A WW2 SMLE Rifle Made in 1941. Deactivated in 1990Made by Lithgow in Australia for Anzac issue. In good order for age. Fully stock stamped. With sling in webbing and oil bottle in butt trap.Australia entered World War II shortly after the invasion of Poland, declaring war on Germany on 3 September 1939. By the end of the war, almost a million Australians had served in the armed forces, whose military units fought primarily in the European theatre, North African campaign, and the South West Pacific theatre. In addition, Australia came under direct attack for the first time in its post-colonial history. Its casualties from enemy action during the war were 27,073 killed and 23,477 wounded.
In effect, Australia fought two wars between 1939 and 1945 – one against Germany and Italy as part of the British Commonwealth's war effort and the other against Japan in alliance with the United States and Britain. While most Australian forces were withdrawn from the Mediterranean following the outbreak of war in the Pacific, they continued to take part in large numbers in the air offensive against Germany. From 1942 until early 1944, Australian forces played a key role in the Pacific War, making up the majority of Allied strength throughout much of the fighting in the South West Pacific. The military was largely relegated to subsidiary fronts from mid-1944 but continued offensive operations against the Japanese until the war ended.
Code: 19612Price: 495.00 GBP
A Beautiful and Ancient Samurai Wakazashi Inscribed Nobukuni Circa 1360Signed Nobukuni. This is a remarkable sword that was made over 600 years ago in Kyoto by the revered Nobukuni school of Yamashiro province (present-day southern Kyoto prefecture). The two kanji name is still partially clear despite its great age. Original hammered gold leaf lacquer saya in the stylised form of cherry bark. Edo iron tsuba inlaid with gold silver and copper flowers. Fushi of deeply chiselled copper and pure gold decorated flowers and scrolling tendrils over a nanako ground. Large square section menuki panels under black silk ito.
The horimono are traces of Sanskrit characters. One side of the sword it may have read Kojin the god of calamities. The other side features the bonji character and both sides have Hi grooves that served to lighten the sword and provide decoration. This bonji character was used by Buddhist monks as offerings to the gods. Many scholars agree that Nobukuni produced some of the finest engravings the Japanese Samurai sword world has ever seen. Nobukuni was likely a son or grandson of Ryokai Hisanobu of the Rai school based in Kyoto. He later studied under Sadamune of Kamakura in Soshu province (present-day Sagami, Kanagawa prefecture). This sword is a form based on a naginata shape. A story worth noting is that of Benkei, the huge and loyal warrior monk carried a naginata.
Code: 19611Price: 4250.00 GBP
Code: 19610Price: On Request
An Excellent Condition WW2 German Mountain Troop Officer's CapArmy Gebirgsjager ( Mountain troops) officer's visor hat. This hat features alloy metal insignia. The lighter green crown and capband waffenfarb piping is for a Gebirgjager officer. The underside of the fold-over upper wool body reveals two ventilation grommets per side. The aluminum officer chincords are secured to the capband by two pebbled aluminum buttons. The interior is lined with grey cotton fabric that shows mild staining due to wear. The rhomboid sweat diamond is near complete and indicates it was made by LLD. The brown leather sweatband is complete. During World War II the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS raised a number of mountain infantry units.
An entire corps was formed in Norway by 1941. Its divisions were lightly equipped, with much of the transport provided by mules. These mountain infantry were equipped with fewer automatic weapons than regular infantry, however the MG 34 or MG 42 machine gunners were provided with more ammunition than their regular infantry counterparts. Mountain infantry were identified by the edelweiss insignia worn on their sleeves and their caps.
Mountain infantry participated in many battles, including Operation Weserübung, Operation Silver Fox, Operation Platinum Fox and Operation Arctic Fox, the operations in the Caucasus, the Gothic Line, the invasion of Crete and the battles in the Vosges region of France. Special equipment was made for them including the G33/40 mauser rifle based on the VZ.33 rifle.
