Centenary of the start Battle of the Somme-1st July to 18th November 1916Written in 1915 by one of Englands finest war poets, Robert Graves. Verses beautifully expressed that likely reflect in some way the thoughts of all the men that fought on the Somme -----------------------------------------------------------------
I’ve watched the Seasons passing slow, so slow,
In the fields between La Bassée and Bethune;
Primroses and the first warm day of Spring,
Red poppy floods of June,
August, and yellowing Autumn, so
To Winter nights knee-deep in mud or snow,
And you’ve been everything.
Dear, you’ve been everything that I most lack
In these soul-deadening trenches—pictures, books,
Music, the quiet of an English wood,
The narrow, bouldered mountain-track,
The broad, full-bosomed ocean, green and black,
And Peace, and all that’s good.
Code: 19961Price: On Request
A Very Rare US Civil War 'C.Howard' Rimfire Long Gun with Underlever ActionThe Howard-Whitney Thunderbolt. This is undoubtedly one of the scarcest patent action guns made in the 1860's used in the American Civil War. .44 Cal Rimfire cartridge. There are elements of similarity in this rifle to the profile of Jean Baptiste Revol's [of New Orleans] patent breech loading rifle of 1853. In America around this time all manner of new gun actions and mechanisms were being created, in order to utilize the latest breech loading cartridges that had been designed to replace the outdated percussion muzzle loading system. This rifle, although not in pristine condition, and showing an overall russet finish, is a mighty rare gun and a must for collectors of rare patented long guns from this incredible era. For it was this very time, when no one new for certain which way the new cartridges could be made to function to their best advantage, that probably the most significant weapons were being created, and those systems and actions were to mould the whole industry of arms production even until today. Great and legendary gunsmiths, such as Henry [who sold out to Winchester], were striving to create the best, most efficient, and indeed most marketable methods to evolve the rifle into the next level of development and progress, and this is likely one of those that simply failed to make the grade. This gun is one of only 2000 Mr. C. Howard's patent guns ever made, including the examples made under contract by Whitney Arms of Conn. USA. Made from the 1862 patent by Howard from the Civil War and by Whitney from 1866 to 1870. Most examples are marked by Whitney but just a few earlier examples were completely unmarked, and this is one of those. Some came to England in the late 19th century some after the war, so although a very rare gun, it is far rarer here in the UK. As with all our antique guns no license is required as they are all unrestricted antique collectables
Code: 19960Price: 1250.00 GBP
A 17th Century English Transitional Walloon Sword Likely of An Admiral.A near pair to a sword carried by Vice Admiral Sir Christopher Myngs and possibly by the same maker. In very nice overall condition with a signed double edged armourer's marked blade by Hn.Vincent. Cast bronze hilt beautifully relief decorated with cornucopia and seated figures bearing baskets of fruit. A most beautiful sword made in the mid 17th century during the reign of King Charles and used continuously through the interregnum, the restoration and into the era up to Queen Anne. We show a portrait of Vice Admiral Sir Christopher Myngs holding a near pair to this sword. The form of sword that was carried and used by admirals and senior naval officers for almost 100 years. This sword should be categorised as the transitional Walloon type. The Walloon gained most of it's popularity during the English Civil War era and with the addition of pas d'ane to the guard they transitioned to the next generation of officer's swords called small swords. Vice Admiral Sir Christopher Myngs (1625–1666), English naval officer and pirate, came of a Norfolk family and was a relative of another admiral, Sir Cloudesley Shovell. Samuel Pepys' story of his humble birth, in explanation of his popularity, is said to be erroneous. His name is often given as Mings. In 1655, he was appointed to the frigate Marston Moor, the crew of which was on the verge of mutiny. His firm measures quelled the insubordinate spirit, and he took the vessel out to the West Indies, arriving in January 1656 on Jamaica where he became the sub commander of the naval flotilla on the Jamaica Station, until the summer of 1657.
In February 1658, he returned to Jamaica as naval commander, acting as a commerce raider during the Anglo-Spanish War. During these actions he got a reputation for unnecessary cruelty, sacking and massacring entire towns in command of whole fleets of buccaneers. In 1658, after beating off a Spanish attack, he raided the coast of South-America; failing to capture a Spanish treasure fleet, he destroyed Tolú and Santa Maria in present-day Colombia instead; in 1659 he plundered Cumaná, Puerto Cabello and Coro in present-day Venezuela.
