Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie was the amalgamation of two very old Solingen family companies in 1883. Both companies had had their own trademark. For Weyersburg it was King's head and for Kirschbaum it was a Knight's head. Before the regulation 1933 pattern Holbein dress SS Dagger was designed, the Imperial Heer dress sidearm, with stylized eagle head pommel, bright steel finish with black grip and black scabbard, was the dagger of choice for enlisted men when walking out, and this dagger continued to be worn by men right into the war period, by both Heer and SS.. Made by WKC. Solingen. Mint blade, near mint hilt, excellent scabbard with unusual triangle inspection stamp at the throat. this is an absolute beauty.
High quality deluxe hammered scabbard version exactly as was used by numerous Admirals in the German Navy of WW2. A near mint example that could likely not be improved upon. The blade is perfectly plain, and curiously that is much scarcer and rarer than the regular etched blade version. The standard scabbard was the lightning bolt type, the deluxe version was hand hammered. The silk and velvet backed straps are mounted with gilded alloy lions head buckles and fittings. A German naval dirk once used by a Kriegsmarine warship and U Boat officer. Original ivorine grip and wire binding, blade in jolly nice condition. The hammered scabbard was initialy first used on the Imperial German Naval Ist pattern dagger of 1902, but was a firm favourite of officers of nobility and status who served in WW2 using this second pattern with the eagle and swastika pommel, and could afford the additional expence. The Kriegsmarine [War Navy] was the name of the Navy of Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1945. It superseded the Imperial German Navy of World War I and the inter-war Reichsmarine. The Kriegsmarine was one of three official branches of the Wehrmacht, the armed forces of Nazi Germany.
The Kriegsmarine grew rapidly during German naval rearmament in the 1930s (the Treaty of Versailles had limited the size of the German navy previously). In January 1939 Plan Z was ordered, calling for the construction of many naval vessels. The ships of the Kriegsmarine fought during the Spanish Civil War and World War II. The Commander-in-Chief of the Kriegsmarine (as for all branches of armed forces during the period of absolute Nazi power) was Adolf Hitler, who exercised his authority through the Oberkommando der Marine.
The Kriegsmarine's most famous ships were the U-boats, most of which were constructed after Plan Z was abandoned at the beginning of World War II. Wolfpacks were rapidly assembled groups of submarines which attacked British convoys during the first half of the Battle of the Atlantic but this tactic was largely abandoned in the second half of the war. Along with the U-boats, surface commerce raiders (including auxiliary cruisers) were used to disrupt Allied shipping in the early years of the war, the most famous of these being the heavy cruisers Graf Spee and Admiral Scheer and the battleship Bismarck. However, the adoption of convoy escorts, especially in the Atlantic, greatly reduced the effectiveness of commerce raiders against convoys.
Given as a gift from a Ghurkha regiment Service. A no.2 kukri is a training, exercise, and combat knife. it is a field knife for the soldiers. It is worn in no.2 dress or also known as the combat/jungle uniform. Service no.2 kukri sees a lot of cutting, hacking, slicing, etc as expected by any knife. Some also take it to battle fields should the need be.Gurkha soldiers in an SAS unit reportedly took Islamic State gunmen captive after threatening to behead them with their famous kukri knives.
Up to a dozen gunmen are believed to have been captured when a British special forces team raided a terrorist “safe house” in Syria.
The team, which contained four Gurkha soldiers, had been told to capture the Islamic State fighters alive. After approaching their hideout, an interpreter told the men inside to surrender.
But when they refused, the Gurkhas emerged and brandished their renowned curved kukri knives,
The interpreter is then said to have shouted: "These four men are members of the Gurkhas. They come from the hills of Nepal."They are famous warriors who do not fear death. If they have to come in to get you they will behead you with their curved knives."
A defence source said the windows in one of the buildings soon opened and the gunmen hurled out their weapons. This is arguably the toughest soldier in the world .
