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WW2 1943 Pattern Royal Air Force Pilot/Aircrew Fur Lined Escape Boots. Sn 11740:9 - 11740:9
A pair of WW2 1943 Pattern, Royal Air Force Pilot/Aircrew fur lined escape boots. The boots were designed so that an airman downed in Europe could remove a small concealed knife and cut off the top section of the boot to reveal a civilian looking shoe. The 1943 Pattern escape boot was designed in response to reports received from returned airmen who had baled out over occupied Europe and managed to make their way back to England. The men reported that when on the run from the Germans, their flying boots had a number of problems. The most significant were that they were highly conspicuous when trying to blend in with the local population and that they became heavy and waterlogged if the boots got wet. A prototype escape boot was designed by Clayton Hutton in around 1941 Hutton worked at MI9 designing escape aids for issue to service personnel, or to be smuggled into prisoner of war camps. Some airmen undertaking missions over Europe in 1942 were issued the prototype boots. The boots were successful and went into production. Some versions of the 1943 Pattern boot contained gigli saws hidden in the shoe laces. Gigli saws are used by surgeons to cut through bone. They are made from special steel wire, are very pliable and could be hidden inside the laces. The boots also had magnetised metal shoe lace ends that could be used as bar compasses. There is a rectangular pocket inside the fur lining (indicated in one of the photographs with a pen inside it) where the knife was hidden. One of the original concepts for the boot was that the detachable wool lined suede section of each boot could be joined together to create a 'warm winter waistcoat'. One Australian airman who evaded capture and made it back to England in 1944 who used these pieces under his hip and shoulder when sleeping rough, to help keep his body raised off the ground to help keep him warm. During the day he wrapped them around his chest under his jumper, using the zippers and straps to hold them in place. The boots are in excellent condition. The suede uppers on both boots have brass zips, both of which operate smoothly and are not broken. They both have leather straps at the top. Both boots have new laces. The left boot has a small pocket inside the fur lining where a knife was concealed to cut the uppers from the boot. The boots are quality leather with stitched leather soles. They have leather toe caps. There are no size labels on the boots, the bottom of the sole measures 12 3/4" from toe tip to heel tip. The suede uppers are fur lined as are the boots. This is a very collectable pair of WW2 RAF history. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 11740:9

Spanish Civil War Military Tunic, Badges, Buttons & Lanyard. Sn 11645 - 11645
A Spanish Civil War Military Tunic along with two enamel badges, buttons, lanyard with metal lanyard ends and epaulette stars. The Spanish Civil War began on July 17, 1936 as a coup 'etat. The bloody conflict was not resolved until April 1, 1939 with the victory of the rebels. The two warring factions were the Nationalists headed by General Francisco Franco consisted of parts of the army and formers members of the Second Spanish Republic. The Republicans consisted of all the supporters of the former republic. The war is viewed by many historians as a test ground for the tactics of WWII and a proxy war. The tunic is a rare item and in good overall condition. The tunic itself is light weight green khaki and has two breast pockets and two 'outside' expanding pockets. It has two epaulettes and on each there is a brassed metal button and rank star. There are buttons that have come off the tunic as can be seen but all buttons are present and are loose in one of the pockets. On the right shoulder there is a silver, white and red lanyard which has ornate metal spiral ends. On the front of the tunic there are two badges. On the right side over the breast pocket is a very nice blue, red and white enamel badge which has crossed swords over a white and blue checked board and bird with the 'five arrows' in red enamel in the background. On the left collar is a diamond shaped badge, gilt with a red background. Inside the tunic is a manufacturers blue ink stamp which has a size "2" along with "Centro Tecnico Of Interbergia Bangelona". The tunic has a green khaki waist belt which fits through two belt loops on the rear of the tunic. The tunic ha no rips or damage. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 11645

Original Very Early WW2 1942 Dated British Airborne Para Troops Camouflaged Denison Smock Size 1 By Lewis Bros. Sn 11533 - 11533
This is an original WW2 British Camouflaged Denison Smock with tail flap (see page 68 of Denison published by Wilson & Military Mode). It has its original white cotton label inside faintly marked 'Smock Denison Airborne Troops Size 1 Height 5’3” to 5’ 5” Breast 34” to 36” Lewis Bros (manufacturer), 1942 (date)'. It has the correct ‘Newey’ press stud fasteners. This early Denison has seen much service and is heavily worn. Its zip is present but missing its fastening toggle. It is possible that this Denison could be carefully washed and restored. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 11533