The Spanish government considered him a common pirate and mass murderer, protesting to no avail to the English government of Oliver Cromwell about his conduct. Because he had shared half of the bounty of his 1659 raid, about a quarter of a million pounds, with the buccaneers against the explicit orders of Edward D'Oyley, the English Commander of Jamaica, he was arrested for embezzlement and sent back to England in the Marston Moor in 1660.
The Restoration government retained him in his command however, and in August 1662 he was sent to Jamaica commanding the Centurion in order to resume his activities as commander of the Jamaica Station, despite the fact the war with Spain had ended. This was part of a covert English policy to undermine the Spanish dominion of the area, by destroying as much as possible of the infrastructure. In 1662 Myngs decided that the best way to accomplish this was to employ the full potential of the buccaneers by promising them the opportunity for unbridled plunder and rapine. He had the complete support of the new governor, Lord Windsor, who fired a large contingent of soldiers to fill Myngs's ranks with disgruntled men. That year he attacked Santiago de Cuba and took and sacked the town despite its strong defences. In 1663 buccaneers from all over the Caribbean joined him for the announced next expedition. Myngs directed the largest buccaneer fleet as yet assembled, fourteen ships strong and with 1400 pirates aboard, among them such notorious privateers as Henry Morgan and Abraham Blauvelt, and sacked San Francisco de Campeche in February. Wooden grip with Turk's head ferrules
28.5 inch blade.
Code: 19958Price: 1275.00 GBP
A Very Fine Carved Ivory Sword Stick of the French Revolution PeriodCirca 1790. Bearing a beautifully executed carved ivory bust of a French revolutionary wearing the revolutions symbol of the phrygian cap. He also has superb black and white glass eyes. The handle is black laquered wood and the blade a diamond section double edged that bears typical French 18th century engravings, including stands of arms. It's scabbard/haft is missing but it would be relatively easy to replace if one chose to do so. The use of a Phrygian-style cap as a symbol of revolutionary France is first documented in May 1790, at a festival in Troyes adorning a statue representing the nation, and at Lyon, on a lance carried by the goddess Libertas. To this day the national allegory of France, Marianne, is shown wearing a red Phrygian cap.
By wearing the bonnet rouge and sans-culottes ("without silk breeches"), the Parisian working class made their revolutionary ardour and plebeian solidarity immediately recognizable. By mid-1791, these mocking fashion statements included the bonnet rouge as Parisian hairstyle, proclaimed by the Marquis de Villette (12 July 1791) as "the civic crown of the free man and French regeneration." On 15 July 1792, seeking to suppress the frivolity, François Christophe Kellermann, 1st Duc de Valmy, published an essay in which the Duke sought to establish the bonnet rouge as a sacred symbol that could only be worn by those with merit. The symbolic hairstyle became a rallying point and a way to mock the elaborate wigs of the aristocrats and the red caps of the bishops. On 6 November 1793, the Paris city council declared it the official hairstyle of all its members.
The bonnet rouge on a spear was proposed as a component of the national seal on 22 September 1792 during the third session of the National Convention. Following a suggestion by Gaan Coulon, the Convention decreed that convicts would not be permitted to wear the red cap, as it was consecrated as the badge of citizenship and freedom. In 1792, when Louis XVI was induced to sign a constitution, popular prints of the king were doctored to show him wearing the bonnet rouge. The bust of Voltaire was crowned with the red bonnet of liberty after a performance of his Brutus at the Comédie-Française in March 1792.
During the period of the Reign of Terror (September 1793 – July 1794), the cap was adopted defensively even by those who might be denounced as moderates or aristocrats and were especially keen to advertise their adherence to the new regime. The caps were often knitted by women known as Tricoteuse, who sat beside the guillotine during public executions in Paris and supposedly continued knitting in between executions. The spire of Strasbourg Cathedral was crowned with a bonnet rouge in order to prevent it from being torn down in 1794.
Code: 19957Price: 1150.00 GBP
A King George IIIrd 1805 East India Co. Baker Rifle 'Type' Sword BayonetMost similar to the 1805 Baker rifle sword-bayonet, but, with a slightly lighter grade hilt. The hilt is brass and the small quillon is lacking. The Baker rifle (officially known as the Pattern 1800 Infantry Rifle) was a flintlock rifle used by the Rifle regiments of the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. It was the first standard-issue, British-made rifle accepted by the British armed forces.
