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This catalogue is updated quarterly, however new items often arrive between updates. If there is something specific that you are looking for please email me with your 'wants list'. I will let you know as soon as anything interesting comes in.

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M6516 - WW11 BOOK ON CAPTURED GERMAN 88MM GUNS.   £80
Excellent wartime printed manual on captured german 88mm Flak guns, this american forces prduced book offers great detail on the weapon in words & photo's, put together in the same style as the american vehicle manuals, it tells you all you would need to know about the care and operation of a captured 88mm Flak and is intended as a user guide, book is very detailed, even shows all accessory equipment and is in excellent condition, a rare item.

M5091 - WW1 DEVONSHIRE ENGINEERS REGT PHOTO ALBUM.   £400
A very large and heavy (approx 4kg) photo album, leather bound with "Devonshire Royal Engineers" embossed in gilt to the front, the heavy, gitl edged pages contain many large plate photo's and also smaller ones, taken over a period from 1909 to 1915 and show all aspects of service life in the R.E. each one having beautiful hand written notes, name of the possible owner, a Capt. H.Stone R.E. is inside the cover, there are many large group photo's of officers, NCO's and men throughout, photo's of various exercises around devon during various years, construction of bridges, defences, bunkers, trnches etc, includes mobilisation photo's at different depots & train stations and parades at Plymouth. The photo's run out during 1915, the end of the album unfinished so maybe the owner did not survive that year when he went oversea's. A fantastic album with so much interest and detail, a real window into that period of time.

M9386 - WESSEX REGT MEDAL GROUP.   £100
Medal group to K.Greedy of the Somerset Light Infantry, part of the 43rd Wessex Div, has his War, Defence medals, 39/45 Star and a France & Germany Star, all court mounted. There is also another two commerative medals, one for the 50th anniversary of Overlord, the other for Hill 112, also the 50th. Finally there are a pair of Wessex Div arm patches.

M9131 - WARTIME NORMANDY MAP.   Sold
A good condition, 1943 dated military map in colour, of normandy, covering the coastline around Caen and inland to below Falaise, has fold lines, used but good.

M8250 - WARTIME ALBUM TO GERMAN KC GENERAL.   £450
Interesting album, put together in the form of a illustrated journal with added photo's, covering the invasion of france 1940, made for or by the commander of Infantry Regiment 499, Oberst Heinz Greiner, holder of the Kinights Cross of the Iron Cross, who later rose to general in rank and was also involved in actions in russia and on the italian front around Anzio, then fighting rearguard actions till the end in italy. He had also commanded a MG company in the first war. The album comes with an original portrait photo of him as a general, at his desk, wearing his decorations & Knights Cross, the album consists of typed pages, approx 65, which have added, hand coloured drawings to illustrate events, then there are a further 15 original photo's placed through out, of bunkers, tanks, places and graves, all contained in a well produced cover. Interesting final item is a newspaper page, giving details of the american soldier who took the album, along with other booty from the generals house in germany, before blowing it up, quite a unique item.

M3800 - WAFFEN SS PHOTO ALBUM.   £500
A very good quality photoalbum, with 49 photo's of a Waffen SS Girbergsjager unit, showing scenes of the troops in normal field grey uniform, tropical uniform and wearing the distinctive SS camo smocks & helmet covers, vehicles are also shown in the photo's, good thing about this album is that all photo's are of the men and not the usual soldiers tourist photo's, also photo's of SS mountain troops are pretty rare.

M8737 - UNUSED 1940 CALENDER WITH RAF PICTURE.   £85
A very good condition and unused 1940 calender, with full clour print of RAF fighters over the sea, entitled "Guarding our native shores" the calender itself with its monthly tear off sheets is all intact and starts with a christmas message for 1939. Rare to find an original item like this from that period.

M5994 - SS.SHENKING U-BOAT REPORT AND EFFECTS.   £33
Interesting early war items consisting of a paper radio room signal from the SS. SHENKING with the China Navigation Company's name to the top, signal reads Signal to :- by lamp only. "All ships" "Enemy submarine in immediate area" it is timed at 20.05 hrs, dated 2-12-1940 and signed by an officer, all in pencil. The SS.Shenking was commandeered by the royal navy and had an interesting service career, other items are a pair of merchant navy Chief Engineer's rank braided, shoulder boards and a colour chart showing signal flags and what they mean.

M9394 - SET OF HG SMALL ARMS MANUALS.   £40
A collection of 7 small manuals, being for Home guard use, 5 are for various small arms & mortar, one is fir guard duty, WW1 dated and the last is Civil Defence for the home Guard.