WW2 Manchester Regiment Officer’s Uniform Khaki Service Jacket With WW2 Campaign Medal Ribbons, Lieutenant Insignia, Lanyard & Trousers By Moss Bros London. Sn 11531. - 11531
After distinguished service in both World War I and World War II, the Manchester Regiment was amalgamated with the King's Regiment (Liverpool) in 1958, to form the King's Regiment (Manchester and Liverpool) which was, in 2006, amalgamated with the King's Own Royal Border Regiment and the Queen's Lancashire Regiment to form the present Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's, Lancashire and Border). During WW2 the Manchester Regiment served in Italy, North West Europe and the Far East. This is an original WW2 Manchester Regiment Officer's Uniform. The Tunic is clean & has just the service wear to be expected. It is single breasted with open collar, pleated chest pockets and plain lower pockets with flaps. The epaulettes bear enamel and gilt rank insignia stars of Lieutenant. The lapels have metal Regiment Insignia. The tunic is mounted with WW2 campaign ribbons. The Tunic has all but one of its original brass King's Crown Regimental buttons. The left shoulder of the Tunic is fitted with an original green cord lanyard. The Tunic is approx UK size 38" Chest. The matching trousers have side slash pockets and buttoned fly. They are approx 30-32" Waist, 33" Leg. The trousers have no damage but do have light service wear. The lining of the trousers’ have a clean manufacturer label ‘Moss Bros Covent Garden London’ (illustrated inset in image 2). Price includes UK delivery. Sn 11531

WW1 1918 British Officer's Uniform Khaki Jacket By Gieves Ltd To 2nd Lieutenant D.E.D Taylor MM, MID, 19th Public School Battalion Royal Fusiliers With WW1 Medal Ribbons. U 105 - U 105
The Royal Fusiliers served with distinction in the First World War,raising 76 Battalions The Regiment served on the Western Front, in Africa, the Middle East and Macedonia. Public Schools Battalions were British First World War Pals Battalions of Kitchener's Army, originally made up exclusively of former public schoolboys. The 19th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers were part of the 33rd Division, which was formed in April, 1915. It was an all-London Division with five public schools Battalions (18th to 21st Royal Fusiliers and 16th Middlesex). 2nd Lieutenant D.E.D Taylor served with the British Army between 1908-1924 and was an Officer with 19th Public School Battalion Royal Fusiliers during WW1. The Officer was awarded the prestigious Military Medal (MM) for valour and was mentioned in despatches (MID). This is 2nd Lieutenant D.E.D Taylor’s Uniform Jacket mounted with his WW1 medal ribbons (a photocopy of part of his medal card records from the National Archives Kew accompanies his jacket). The jacket is single breasted with open collar, pleated chest pockets and plain lower pockets with flaps. The tunic has all of its original brass Kings crown Royal Fusiliers Regimental buttons. The lapels of the jacket have the ignited grenade Regimental badges with correct rear lug and split pins. The epaulettes have the correct embroidered 2nd Lieutenant WW1 rank insignia. The collar of the tunic has a nice manufacturer’s label ‘Gieves Ltd’ with typed date ’12 may 1918’ and the Officers detail ‘Lt DED Taylor 19 PS Batl Royal F (19th Public School Battalion Royal Fusiliers). The Tunic is clean with some areas of light mothing which is stable. It is approx UK size 38" Chest. This WW1 tunic to a named British Officer decorated for valour is worthy of further research. Price includes UK delivery. U 105

Imperial Japanese Infantry Officers Khaki Serge Field Service Tunic Lining Marked With Japanese Script Characters. Sn 6843 - 6843
An original Imperial Japanese Infantry Officers single breasted khaki serge field service tunic. The tunic without rank insignia is lined in a brown cotton material and has 2 exterior chest pockets with flaps and original wooden buttons. It also has 2 lower plain flap pockets. The tunic lining has Japanese script characters in ink (illustrated). All of the tunics’ original wooden buttons are present. The rear of the tunic has 2 vents and it has a single buttoned belt loop at the waist. The rear of the tunic has a small area of service wear at the waist. All material is clean and intact. It is approx UK small size 36" chest. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 6843

A Collection of 6 Books All On German Army Uniforms & Insignia Of WW2. BO 1045 - BO 1045
A collection of 6 books on insignia badges of WW2. The first book, 'German Military Uniforms and Insignia 1967' by W.E. Inc. this book is fully illustrated with black and white plates and sketches. The second, 'Collectors Guide To The Military Badges, Medals and Decorations Of The Third Reich' book by S & R Ross, published in 1969. The third, 'Handbook On German Army Identification 1943' by the US Military Intelligence Training Centre. The fourth, 'German Army war Badges of World War Ii' book by Jamie Cross and Gordon Williamson published in 2002 and is a limited edition of 1,000. The fifth, 'German Identity Discs of World War Two' book by Michael & Ian Burrows, published in 1995. The sixth, 'A Collectors Guide To The History and Uniforms Of Das Heer, The German Army 1933-45' book by Chris Ellis. All of these books are out of print now and becoming difficult to find. The price includes UK delivery. BO 1045

