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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

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

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

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

Inter War, British Loyal North Lancashire Regiment Colour Sergeant’s India/ Far East Service Tropical Tunic/ Shirt With Removable Bullion Embroidered Insignia. Sn 11269 - 11269
The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) (until 1921 known as The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment) was an infantry regiment of the line in the British Army from 1881 to 1970. Today, the Regiment's lineage is continued by the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. During WW1 the Loyals joined the Tigris Corps in its operations to relieve the Anglo-Indian garrison besieged at Kut, fought against the Ottoman Forces and served in what is now Iraq. The Loyals were dispatched to serve during the Chanak Crisis. In the inter War years the Loyals served in China during the Warlord Era and the Chinese Civil War, protecting the legation in Peking and the international settlements at Tientsin, Canton, and most importantly Shanghai. Upon the commencement of WW2 hostilities in 1939 the Loyals fought in Europe. The 2nd Battalion, Loyal Regiment found themselves stationed in the Far East as part of Singapore Fortress's 1st Malaya Infantry Brigade. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the 2nd Loyals fought in Malaya as part of the delaying action during the Battle of Malaya. This is an excellent original inter war Loyal North Lancs Regiment Colour Sgt’s single breasted India/ Far East Service Tropical Tunic/ Shirt with ‘stand’ collar. All material and stitching are clean and intact. It has all of its King’s Crown Regimental brass buttons. The right sleeve is mounted with removable King’s Crown bullion embroidery Colour Sgt’s Arm Badge and the lower left cuff with removable King’s Crown embroidery crossed rifles (both insignia are mounted with metal hooks which attach to stitched loops on the sleeves). It has 2 open top pockets to the front. The tunic/ shirt is approx chest size 36”. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 11269

RARE, Original Collection Of WW2 Era British Women’s Transport Service (WTS FANY) Uniform All To ‘FANY E.J. Webber W/60454’. Service Tunic, Cap, Belt, Skirt, Battledress Blouson & Beret. Sn 11272 - 11272
The history of The British Women’s Transport Service (FANY) is of unusual interest, for it has been in continuous existence since 1909 and its members were the first women, other than nurses, to serve with the British Army. It was originally called the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry and is still better known by the initials of this title F.A.N.Y. The first FANYs were recruited to do various forms of medical transport work, and were also prepared to follow the Army on horseback to render first aid to the wounded. In the First World War, they were one of the first women’s organizations to go overseas. Those who were with them in the Second World War served with distinction in all theatres of combat and lived up to their motto ‘I Cope’. This is a rare to find, excellent, original WW2 Era Uniform all issued to one FANY ‘E.J. Webber W/60454’. The Uniform has several elements all clean with just light service wear consistent with age and use. The Uniform consists of her khaki Service Tunic with 4 pockets, bronze ‘FANY’ buttons and collar badges. The Tunic is lined and has a nice label ‘Ross 227 High St Exeter’. The Tunic is a small Ladies size. Her khaki service cap complete with leather chin strap (cap badge absent), Her khaki service skirt with 2 front pockets and side zip fastener again a small Ladies size. Brown Leather Sam Browne Type belt with brass buckle and stud fastener. The inside of the belt is marked ‘E.J. Webber W/60454’, Her battle dress blouson tunic/ jacket with ‘Womens Transport Service FANY’ embroidered shoulder patches (illustrated inset in image 2). The left breast pocket button of the jacket is absent. The inside of the jacket has a very faint washed out label. FANY Webber’s name and service number are visible together with ‘Blouson Battledress Size N0.5’. Other detail is unreadable. Finally her khaki service beret with FANY brass cap badge on a field of red cloth. The beret has ventilation holes and the crown has a manufacturer’s label which is faint but readable ‘Official WTS FANY Scott & Co Piccadilly W’ together with Royal Appointment. The beret is a small size. Price for this nice collection of WW2 Uniform worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 11272

"Denison, British Airborne Specialist Clothing From WW2 to the Present Day" Book By Bruce Wilson. BO 1019 - BO 1019
A mint condition, hardback copy of "Denison, British Airborne Specialist Clothing From WW2 to the Present Day" by Bruce Wilson. The book, printed by Artisan Litho. in 2013 was written in collaboration with 'Military Mode Publishing' and 'The Airborne Assault Museum'. This is a definitive book and a great reference for any collector of Airborne Denison smocks and uniform. It is fully illustrated throughout with black and white and colour plates showing examples of Denison smocks and Airborne uniform. The price includes Uk delivery. BO 1019
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