Code: 19609Price: 650.00 GBP
A WW1 King George Vth British Officers Sword FS ScabbardMade and used in combat in WW1, further used in WW2, fully pierced hilt, wirebound grip, fully etched blade. Good leather FS scabbard. Field Marshal Montgomery advanced with his 1897 Pattern drawn during a counter offensive in the First World War. The actual sword he carried is exhibited in the Imperial War Museum, London.
The blade is straight and symmetrical in shape about both its longitudinal axes. The narrow yet thick blade has a deep central fuller on each side and is rounded on both its edge and back towards the hilt, giving a “dumb bell” or “girder” cross section. Through a gradual transition, the blade becomes double edged towards the tip, and the last 17 inches (430 mm) were sharpened when on active service. The blade ends in a sharp spear point.
The guard is a three-quarter basket of pressed steel. It is decorated with a pierced scroll-work pattern and had the royal cypher of the reigning monarch set over the lower knuckle bow.
The grip is straight, with no offset to the blade.
The sword shows a number of features that indicate its intent as a thrusting weapon. The spear point and double edge towards the point aids penetration and withdrawal by incising the wound edges. Signs of usual combat use and wear but a nice historical sword of the trench warfare of WW1.
Code: 19608Price: 325.00 GBP
Koto Era, Circa 1500, Samurai Bladed Shikomizue, - Hidden SwordCarved wood and lacquer fittings to simulate wood bark. The handle [tsuka] has a carved ivory king cobra slithering out from a crevice. The blade is of wakazashi length, around 500 years old, with clean bright polish showing an most vibrant hamon with lots of tobiyaki [jumping hamon]. A little natural surface thinning and pools due to it's great age. In fact, shikomizue (literally – ‘a prepared cane’) is a design variation of a sheathed sword – koshirae. It is a sword of various length (from a short one to the full-size) and shape placed in the sheath in such a way that the handle of the sword and the sheath merge into a single unity, having the appearance of a harmless straight or slightly twisted stick. In ninjutsu shikomizue became quite popular, as it provided the night warriors with what they needed most – versatility, secrecy and mortality. The walking sticks were popular among all the classes and carrying it caused no suspicion. Combined with the impersonation skills, shikomizue was really a dangerous weapon attacking the enemy most suddenly. Curiously enough, the classic film series about the blind swordsman Zatoichi disguised as a masseur gives a good notion of this. We show an 1817 Japanese print by Hokusai of his depiction of an all black clad warrior [so called ninja] climbing a rope, with what appears to be his shikomezue. Length overall, 34 inches, blade length 17.75 inches
Code: 19607Price: 2995.00 GBP
An 1822/45 British Officer's Sword With Family CrestExcellent fully etched deluxe blade. Steel combat scabbard Gothic pierced hilt with fair amount of original gilt remaining. With a noble crest As used by the British officer's in the Zulu War in the 1870's. Original and fully traditional pierced brass gothic hilt with the Royal Cypher of Queen Victoria. Triple wire binding over sharkskin grip. This is the very same form, type and period of sword that can be seen used by Micheal Caine in his depiction of Lt. Bromhead VC in 'Zulu'. Lt Bromhead used this form of sabre [alongside his brother officers] and it was replaced from service in the British Army around 1899, after around 75 years of use by British Infantry Officers at the very peak of the Glorious British Empire. Complete with field rank all brass combat scabbard. A very nice example and an absolutely typical sword used in the Zulu War by British Officers and it may very likely have been used by one. With noble crest on the blade, motto and monogram W.H.C.The Zulu war is most famous for two great battles. Curiously, it is fair to say that these two engagements, by the 24th Foot, against the mighty Zulu Impi, are iconic examples of how successful or unsuccessful leadership can result, in either the very best conclusion, or the very worst. And amazingly, within only one day of each other. The 1879 Zulu War, for the 24th Foot, will, for many, only mean two significant events, Isandlhwana and Rorke's Drift. This is the brief story of the 24th Foot in South Africa; In 1875 the 1st Battalion arrived in Southern Africa and subsequently saw service, along with the 2nd Battalion, in the 9th Xhosa War in 1878. In 1879 both battalions took part in the Zulu War, begun after a British invasion of Zululand, ruled by Cetshwayo. The 24th Foot took part in the crossing of the Buffalo River on 11 January, entering Zululand. The first engagement (and the most disastrous for the British) came at Isandhlwana. The British had pitched camp at Isandhlwana and not established any fortifications due to the sheer size of the force, the hard ground and a shortage of entrenching tools. The 24th Foot provided most of the British force and when the overall commander, Lord Chelmsford, split his forces on 22 January to search for the Zulus, the 1st Battalion (5 companies) and a company of the 2nd Battalion were left behind to guard the camp, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Pulleine (CO of the 1/24th Foot).