The Baker Rifle was first produced in 1800 by Ezekiel Baker, a master gunsmith from Whitechapel. The British Army was still issuing the Infantry Rifle in the 1830s. During the Napoleonic Wars the Baker was reported to be effective at long range due to its accuracy and dependability under battlefield conditions. In spite of its advantages, the rifle did not replace the standard British musket of the day, the Brown Bess, but was issued officially only to rifle regiments. In practice, however, many regiments, such as the 23rd Regiment of Foot (Royal Welch Fusiliers), and others, acquired rifles for use by some in their light companies during the time of the Peninsular War. These units were employed as an addition to the common practice of fielding skirmishers in advance of the main column, who were used to weaken and disrupt the waiting enemy lines (the French also had a light company in each battalion that was trained and employed as skirmishers but these were only issued with muskets). With the advantage of the greater range and accuracy provided by the Baker rifle, the highly trained British skirmishers were able to defeat their French counterparts routinely and in turn disrupt the main French force by sniping at officers and NCOs.
The rifle was used by what were considered elite units, such as the 5th battalion and rifle companies of the 6th and 7th Battalions of the 60th Regiment of Foot, deployed around the world, and the three battalions of the 95th Regiment of Foot that served under the Duke of Wellington between 1808 and 1814 in the Peninsular War, the War of 1812 (3rd Batt./95th (Rifles), at Battle of New Orleans), and again in 1815 at the Battle of Waterloo. The two light infantry Battalions of the King's German Legion as well as sharpshooter platoons within the Light Companies of the KGL Line Bns also used the Baker. The rifle was also supplied to or privately purchased by numerous volunteer and militia units; these examples often differ from the regular issue pattern. Some variants were used by cavalry, including the 10th Hussars. The Baker was also used in Canada in the War of 1812. It is recorded that the British Army still issued Baker rifles in 1841, three years after its production had ceased.
The rifle was used in several countries during the first half of the 19th century; indeed, Mexican forces at the Battle of the Alamo are known to have been carrying Baker rifles, as well as Brown Bess muskets. In its first century and half, the EIC used a few hundred soldiers as guards. The great expansion came after 1750, when it had 3000 regular troops. By 1763, it had 26,000; by 1778, it had 67,000. It recruited largely Indian troops, and trained them along European lines, with British Army officers and former British Army NCOs. Overall nice condition for age. Spring a/f.
Code: 19956Price: 495.00 GBP
A Fine English Percussion Sidelock Overcoat Pistol By Tipping and LawdenA beauty of a pistol circa 1830 by one of the great names of British gun making. The side lock overcoat pistol was a most useful arm firing a large calibre ball. They were on Constitution Hill, were one of the 20 members of the Birmingham Small Arms Trading Company Limited (along with Hollis & Sheath, Joseph Swinburn and Thomas Turner forming the "big four") and were taken over by Webley & Scott in 1887. They were renown exhibitors in the 1851 Great Exhibition
Code: 19955Price: 785.00 GBP
Original Daily Mail News Little Boy Bomb and Japanese Surrender UltimatumIn worn condition but a unique piece of WW2 history. Dated Tuesday 7th August. Full newspaper of four pages. The United States, with the consent of the United Kingdom as laid down in the Quebec Agreement, dropped nuclear weapons on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, during the final stage of World War II. The two bombings, which killed at least 129,000 people, remain the only use of nuclear weapons for warfare in history.
In the final year of the war, the Allies prepared for what was anticipated to be a very costly invasion of the Japanese mainland. This was preceded by a U.S. firebombing campaign that obliterated many Japanese cities. The war in Europe had concluded when Nazi Germany signed its instrument of surrender on May 8, 1945. The Japanese, facing the same fate, refused to accept the Allies' demands for unconditional surrender and the Pacific War continued. Together with the United Kingdom and China, the United States called for the unconditional surrender of the Japanese armed forces in the Potsdam Declaration on July 26, 1945—the alternative being "prompt and utter destruction". The Japanese response to this ultimatum was to ignore it.
In July 1945, the Allied Manhattan Project successfully detonated an atomic bomb in the New Mexico desert and by August had produced atomic weapons based on two alternate designs. The 509th Composite Group of the United States Army Air Forces was equipped with the specialized Silverplate version of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, that could deliver them from Tinian in the Mariana Islands.
