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WW1 British Prince Of Wales Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) 15th (Leeds) Battalion (Leeds Pals) Other Ranks Peaked Service Cap With Regimental Cap Badge. Sn 16182:3 - 16182:3
The Leeds Pals were a First World War Pals battalion of Kitchener's Army raised in the West Yorkshire city of Leeds. When the battalion was taken over by the British Army it was officially named the 15th Battalion (1st Leeds), The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). The battalion was formed in September 1914 and underwent training at Colsterdale in the Yorkshire Dales. It became part of the 93rd Brigade of the 31st Division, along with the two Bradford Pals battalions (16th and 18th Battalions, The West Yorkshire Regiment). In December 1915 the Leeds Pals were deployed to Egypt to defend the Suez Canal from the threat of the Ottoman Empire. In March 1916 the battalion landed in France, joining the British build up for the Battle of the Somme. On the first day on the Somme, 1 July 1916, the 31st Division attacked towards the village of Serre and the Leeds Pals advanced from a line of copses named after the Gospels. The battalion was shelled in its trenches before Zero Hour (7.30 am) and when it advanced, it was met by heavy machine gun fire. A few men got as far as the German barbed wire but no further. Later in the morning the German defenders came out to clear the bodies off their wire, killing any that were still alive. The battalion casualties, sustained in the few minutes after Zero, were 24 officers and 504 other ranks, of which 15 officers and 233 other ranks were killed. In December 1917 the Leeds Pals were amalgamated with the 2nd Leeds battalion (17th Battalion, The West Yorkshire Regiment, a Bantam battalion) to form the 15th/17th Battalion, The West Yorkshire Regiment. This is a nice, original, WW1 British OR’s Prince Of Wales Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) 15th (Leeds) Battalion (Leeds Pals) Service Cap in very good condition. It has just one small old moth hole on the crown near to the peak only visible on close inspection . It has the correct thin leather chin strap secured by 2 embossed general service brass buttons and vent holes at either side. It also retains its original liner and headband. The cap is mounted with an original brass Prince Of Wales Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) 15th (Leeds) Battalion (Leeds Pals) cap badge.The cap is approx UK size 6 1/2. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16182:3
£275.00

WW1 British Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) Other Ranks Peaked Service Cap With Regimental Cap Badge. Sn 16182:2 - 16182:2
The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) was a line infantry regiment of the British Army in continuous existence for 283 years. It was known as the 7th Regiment of Foot until the Childers Reforms of 1881. The regiment served in many wars and conflicts throughout its long existence, including the Second Boer War, the First World War and the Second World War. In 1968, the regiment was amalgamated with the other regiments of the Fusilier Brigade – the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers and the Lancashire Fusiliers – to form a new large regiment, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. The Royal Fusiliers War Memorial, a monument dedicated to the almost 22,000 Royal Fusiliers who died during the First World War, stands on Holborn in the City of London. This is a nice, original, WW1 British OR’s Royal Fusiliers Service Cap in good condition with just small areas of old stable mothing which does not affect the overall appearance of the cap. It has the correct thin leather chin strap secured by 2 embossed general service brass buttons and vent holes at either side. It also retains its original liner and headband. The cap is mounted with an original brass Royal Fusiliers cap badge with King’s crown & ignited grenade with central rose and Latin motto. The cap is approx UK size 6. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16182:2
£275.00

**SOLD**SOLD**17/4**WW1 British Motor Machine Gun Corps (MMG) Other Ranks Peaked Service Cap With Regimental Cap Badge. Sn 16182:1 - 16182:1
The Machine Gun Corps (MGC) was formed in October 1915 in response to the need for more effective use of machine guns on the Western Front in the First World War. The Heavy Branch of the MGC was the first to use tanks in combat and was subsequently turned into the Tank Corps, later called the Royal Tank Regiment. The MMG, Motor Branch of the MGC was formed by absorbing the armoured car squadrons of the recently disbanded Royal Naval Armoured Car Service. It formed several types of units: motor cycle batteries, light armoured motor batteries (LAMB) and light car patrols. As well as motor cycles, other vehicles used included Rolls-Royce and Ford Model T cars. The MGC remained in existence after the war until it was disbanded in 1922. The MGC saw action in all the main theatres of war, including France and Belgium, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Salonika, East Africa and Italy. In its short history, the MGC gained an enviable record for heroism as a front line fighting force. Indeed, in the latter part of the war, as tactics changed to defence in depth, it commonly served well in advance of the front line. It had a less enviable record for its casualty rate. Some 170,500 officers and men served in the MGC, with 62,049 becoming casualties, including 12,498 killed, earning it the nickname 'the Suicide Club'. This is a nice, original, WW1 British OR’s MMG Service Cap in very good condition with no mothing. It has the correct thin leather chin strap secured by 2 embossed general service brass buttons and vent holes at either side. It also retains its original liner and headband. The cap is mounted with an original brass MMG cap badge with King’s crown & crossed Vickers heavy machine guns which were the primary weapon of the MGC, above white metal ‘MMG’ title. The cap is approx UK size 6 1/2. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16182:1
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (08/03) WW2 1943 British WD Chindit Burma Issue Tropical Slouch / Bush Hat By Moores London With Royal Engineers Divisional/ Formation Patch. Sn 16003 - 16003
This is an excellent, original, Slouch / Bush Hat which were issued to Chindit Troops during the Burma Campaign. It has its original pleated cloth headband and it's khaki body is undamaged. It has it' original ventilation holes at the edge of the crown. The right side of the skull is stitch mounted with it's original cloth Divisional/ Formation Patch of the Royal Engineers. The hat has it's original leather sweatband which is crisply impressed '7' (size) together with WD arrow and 1943 date. It also has manufacturer detail ‘Moores London’. All material is clean & intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16003
£0.00