M4896 - RAD PHOTO ALBUM (HITLER VISIT)   £495
A large format, special RAD photo album with very large RAD colour emblem to the cover and marked 23rd Arbeitsgau, Thuringen. The album which has just under 100 photo's has different RAD headed sections, with places to put all the owners details and has an introduction by Hitler, also a page signed by all the owners section in 1936. The photo's are in sections dealing with work, rest, sports & rallies, they include several of Hitler in his car attending a rally and other high ranking RAD officers, showing many awards & decorations, a very interesting and impressive album.

M9241 - PAIR FRAMED PHOTOS ARTUR MAHRAUM.   £140
Two well framed, large size photo's of Artur Mahraum, one full length, one head & shoulders, showing him in his uniform with all his many decirations & awards. A veteran of WW1 where he fought on the eastern front with distinction, in 1919 Mahraum formed the Offizierkompagnie Kassel and then became the founder of the Young German Order or JungDO with a following of 300,000 at its peak, this bcame a forerunner of the Hitler Youth, as after he became a critic of Hitler and stood against him, which failed, this resulted in his groups being banned and him being imprisoned by the Gestapo in 1933. The photo's show well the JungDO badge to his cap and arm, a black malteese cross on a white shield and on his tunic he wears all his first war awards & medals, including Iron Cross, Wound badge, nine or ten in all. Very historic and original photo's.

M3486 - ORIGINAL PAINTING OF CHIEFTAN TANK.   £150
A large, well framed & glazed original painting by John Batchelor, the well known military artist, of a cutaway Chieftan Tank, very well mounted & framed. This picture was used as a book cover some years ago.

M8846 - LUFTWAFFE GENERALS PAPERS.   £75
Some original file papers giving the service career of a luftwaffe Generalmajor. Bernard Kuhl, which show him to have been a veteran of the first war in the infantry and airforce, remaining in service between the wars and acting as a luftwaffe inspector upto 1940, his career after 1940 is not recorded as the papers only go up to that year. Though a quick search does show he carried on in luftwaffe training affairs until 1943, when he retired, only to be taken by the russians in may 1945 until he died in captivity in february 1946, appears to be plenty of research information regards this officer online.

M7396 - LARGE DAF WERKSCHAR PHOTO MONTAGE 1938.   £60
A large card backed real photo montage, which would have been in a frame but has been removed, headed & dated 1938, it shows nine photo's taken during a rally or meeting of leaders of the DAF Werkschar, nearly all in their distinctive black uniform, which excellent shots of both uniform & awards that were worn, one officer appears in all photo's and he is named at the top, with the area being Hessing & Thiele, rare to see original photo's of the Werkschar uniform, as it was prohibited by 1940, the photo's which may be unique are large and cover the backing board to a size of 2ft x 2ft, there is an area of water stain to bottom right corner which has just touched the bottom of the photo there, otherwise the photo's are excellent.

M5834 - H.M.S.MANCHESTER 1940 BATTLE CERTIFICATE.   £25
A partly colour illustrated, with ships crest of HMS Manchester to the top, issued to 1051107. A.C.2. HOLDEN and states "Was on board HMS Manchester leading the ships of the British line in the attack on the Italian Fleet off Cape Spartivento on November 27th 1940" the approx 12 x 10 inch certificate is on thick card and would have been intended for framing, nice original item.

M6408 - GRENADIER GUARDS 1940 LONDON AREA MAP FOLDER.   £85
A very large, tan canvas folder of maps in celuloid sleeves, marked with the owners name & Grenadier Guards, the maps, 8 in total and make up a colour overview of the whole london area dated 1940, they have all been marked with approx 50 small circles, each with a number and which appear to circle the city itself and cover all main routes in & out, its possible they had something to do with the expected 1940 german invasion. The folder also has a section with inbuilt clip boards & pencil holders etc. Though the folder has suffered some damage and has not been cared for, it and its maps are still in decent condition and I think could do with careful research as it looks to be a unique item from the early war days of the London defences during the threat of invasion.

M8251 - GRAF SPEE 1939 PHOTO COLLECTION.   £165
A collection of 15 original photo's, covering the demise of the german battleship "Graf Spee" taken after the Battle of River Plate in 1939, first showing battle damage and flag draped coffins of her dead, also her captain, then her end, when she was scuttled on 17th Dec 1939. There are also photo's of the british cruisers Achilles & Exeter taken after the action and it all appears to have been put together by a member of Achilles crew, with a map of her atlantic patrol, interesting.

M8573 - GERMAN WW11 MILITARY PHOTO ALBUM.   £125
A good, large size photo album, with iron cross ribbon across the corner of the cover, which usually indicates someone lost in the war. The album does contain a photo of a soldiers grave and approx 50 other photo's and appears to be of various brothers, most being in the infantry and one in the panzer corps, good uniform photo's, vehicles and wartime service life, interesting.