The Zulus, 22,000 strong, attacked the camp and their sheer numbers overwhelmed the British. As the officers paced their men far too far apart to face the coming onslaught. During the battle Lieutenant-Colonel Pulleine ordered Lieutenants Coghill and Melvill to save the Queen's Colour—the Regimental Colour was located at Helpmakaar with G Company. The two Lieutenants attempted to escape by crossing the Buffalo River where the Colour fell and was lost downstream, later being recovered. Both officers were killed. At this time the Victoria Cross (VC) was not awarded posthumously. This changed in the early 1900s when both Lieutenants were awarded posthumous Victoria Crosses for their bravery. The 2nd Battalion lost both its Colours at Isandhlwana though parts of the Colours—the crown, the pike and a colour case—were retrieved and trooped when the battalion was presented with new Colours in 1880.
The 24th had performed with distinction during the battle. The last survivors made their way to the foot of a mountain where they fought until they expended all their ammunition and were killed. The 24th Foot suffered 540 dead, including the 1st Battalion's commanding officer.
After the battle, some 4,000 to 5,000 Zulus headed for Rorke's Drift, a small missionary post garrisoned by a company of the 2/24th Foot, native levies and others under the command of Lieutenant Chard, Royal Engineers, the most senior officer of the 24th present being Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead. Two Boer cavalry officers, Lieutenants Adendorff and Vane, arrived to inform the garrison of the defeat at Isandhlwana. The Acting Assistant Commissary James Langley Dalton persuaded Bromhead and Chard to stay and the small garrison frantically prepared rudimentary fortifications.
The Zulus first attacked at 4:30 pm. Throughout the day the garrison was attacked from all sides, including rifle fire from the heights above the garrison, and bitter hand-to-hand fighting often ensued. At one point the Zulus entered the hospital, which was stoutly defended by the wounded inside until it was set alight and eventually burnt down. The battle raged on into the early hours of 23 January but by dawn the Zulu Army had withdrawn. Lord Chelmsford and a column of British troops arrived soon afterwards. The garrison had suffered 15 killed during the battle (two died later) and 11 defenders were awarded the Victoria Cross for their distinguished defense of the post, 7 going to soldiers of the 24th Foot.
The stand at Rorke's Drift was immortalised in the 1964 movie Zulu. Good condition overall, with a combat impact slightly misshapen guard, likely from a defensive hand to hand punch on an opponents jaw.
Code: 19606Price: 765.00 GBP
A Very Good Original French Chassepot Rifle Sword BayonetMade at the St Etienne Arsenal in August 187?. The French standard issue rifle bayonet as used in the Franco-Prussian War of 1871. A truly exception example in very fine order indeed. Arsenal marked on the blade backstrap. Brass hilt steel blade and scabbard The Chassepot was named after its inventor, Antoine Alphonse Chassepot (1833–1905), who, from 1857 onwards, had constructed various experimental forms of breechloader, and the rifle became the French service weapon in 1866. In the following year it made its first appearance on the battlefield at Mentana on 3 November 1867, where it inflicted severe losses upon Giuseppe Garibaldi's troops. It was reported at the French Parliament that "Les Chassepots ont fait merveille!", or loosely translated: "The Chassepots have done wonderfully!" The undisguised truth is that the heavy cylindrical lead bullets fired at high velocity by the Chassepot rifle inflicted wounds that were even worse than those of the earlier Minie rifle.