West Point United States Military Academy Cadet Shako To WW2 & Korea Highly Decorated U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Thomas James Bartley Shanley. Sn 15980:10 - 15980:10
Thomas James Bartley Shanley graduated from the prestigious U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, Class of 1939. He saw much action in WW2 and served in Korea. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division attached to the 508th Parachute Infantry regiment (Red Devils). When serving in the UK he was based at Wollaton park Nottingham. He was promoted to Colonel in 1944. During his service he was highly decorated and awarded many decorations comprising : Silver Star, Bronze Star x2, Combat Medal, Purple Heart, Croix De Guerre, US Defence Medal, US Campaign Medal, Europe / Africa Campaign Medal With 4 battle Stars, WW2 Victory Medal, WW2 Occupation Medal, National Defence Medal, Korea Medal, Distinguished service Citation, Meritous Service Citation, French Fourrage, Belgian Fourrage, Militaire & Orde Decree Of Knight (Holland). The following text is abstracted from the Officers Silver Star award citation “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) Thomas James Bartley Shanley (ASN: 0-21828), United States Army, for gallantry in action one mile west of ****, France, between 6 June and 10 June 1944. Lieutenant Colonel Shanley, Commanding the Second Battalion, 808th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, dropped by parachute north of *** and assembled approximately 400 officers and men within enemy positions. Despite continuous activity of static and mobile anti-airborne enemy landing groups supported by artillery, mortars and numerous machine guns placed at strategic points, he seized Hill 30 west of the Merderet River. Lacking artillery and with only such equipment, supplies and ammunition as could be recovered from the DZ, Lieutenant Colonel Shanley organized and conducted such an aggressive defense of Hill 30 that continually mounting counter-attacks by numerically superior enemy forced failed to penetrated his defenses during the five days prior to relieve by other United States forces. Lieutenant Colonel Shanley's own will to resist at all cost, and his personal indifference to the hazards of the position were the prime factors in its successful defense. He distinguished himself throughout this period by extraordinary heroism involving risk of life beyond the call of duty. His superb courage in the exercise of outstanding leadership in a critical situation inspired and encouraged all who shared danger to emulate his example in the execution of an extremely difficult and hazardous mission. He was directly responsible for the immobilization of considerable enemy strength which might have been used to imperil the successful operations of other airborne elements east of the Merderet River. His performance was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army”. Lt Col Shanley retired as a U.S. Army Colonel & died in 2004. This West Point Cadet’s Shako belonged to Lt Col Shanley. It has a black felt covering with a patent leather flat top. It has an impressive, large brass West Point plate with Academy arms and motto. It has the correct cockade, patent leather peak with brass rim and embossed brass ‘USMA Cadet American Eagle’ bosses with leather chin strap. The Shako is complete with its original leather sweatband which has some service wear. The sweatband has its original stamp ‘ The Cadet Store West Point NY’ and size label ‘7 1/8’. The Shako is accompanied by a hand written list of the Officer's awards which was acquired with this item. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15980:10
£575.00

WW2 Era Nazi German Hitler Youth (HJ) Blue Cloth Visored Field Cap With Enamelled HJ Pin Cap Badge RZM Marked M 1/66 (Fritz Kohm Pforzheim) . Sn 15793:56 - 15793:56
This is an original WW2 Era HJ field cap. These caps were based on the Bergmutze (mountain cap) design. Our example is constructed of the dark blue material. The cap is undamaged and has just light areas of staining consistent with age and use. The front of the cap is mounted with a small HJ enamelled brass pin badge with rear clasp fastener. The colours of the badges are vivid and clean and the enamel undamaged. The rear of the cast badge has an embossed Nazi RZM roundel mark and code ‘M1/66’ which is the Nazi wartime manufacturer code for Fritz Kohm Pforzheim. The cap has its original padded grey material lining. The cap is approx. UK size 6 1/2. As with all of our stock this cap is guaranteed 100% genuine. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15793:56
£375.00