Original, Vietnam War Era 1966-1967 U.S. Army Issue Uniform Shirt With Sgt’s Insignia ‘Theatre Embroidered 'Cam Ranhbay' (Air Base) With Mottos, Colourful Map Of Vietnam & U.S.A.A.F Pilot’s Type C-1 Survival Vest By Breslee Mfg Co & Accessories. Sn 11271 - 11271
During the Vietnam War it was common practise for American Soldiers to decorate their uniform & equipment with mottos and imagery. This original Vietnam War Era U.S. Army Issue Uniform Shirt has metal Sgt’s Insignia at the collar and contemporaneously ‘Theatre Embroidered ‘Cam Ranhbay' (Cam Ranh Air Base is located on Cam Ranh Bay in the province of Khanh Hoa, Vietnam. It was one of several South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF) air bases built and used by the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War). Also 'Fighter By Day Lover By Night Drunkard By Choice Ready To Fight’, Dated 66 & 67 (1966 & 1967) With a colourful map of Vietnam Territories ‘Hanoi, Laos Camboi, Saigon’ together with neighbouring territories and possibly battle engagements. All material of the shirt is clean and intact and it has all of its original green plastic buttons. The shirt is approx. UK size 40” Chest. The olive green nylon Pilot’s escape/ survival vest is without rear mesh panels. All stitching and material are intact. The vest has an excellent manufacturer’s label ‘ Vest Emergency Sustenance Type C-1 Specification No. 3205 Order No. W33-038AC6639’ Breslee Mfg Co Property Air Forces U.S. Army’. The inside of the Vest is also stamped with The Army Air Forces Winged Star roundel, The front of the vest also has the blue, red and white printed Army Air Forces badge. The vest has an integral open top pistol holster with retaining strap and press stud fastener. It has many pockets of various sizes all with press stud fasteners individually ink stamped with the survival equipment they are meant to contain. The pockets are empty apart from 2 which contain their original correct cork edged signalling mirror holed for lanyard and a glass bottle with metal screw top lid and label marked ‘Halazone Water Purification Tablets’ with instructions for use. The bottle appears unopened and contains a large quantity of small white tablets (we cannot guarantee the nature of the bottle contents and advise that they are for display only and not for use/consumption). Price for this interesting Vietnam USAAF set no doubt owned by a USAAF pilot stationed at Cam Ranh Air Base during the Vietnam War includes UK delivery. Sn 11271

1954 Dated British WD Parachute Regiment Red Beret With Regiment Badge By British Fez Co Ltd Size 7 1/8 & 1959 Pattern, British Camouflaged Denison Smock By BMC Size 2. Sn 11236 - 11236
This iconic Parachute Regiment Red Beret is in excellent undamaged condition with all material clean and intact. It has the correct leather headband rim and 2 ringed ventilation holes. It is mounted with the original Metal Parachute Regiment winged badge. The rear of the badge has the correct lug mounts & split pin. The crown of the beret has printed detail in white ink '7 1/8' (size), WD arrow and ‘1954’ date. It is also marked by the manufacturer ‘British Fez Co Limited’. The original, British Camouflaged Denison Smock has elasticated cuffs, tail flap, full zip and correct ‘Newey’ stud fasteners . It has a white cotton label marked 'Smock Denison 1959 Pattern Size No 2 Height 5 Ft 3 ins to 5 Ft 4 Ins Breast 37 Ins To 39 Ins & manufacturer's mark 'BMC'. All material and stitching are clean. The body of the Denison has some areas of service wear consistent with age and use . Price includes UK delivery. Sn 11236

1956 British WD Para Airborne Troops Camouflaged Denison Smock By Geo Davis & Co Manchester Size 4. Sn 11235 - 11235
This is an original, British Camouflaged Denison Smock with elasticated cuffs, tail flap and correct half zip. These post war denisons remained faithful to the WW2 design with slight variations in the brown colours progressively lightening to a brick red colour (see pages 146 & 147 of the book Denison by Wilson & Military Mode). It has a white cotton label marked 'Smock Denison Airborne Troops Size 4 Height 5 Ft 6 ins to 5 Ft 8 ins Breast 39 Ins To 41 Ins & manufacturer's mark 'Geo Davis & Co Mcr (Manchester)’ together with ‘1956’(date) and WD arrow (A Geo Davis label with the same markings including date are illustrated on page 146 of the same book). All material and stitching are clean with minor field repairs. All zips and Newey stud fasteners are present and work perfectly. The Price includes UK delivery. Sn 11235
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