NW Europe and Korea Group to a Birchall

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, 1945 + Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , , on April 15, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomIn my never ending quest to find and reunite medals to my family surname, usually it’s months of dross with the occasional excellent find. This group falls into the latter. This group is impressed to W.O. 2nd Class F.Birchall, 5.D.G and Lt. F Birchall, 5.D.G.

Frederick served in N.W. Europe, landing through Normandy with the Regiment in July, 1944. He fought through Belgium, the Roer and into Hamburg in 1945. After returning to the U.K., the Regiment was sent to Korea, where Frederick was awarded an MID as well as a short service commission as Lieutenant.

WW2 War Gas Detection Kit

Posted in Gas Masks with tags , , on March 24, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomNeat little item from the UK. This personal kit was issued to Army and Airforce troops and was used in conjunction with an air sampling pump. This one has a mix of dates, 1943 and 1944. Luckily for everyone involved the Germans did not use war gases on Western troops. I have another kit along the same lines, although that one is a training kit, here.

From the Imperial War Museum is the following description… “Tin, instructions, carded thread, utility pencil, yellow tube (2 parts) containing 22 plastic rods, blue tube (2 parts) containing 15 plastic rods, yellow tin (2 parts) containing 2 packets of circular paper pads, blue tin (2 parts) containing 4 packets of circular paper pads, glass tube containing granules and stoppered with cotton wool held in cardboard tube and metal ring. Rectangular tin with hinged lid and DETECTOR, VAPOUR, POCKET, MKII inscribed on the top of the lid in black, the tin is painted a dark yellow colour, inside the lid is an inscription entitled MUSTARD GAS VAPOUR, the inside of the tin is separated into four main compartments where the tin’s contents are contained including: instructions attached to tin by a length of string, carded white thread, utility pencil, yellow tube (2 parts) containing 22 yellow plastic rods, blue tube (2 parts) containing 15 clear plastic rods, yellow tin (2 parts) containing 2 packets of circular paper pink pads, blue tin (2 parts) containing 4 packets

Luneberg War Crimes Trial Pass

Posted in Paper with tags , , , , , on March 18, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_FranceFlag_of_the_United_KingdomFlag_of_the_United_StatesFlag_of_CanadaFlag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThe Luneberg Trials began on 17th September, 1945. Officially know as the “Trial of Josef Kramer and 44 others”, this was also known as the Belsen Trial. This is a day pass to that trial issued to Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Frederick Birchall of the 4th Dragoon Guards, for the 11th of October 1945. I also have an IMT day pass here. The trial resulter in Kramer and ten others swinging from a rope.

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Eisenhower Jume 6th order of the Day

Posted in Paper with tags , , , , , , on March 18, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomFlag_of_CanadaFlag_of_the_United_StatesFlag_of_FranceDrafted in February, 1944, this printed version of Eisenhower’s order of the Day for June 6th, 1944, was distributed to all 175,000 members of the Allied Expeditionary Force. This one came from the estate of a Birchall group I picked up. I have the President Roosevelt version here.

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German Hunting Association Dagger

Posted in Daggers with tags , , , on February 19, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThe Deutsche Jägerschaft or German Hunting Association was headed by Herman Göring as Reich Hunting Master. The form of these hirschfanger or hunting daggers was a traditional one and you see them dating from the late 19th Century to 1945. They vary widely in their decoration as it was up to the recipient what was placed on the hilt and blade. This one came to me a bit beaten up, missing its sheath and possibly retipped at some point. But it’s a nicely upgraded version with acorns on the handle and a crossguard in the form of deer feet.

Manufactured by Eickhorn between 1935 and 1941 based on the makers mark.

German Rbl.F.36 Gun Optic

Posted in Optics with tags , , , on February 19, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgLately I have been finding a few artillery and mortar optics. I like them because they are precision equipment and are quite tactile. The optics viewfinder on this one is a bit different as it has a calculating mechanism for tracking a target traversing the field of view. This one was manufactured by Optische Werke G.Rodenstock in München and has their eso code. It is an Rbl.F.36, which stands for Rundblickfehrnrohr 36. It was used on the Pak-36, 38 & 40 as well as smaller artillery tubes.

Arisaka Type 38 Dust Cover

Posted in Parts & Accessories with tags , , on January 7, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_Japan.svgOften missing, and hard to find when you want one. This is a numbered dust cover for the Arisaka Type 38 rifle. These were supplied with early series Type-38’s but deleted later on, although you will see the receivers still machined for them right to the end of the war.