On August 6, the U.S. dropped a uranium gun-type atomic bomb (Little Boy) on the city of Hiroshima. American President Harry S. Truman called for Japan's surrender 16 hours later, warning them to "expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth". Three days later, foolishly ignoring the 48 hour ultimatim, on August 9, the U.S. dropped a plutonium implosion-type bomb (Fat Man) on the city of Nagasaki. Pages have some old tape repairs.
Code: 19954Price: 85.00 GBP
Ball Race Spare Part of 'Little Boy' Construction of The Manhattan ProjectAlthough barely 72 years old, it is probably one of the rarest items we are ever likely to offer. A superb, single, micro engineered ball race, one of a pair of spare parts, [and to be sold by us separately] we acquired from the late collection of Professor Samuel Eilenberg, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Columbia University in WW2. One of the spare parts used during the construction of 'Little Boy' Uranium Bomb, part of the ultra top secret Manhattan Project. This example is engraved with it's part code GYRO PT MK3 A. Code L.B.BOMB. Souvenirs of the Manhattan Project were taken by [or presented to] many of the consultants and scientists working on, or associated with, the greatest secret project of the 20th century, once the project was officially closed down in regards to Little Boy. For information purposes the diameter of the ball race is 160mm which is within a small tolerance of the diameter of the gun barrel [165mm] that was central to the construction of 'Little Boy'. This measurement may indeed be relevant to the ball races actual function or use within the project. Unfortunately due to the top secret nature of the whole event Prof Eilenberg did not reveal the ball races function, or even his no doubt significant personal contribution within the project, before his death in January 1998, only that he acquired it at Los Alamos in August 1945, apparently given out by Oppenheimer. The Manhattan Project was the project to develop the first nuclear weapon (atomic bomb) during World War II by the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Formally designated as the Manhattan Engineer District (MED), it refers specifically to the period of the project from 1941–1946 under the control of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, under the administration of General Leslie R. Groves. The scientific research was directed by American physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer.
The project succeeded in developing and detonating three nuclear weapons in 1945: a test detonation of a plutonium implosion bomb on July 16 (the Trinity test) near Alamogordo, New Mexico; an enriched uranium bomb code-named "Little Boy" on August 6 over Hiroshima, Japan; and a second plutonium bomb, code-named "Fat Man" on August 9 over Nagasaki, Japan.
The project's roots lay in scientists' fears since the 1930s that Nazi Germany was also investigating nuclear weapons of its own. Born out of a small research program in 1939, the Manhattan Project eventually employed more than 130,000 people and cost nearly $2 billion USD ($23 billion in 2007 dollars based on CPI). It resulted in the creation of multiple production and research sites that operated in secret.
The three primary research and production sites of the project were the plutonium-production facility at what is now the Hanford Site, the uranium-enrichment facilities at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the weapons research and design laboratory, now known as Los Alamos National Laboratory. Project research took place at over thirty different sites across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The MED maintained control over U.S. weapons production until the formation of the Atomic Energy Commission in January 1947. Included is an original photo print taken from HMS Colossus, [part of 11th Aircraft Carrier Squadron, that was based in the Pacific, commanded by Rear Admiral Harcourt]. It was taken on 7th August 1945 [the day after Little Boy was detonated]. It is a picture of two I/d profiles of two Japanese T/E fighters that were originally observed in July 1945. These photographs were sent to the Manhattan Project HQ, but why, to us, this remains a mystery. Also, it includes another souvenir, the serial tag from the Army Air Corps Bell and Howell sound projector, that apparently showed the original film of the detonation of 'Little Boy' to Professor Eilenburg and others from the project after the Enola Gay mission. We show in the gallery, for information only, a Paul R. Halmos photograph of Samuel Eilenberg (1913-1998), left, and Gordon T. Whyburn (1904-1969) in 1958 at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Edinburgh. For example, in relation to the desirability of original items connected to this monumentally historical mission, two other pieces were sold some 14 years ago in the US. The Little Boy was armed on the mission by removing the green safety plugs, and arming it with red arming plugs. This was undertaken by 23 year old Lt. Morris Richard Jeppson, who armed the bomb during the flight. For this perilous task he was awarded the Silver Star for his unique contribution to the mission. Jeppson, however, kept a few of the green plugs that signified his role in the bombing. He sold two of them in San Francisco for $167,500, at auction, in 2002, however, the US federal government claimed they were classified material and tried, but failed dismally, to block the sale. We were very fortunate to acquire these fascinating pieces, from Prof Eilenberg's collection, from a doctor, author, lecturer of oriental studies and fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, who acquired them some years ago from a close colleague of Prof Eilenberg.
