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Original & genuine signature & a photo, Montgomery of Alamein - BO 225 / 5655
An original sigature of Field Marshall Montgomery of Alamein dated 30th August 1952. Framed with a b&W image, the whole measuring 10" x 8" and in superb condition. Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, often referred to as "Monty", was a British Army officer. He saw action in World War I, and during World War II he successfully commanded Allied forces at the Battle of El Alamein, a major turning point in the Western Desert Campaign. He was later a prominent commander in Italy and North-West Europe, where he was in command of all Allied ground forces during Operation Overlord until after the Battle of Normandy, and was the principal commander for Operation Market Garden. After the War he became Commander-in-Chief of the British Forces of Occupation in Germany and then Chief of the Imperial General Staff. Price includes UK delivery.

Original First Edition 'Firearms Curiosa' Book by Lewis Winant BO 220 - BO 220
This book is an original first edition book, missing it's dust cover, by Lewis Winant. It covers combination weapons, miniture firearms, two barrel revolvers, squeezers and knuckledusters and much more. It is fully illustrated and in good condition. The price includes UK delivery.

Air Raid Precautions Handbook No.2, titled 'First aid and Nursing for Gas Casualties', dated 1938. BO 708. - BO 708
This original pocket sized handbook issued by the Home Office, measures 16x10 cms and contains 47 pages of advice and First aid instruction for the treatment of gas casualties including, chemical substances contained in gas and classification of gases, war gases other than blister gas, blister gases, other poisonous substances, handling of gas casualties, table of gases, routine oxgen administration and notes on the nursing of gas casualties and combined gas and wound casualties. The handbook was published as part of the ' Air Raid Precautions handbooks ' series. Price includes UK delivery.

SOLD SOLD (27/09) Original complete album of Cigarette cards titled 'South African Defence'. Part of the Soldiers and their weapons through the centuries series, designed and printed by Hortors Limited, Capetown. BO 707 - BO 707
This hard back album measuring 27x21x2 cms was issued by arrangement with The United Tobacco Co's. (South) Ltd, Westminster Tobacco Co. (C.T.&L.) Ltd and Policansky Brothers Ltd. The album's introduction is signed by a Lt-Colonel Trew and contains 100 original colourful cigarette cards on 63 pages, depicting South African Defence Forces from the Boer war to the begining of WW2, including Artillery, Air Force, Infantry, Police, Weapons, Commandos (Boer War), The Navy, Supply Services, Signals, Engineers and Medical Services. The album is not dated but is part of a series of cigarette card albums published by Hortors Ltd, circa 1940. The highly informative decriptive text which accompanies each cigarette card is in both English and Afrikaans. Price includes UK delivery.

Orginal WW2 British Royal Navy Submarine Captains Ship Log Book. ( 2 available) - BO 706
An identical pair of original & un-issued 1932 pattern British Royal Navy Captains Ship Books (Submarine) dated April 1942. Measuring 15" x 12" with hardback covers, leather bound and containing 20 chapters for the Captain to complete, including Air Tests, Actions, Ammo, Armamment, Battery, Dimensions, , Mines, magazines etc etc. In superb condition, all pages empty of any entries. Price is per log book and includes Uk delivery.

Land Service Handbook for the Ordnance, Q.F. 3.7 inch, Mark II on Mounting, 3.7 inch A.A., Mark II, dated 1940 and handwritten Anti Aircraft, Gun Fitters note book dated 22/12/43 to 02/02/44. BO 702. - BO 702
The Ordnance handbook measures 15cms x 24cms and contains 188 pages. The Handbook is nicely illustrated throughout and contains 27 pull out 'plates' detailing Gun Bodies, Breech Mechanisms, Gun Arrangements and Fuses. The handbook covers a broad range of topics regarding Anti Aircraft Ordnance, Gun Mounting, breech mechanisms, markings on ammunition and packages together with care and preservation of ordnance and fittings. The handbook is accompanied by a neatley handwritten, hard back note book previously owned by Gun fitter, R. Cunningham, 1941110 1st AA Command School, Sidcup Kent. The note book measures 16 x 20 cms and is full of hand written notes and hand drawn diagrams regarding Anti Aircraft ordnance and mountings. The note book contains 2 seperate loose diagram inserts depicting AA mounting and firing mechanisms and a seperate printed generating set, unit maintenance checklist. price includes UK delivery.

An original HMSO book, 'Handbook of the 18-PR Q.F. Gun, Land Service' dated February 1913 BO 216 - BO 216
An original HMSO book, 'Handbook of the 18-PR Q.F. Gun, Land Service' dated February 1913. The 18-pr Gun was one of the two field equipments that provided the backbone of the British artillery in World War 1. This handbook covers all aspects of the gun, carriage and ammunition and is fully illustrated including pull out illustrations. The book measures 240mm x 155mm and is in good condition. The price includes UK delivery.

An original 'The Complete Lewis Gunner' book dated 1941 BO 214 - BO 214
An original 'The Complete Lewis Gunner, by an Instructor' book dated 1941. This book also comes with notes on the .300 (American) Lewis Gun. It covers the evolution of the Lewis gun, an instruction on all stationary and moving parts, stripping, loading and unloading and much more. It is fully illustrated including pull out illustrations. It is published by Gale and Poulden and is 185mm x125mm and consists of 76 pages. It is in good condition and the price includes UK delivery.

A Short History of The Border Regiment, dated 1944 - BO 695
This booklet specially published for the 2nd Cumberland (Carslisle City) Battalion, Home Guard to commemorate The Border Regiment week in Carslisle 2-9 September 1944, measures 13cms x 19.5 cms and contains 31 pages detailing the history of the Border Regiment, the Regiments Colours, Badge, Uniform and memorable actions and postings of the Regiment from it's formation in 1702 to 1939 including Spain and France during the Napoleonic Wars, India, The Zulu Wars, The South African Wars and WW1. The booklet is nicely illustrated with colour images of the regiments colours and uniform. Price includes UK delivery.

An Original Book, 'Nicknames and Traditions in the Army' dated 1891 BO 212 - BO 212
An Original Book, 'Nicknames and Traditions in the Army' dated 1891. It traces the origins of the regiments of the British Army and how they came by their nicknames. This book is recommended for use as a reference on the history and traditions of the Royal Army. It measures 180mm x 125mm and is hard backed and in good condition. The price includes UK delivery.
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