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LONG RANGE DESERT GROUP WW2 BERET BADGEA very scarce Long Range Desert Group beret badge, die cast with two loops to reverse. A little rubbed, but you can still see slight definition in the Scorpions back, an excellent original item. Lots of fakes about as we all know, came from a good source. More photos if required. Just email me, or I can send photos.
The Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) was a reconnaissance and raiding unit of the British Army during the Second World War. The commander of the German Afrika Corps, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, admitted that the LRDG "caused us more damage than any other British unit of equal strength".
Originally called the Long Range Patrol (LRP), the unit was founded in Egypt in June 1940 by Major Ralph A. Bagnold, acting under the direction of General Archibald Wavell. Bagnold was assisted by Captain Patrick Clayton and Captain William Shaw. At first the majority of the men were from New Zealand, but they were soon joined by Rhodesian and British volunteers, whereupon new sub-units were formed and the name was changed to the better-known Long Range Desert Group (LRDG). The LRDG never numbered more than 350 men, all of whom were volunteers.
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 Special Air Service and secret agents across the desert. During the Desert Campaign between December 1940 and April 1943, the vehicles of the LRDG operated constantly behind the Axis lines, missing a total of only 15 days during the entire period. Possibly their most notable offensive action was during Operation Caravan, an attack on the town of Barce and its associated airfield, on the night of 13 September 1942. However, their most vital role was the 'Road Watch', during which they clandestinely monitored traffic on the main road from Tripoli to Benghazi, transmitting the intelligence to British Army Headquarters.
With the surrender of the Axis forces in Tunisia in May 1943, the LRDG changed roles and moved operations to the eastern Mediterranean, carrying out missions in the Greek islands, Italy and the Balkans. After the end of the war in Europe, the leaders of the LRDG made a request to the War Office for the unit to be transferred to the Far East to conduct operations against the Japanese Empire. The request was declined and the LRDG was disbanded in August 1945.
Code: 53653Price: 800.00 GBP
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
WW2 CANADIAN 2nd ARMOURED CAR REGIMENT CAP BADGEA fine gilding metal cap badge, with two loop fixings and maker W Scully Ltd Montreal to reverse.
ROYAL TANK REGIMENT [FACING BACKWARDS] CAP BADGEA fine scarce Royal Tank Corps scarce 1924 white metal beret badge.
Die-stamped. Tank facing backwards (viewer's right). (KK 1922) Two Loops to reverse.
9th BATTALION TANK CORPS RTR SLEEVE BADGE A fine 9th Battalion Tank Corps / RTR sleeve badge. Die-stamped brass. Loops to reverse. Divisional sign of the 3rd French Infantry Division who awarded it to the 9th Bn. Tank Corps for the Battle of Moreuil 23rd July 1918.
MALAYAN SCOUT [MPAJA] CAP BADGEMalayan Peoples Anti Japanese Army (MPAJA) Cap Badge.
A nice original cast locally made cap badge, with two loops to rear.
The Malayan People's Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA) was 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.
Code: 53441Price: 160.00 GBP
ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS WW2 BERET BADGE A fine 2nd pattern die struck white metal mint example with North south lugs.
A mailed gauntlet for the right hand, fist clenched, with a billet on the wrist inscribed R A C. With an Imperial crown. 1942-1953.
Vgc Ref KK Vol 2 1919
Code: 53427Price: 20.00 GBP
LONG RANGE DESERT GROUP WW2 SILVER STICK PIN / SWEETHEARTA very scarce silver stick pin of the Long Range Desert Group. STG SIL to reverse. After research it apears to be a Sterling Silver mark is from New Zealand. Also has TMJ initials to reverse. Excellent example of perhaps a sweetheart as the radius is only 20 mm.
GURKHA INDEPENDENT PARACHUTE COMPANY ANODISED BERET BADGEA good scarce 1963 to 68 example. Crossed kurkris with parachute set above, two lugs to reverse, and backing plate.
This unit was formed from volunteers from all eight regiments and corps units of the Brigade of Gurkhas on 1 January 1963, with the original role of airfield seizure for 17th Gurkha Division, with an all ranks strength of 128 men. Parachute training was conducted in Malaya, with selection carried out at Johore Baru under Captain Bruce Niven of the 10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles.
3rd INFANTRY DIVISION [CHINDITS] BULLION FORMATION SIGNA fine scarce Officers Bullion formation sign. Reference Cole 77
Made history with their airborne invasions penetrating deep into Burma under Major General Orde Wingate D.S.O.
The Chindits were disbanded in February 1945. Several of the brigade headquarters and many of the veterans of the Chindit operations were reformed and merged into 44th Airborne Division, while the force headquarters and signals units formed the core of XXXIV Indian Corps.
Code: 53401Price: 150.00 GBP
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