Code: 19953Price: 18000.00 GBP
The Rarest Enfield 'Hook Quillon' 1907 Pattern Bayonet Issued in 1911Probably for many collectors, especially Australian, it is the most desirable and rarest regulation bayonet ever made or issued. This is an original 1907 Pattern SMLE sword bayonet, issued in 1911, bearing it's original King Edwards Crown, with ER stamp and Enfield maker stamp. And as was standard issue to the WW1, ANZAC, Australian Light Horse. The hook quillon SMLE issue bayonet, is a the very pinnacle of Great War bayonet collecting. They were used predominantly by the Australian Infantry and Light Horse Brigade in WW1, and due to their use in Gallipoli and the dessert were never returned to the ordnance for regulatory quillon removal as was instructed. In over 45 years we have had barely a handful of these rarest full hook quillon bayonets in original condition and unaltered, but the regular type we have handled, by comparison, many many thousands in the same period of time. Australian Light horse were like mounted infantry in that they usually fought dismounted, using their horses as transport to the battlefield and as a means of swift disengagement when retreating or retiring. A famous exception to this rule though was the charge of the 4th and 12th Light Horse Regiments at Beersheba on 31 October 1917. In 1918, some light horse regiments were equipped with sabres, enabling them to fight in a conventional cavalry role in the advance on Damascus. However, unlike mounted infantry, the light horse also performed certain cavalry roles, such as scouting and screening, while mounted.
The light horse were organised along cavalry rather than infantry lines. A light horse regiment, although technically equivalent to an infantry battalion in terms of command level, contained only 25 officers and 400 men as opposed to an infantry battalion that consisted of around 1,000 men. Around a quarter of this nominal strength (or one man in each section of 4) could be allotted to horse-holding duties when the regiment entered combat. A regiment was divided into three squadrons, designated "A", "B" and "C" (equivalent to a company), and a squadron divided into four troops (equivalent to but smaller than a platoon). Each troop was divided into about 10 four-man sections. When dismounting for combat, one man from each section would take the reins of the other three men's horses and lead them out of the firing line where he would remain until called upon. By the outbreak of World War I, there were 23 light horse regiments within Australia's part-time military force, consisting of 9,000 personnel. These were organised as follows:
1st Light Horse Brigade (Queensland): 1st (Central Queensland), 2nd (Queensland Mounted Infantry), 3rd (Darling Downs), 4th (Northern Rivers Lancers) and 27th (North Queensland) Light Horse Regiments
2nd Light Horse Brigade (New South Wales): 5th (New England) and 6th (Hunter River Lancers) Light Horse Regiments
3rd Light Horse Brigade (New South Wales): 7th (New South Wales Lancers), 9th (New South Wales Mounted Rifles), 11th (Australian Horse) and 28th (Illawarra) Light Horse Regiments
5th Light Horse Brigade (Victoria): 13th (Gippsland), 15th (Victorian Mounted Rifles), and 16th (Indi) Light Horse Regiments
7th Light Horse Brigade (Victoria): 17th (Campaspe), 19th (Yarrowee), and 20th (Corangamite) and 29th (Port Phillip Horse) Light Horse Regiments
8th Light Horse Brigade (South Australia): 22nd (South Australian Mounted Rifles), 23rd (Barossa), and 24th (Flinders) Light Horse Regiments
25th (Western Australian Mounted Infantry) Light Horse Regiment
26th (Tasmanian Mounted Infantry) Light Horse Regiment. The bayonet has excellent markings to the blade and it's scabbard leather but the any surviving regt markings on the steel hilt mounts are now fully obscured by age.