Hailing from the mountainous region of Nepal, the Gurkhas were first witnessed by the world when they were invaded over 200 years ago by the British East India Company. Suffering immense casualties, the British forces were eager to sign a hasty peace treaty. A soldier even noted in his memoirs: “I never saw more steadiness or bravery exhibited in my life. Run they would not, and of death they seemed to have no fear."According to the peace treaty's terms, the Gurkhas were allowed to join the East India Company's army. Since then, more than 200,000 Gurkhas fought in virtually every military campaign — the World Wars, Afghanistan, and even the brief 1982 Falklands War. The Gurkhas' eagerness for battle comes at a cost, however — 43,000 of them died during WWI and WWII. Although they have suffered heavy losses, their heroic actions haven't gone unnoticed. The UK's highest award for military bravery, valour and gallantry, the Victoria Cross, has only has only ever been awarded, during the past 170 years, around 1350 times. It is likely the most difficult to qualify for, the most highly prized, and the most respected and valuable medal in the world. An incredible 26 have been awarded to servicemen in the Gurkha Regiments.
Now is the perfect time to choose a wonderful unique gift from The Lanes Armoury, probably the oldest established antique company of our kind still trading in Britain, so you can choose that perfect piece for Christmas, even if it's for yourself!!
Unique, rare and beautiful items, both ancient and modern, are our speciality, and this year we have probably the best and most diverse selection we have ever offered, from Charles Dickens first editions, to a 300,000 year old flint axe, and an original sword once used by a Viking King and over 1000 years old.
So, be sure and certain that anything from us will be the best possible choice you can make this Christmas time. Every item will also be accompanied with our unique, presentation quality, 'Certificate of Authenticity' that will not only fully certify it's genuineness, but it will detail the circumstance of it's origin, and where and when it may have been used in it's specific or generic history. And please be further assured, all gift purchases may be changed after Christmas for any form of suitable alternatives.
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We are asked almost every day by many of our amazed and curious visitors about famous celebrities that have been customers past and present, so here goes, but just a snippet of a few mixed up names that younger people will very likely have never even heard of!;
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton,
Charlton 'Chuck' Heston,
Edward G. Robinson, recommended by 'Chuck'
HRH Princess Margaret,
'Fat Boy' Slim, aka Norman Cook
Ronald Reagan yes, that Ronald Reagan
John Osborne, he wasn't young though, and certainly not angry
Lord Olivier a well beloved Brighton resident,
Barry Humphries, genius, retired, currently a columnist, The Oldie Magazine
Gary Weston, proprietor of Fortnum and Mason
John Montgomery, author
The Tower Armouries,
Octav Botnar Chairman, &. Late Owner Nissan UK formerly Datsun UK
Sir Ralph Richardson, the iconic English eccentric gentleman
Jim Davidson major armed services charities benefactor,
Warner Bros. UK
Sir Henry Cecil One of the world's greatest horse trainers
Macy’s New York
Rebekkah Brooks & Ross Kemp in their past to-gether days,
Major General Lord Fitzalen Howard Life Guards GCVO, CB, CBE, MC
Steven Berkoff Actor, playwright, theatre director
It would probably be impossible to find a better condition example. A WW1 era German Army ERN Wald Rheinl Kampfmesser (combat knife) trench dagger/knife in original scabbard, with all original black paint, and in excellent condition for age, the blade still having much original issue polishing crossgrain. The grips are secured with three rivets evenly spaced. There is a manufacturer stamp on the ricasso "ERN Wald, Rheinl" on one side and good stamp "Rasiermesser Fabrik" on the reverse. It is complete with its original metal scabbard painted black which has a leather belt loop riveted to it. German war ministry order of 23 may 1915 confirmed the issuing of 6 pistols and 6 trench knives for each infantry company which doubled 29 February 1916 to 12 knives, and then a maximum of 40 in 1917, for Infantry and Minenwerfer companies, and on the Eastern Front the order was for 36 per company. A photo in the gallery shows a storm trooper group, Sturm-Gruppe, 8th Bat. 1/223, many with their war ministry issue close combat trench knives such as this one. After the early war of movement in the late summer of 1914, artillery and machine guns forced the armies on the Western Front to dig trenches to protect themselves. Fighting ground to a stalemate. Over the next four years, both sides would launch attacks against the enemy’s trench lines, attacks that resulted in horrific casualties.Inside a trench, all that is visible is just a few feet on either side, ending at the trench walls in front and back, with a patch of leaden sky visible above. Trenches in WWI were constructed with sandbags, wooden planks, woven sticks, tangled barbed wire or even just stinking mud.
‘No-man’s land,’ was an ancient term that gained terrible new meaning during WWI. The constant bombardment of modern artillery and rapid firing of machine guns created a nightmarish wasteland between the enemies’ lines, littered with tree stumps and snarls of barbed wire. In battle, soldiers had to charge out of the trenches and across no-man’s land into a hail of bullets and shrapnel and poison gas. They were easy targets and casualties were enormously high. By the end of 1914, after just five months of fighting, the number of dead and wounded exceeded four million men.
German officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) began experimenting with new assault tactics immediately after the army entered the trenches. In March 1915, an experimental unit called the Sturmabteilung (enlarged to a Sturmbataillon in April 1916) was founded to centralize the process. The Sturmabteilung developed a procedure called “infiltration tactics”. Storm troopers (Sturmtruppen) were organized in very small groups which were flexible enough to cross the no-man's-land quickly. Instead of attacking the enemy trenches over the whole width, they only assaulted key points, entered the trenches and then fought their way inside and alongside the trenches. Instead of surging against the trenches like a wave, the storm troops opened holes and flowed through the trench system. For that, the storm troopers needed massive firepower. They did not rely on the rifle but specialized in close range weapons such as hand grenades, pistols, light mortars, machine guns, knives, bayonets and spades.
Speed was key. The scattered, but massive and quickly spreading assaults were supposed to create shock, confusion and fear among the enemy. Keeping up the pace was imperative. If an enemy section was not immediately overwhelmed, it was isolated and kept in check by just a few storm troopers, then left behind for the regular infantry. Meanwhile, the majority of the storm troopers continued attacking, in order to exploit the enemy's confusion for as long as possible. These tactics demanded independence, prudence and resourcefulness from soldiers on all levels, since direct control by officers was neither possible nor reasonable in such a chaotic style of fighting.
The trench systems on the Western Front were roughly 475 miles long, stretching from the English Channel to the Swiss Alps, although not in a continuous line. Though trenches offered some protection, they were still incredibly dangerous, as soldiers easily became trapped or killed because of direct hits from artillery fire.
Complete with all its leather protectors and carrying straps in pristine condition. The scarce long more powerful type that when used aboard ship could be mounted on a detachable tripod. 35.25 inches long when extended. This type was also used by the military as a spotting scope.
W Ottway firm in Ealing, London UK, invented the first telescopic gunsight for the British Navy. The genealogy goes back to Lord Nelson, where Captain Otway, made a crucial contribution to winning the battle and subsequently the war with France. The family name was changed by adding a T three generations past. The Navy's Otway Class Submarine is well known to submariners. Lord Otway was First Lord of the Admiralty. Excellent condition overall one small bruise to the centre tube.
Exactly the same type and form that is on display in the Australian War Memorial Museum and taken from a section of German MG08 Machine Gun ammunition belt with bullet reputedly from the aircraft of Baron Manfred von Richthofen. Described on the museum exhibit "A section of German machine gun ammunition belt as used with Maxim MG08 and LMG08 guns and associated development models. It consists of two layers of khaki cotton webbing, joined with riveted steel dividers forming pockets for the cartridges. This section of belt comprises four such pockets, and is roughly cut off in the middle of the adjoining pocket at either end. The third of the steel dividers (each of which is held in place by three rivets) has a projection at the front, indicating the correct depth to which the bullet should be inserted into the pocket." History / Summary
Section of cotton webbing ammunition belt once believed to have come from one of the two Luft Maschinen Gewehr (LMG) 08/15s fitted to Baron Manfred von Richthofen's Fokker Dr I aircraft.