WW2 Era Nazi German Alte Kameraden (Old Comrades) Dark Blue Cloth Visored Cap With Manufacturer’s Label & Enamel & Gilt Cap Badge. Sn 15793:49 - 15793:49
The DRKB, Deutscher Reichskriegerbund (Kyffhäuserbund), (German National Association of Veterans, Kyffhäuser Association), was formed during WWI, and was based on the DKB, Deutscher Kriegerbund (German Veterans Association), originally formed after the war of 1870-71. The addition of “Kyffhäuser” in the associations name referred to the Kyffhäuser mountain where a large war memorial had been erected. The goal of the association was to preserve the morale and comradeship of former soldiers and to financially assist its members if required. On March 29TH 1938 the DRKB was renamed NS-RKB, Nationalsozialistische-Reichskriegerbund, (National Socialist-State Soldiers League), by the NSDAP and amalgamated with most of the earlier veterans associations into one national organization. Uniform and headgear regulations of the DRKB/NS-RKB were introduced prior to 1933 and were modified again in 1936 and 1938. The organization was known as the Alte Kameraden (Old Comrades). This is an original WW2 Era Old Comrades cap. Our example is constructed of dark blue serge material. The baggy cap is undamaged and has no mothing. The cap its original black material headband embroidered with Tutonic crosses & Kyffhäuser mountain war memorial devices. The front of the cap is mounted with an enamelled oval shield metal badge with enamelled Swastika & Kyffhäuser mountain war memorial imagery and gilt Oak leaves wreath. The colours of the badges are vivid and clean. He enamel has small areas of wear. The cap has its original leather sweatband and the crown of the cap is lined in blue material. The crown has its original manufacturer’s label printed in red on a clear cellophane panel together with Old Comrades monument image. The panel also has a size marking 6. The name of the maker is obscured by a contemporarily applied label with hand written name ‘Brosch’ no doubt the name of the Nazi Old Comrade who owned this cap. The top edge of the panel is worn consistent with age and use. As with all of our stock this cap is guaranteed 100% genuine. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15793:49
£375.00

RARE, WW2 Era Nazi German Waffen SS NCO’s & Other Ranks Visor Cap With White Metal Heer Army Eagle & Death’s Head Cap Badges. Sn 15793:48 - 15793:48
This is a rare, original Nazi German Waffen SS, NCO & OR’s visor cap (similar Waffen SS cap variations and insignia are illustrated in Chapter 4 of ‘The Collector’s Guide To Cloth Third Reich Military Headgear’ by Wilkins). Made of green material it has the correct yellow piping and black headband. The front of the cap is mounted with the correct white metal Heer Army Eagle with Swastika & Death’s Head Cap Badges. The material has no mothing. The cap has a patent leather visor. The cap has its original clean brown leather sweatband. There are no visible manufacturer or size markings on the cap. The cap is approx. UK size 6 1/2. As with all of our stock this item is guaranteed 100% original. The price includes UK delivery Sn 15793:48
£1,375.00

SOLD SOLD (19/03) WW2 Era Nazi German Officer’s Heer Army Visor Cap With Embroidered Heer Eagle & State Cockade Badges. Sn 15793:43 - 15793:43
This is an original Nazi German Officer’s visor cap (similar Heer cap variations and insignia are illustrated in Chapter 3 of ‘The Collector’s Guide To Cloth Third Reich Military Headgear’ by Wilkins). Made of green ‘Eskimo wool’ material it has the correct blue piping and dark green headband. The front of the cap is mounted with embroidered Heer Eagle with Swastika & State Cockade with Oak Leaves wreath on a field of green material. The material of the cap has just light areas of service wear. The cap has a patent leather visor and Bullion cords. The cap has its original leather sweatband and cloth liner. The liner and sweatband have areas of service wear. There are no visible manufacturer marks on this cap. The cap is approx. UK size 6. As with all of our stock this item is guaranteed 100% original. The price includes UK delivery Sn 15793:43
£0.00

WW2 Era Nazi German NCO & Other Ranks Heer Army Visor Cap With White Metal Heer Eagle & White Metal State Cockade Badges. Sn 15793:36 - 15793:36
This is an original Nazi German NCO & OR’s visor cap (similar Heer cap variations and insignia are illustrated in Chapter 3 of ‘The Collector’s Guide To Cloth Third Reich Military Headgear’ by Wilkins). Made of green ‘Eskimo wool’ material it has the correct red piping and dark green headband. The front of the cap is mounted with the correct white metal Heer Eagle with Swastika & enamelled State Cockade with Oak Leaves wreath. The material of the cap has no mothing or damage. The cap has a patent leather visor and leather chin strap with buckle. The cap has its original leather sweatband and cloth liner. The liner and sweatband have areas of service wear. There is the indistinct imprint of an original manufacturer’s label which is un-readable. The sweatband has 2 white metal discs stitched to it with letters ‘K’ & ‘D’ highlighted in black, most likely the initials of the soldier who was issued with this cap. The cap is approx. UK size 6. As with all of our stock this item is guaranteed 100% original. The price includes UK delivery Sn 15793:36
£675.00
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