M8572 - GERMAN WW11 INFANTRY OFFICERS PHOTO ALBUM.   £125
A fairly small sized, private purchase, photo album of approx 60 photo's, that appears to put together by a german infantry officer of junior rank and shows pre-war and early war photo's of his service time and of other fellow officers, with quite a few good studio portraits showing unfirom details, plus in the rear some extra items of paperwork.

M9410 - GERMAN WARTIME POLICE PAPERWORK AND ITEMS.   £140
A large collection of paperwork, award documents, identity paybook and a medal ribbon bar, all to a wartime german police man. I think the paperwork shows his whole police career, his pay or ID book contains all his presonal details, the medal ribbon bar has four awards, one being his long service medal.

M7516 - FRAMED PHOTO OF SURRENDERING U-BOATS.   £50
A large, original and framed photo of surrendering U-Boats, photo shows one U-Boat already docked with a large number of RN officers and men on board, all watching another U-Boat coming alongside with its german crew getting ready with lines, a good quality photo.

M8803 - FRAMED PHOTO OF RN SHIP WITH CAP TALLY.   £25
Framed photo of HMS Caledon, with enclosed ships cap tally bearing the name. This looks to be a WW1 photo & tally and has that age to it. HMS Caledon was a light crusier which served in both wars and had a long service history, in one first war battle, one of its crew won the Victoria Cross.

M8886 - DORSET REGT MEDAL GROUP AND PAPERWORK.   £250
Large grouping to a soldier in the Dorset Regt, who served with the regiment from 1940 to 1945, mainly as a vehicle driver & mechanic, which is all stated in his paybook, which contains his whole service career, there is also his medal group, consisting of the France & Germany Star, the 39-45 Star and his War & Defence medals, all in the issue box with certificate and never used, there is also his named long service, Territorial Medal in its box. Also included are his various course note books with much information on various engines etc and lastly a bright embroidered hanky with the Dorset Regt badge. His paybook contains an attachment with a list of issued tropical kit, possibly he was going to join the war against Japan but the war finished before he was sent.

M9198 - BRITISH BOOK, COVENANTS WITH DEATH, WW1.   £65
Original book printed just after the first war, intended to reveal the true horror of war and so prevent future events like the great war, it is mainly filled cover to cover with photo's of death and destruction from the war in all its forms, the black cover having a large skull and skeletal hand holding a scroll, over the title "Covenants with Death" all in red.

M9220 - AWARD DOCUMENT SIGNED BY GORING.   Sold
A large luftwaffe award document, to promote a luftwaffe fighter pilot Leutnant to Oberleutnant, it is dated 1941 and signed by Goring. The white parchment document has a large embossed eagle & wreath to the lower left corner, there is a fold line but would still frame well and comes with a photo of the officer in white summer uniform standing next to Goring, impressive item.

M9395 - ALBUM OF RAF SQUADRON EMBLEM CARDS.   £25
An original wartime book of cigarette cards, these being for all the RAF squadron crests, each one giving the squadron details, sadly two cards are missing but otherwise it is in fine shape and inside the front cover is a hand written signiture but wether this may be a pilot or not ?

M9096 - A BLANK LUFTWAFFE AWARD DOCUMENT.   £35
A blank award document headed with an early drooptail eagle, wording looks to be for possible promotion or commendation, with places for details of the person to be added and place for Kommandeur sig to be written.

M8629 - 1944 US VEHICLES DRIVERS HANDBOOK.   £65
Interesting, pocket sized drivers handbook, issued in 1944 for drivers of all american vehicles from Jeeps to trucks, instruction on on & off road driving, convoy work, use of the winch and much else.

M7423 - 1941 LUFTWAFFE INSTRUCTION HANDBOOK.   £45
A 1941 dated handbook for luftwaffe troops, covering all aspects of luftwaffe military life, sections on the barrack room, with storage plans for the soldiers locker, dress code, weapons care for rifles, pistols & MG's, map reading, marksmanship and pretty well everthing, many photo's & drawings, plate photo's to the front of nazis leaders and section to the rear of luftwaffe insignia, some damage to page corners and a little to the spine, otherwise has survived well.

M8200 - 1930 GERMAN CARD ALBUM OF ARMY DIVISIONS.   £125
Excellent and well presented album from the 1930's, with complete set of german, full colour cigarette cards, which portray the service history of all the german army divisions of the time, from the Franco Prussian War, through WW1 and upto the Reichswehr period, mostly concentrating on the first war actions, the album also has much written information too, very interesting item from just before the nazis period.

M9243 - 1855 TINTED LITHOGRAPH OF SIEGE OF SEBASTAPOL.   £50
An original 1855 dated, tinted lithograph print, showing a panoramic view of Sebastopol with all its forts & defences and also showing all the siege works of the allies, very detailed 3D type map, showing the key objective of the Crimean War. Printed on canvas, it has been kept rolled and it is quite worn with a couple of splits repaired with tape to the rear, but would frame well for display.


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