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British SMLE Enfield No1 Mk3*

Posted in Firearms with tags , , , , , on July 20, 2019 by The Dude

I have always had a wee hard-on for the Enfield No1 Mk3. It was the first rifle I owned as a child and I have always wanted to own one again. A friend of mine is a nut for Enfields and owns far too many. I asked him to sell me a no-issues wartime rifle to go with the No4 & No5 I already had. He came up with this one. Battle issued, made in 1941/42 by Lithgow in Australia. Sighted for high velocity MkVII ammun ition, this rifle went into New Guinea with the Australian Forces. It was returned to Lithgow in June 1945.

Australian Pattern 1907 Enfield Bayonet

Posted in Bayonets with tags , , , , on July 20, 2019 by The Dude

Two things are driving me nuts lately. One, the lack of German guns falling into my lap. Two, my need to complete sets. I had a No4 Mk 1* Enfield and a No5 Mk 1. So since no Jerry guns were showing up I decided to get a No1 Mk3 SMLE Enfield. I like to put bayonet with rifle so here is a Lithgow made P1907 Enfield bayonet. MA stamped for Lithgow Small Arms Factory. The broad arrow for military acceptance. An X for a hardness test mark and a couple of inspector stamps.

Burma Death Railway Spike

Posted in Odds & Ends with tags , , , , , , on November 18, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_ThailandFlag_of_Japan.svgFlag_of_AustraliaFlag_of_the_United_KingdomA couple of cool and evocative finds here from a contact in Thailand. These are Thai 1940 dated railway spikes from the ruined railway line that ran over 415 km from Thanbyuzayat in Burma to Ban Pong in Thailand. Many people know it only from it’s depiction in the movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai” where it crosses the Mae Klong river. I visited the site and Hellfire Pass in 2014 and I cannot believe the misery under which the slave laborers, both civilian and Allied POW, must have worked and died. A digger over there walked sections of the rail line that were never reused after the war and retrieved these spikes.

WW1 Canadian Hate Belt

Posted in Belts & Belt Buckles, Insignia with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomFlag_of_AustraliaFlag_of_New_ZealandFlag_of_CanadaFlag_of_the_United_StatesFlag_of_FranceFlag_of_the_German_EmpireNice simple pickup last weekend at the local antique fair. This is a souvenir belt put together from a Prussian infantry belt and the tunic buttons from a wide range of Allied and German units. This example has a predominance of Canadian buttons so I am guessing that it was Canadian in origin. The rest are French, Australian, New Zealand, German and one single U.S. General Service button. You see these in all sorts of configurations, some on Allied belts, some with cap badges and other oddments. The legend is that these were put together from souvenirs taken from dead bodies but that sounds overly complex to me and likely nonsense. More likely most of the buttons were swapped at rear area camps between bored soldiers making up a souvenir. The U.S. button suggests a late war job, 1917-19. The Empire buttons make sense as often these units found themselves together in the line. The Canadian Regiments are from different divisions so that’s why I think this is a rear area put together. Still, a great belt, in fine condition and worth it just for the buttons and belt IMHO.

Japanese Surrender Documents

Posted in Paper with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2016 by The Dude

Flag_of_Japan.svgThis booklet, dating from 1946, is a facsimile of the surrender documents signed on the USS Missouri, in Tokyo Bay, on the 2nd September 1945. These were produced by the National Archives in the US for distribution to institutions and individuals in education. I have the German ones here.


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1943 Lancaster Bomber Crew Insignia

Posted in Insignia with tags , , , , , , , on June 3, 2014 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomThis group came together from an antique show down south. The obvious age of the group, including the 1940’s frame and the age spots on the notes taped to the back makes me believe this was created by a veteran either during the war or immediately afterwards.

I consulted two different collectors of wings to check the authenticity. Of course they both came back pointing out “obvious reproductions”, neither of them agreeing at all on which ones were wrong. So I am going to go with “these are all good and you are all idiots”.

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An Aussie Group to a Signaller

Posted in 1939-1945 Service Medals, Groups with tags , , , on August 14, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_AustraliaThis small Australian group is impressed to NX150610 W.A.White. William Albert White was 36 when he enlisted on the 5th of January 1943. He served as a Signalman with 2nd Australian Line Maintenance Section. These units maintained the communications networks within Australia as well as in the disputed regions under Australian control such as New Guinea. The group consists of the Pacific Star, the 1939-1945 Victory Medal and the Australian War Service Medal. William was discharged on the 22nd of November 1945.

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BARRINE, QLD. 1943-10-30. DETACHMENT OF THE 2/2ND AUSTRALIAN LINE SECTION AND THE 2/1ST AUSTRALIAN MAINTENANCE SECTION, "A" AUSTRALIAN CORPS OF SIGNALS HAVE A SPELL WHILE RECONDITIONING FIELD CABLE ON DRUMS. THEY ARE:- TX1224 LANCE CORPORAL (L CPL) A. G. BOATWRIGHT (1); QX7920 SIGNALMAN (SIG) T.W. HORBURN (2); VX30070 L CPL C. LONG, (3); VX9973 SERGEANT C.T. DORGAN (4); QX13323 SIG F.H. NUGENT (5); NX30664 CORPORAL (CPL) W.N. MITCHELL (6); VX13834 SIG J.W. COBBY (7); VX10511 SIG L. FARMER (8); NX29851 SIG J.H. WILLIAMS (9); QX4499 SIG R.H. BAMBRICK (10); NX91000 SIG H.R. COX (11); NX30047 SIG M.R. CHICK, (12); QX8087 SIG A.J. HOEY (13); NX17194 CPL N.F. PIPER (14); NX58913 SIG A. CARROLL (15); NX55488 SIG A.W. BUCHANON (16); SX10821 SIG J. COX (17).

Barrine, Queensland. 1943-10-30. A detachment of the 2/2nd Australian Line Section and 2/1st Australian Maintenance Section, “A” Australian Corps of Signals have a spell while reconditioning field cable on drums. They are: TX1224 LANCE CORPORAL (L CPL) A. G. BOATWRIGHT (1); QX7920 SIGNALMAN (SIG) T.W. HORBURN (2); VX30070 L CPL C. LONG, (3); VX9973 SERGEANT C.T. DORGAN (4); QX13323 SIG F.H. NUGENT (5); NX30664 CORPORAL (CPL) W.N. MITCHELL (6); VX13834 SIG J.W. COBBY (7); VX10511 SIG L. FARMER (8); NX29851 SIG J.H. WILLIAMS (9); QX4499 SIG R.H. BAMBRICK (10); NX91000 SIG H.R. COX (11); NX30047 SIG M.R. CHICK, (12); QX8087 SIG A.J. HOEY (13); NX17194 CPL N.F. PIPER (14); NX58913 SIG A. CARROLL (15); NX55488 SIG A.W. BUCHANON (16); SX10821 SIG J. COX (17).