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GUARDS MACHINE GUN REGIMENT WW1 CAP BADGE

GUARDS MACHINE GUN REGIMENT WW1 CAP BADGE

A fine scarce die-stamped white metal example on cut off slider circa 1916-18. Five pointed star with circlet inscribed “Quinque juncta in uno 1916”. To the centre a crowned GMG cypher; the principal points of the star in the form of a bullet, between the bullets, the grenade, Rose, Thistle, Shamrock and Leek. Reference KK Vol 1 item 923 page 241.

Code: 54413

70.00 GBP


SPECIAL SERVICE BATTALION No 5 COMMANDO SHOULDER TITLE

SPECIAL SERVICE BATTALION No 5 COMMANDO SHOULDER TITLE

A fine rare theatre made shoulder title, possibly cast Indian with two loops to reverse.

No. 5 Commando was a battalion-sized commando unit of the British Army during the Second World War.

Formed in July 1940, the unit took part in a couple of small-scale raids in France in 1941 and contributed some personnel to Operation Chariot before taking part in the landings on Madagascar in 1942. In late 1943 it was sent to India with the rest of the 3rd Special Service Brigade and subsequently took part in operations in Burma throughout 1944 and 1945.

Following the end of the war the unit undertook occupation duties in Hong Kong where they were amalgamated with No. 1 Commando on 23 March 1946 to form 1/5 Commando before eventually being disbanded in February 1947.

Code: 54415

250.00 GBP


WW2 GLIDER PILOT REGIMENT STAFF CAR OFFICIAL BADGE

WW2 GLIDER PILOT REGIMENT STAFF CAR OFFICIAL BADGE

A mint example of a chrome and enamel Staff car badge, With maker JR Gaunt to bottom. 140mm high. Plain chrome to reverse.
If collecting to the Regiment, it would make an excellent centre piece.

Code: 54341

200.00 GBP


BRITISH 2nd ARMOURED CAR, ROYAL AIR FORCE CAP BADGE

BRITISH 2nd ARMOURED CAR, ROYAL AIR FORCE CAP BADGE

White metal arm badge with 2 blades to reverse. Formed in 1922 by the RAF for the defence of Iran, Transjordan and Kuwait. Air power alone was insufficient so a hard hitting mobile ground force was formed. No. 2 company looked after Transjordan. Shortly after renamed Iraq Levies under RAF control. 37mm x 25mm

Code: 54309

80.00 GBP


WW1 MOTOR MACHINE GUN PAIR COLLAR BADGES.

WW1 MOTOR MACHINE GUN PAIR COLLAR BADGES.

A fine pair of brass, but bronze looking cast collar badges, both with two loops to reverse.

Code: 54264

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WW2 SCARCE NO 5 FREE NORWEGIAN TROOP / 10th INTER ALLIED COMMANDO OFFICERS CAP BADGE

WW2 SCARCE NO 5 FREE NORWEGIAN TROOP / 10th INTER ALLIED COMMANDO OFFICERS CAP BADGE

A fine scarce Officers Silver hallmarked Ancor, Lion and T for Birmingham 1943, with maker JR Gaunt & Sons to reverse. Worn only 1942 to 45.

The No. 5 Norwegian Troop was formed in August 1942 under command Captain Rolv Hauge, the men of the troop came from refugees brought back to Britain after commando raids and sailors stranded abroad after the German invasion of Norway.
The H7 is the monogram of King Haakon VII and was used as a symbol of freedom. 3.6cm in diameter.

Scarce.

In August 1942 Hauge was given the command of No. 5 Norwegian Troop of the No. 10 (Inter-Allied) Commando, with the rank of captain. Hauge was authorized to select volunteers from the whole Norwegian Brigade, but with the core from Company 4 which recently had undergone the shock troops training course. The unit was initially based in Nefyn in Wales, and underwent a standard three-week Commando Hardening Course in Achnacarry before they were accepted as commandos.

In January 1943 a detachment from the troop participated in Operation Cartoon, an attack on the pyrite mines of Stordø Kisgruber at Litlabø near Sagvåg in Stord, Norway. From May 1943 the unit was based in Eastbourne and went through intensive training in preparation for landing operations. From January 1944 they were stationed in Shetland, where they took part in raids to the Norwegian coast, and in June they moved back to Eastbourne. Hauge's unit took part in the Battle of the Scheldt, in particular the Operation Infatuate, the victorious attack on Walcheren in November 1944.Hauge's report from the attack on Walcheren is reprinted in Eystein Fjærli's book from 1982. The unit had a loss of four killed and seventeen wounded during the eight days of the attack, Hauge being amongst the wounded. While recuperating, Hauge was awarded the British Military Cross for his leadership during the Walcheren battle.

In January 1945, No. 5 Norwegian Troop took part in the attack on the island Kapelsche Veer, along with No. 47 (Royal Marine) Commando. This attack was not an immediate success, but the island was conquered by Canadian troops a few weeks later. After the first Norwegian assault against the German lines had resulted in more than 50% casualties, Hauge had called off the renewed attacks ordered by No. 47 (Royal Marine) Commando. No. 5 Norwegian Troop saw no further fighting during the war after the Kapelsche Veer attack, being instead sent to officially neutral Sweden on 1 May 1945. On 9 May 1945, eight days after arriving in Sweden, Hauge led No. 5 Norwegian Troop over the border to Norway to take part in the disarming of the surrendered German forces there. When Crown Prince Olav returned to Norway on 13 May, No. 5 Norwegian Troop formed his guard of honour.