In the Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871) it proved greatly superior to the German Dreyse needle gun, outranging it by 2 to 1. Although it was a smaller caliber (11 mm vs. 15.4 for the Dreyse), the chassepot ammunition had more gunpowder and thus higher muzzle velocity (by 33% over the Dreyse), resulting in a flatter trajectory and a longer range, which was 1200 yards (1100 m). The Chassepots were responsible for most of the Prussian and other German casualties during the conflict. About 150,000 Chassepot rifles had been captured by the German coalition that defeated France in 1871. Large numbers of these captured Chassepot rifles were converted to 11 mm Mauser metallic cartridge and shortened to carbine size in order to serve with German cavalry and artillery until the early 1880s.
Code: 19605Price: 200.00 GBP
A Very Good and Sound Regulation British Army Issue WW1 Sanderson Bayonet. In superb used but respected and well maintained condition. The 1907 pattern bayonet. Used to incredible effect throughout WW1 by all the front line British regiments, including the Royal Navy and the RAF, and continually used well into WW2, by the BEF and the Desert Rats in Africa, until the Enfield No 4 rifle replaced the SMLE in around 1942. A super bayonet and this is a very good example indeed. Fully ordnance marked and inspection stamped and dated. The Lee–Enfield bolt-action, magazine-fed, repeating rifle was the main firearm used by the military forces of the British Empire and Commonwealth during the first half of the 20th century. It was the British Army's standard rifle from its official adoption in 1895 until 1957.
A redesign of the Lee–Metford (adopted by the British Army in 1888), the Lee–Enfield superseded the earlier Martini–Henry, Martini–Enfield, and Lee–Metford rifles. It featured a ten-round box magazine which was loaded with the .303 British cartridge manually from the top, either one round at a time or by means of five-round chargers. The Lee–Enfield was the standard issue weapon to rifle companies of the British Army and other Commonwealth nations in both the First and Second World Wars (these Commonwealth nations included Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India and South Africa, among others). Although officially replaced in the UK with the L1A1 SLR in 1957, it remained in widespread British service until the early/mid-1960s and the 7.62 mm L42 sniper variant remained in service until the 1990s.
The Lee–Enfield takes its name from the designer of the rifle's bolt system—James Paris Lee—and the factory in which it was designed—the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield. In Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Southern Africa and India the rifle became known simply as the "three-oh-three".[
Code: 19604Price: 135.00 GBP
A 1745 50th 'Shirleys' Regt. Of Foot Long Land Brown Bess BayonetA fabulous early pattern Brown Bess bayonet in stunning condition. A bayonet for a regiment with extraordinary history, ranging from combat against the French and their American Indian allies in the Americas, including, much of the regiment's heinous massacre by the Native American Indian allies of General Montcalm, after the capture of Fort William Henry in 1757, to their service against Napoleons forces. The regiment later gained battle honours, which received for their heroic and distinguished service in the Napoleonic Wars, in the Peninsular Campaign from 1807 to 14. All while the men were armed with their glorious 'Brown Bess' Muskets, accompanied with their trusty and effective socket bayonets. These original earliest 1st pattern Brown Bess socket bayonets are now as rare as hen's teeth, in many respects rarer than the guns themselves. The 1st pattern Bess is a rare and beautiful gun that can now command 5 figure sums to acquire. This is a superb example and bears regimental markings No. 50 engraved on the socket. The company and rack number were usually further up on socket of these early bayonets, if at all and this bears no other engravings thereon, but, it does have a clear blade stamp, the letter 'P' the same stamp as we had a few years ago on the same pattern of bayonet that we owned that was recovered from the Culloden battle site generations ago. The original first pattern Brown Bess socket bayonet 1727-1741. With early pattern shield form blade attachment at the socket. This is the pattern of Bess and bayonet used in the Seven Years War and in the Revolutionary War in America. The 50th, or Shirley's Regiment of Foot was a British army infantry regiment raised in 1754 in North America during the French and Indian War. Named after Col. William Shirley, Gov. of Massachusetts, 1741-49, 1751-53.
