Another Birchall in Malaya

Posted in 1945 + Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , on June 4, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomIt has been a good month for finding Birchalls on the intertubes. This GVI GSM is impressed to 23522812 PTE J.BIRCHALL RAOC. Because this is a GVI issue GSM, Private Birchall must have served early in the Emergency, prior to 1956. Interesting side note, it was called the Malayan Emergency because if it had been a war, then insurers would have been able to refuse claims for damage.

German Red Cross Enlisted Hewer

Posted in Daggers with tags , , , , on June 4, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgI will once more deny that I collect daggers. Even though I have over a dozen of them. This hewer is the 1938 model issued to enlisted members of the Deutsche Rote Kreuz and is complete with the leather frog used to suspend it from a belt. The maker mark is not present but it is marked GES. GESCHUTZT on the base of the blade.

 

MG34 Dreibein Adapter

Posted in Parts & Accessories with tags , , , , on June 4, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgIn order to fit my MG34 onto the dreibein I just obtained, I needed the adapter. These are quite expensive for what they are so in the meantime I hooked a shabby ground dug one that I could use for display while I find a not-stupidly-priced example.

MG-34 AA Tripod – Dreibein

Posted in Parts & Accessories with tags , , , , , on June 4, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgSomething I have been looking for for ages, this is the Anti Aircraft Tripod or Dreibein that was used to convert the MG34 for light flak use. usually the wooden reinforcements are long gone but this one still has them as well as being unit marked for the 56th Light Flak Company, 273rd Army Flak Battalion. This makes my MG34 much easier to display and complements the Lafette I found for my MG42.

 

 

WW1 Ridgways Tea Souvenir Tin

Posted in Odds & Ends, Propaganda Items with tags , , , , on May 12, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomWhen war broke out in August, 1914, many companies rushed to get souvenir premium items onto the market before it was all over by Christmas. Basing their hopes on the bounty that was earned by the chocolate companies during the recent Boer War, Ridgways put out this patriotic tea tin in 1914. Obviously manufactured before the reality of war hit home, the lithographs include a fanciful cavalry charge, a nursing scene, a homage to Baden-Powells Boy Scouts, Sir John French, Admiral John Jellicoe and finally the soon to be famous and then dead Lord Kitchener.

Japanese Arisaka Front Ammo Pouch

Posted in Ammo & Magazine Pouches with tags , , , on May 12, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_Japan.svgDifficult to find in good condition as Japanese leather didn’t last and the environment in which they were used wasn’t healthy for leather. This is the front ammunition pouch for Arisaka 6.5 and 7.7 ammunition as used in the Type 38 and Type 99 infantry rifles. This one came to me still with a cardboard liner and 6×6.5mm stripper clips.

Arisaka Type 30 Bayonet

Posted in Bayonets with tags , , , on May 12, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_Japan.svgHere is a tidy, later model Type 30 bayonet. Intended for fitting to either the Type 99 series of rifles or the Type 38, this one does not have the curled guard seen on the earlier examples like this one here. The stamp on the ricasso indicates that it was made by Toyada Jidou Shoki (Toyada Automatic Loomworks), now known as Toyota.