Among Hauge's war decorations were the St. Olav's Medal With Oak Branch, the Norwegian War Medal, the Defence Medal 1940–1945, the Haakon VII 70th Anniversary Medal, the British Military Cross, the 1939–45 Star, and the France and Germany Star.

Code: 54253

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WW1 MOTOR MACHINE GUN CORPS OFFICERS WW1 FIELD SERVICE CAP / COLLAR BADGE.

WW1 MOTOR MACHINE GUN CORPS OFFICERS WW1 FIELD SERVICE CAP / COLLAR BADGE.

A scarce bronze 1914 to 1918 example, with four loops to reverse.

Once the fighting on the Western Front had settled down (by late 1914) the opportunities for motor machine gun units to operate as a mobile force were limited indeed. In many cases they had to operate as conventional machine-gun sections. However, they came into their own once again during the great advances of 1918, beginning with the Battle of Amiens on 8 August. Elsewhere, and most particularly in Egypt, Palestine, East Africa and Mesopotamia, the mobility of the units was of great value and they saw considerable action in these theatres.

A MMG Squadron joined the Royal Naval Division on 17 March 1915 and served with it on Gallipoli in April and May 1915. By the opening of the Battle of Loos on 25 September 1915, there were 18 MMG Batteries with the BEF, of which two were Canadian. Five of them were engaged at Loos.

A battery included 18 cycle/sidecar combinations, carrying 6 Vickers machine guns with ammunition and spare equipment; 8 motorcycles without sidecars; 2 or 3 wagons or cars; and a sidecar combination for the officer commanding.

The creation of the MGC in October 1915 incorporated the Motor Machine Gun Service, which now became known as the Machine Gun Corps (Motors). At this time the MGC(M) had around 3000 men.

From late 1916, many men of the MGC(M) transferred to the Heavy Section, MGC (later to be known as the Tank Corps). In 1922, the Tank Corps absorbed the MGC(M) completely and the Motor Machine guns units disappeared from the British army's order of battle.

Code: 54250

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VERY RARE FREE FRENCH 1st BATTALION FUSILIERS MARINE COMMANDO KIEFFER GREEN BERET.

VERY RARE FREE FRENCH 1st BATTALION FUSILIERS MARINE COMMANDO KIEFFER GREEN BERET.

A Kieffer Commando Beret, a good quality example by Kangol Wear Ltd., dated 1945, an attached embroidered triangular cloth badge featuring a red commando knife on navy, the cloth also mounted with a gilt metal double cross of Lorraine, a pinned through. With J R Gaunt maker 1943 to reverse of bronze cap badge for the ‘1 ct Bllon F.M. Commando), very good condition.
Bought from a very reputable auction house.
1er Bataillon de Fusiliers Marins Commandos was a Fusiliers Marins commando unit of the Free French Navy, raised in 1942, which served during the Second World War. Its initial Commandant was then-Lieutenant de Vaisseau (Captain) Philippe Kieffer of the Free French Navy, under whose command they participated in the Normandy landings in 1944.

The battalion was initially assigned to No.4 Commando of the British Army's 1st Special Service Brigade, serving as its 5th and 6th Troops.
Philippe Kieffer commanded the operations of the 177 men of the 1er Bataillon de Fusiliers Marins Commandos, from June 6 in Normandy. They disembarked from landing craft at 07:31 hours on Sword beach, on the east of the Allied landing near Colleville-Montgomery. They were the first to be unloaded in this sector with No.4 Commando's landing craft having to let them pass to the lead as initially planned. Their specific objective was to achieve a breach 500 metres (1,600 ft) to the west of Riva Bella in support of the 3rd Infantry Division.
In spite of significant losses, the commandos seized the 50 mm anti-tank gun encuvée – an armoured artillery position like a small bunker – which had disabled LCI 523 (1Re Troop). They then took the former Casino de Riva-Bella before advancing between Colleville and Saint-Aubin-d'Arquenay to meet the British paratroopers of the 6th Airborne Division at Pegasus Bridge (Bénouville), arriving around 16:30 hours. There, the French commandos occupied the perimeter of the lime pit towards 20:00 hours. By the evening of June 6, the 1er BFMC had lost almost 25% of its personnel with 27 killed in combat, and many wounded including their commander Kieffer, who had been wounded twice in the course of the day.

The French Commandos Marine fought in Normandy until 27 August 1944

Code: 54178

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ROYAL TANK REGIMENT [FACING BACKWARDS] CAP BADGE

ROYAL TANK REGIMENT [FACING BACKWARDS] CAP BADGE

A rare cap badge , with two loops to reverse. Ref Gaylor Plate 5.

The Regiment's numerous units took part in countless battles in the Second World War, including the Battle of Dunkirk, El Alamein, Italian Campaign, Burma Campaign and D-Day landings of 6 June 1944. Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery would frequently wear the regiment's beret, with his Field Marshal's badge sewn on next to the regimental cap badge, as it was more practical whilst travelling on a tank than either a formal peaked hat or the Australian slouch hat he previously wore.

Code: 54187

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WW2 ROYAL TANK REGIMENT CAP BADGE & COLLAR SET..

WW2 ROYAL TANK REGIMENT CAP BADGE & COLLAR SET..

A fine w/m cap badge & collar set. Each with two loop fixing to reverse. Reference

The Regiment's numerous units took part in countless battles in the Second World War, including the Battle of Dunkirk, El Alamein, Italian Campaign, Burma Campaign and D-Day landings of 6 June 1944. Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery would frequently wear the regiment's beret, with his Field Marshal's badge sewn on next to the regimental cap badge, as it was more practical whilst travelling on a tank than either a formal peaked hat or the Australian slouch hat he previously wore.

Code: 54189

70.00 GBP