A Royal Navy Birchall Stoker in WW1

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , on March 11, 2022 by The Dude

This pair of WW1 service medals appeared off EBay. They are impressed for K46500 R. BURCHALL STO.1 R.N. Richard was born on 30th September 1892 in Wigan in Lancashire. He was a bricklayer by trade. His K prefix on his number shows that he was transferred from the Army upon enlistment to the Royal Navy on the 19th of October 1917. His first ship was HMS Vivid on the 31st of December 1917. His final posting was on HMS Dido, a cruiser, before being discharged on the 19th of February 1919.

US Springfield M1903 Battle Rifle

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , on January 15, 2022 by The Dude

The trouble with this bloody hobby is that it’s just too easy to pick away at the siderails and going squirreling off into the forest. Primarily I collect Axis infantry weapons but when you have been going as long as I have then you start getting to the end of the list. Just recently I bought my first US infantry firearm, this perfect 1937 date M1903. Look upon my works ye mighty and despair.

A Birchall, Too Old for the Trenches

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , on January 15, 2022 by The Dude

This is a lonely little orphan Victory Medal for Pioneer James Burchell of the Royal Engineers. The medal is engraved 110501 PNR.J.BURCHELL R.E. James enlisted voluntarily on August 14th 1915 at the age of 46. While this seems old for the time he did indicate 5 years prior service with the Royal Sussex Regiment. James was retired sick and no longer fit for service on the 31st of July 1916. He was entitled to the SWB #236,996.

Japanese Carcano Type I Rifle

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , on December 24, 2021 by The Dude

Here’s a less common rifle. Once the China War got really going the IJN found it increasingly difficult to get small arms as all of the domestic Japanese production was going to the Army. In response they sent a mission to Europe to buy a battle rifle. They were on a budget, they found the Czechs, Germans and Swedes too expensive so they settled on an Italy Carcano rework. Note that it is visually very similar to the Type 38 long rifle and was chambered in the same round, 6.5 Arisaka.

Savage No4 Mk1* Rifle

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , on December 24, 2021 by The Dude

Because I am getting to the end of the German small arms I decided to grow my US & British groups. Luckily this one came past me as it kind of fits in with both countries. This rifle, made by the Stevens subsidiary of the Savage Arms Company was intended for supply to the British through the Lend-Lease program. It’s dated 1943.

Bergmann BMP-34 SMG

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , on December 18, 2021 by The Dude

The latest addition to my Axis small arms collection and just about the last SMG I was missing. This is a 1934 manufactured Bergmann BMP-34. Not to be confused with the Steyr MP-34 here. This gun was produced under license by Walther for the Danish manufacturer Bergmann and the design later saw life as the MP-35, supplied in some number for the Waffen-SS. The low serial on this one makes me think it is either from the original company or one of the licensed copies made by Shultz & Larsen. It has the early 200mm barrel.

German 3.7x265B AA Round

Posted in Ammunition with tags , , , on December 11, 2021 by The Dude

This piece of ordnance came as an Andrew dropping. It’s a 3.7cm HE round designed to be fired from the BK-3.7 aircraft cannon as fitted on HS129’s or Ju87-G’s. It was also used in a range of 3.7cm FlaK.18/36/37/43 auto cannons.

The fuse is a 3.7-cm KOPFZUENDER ZERL. PV self destroying timed type. On acceleration the igniferous detonator in the displaced recess sets back on the striker. The flash from the detonator passes through the flash channels to the powder pellet in the radial channel and to the lower end of the delay filling in the first of the vertical channels. When the pellet in the radial channel disintegrates the bolt is thrown out-wards by centrifugal force leaving the striker held off the detonator in the magazine by the creep action resulting from deceleration.

On impact the striker is driven in by the hammer and pierces the detonator in the top of the magazine. During flight, the burning of the delay composition in the first vertical channel is transmitted by the gunpowder in the traverse channel to the delay composition in the second vertical channel. When direct action does not occur before the composition burns to the base of the second channel, the disk of gunpowder confined in the top of the magazine adapter is ignited and explodes and thus initiates the detonation of the magazine.

The fuse was manufactured by BLW, that is Gritzner-Kayser AG in Karlsruhe-Durlach in 1943. The casing is marked as manufactured in 1940 for a Flak 18.

Holster for Leuchtpistole 34

Posted in Flares and Flareguns, Holsters, Parts & Accessories with tags , , on November 28, 2021 by The Dude

This has been sitting unloved in my closet for a few years, I forgot to put it up here when I first got it. It’s the holster for the German 1934 model flare pistol, here. This example is made primarily from a material called prestoff, which is a kind of treated, pressed paper pulp. The only leather on it is the parts that were likely to be flexed repeatedly. It’s well stamped but illegible.

Enfield Rifle Breech Action Cover

Posted in Parts & Accessories with tags , , on November 28, 2021 by The Dude

A fairly simple bit of kit this, it’s a canvas action cover for the Enfield No4 Rifle. This particular example was manufactured in Canada by The Dominion Regalia Company of Toronto.

German reused Czech VZ-24 Bayonet

Posted in Bayonets with tags , , , , on November 28, 2021 by The Dude

A few months ago I was finally able to get hold of a Czech VZ-24 with clear signs of German issue. I then went looking for the correct bayonet for it. The frog is marked for Friedrich Schäfer Ulm/Do. 1940. This bayonet has had its muzzle ring removed before reissue, a typical German standard.

A Birchall MID in the RAFVR

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , , , on November 21, 2021 by The Dude

An almost lost group here to Leading Aircraftsman R.Birchall (1155198) in the RAFVR. The group came with a Welsh Regiment cap badge so I assume he was originally enrolled in that unit before transferring to the RAFVR. He was awarded an MID oakleaf in June 1945.