Two regiments were raised in New England with funds supplied by the British Crown, entering the army list as the 50th (Shirley's) and 51st (Pepperrell's) Regiments of Foot. Both regiments took part in the disastrous British campaign of 1755/56. Overwintering near Lake Ontario, the force occupied three forts, Oswego, Ontario and George, collectively known as Fort Pepperrell. Surrounded and besieged by a French force under Montcalm, both regiments surrendered after the local commander was killed. A fair number of the prisoners were massacred by the Indian allies of the French before they reached Montreal. Then subject to merging with the 51st, the regiment was disbanded then reformed as the re-numbered 50th Foot. Later the regiment was raiding the French coast in 1757 and then fighting in Germany in 1760, where it saw action at the Battle of Warburg, the Battle of Vellingshausen, and the Battle of Wilhelmsthal.
The regiment was posted to Jamaica in 1772, and then to New York in 1776. At this point, troops were transferred to other regiments and the officers returned to England to raise a new force. In 1778, they saw action serving on various ships of the Royal Navy as marines, including at the First Battle of Ushant. In 1782, they changed their name to the 50th (West Kent) Regiment of Foot.
During the Napoleonic Wars, the regiment saw action in Egypt, in Denmark, and in the Peninsular War, including the Battle of Corunna. A second battalion was raised, serving from 1804 to 1814; it saw action at Walcheren, as did the first battalion.
After a battle in the Peninsular War, the regiment was nicknamed the Dirty Half-Hundred; the regiment had worn uniforms with black facings, and when they wiped sweat away with their cuffs the dye stained their faces
Many variations and modifications of the standard pattern musket were created over its long history. The earliest version was the Long Land Pattern of 1722, a 62-inch (160 cm) long (without bayonet) and with a 46-inch (120 cm) barrel. It was later found that shortening the barrel did not detract from accuracy but made handling easier, giving rise to the Militia (or Marine) Pattern of 1756 and the Short Land Pattern of 1768, which both had a 42-inch (110 cm) barrel. Another version with a 39-inch (99 cm) barrel was first manufactured for the British East India Company, and was eventually adopted by the British Army in 1790 as the India Pattern. 21.5 inches long, blade 17 inches, socket 4.25 inches. 50th Foot and the Battle of Fort William Henry
A picture in the gallery of French commander Montcalm trying to stop Native Americans from attacking British soldiers and civilians as they leave Fort William Henry.
In 1757 Montcalm achieved his greatest military success to date with the taking of Fort William Henry. Vaudreuil drew up plans for Montcalm that ordered him to march south and take the English bases south of Lake Champlain, Fort William Henry and Fort Edward a few miles further south. From Fort Carillon, Montcalm and a force of 6200 regulars and milita, along with 1800 natives set upon Fort William Henry on August 3, 1757. The fort was sieged for three days before surrender. Under the terms of the surrender, the garrison was to be escorted by the back to Fort Edward, where they would be barred from serving against the French for 18 months, and all English prisoners were to be returned to the French, who also kept all the stores and ammunition. However, as the garrison left Fort William Henry, they were attacked by natives, and nearly 200 of the 2000 prisoners were either taken or killed, breaching the terms of surrender.
Code: 19603Price: 1275.00 GBP
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