The donor, Frank Ronald Rawlinson, enlisted in the AIF in August 1916 and served as 424A 2nd Class Air Mechanic with 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps. When Richthofen's body and the remains of his aircraft were brought to the airfield of 3 Sqadron at Bertangles on the evening of 21 April 1918, Rawlinson together with 666 Sergeant Abner Gilchrist Dalzell and 569 Corporal Edward James McCarty assisted with the removal of clothing from the body. Rawlinson obtained a section of the overalls and part of a belt as souvenirs. He also obtained several items from the Fokker Triplane. These were all donated to the Memorial by him in 1960. A letter describing the circumstances is held on File 749/084/005. Apart from confirming the origin of these relics the letter also confirmed that von Richthofen was wearing a parachute and harness when he was shot down over Australian positions near Corbie. However, despite this claim by Frank Rawlinson it is strongly believed the Maxim aircraft ammo belts did not have spacer tabs, and were only 30mm wide. This we are offering is also most rare near complete WW1 German issue DWM Maxim Machine Gun ammunition belt. The DWM belts came in two design forms, and are often confused by description. ThIs the very rare original Imperial German military issue version, and the more common German export Russian version. The German is by far the rarest, the more common Russian has unique features and was imported to Russia around 1906-1910 complying with the official Russian patterns. Both spacers and starter tags are made of brass in the Russian version, the German as is this one, has a steel starter and spacer tags. The assembly of the starter tags fitted at the end of the belt relies on the German pattern with three hollow rivets, as does this one; whereas the Russian version only involves one rivet. The long spacers on the Russian ones are brass and have a hollow rivet assembling the end of the long spacers, this German one has steel spacers and with a solid end rivet. The starter tags are marked with the manufacturer?s initials D.W.M. and are not dated. The cartridge pockets are numbered every 25 rounds, being printed with black ink in the traditional Imperial German font on the fabric [the Russian ones are stamped every ten rounds]. The style of the figures inked does exactly correspond to that found on contemporary DWM belts issued to the German Army. As a matter of summary, for belts with DWM marked starter tags, the total length of the long spacers, the hollow rivet assembling the end of the long spacers and the numbering of the cartridge pockets every 10 rounds are all key features that enable to tell apart the other German Export /Russian type. It is suspected that the Russian DWM belts might have been part of an export contract to Russia which also involved the delivery of 7.62x54R Model 1891 round-nosed ammunition from Germany around 1906.
In very good condition overall, maker stamped and dated 1942 by Lunschloss. This cowhide-covered rucksack was known as the Tornister 34 (developed in 1934) and was later fitted with new style straps in 1939. As the war progressed the design was simplified for economical and practical reasons so the cowhide cover was eliminated making these packs especially scarce on today?s collector market. The M39 has one vertical loop with quick release sewn at the bottom of the front flap for retaining the A-frame and comes with or without carrying straps. Troops that were isssued infantry Y-straps received the version without carrying straps (replaced by two hooks), while troops with no Y-straps received the version with carrying straps. All of them were produced with a fur front flap (and some without fur)?and it was called "Affe" in the German Army
Very rare issue, and the gold grade medal. Superb example, highest quality craftmanship, excellent condition. 1929 medal. Busts of Hugo Eckener and Graf Zeppelin to the obverse, and reverse with naked male Olympian figure, kneeling on clouds above an eagle in flight. It came in three versions Gold, Silver and Bronze. We have both the Gold and Silver versions. The tour began in Friedrichshafen, Germany, where the Graf Zeppelin was built, and continued on to Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Lakehurst, NJ (where her sister ship, the Hindenburg, exploded in May 1937) before returning to Germany. In 1929, the Graf Zeppelin, LZ-127, made a world flight, stopping at Friedrichshafen, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. Although the Graf was not the first aircraft to circle the globe, it took only 21 days, 7 hours, 34 minutes, a new record for round-the-world travel by any means. Furthermore, it carried a full passenger load over much previously uncharted land. 5.4 cm across. Gilt metal, not solid gold.
Dated 1936, used by the Hummel the German self-propelled howitzers, and in artillery in the Afrika Korps. With full waffenamt markings and maker codes. The full designation of this self-propelled artillery gun was Panzerfeldhaubitze 18M auf Gesch?tzwagen III/IV (Sf) Hummel, Sd.Kfz. 165.The German word ?Hummel? means bumblebee. This armoured fighting vehicle had a nasty sting. There were two main types of self-propelled guns in the German Army during WW2. One was fitted with an anti-tank gun and the other with an artillery howitzer, like the Hummel. A vehicle fitted with an artillery field howitzer was called a ?Gesch?etzwagen?, which is literally translated as a ?gun vehicle?. The letters ?Sf? stand for ?Selbstfahrlafette? ? self-propelled carriage. ?Panzerfeldhaubitze? means armoured field howitzer.
Self-propelled artillery guns were developed to enable fast moving attacks to have artillery support that could keep up with the speed of advancing Panzer Divisions. They could use direct fire mode at targets they could see or, more commonly, use indirect fire at targets plotted on a map.
They were not designed to be in the front line or engage in combat with tanks. They were motorized artillery guns that could fire high explosive HE shells over the heads of friendly troops. Most targets would have been given to the crew as map grid references by forward observation officers or infantry units under attack.
Quite often, the gun crews could not see where their shells landed, as the target was so far away. They would have to rely on the forward observer to tell them if adjustments had to be made. Not suitable for export.
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