Code: 19952Price: 1550.00 GBP
Probably The Rarest Regimental Early SMLE & It's Original Bayonet AvailableWe have now tracked down it's original KRR regimental issue bayonet that the rifle was issued with in WW1. This rarest SMLE must not be confused in any way to a regular WW1 issued SMLE example, in comparison to value and rarity. These earliest and non altered SMLE rifles make hens teeth look frightfully common. All parts both rifle and bayonet are regimentally marked for the 1st Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps. A 1910 SMLE MKIII rifle, with it's original, KRR issued Enfield bayonet fully regimentally marked. Also bearing on the rifle it's King's Crown GR stamp, LSA [London Small Arms] ordnance maker mark, and manufactured date of 1910. It has it's earliest type of long range sight [calibrated from 1600 to 2800 yards] with it's complete matching rear site, also it's magazine cut-off, and it's regimental disc stamp with the regimental marking of issue to the KRR, [Kings Royal Rifles Corps] in 1911. It further has it's third front swivel loop present, and an original WW1 leather sling, dated and stamped, and ordnance issued oil bottle contained within the butt. This is one of the earliest untouched and most complete SMLE Mk3 rifles we have seen in over 40 years. This example cannot be compared in rarity in any way to the later WW1 made SMLE rifles. It has all the original features that were later adapted or always removed [such as long range sight, fore and aft, & magazine cut-off ]. It also has it's bayonet maker marked by Enfield , pattern date 1907, and regimental issue date. The Kings Royal Rifles are one of the great heroic regiments of WW1, and thus this remarkable rifle has every and all the rarest early features that one can pray to see but never does! Complete with it's most desirable Enfield bayonet with matching markings. One could only theoretically see another such rare and complete earliest example SMLE in the Imperial War Museum in London, and possibly, not even there. The rifle has quite clearly seen exemplary service in WW1, and certainly shows it, with all the dings and scuffs one must expect to see. But, somehow, by some minor miracle, it has escaped adaption and change over the past 115 years, and therefore survived to be offered by us. The KRRC were awarded 9 Victoria Crosses in WW1. Here follows just a mere tiny snippet of the regiments history of WW1; France and Belgium 1914
Mons-23rd and 24th August
The strategy in 1914 was entirely subservient to the French. Marshal Joffre considered that no attacks in force would take place north of the River Oise. The British army was concentrated far forward on the left of the Fifth French Army, the I and II Corps being allotted about twenty-five miles to hold around Mons, their left flank in the air. It was on this flank that the German decisive attack had been planned to fall; luckily its strength was reduced by the withdrawal of two corps to East Prussia on the Russian threat developing. The 1st and 2nd Battalions mobilized on 4th August and left for France on 12th August, with the 6th Brigade of the 2nd Division and the 2nd Brigade of the 1st Division respectively.
Retreat From Mons
The Fifth French Army retired on 23rd August and Sir Douglas Haig's I Corps, in which both our battalions served, was attacked on the same day and commenced its retreat on the 24th. This retreat continued without further serious fighting by either the 1st or 2nd Division until 5th September, during which period about 180 miles were covered and some rear-guard actions fought. This immunity from resolute pursuit was due largely to the splendid stand of the II Corps at Le Cateau on 26th August.
The Marne-1st to 6th September
On the River Marne the retreat was stopped. The French counter-attacked and the German flank was threatened by the whole of the French Sixth Army, which had been hastily created and rushed round Paris. On 6th September both our battalions advanced with renewed vigour and hope. The advance continued until 14th September, when heavy fighting ensued for possession of the high ground along the Chemin des Dames, east of the River Aisne. During this period one action deserves recording.
On 10th September the 1st Battalion formed part of the advance guard to the 2nd Division. Suddenly in the morning mist a German force of about equal strength was seen advancing on another road. The Battalion had reached the southern end of the village of Hautevesnes. The 50th Battery opened fire at 1,500 yards and Lieutenant-Colonel Northey made immediate dispositions to attack, "C" Company advancing about 400 yards past the battery, and "B" Company advancing by a sunken lane to reinforce "C." From the KRRC Assoc. Deactivated in 1995 with certificate, superbly dry fires and strips etc. Not for sale to under 18's, not suitable for export. Out of interest, the British Army infantryman was issued, 105 years ago, a rifle of this quality that was sighted to 2800 yards. The currently issued British Army rifle, the SA80, fires a bullet narrower than a .22 air rifle pellet, sighted up to a mere 400 metres effective range. Not suitable for export or to sale to under 18's. Deactivated in 1995 with Birmingham proof house deact stamps and Certificate.
Code: 19949Price: 1350.00 GBP
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