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David Hawkins Junior's 35th Year At The Lanes Armoury
David joined with Mark in the family partnership in 1983, and is celebrating his 35 years this March, some eleven years after Mark, who joined in 1972. A photo in the gallery is of our shop in Meetinghouse Lane, taken in 1920, plus some other photos of young David considering his future, and another of David in his very first month joining his brother Mark in the partnership in 1983, at the shop we had in Prince Albert St. We hesitate to show a photo of David today, as, some may say, he has aged rather poorly, through constant and diligent hard work [he says]

Code: 21202Price: On Request

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Post 1953 Royal Corps of Transport Officers Cap Badge
Fabulous example, early ERII Officers cap badge to the Royal Corps of Transport, nice officer quality with all enamel intact, a fine badge. Supoerb mint condition. The Royal Corps of Transport (RCT) was a British Army Corps established to manage all matters in relation to the transport of men and material for the Army and the wider Defence community. It was formed in 1965 and later in 1993 was disbanded to allow its units and trades to be amalgamated into the Royal Logistic Corps. The Depot and Training Regiment RCT was at Buller Barracks in Aldershot.

Its earliest origins link the RCT to the Commissariat, a civilian organisation responsible directly to the Treasury, which provided food and supplies to Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army. However, the very first military transport unit, the Corps of Waggoners, was formed in 1794. This evolved into the Royal Waggon Train which served throughout the Napoleonic Wars, notably at the Battle of Waterloo.

Following its disbandment in 1833, there were a number of short-lived organisations such as the Military Train and the Land Transport Corps, but it was not until the formation of the Army Service Corps in 1899 that transport and supplies became a well organised permanent body.

At the outbreak of the First World War the Army Service Corps numbered 6,500 men, by 1918 this number had grown to 325,000 men. In recognition of the Army Service Corps’ contribution to the war effort of 1914-1919 the Corps was granted the ‘Royal’ prefix and was thus known as the Royal Army Service Corps.

Was formed in 1965 from the transport (land, water and air) elements of the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) and the movement control element of the Royal Engineers (RE). The Royal Army Service Corps’ functions of supply and transport were separated. The RCT became responsible for transport whilst supplies became the responsibility of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. In 1993, following the Options for Change review, the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) was formed by the amalgamation of The Royal Corps of Transport, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, Royal Pioneer Corps, Army Catering Corps, and Postal and Courier elements of the Royal Engineers.

Code: 21201Price: 45.00 GBP

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Post 1953 Ministry of Defence Fire Officer's Cap Badge
Latterly called the Defence Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) is the primary firefighting and rescue service protecting British defence estates and property. Along with the Royal Air Force Rescue and Firefighting Service, it forms the Ministry of Defence Fire Services. The Defence Fire Service is part of the MOD Fire Services. The MoD Fire Service comprises Military Fire Services too under the general heading of the MoD Fire Service.

Code: 21200Price: 30.00 GBP

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An RAF Long Service Good Conduct Medal King George Vith
Named and nicely toned patina. The Royal Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal was instituted by King George V in 1919, the year following the establishment of the world's first independent Air Force. The medal could be awarded to Regular Force non-commissioned officers and airmen of the Royal Air Force. The award criteria were later relaxed to also allow the award of the medal to officers who had served a minimum period in the ranks before being commissioned. The birth of modern aerial warfare during the First World War led to the establishment of the Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918, as a third Service Arm independent of the British Army and the Royal Navy and as the world's first Air Force. It was formed by the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps of the Army and the Royal Naval Air Service of the Navy.[3][4][5]

Regular Force other ranks of the new "junior service" had earlier been eligible for the award of either the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal or the Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (1848), depending on their service of origin. In the year following the establishment of the Royal Air Force, on 1 July 1919, the Royal Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal was instituted by King George V, and the first awards of the medal were announced in October 1919

