rifle Ortago Hussars

A super original badge of one of the great and heroic New Zealand Horse Regiments. Probably for officers as it is gilded and manufactured with a separate silver central shield attached. Bears a small makers affixed label, Gaunt of London. The Otago Mounted Rifle Regiment was a New Zealand Mounted Regiment formed for service during the Great War. It was formed from units of the Territorial Force consisting of the 5th Mounted Rifles (Otago Hussars) the 7th (Southland) Mounted Rifles and the 12th (Otago) Mounted Rifles. They saw service during the Battle of Gallipoli, with the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade and was later withdrawn to Egypt. They later left the brigade and served in served in France with the New Zealand Division becoming the only New Zealand Mounted troops to serve in France. Battle of Gallipoli
Battle of Flers - Courcelette. 15-22 Sep 1916.
Battle of Morval. 25-28 Sep 1916.
Battle of Le Transloy. 1-18 Oct 1916.
Battle of Messines. 7-14 Jun 1917.
Battle of Polygon Wood. 26 Sep - 3 Oct 1917.
Battle of Broodseinde. 4 Oct 1917.
Battle of Passchendaele. 12 Oct 1917.
Battle of Arras. 28 Mar 1918.
Battle of the Ancre. 5 Apr 1918.
Battle of Albert. 21-23 Aug 1918.
Battle of Bapaume. 31 Aug - 3 Sep 1918.
Battle of Havrincourt. 12 Sep 1918.
Battle of the Canal du Nord. 27 Sep - 1 Oct 1918.
Battle of Cambrai. 8-9 Oct 1918.
Pursuit to the Selle. 9-12 Oct 1918.
Battle of the Selle. 17-25 Oct 1918.
Battle of the Sambre. 4 Nov 1918, including the Capture of Le Quesnoy.  read more

Code: 19167

295.00 GBP

A Cast Iron Plaque of Graf Von Zeppelin The Pioneer of German Airship Travel, & The First To Realise The Potential of Airship’s Ability of Bombing Combat Against  Cities Far Behind Enemy Lines

A Cast Iron Plaque of Graf Von Zeppelin The Pioneer of German Airship Travel, & The First To Realise The Potential of Airship’s Ability of Bombing Combat Against Cities Far Behind Enemy Lines

Dated 1920. Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin (German: Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin; 8 July 1838 – 8 March 1917) was a German general and later inventor of the Zeppelin rigid airships. His name soon became synonymous with airships and dominated long-distance flight until the 1930s. He founded the company Luftschiffbau Zeppelin.

Ferdinand von Zeppelin served as an official observer with the Union Army during the American Civil War. During the Peninsular Campaign, he visited the balloon camp of Thaddeus S. C. Lowe shortly after Lowe's services were terminated by the Army. Von Zeppelin then travelled to St. Paul, MN where the German-born former Army balloonist John Steiner offered tethered flights. His first ascent in a balloon, made at Saint Paul, Minnesota during this visit, is said to have been the inspiration of his later interest in aeronautics.

Russet finish overall. Approx 4 inches  read more

Code: 16535

45.00 GBP

An Imperial German & WW2 General Officer's & Field Marshal's Grade Sabre As Carried By Field Marshal von Kliest With Ruby Eye Lion's Head Pommel

An Imperial German & WW2 General Officer's & Field Marshal's Grade Sabre As Carried By Field Marshal von Kliest With Ruby Eye Lion's Head Pommel

Lioness head quillon end and langets decorated with a panel to the reverse langet, and a pair of crossed cannon barrels on the front langet. Remarkably the hilt still retains around 95% of all its original highest grade 24ct gold plate surface. P hilt guard with oak leaf with acorn decoration across the bow, laurel leaf patterning around the ferrule and wire bound sharkskin grip. It looks truly, spectacularly beautiful.
The blade is double side fully etched with Romanesque scroll patterning combined with stands of arms.

In the gallery is a portrait photo of WW2 Field Marshal von Kleist holding his near identical Imperial service lion's head pommel sword.

Almost all WW2 German Generals and Field Marshals served in WW1 and thus continued to use their previous war service sword, just as this one. The added benefit was often that the Imperial German made swords could be better quality than the later period replacements, especially the superior deluxe versions like this one, which were the next grade below the presentation Damascus bladed German Grosse Degan sabre. the sword hilt and blade is is superb condition for age.
The scabbard is steel, blued overall, with a copper-gilt suspension belt mount. Truly one of the best quality and condition examples apart from the light scabbard denting we have seen in 20 years. Curiously we have seen exactly the same kind of denting on the scabbards of known WW2 General officer's swords, often caused by sword scabbards being caught in Mercedes staff-car doors

The scabbard has several service dings and dents  read more

Code: 24759

1095.00 GBP

A Superb, German, WW1 Mauser Gew 98 'Butcher' Bayonet

A Superb, German, WW1 Mauser Gew 98 'Butcher' Bayonet

Excellent condition, and very scarce to get a rust free example, with a near mint blade and maker marked by the most desirable of makers, Mauser. Plus it’s original maker stamped scabbard.

The Mauser Gew98 Sawback 'Butcher' bayonet could be issued with a sawback in WW1 but was soon altered by the German soldiers, by way of the removal of the sawback edge. It was commonly alleged that a German soldier captured alive with his 'Sawback' intact would be immediately killed by his allied captors, as the gruesomeness of the bayonet was much resented by the allied soldiers. This bayonet however is completely intact with no sawback. Excellent condition, with scabbard. Fully German ordnance marked and dated 1916. A super, piece in nice order.

The Gewehr 98 (abbreviated G98, Gew 98, or M98) is a German bolt-action rifle made by Mauser, firing cartridges from a five-round internal clip-loaded magazine. It was the German service rifle from 1898 to 1935, when it was replaced by the Karabiner 98k, a shorter weapon using the same basic design. The Gewehr 98 action, using a stripper clip loaded with the 7.92×57mm Mauser cartridge, successfully combined and improved several bolt-action engineering concepts which were soon adopted by many other countries, including the United Kingdom, United States, and Japan.2 The Gewehr 98 replaced the earlier Gewehr 1888 as the main German service rifle. It first saw combat in the Chinese Boxer Rebellion and was the main German infantry service rifle of World War I. The Gewehr 98 saw further military use by the Ottoman Empire and Nationalist Spain.

14.5 inch blade  read more

Code: 24747