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WW1 TANK CORPS CREW / DRIVER SPLATTER MASKA very rare Tank Corps splatter mask in excellent condition for age. More photos available if needed.
Most World War I tanks could travel only at about a walking pace at best. Their steel armour could stop small arms fire and fragments from high-explosive artillery shells. However they were vulnerable to a direct hit from artillery and mortar shells. The environment inside was extremely unpleasant; as ventilation was inadequate the atmosphere was heavy with poisonous carbon monoxide from the engine and firing the weapons, fuel and oil vapours from the engine and cordite fumes from the weapons. Temperatures inside could reach 50°C (122°F). Entire crews lost consciousness inside the tanks, or collapsed when again exposed to fresh air.
To counter the danger of bullet splash or fragments knocked off the inside of the hull, the crew driver wore splatter mask, which was metal covered in heavy leather and chainmail. Gas masks were also standard issue, as they were to all soldiers at this point in the war due to the use of chemical warfare. The side armour of 8 mm initially made them largely immune to small arms fire, but could be penetrated by the recently developed armour-piercing K bullets. There was also the danger of being overrun by infantry and attacked with grenades. The next generation had thicker armour, making them nearly immune to the K bullets. In response, the Germans developed a larger purpose-made anti-tank rifle, and also a Geballte Ladung ("Bunched Charge")—several regular stick grenades bundled together for a much bigger explosion.
Code: 53626Price: 1200.00 GBP
UNITED SERVICES CORPS CAP BADGEA fine brass cap badge, with two loops to the reverse.
Looks like a QVC, but is in fact the St Edwards Crown. USC started life as the Veterans Corps and Employment Bureau in 1908. The Veterans Corps and Employment Bureau were very similar to the Corps of Commissionaires, USC folded in 1973 and all remaining 444 members merged into the Corps of Commissionaires.
Code: 53624Price: 25.00 GBP
WW2 ROYAL ARTILLERY ANTI AIRCRAFT COMMAND, 602nd HEAVY ANTI AIRCRAFT [WELSH] T.A COMBINATIONA fine woven and silk formation combination.
THE THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUN MECHANISM MADE EASY MODEL 1928. 45 CALIBREA fine good condition book by Gale & Polden Ltd Aldershot. Fully illustrated with 17 photographic plates. [see photos]
Code: 53618Price: 25.00 GBP
78th INFANTRY DIVISION, 11th INFANTRY BRIGADE, 1st EAST SURREY REGIMENT SHOULDER SLIP ON.A fine possibly African campaign shoulder slip on, with two embroidered formation signs.
Code: 53620Price: 100.00 GBP
WW1 2nd BATTALION THE DORSET REGIMENT PHOTO OF YOUNG SOLDIER.A fine young soldier photo on card. By E. Denison-Binns 44 Mersea Rd, Colchester. 117mm x 170 mm. nice item, with some glue residue to reverse, [see photos].
Code: 53623Price: 25.00 GBP
1st BATTALION EAST SURREY, 4th INFANTRY DIVISION SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE.A fine stiff manufacture tropical shoulder slip on, with printed & woven formation signs. Name written to reverse.
Code: 53621Price: 100.00 GBP
THE BROWNING HEAVY MACHINE GUN 300 CALIBRE MODEL 1917 [WATER COOLED] MECHANISM MADE EASY BOOKA fine good condition book by Gale & Polden Ltd Aldershot. Fully illustrated with 15 photographic plates. [see photos]
Code: 53619Price: 25.00 GBP
WW2 WOMENS LAND ARMY BADGEA enamel Womens land Army badge, with brooch fixing to reverse.
Code: 53617Price: 12.00 GBP
KINGS CROWN ROYAL ARTILLERY BOW ENAMEL SWEETHEART BROOCHA fine good condition silver sweetheart brooch. 33mm in height.
Code: 53616Price: 22.00 GBP
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