Atlantique Bar for the Commemorative Medal of the 1939-45 War

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , , on October 8, 2021 by The Dude

This is the bar issued to French service members who served in the Atlantic Theatre between September 3rd 1939 and May 8th 1945. It was intended to be placed on the Commemorative Medal of the 1939-45 War, like this example here.

A Birchall in the Royal Fusiliers in France

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , on October 6, 2021 by The Dude

This group is the usual suspects for a mid war soldier in France. These three were awarded to Alfred Charles Burchell. They are impressed to K-1445 PTE A Burchell, R.Fus. Alfred disembarked into France on 17th November 1915. On the 8th of July 1919 he was released into Z Pool, basically a civilian again.

Another Birchall in the Liverpool Regiment

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , on October 6, 2021 by The Dude

This lonely little Orphan is the BWM, or British War Medal for Private Harold Birchall. The medal is impressed to 330057 PTE. H. BIRCHALL . L’POOL R. At some point Harold was transferred to the Labour Corps and issued a second number, 325057.

An Old Contemptible In The Sussex Regiment

Posted in 1914-1918 Service Medals, Family Groups & Singles with tags , , on October 6, 2021 by The Dude

Here’s a nice WW1 group to an early arriver in France. Impressed to 9095 L.Cpl H.W.BURCHELL 2/R SUSS:R. & L-9095 T.SGT H.W.BURCHELL R.SUSS.R. This man landed in France on the 12th of August 1914 and has the November Bar on his 1914 Star to show it.

German Vehicle Ammunition Box for MG34/42

Posted in Magazines, Parts & Accessories with tags , , , , , on October 6, 2021 by The Dude

Nice simple item here. This is the ammunition box that was carried inside vehicles mounted with an MG34 or MG42, like the SdKfz 250/251 Halftracks. This is a nice early one dated 1939 and manufactured by Franke & Co GMBH, Machinenwerke in Leipzig.

German B-1E Incendiary Bomb

Posted in Bombs with tags , , , on October 5, 2021 by The Dude

This is a nasty little piece of work and the third of my German Luftwaffe bombs. This is a 1kg Elektron-Brande-Bombe. It was originally filled with 680g of thermite and was dropped in conjunction with HE bombs. The HE bomb, like this one here, punched a hole in the roof of the building and this little shyte burned the building down. Obviously dewat but still a bit of fun.

Yugoslav M1924/30 Bayonet

Posted in Bayonets with tags , , , on October 5, 2021 by The Dude

This bayonet is the Yugoslav M1924/30 model, used by the Germans as the S109(j). It is intended to fit the M24 Mauser pattern rifle to be seen here. This one was manufactured by Vojno Technicki Zavod and has their triangular ricasso stamp with BT3 inside.

Anti-Japanese Postcard “Slap the Jap off the Map”

Posted in Paper, Propaganda Items with tags , , , , on September 23, 2021 by The Dude

Immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbour, American capitalism and racist jingoism met and fell in love. Their offspring was a flood of dime-store tat that was fed to the public in an ultimately successful attempt to stir feeling enough that they were prepared to spend whatever it took to defeat the Empire of Japan. Here is an example from my collection of a postcard printed for that purpose.

Slap That Jap Propaganda Sheetmusic

Posted in Propaganda Items with tags , , , , , on September 23, 2021 by The Dude

Here’s a second variation on the sheet music for that classic agi-prop song, “We’re gonna have to slap the Dirty Little Jap”. The other one I have is here, and the record is here. The lengths the US Government had to go to get the US people fired up for war were pretty extreme at times and resorted to gross caricature and racism in most cases.

Luftwaffe SD-50 Aerial Bomb

Posted in Bombs with tags , , , on September 20, 2021 by The Dude

Here’s something you don’t see every day. This is a German 50kg General Purpose bomb. I can understand why people don’t collect these things. It’s huge and its almost fallen over on my foot a couple of times. This is the third aerial bomb I have collected, after an SD-2 here and an incendiary BD that I haven’t posted yet. These things aren’t really my core focus but how many aerial bombs do you get offered?

A Rare Loader for the MP41 Machine-Pistol

Posted in Ammo & Magazine Pouches, Ammunition, Magazines, Parts & Accessories with tags , , , on April 3, 2021 by The Dude

A few years ago I picked up a Haenel manufactured MP41 Machine Pistol. These are pretty rare because they only made about 20,000 of them before Erma forced them to stop due to a copyright issue on the MP40 design. This is the magazine loader, also made by Haenel, for the MP41. Even more rare that the gun I would expect.

Commemorative Medal of the 1939-1945 War with Extreme Orient Bar

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , , , on April 3, 2021 by The Dude

This is a French medal awarded to all participants in recognised formations, fitted with a range of bars depending on the type and theatre of service. In this case the bar is “Extreme Orient” for operations (including in the Indian and Pacific oceans) between 7 December 1941 and 15 August 1945.

An ISM to a Birchall in the Post Office

Posted in Family Groups & Singles with tags , , on April 3, 2021 by The Dude

In my never ending quest for medals named to my surname I inevitably roll past non-military items. Like Masonic medals or in this case an Imperial Service Medal. This one is named to Evelyn Gertrude Maud Burchell, a telephonist in the GPO. She was gazetted in February 1946.

Commemorative Medal of the 1939-1945 War with Mer Du Nord Bar

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals with tags , , , on February 14, 2021 by The Dude

This is a French medal awarded to all participants in recognised formations, fitted with a range of bars depending on the type and theatre of service. In this case the bar is “Mer Du Nord” for Naval Operations in the North Sea between September 3rd 1939 and May 8th 1945.