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Unoffcial British SAS Side Cap Dated 1940 2.13486

Standard British army issue side cap dated 1940 with a hand sewn Special Air Service cloth badge sewn on it.

Although unauthorised, this was very common practice at the time

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£145
British Lancaster Bomber Escape Axe 2.13503

Air Ministry marked and dated 1940

Standard escape equipment for the Lancaster bomber

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£95.00
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RAF Silver Marked Late Arrivals Club 2.13505

The Late Arrivals Club was an informal Association which began amongst British servicemen in the Western Desert during the Second World War. Membership was awarded to military personnel serving under British and Commonwealth Services, who had walked back to their own side from behind enemy lines, although later there were examples of the concept being adopted by some Americans, and for similar incidents in Burma. For obvious reasons, members of the Club were in the Royal Air force or its colonial Squadrons, and they had often been missing for weeks before turning up having been helped out of trouble by the Arabs.

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1st Independent Polish Parachute Brigade Collar Badge 2.13506

The 1st (Polish) Independent Parachute Brigade was a parachute infantry brigade of the Polish Armed Forces in the West under the command of Major General Stanisław Sosabowski, created in September 1941 during the Second World War and based in Scotland.

Originally, the brigade’s exclusive mission was to drop into occupied Poland in order to help liberate the country. The British government, however, pressured the Poles into allowing the unit to be used in the Western theatre of war. Operation Market Garden eventually saw the unit sent into action in support of the British 1st Airborne Division at the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944. The Poles were initially landed by glider from 18 September, whilst, due to bad weather over England, the parachute section of the Brigade was held up, and jumped on 21 September at Driel on the South bank of the Rhine. The Poles suffered significant casualties during the next few days of fighting, but still were able, by their presence, to cause around 2,500 German troops to be diverted to deal with them for fear of their supporting the remnants of the 1st Airborne trapped over the lower Rhine in Oosterbeek.

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Indian Parachute Regiment Stg Silver Marked Cap Badge2.13507

The first Indian airborne formation was the 50th Parachute Brigade raised on 29 October 1941, consisting of 151 British, 152 Indian, and 153 Gurkha parachute battalions alongside other support units.

The regiment’s first airborne action was towards the end of the Second World War, when a reinforced Gurkha Para battalion was parachuted into Burma at Elephant Point on May 1, 1945, as part of Operation Dracula. The battalion performed well earning the respect of all, including the critics of airborne warfare.

Despite the performance in Operation Dracula, the Indian Parachute Regiment was disbanded in late 1945 as part of the reduction and restructuring of the post war British Indian Army.

 

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British No 50/52 (Middle East) Commando Cap Badge 2.13508

No. 50 Commando was amalgamated with No. 52 Commando during February 1941, when a force of commandos under Colonel Robert Laycock was formed to carry out raids in the eastern Mediterranean. This force known as ‘Lay force’ was drawn from ‘A’ Troop, No. 3 Commando, No. 7, No. 8 (Guards), No. 11 (Scottish) and the amalgamated No.50/51 Commandos. For reasons of security, the unit was organised into four battalions and were re-designated as such. No. 7 Commando became ‘A’ Battalion, No. 8 (Guards) became ‘B’ Battalion, No. 11 (Scottish) became ‘C’ Battalion and No. 50/52 became ‘D’ Battalion. As ‘D’ Battalion they fought in the battle of Crete and were disbanded after the survivors returned to Egypt

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British SOE Force 133 White Metal Cap Badge 2.13509

Late in 1943, SOE established a base at Bari in Southern Italy, from which they operated their networks and agents in the Balkans. This organisation had the codename “Force 133”. This later became “Force 266”, reserving 133 for operations run from Cairo rather than the heel of Italy. Flights from Brindisi were run to the Balkans and Poland, particularly once control had been wrested from SOE’s Cairo headquarters and was exercised directly by Gubbins. SOE established a new packing station for the parachute containers close to Brindisi Air base, along the lines of those created at Saffron Walden. This was ME 54, a factory employing hundreds, the American (OSS) side of which was known as “Paradise Camp”.

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£195
British Made Silver US Glider Pilots Wings 2.13510

Made by John Grinsell and sons, Birmingham

Hallmark year 1944

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Hallmarked Silver US Paratroopers Wings 2.13513

Made by Spencers of London

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Theatre Made Silver Popski's Private Army Cap Badge 2.13515

A crudely made sand cast badge of the P.P.A No 1 Demolition Squadron

Most likely to have been made in Cairo or Libya when the formation grew with volunteers from the Long Range Desert Group, SAS, Commandos and the Royal Armoured Corp’s prior to their deployment to Italy in 1943

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Long Range Desert Group Silver Cap Badge 2.13516

Egyptian Made, reputedly made from silverware stolen from a local hotel.

The LRDG was formed specifically to carry out deep penetration, covert reconnaissance patrols and intelligence missions from behind Italian lines, although they sometimes engaged in combat operations. Because the LRDG were experts in desert navigation, they were sometimes assigned to guide other units, including the SAS and secret agents across the desert.

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£250
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Theatre Made S.A.S Shoulder Title 2.13517

Locally made shoulder title in brass

Worn on the epaulet’s of the temperate jacket when in base, or local but never on operations

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Malayan Peoples Anti Japanese Army Silver Cap Badge 2.13519

The Malayan People’s Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA) were a guerrilla army founded in 1942. It was formed to counter the Japanese occupation of Malaya. The British military, foreseeing a Japanese invasion, trained small groups of Malayans as guerrilla troops; these became the MPAJA. Men would be loaned to the British for S.O.E. to Force 136. Beginning in 1943, Force 136 sent agents and supplies, first by submarine and later by air drops. Cap badge for the Malayan People’s Anti-Japanese Army, which was formed in 1941 from members of the Malayan Communist Party to organise resistance against the Japanese occupation forces.
The cap badge came in three types: cast brass, cast silver (with red or black highlights), and cast brass with black highlights (like this example). This last type was used the Chinese-speaking Canadian SOE agents that were sent into Malaya in from India in 1943.

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British 6th Armoured R.A.C Recce Beret 2.13476

Active from 1942-1946 as light tank squadron designed to support airborne operations by attacking forward objectives and protecting the airborne troops on the ground.

The cap badge is un-official and made from an Royal Armoured collar badge and parachute regiment cap badge.

The idea was submitted to the king but was rejected. The squadron made their own any way!

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£325
Trench Art Normandy Helmet 2.13416

A genuine Normandy found helmet, with a post war paint job

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£120
US Signal Corps Pliers & Knife Set 2.13362

The Pliers are post war.

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British 1930 Dated Air Ministry "Flimsy" Fuel Can 2.13392
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British R.A.F Type B Flying Helmet 2.13350
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British R.A.F Mk II Type 22c/826 Tinted Flying Goggles & Original Case 2.13346
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151st Indian Para Bush Hat Badge 2.12924
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US Army Sewing Kit (Complete) 2.13148
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Theatre Made Popski's Private Army Cap Badge 2.12926
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£75.00