Dating from the WW1 period a field found used tin of German ' Schucreme' which is shoe polish or cream .
No doubt applied to limit the amount of water getting into the boots & left behind or discarded by a German soldier in a forward position.
Sent out by Buckingham Palace with the 'Dead Mans Penny' Death Plaque ' .
A pullout by Dunlop Rubber Company from the May 4th 1945 edition of Country Life magazine ' Saluting & thanking the magnificent men & women of our modern army - an army of specialists ' with a British Paratrooper depicted on the front as painted specially for Dunlop Rubber Company Ltd by TC Dugdale R.A.
Measures 33cm X 24cm.
A very good pair of Canadian battledress trousers dated September 1944.
Clear maker stamp of ' Maritime Pant MFG. CO LTD with overall size given as a Size 8 5ft 7in - 8 in , Waist 32-33 & Breech 38-39 . Date is a clear September 7th 1944. with Canadian inspectors marking.
Fantastic condition with no rips or tears & incredibly no moth at all .
A Captain in Service Dress & Sam Browne belt wearing Royal Army Service Corps badged beret & with Pegasus patch to sleeve of Airborne troops.
Measures just under 30 cm X 21.5 cm.
A Calcutta made Aertex battledress in very good condition.
Measures an approx 38 in chest.
A pair of British army ankle boots dated 1954 & ideal for mannequin display they are identical to the wartime issue .
Excellent condition .
A greetings card with Parachute regiment insignia to front & back & a pullout of ' La Thil Oriere' descending on England reproduced by the The Oxford Bodleian Library.
A rare & unique handwritten letter dated 23rd March 1918 written by Major general Sir Guy Bainbridge who commanded the 25th Division during WW1. There is also a divisional history of them in France & Flanders compiled not long after the First world war.
Within the neatly written three page letter Bainbridge acknowledges the Division recording his appreciation of their work during the 21st to 28th March when they were in the area of the 1918 German Spring offensive. He writes :
' For the first time in history of the Division the Engineers & Pioneers had to be sent forward to act as Infantry & they did the work admirably , not only carrying out passive defence but counter attacking in a most dashing & determined manner '. He goes on to praise all of the individual support units such as RAMC & ASC & also ' The new Machine Gun Battalion split up all over the Corps front proved itself to be quite up to the Red Horse Shoe ( Divisional Insignia ) .
Fascinating item of WW1 history endorsed by a high ranking British Commanding officer.
A wonderful WW1 French infantry officers tunic in the so called ' New Style' that appeared after the Spring of 1915.
This midwar style of tunic in gabardine was modelled on the British officers tunic being of a wide cut with long skirt , large & practical lower pockets with breast pockets having Watteau pleats . Collar is turn-down with gilt Infantry Regiment '8' numerals on blue collar patches. Dark blue arm of service braid for infantry. Shoulder straps & seven visible 'rugby ball' buttons again in the British officer style. French cuffs to sleeves with single rank gold rank bar for Sous-Lieutenant. Tunic has a tailor label from 'Nantes' .
In excellent condition with a couple of very minor moth holes noticeable only upon close inspection .
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