Code: 21199Price: 165.00 GBP

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German WW2 Special Merit Award Plaque Pionier Lehr Battallion
A most rarely seen piece, in fact this is our first example, a large size steel, WW2 German military award. Embossed in German around the edge which translates to; For Special Merit, the Pioneer Teaching Battalion Z.B.V..German WW2 Pioinieren regiments were military combat engineers, they created obstacles, they destroyed obstacles. They laid minefields, and cleared them. They were the "point men" for the Wehrmacht, and as such, suffered some of the highest casualties. They built bridges, ferried troops in boats, as well as destroyed bridges to keep the allies from crossing. Every Pioiniere unit had an infantry support section, an assault rifle squad per se - and they also were the troops with the Flamenwerfer - flamethrowers, the Sturmpioniere. 4.75 inches across. Photo in the gallery of the Iron Cross award ceremony for 13 Officers, NCOs and Enlisted Men from Pionier-Bataillon 221/221.Infanterie-Division/7.Armee/Heeresgruppe C, awarded various grades of the Eisernes Kreuzes, including Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse, Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse, and 1939 spange zum 1914 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse. These all were awarded by the unseen: Generalleutnant Johann Pflugbiel (24 August 1882 - 21 October 1951), Kommandeur of 221. Infanterie-Division. We presume this plaque would have been presented at such an event as this

Code: 21196Price: 325.00 GBP

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Officers WW2 Glengarry Badge of the Black Watch Regt.
Very good condition, multi piece construction. During World War I the 25 battalions of Black Watch fought mainly in France and Flanders, except for the 2nd Battalion which fought in Mesopotamia and Palestine, and the 10th Battalion, which was in the Balkans. Only the 1st and 2nd battalions were regulars, with the rest either part of the Territorial Force or New Army. The Black Watch served with the British 51st (Highland) Division (World War I). Sold unpolished, for those that prefer them untouched, but it would polish very nicely indeed

Battalions of the Black Watch fought in almost every major British action in World War II, from Palestine to Normandy and as Chindits (42 and 73 columns) in Burma. In 1940, the 1st Battalion, together with two Territorial Army battalions were captured at St Valery-en-Caux with the 51st (Highland) Division, but were later reformed from reserve units of the 9th (Highland) Infantry Division, and fought at the Battle of El Alamein and the Allied invasion of Sicily. After the war, in 1948, the two regular battalions were merged into one.

The regiment won honours after the Battle of the Hook during the Korean War in November 1952, and were subsequently involved in peacekeeping and counter-insurgency in various parts of the world such as the Mau Mau Uprising and Malayan Emergency; the same activity for which the regiment was raised 250 years earlier.

Code: 21195Price: 145.00 GBP

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Imperial German Zeppelin L33 Relic, a Section of the Duralumin Framework,
reworked into a most attractive dragon dish. Probably made to sell at the time as a Zeppelin souvenir for the benefit of charitable funds such as the L.& N. W.R. War Seal Fund. (London & North Western Railway]. How must the inhabitants of the sleepy villages of Great Burstead and Little Wigborough reacted when they were suddenly thrust into the front line of the First World War when Zeppelins crashed in their fields.

In 1915, German Zeppelins commenced bombing missions over the UK. Targets included London, Edinburgh, the North East, the Midlands, and the Home Counties.

On the night of 23/24 September 1916, Zeppelins set out to bomb London. These were newly designed and built Zeppelins, superior to the Zeppelins which had previously flown over England. The ill-fated Zeppelin L33, that took part on the London bombing raid was damaged by anti-aircraft fire and was forced to land at New Hall Farm, Little Wigborough, only twenty yards from a nearby house.

The occupants of the house, the Lewis family, ran for their lives as the airship hit the ground. The crew ran from the craft and shortly after it exploded. Special Constable Edgar Nicholas, who lived nearby, made his way to the scene and came across the crew walking along a road. They identified themselves as the Zeppelin crew and he arrested them. Other officers later joined them and the local constable, Pc 354 Charles Smith, arranged for the prisoners to be handed over to the military to be taken off to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Once again the airship was the subject of great attention by spectators, but the guarding of it was expeditiously arranged by the military as parts of the airship were still relatively undamaged. Indeed, she was later studied in great detail and many aspects of her design were incorporated into later British airship designs. 5.5 inches across.

Code: 21194Price: 195.00 GBP

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A WW2 Iron Cross First Class Gallantry Award, 1939 Date
Silvered frame good condition for age. The Iron Cross comes in two grades, Second Class and First Class. This example the Iron Cross First Class could only be awarded for an act of outstanding bravery and also to one who had previously received the Iron Cross Second Class. Hence, the First Class was more restricted and more highly prized. When the Iron Cross First Class was awarded, the Iron Cross Second Class was signified with a small ribbon attached to a button. Adolf Hitler was awarded this identical type of 1st Class Iron Cross in WW1, and always wore it throughout WW2 with pride. Next to the Victoria Cross, it is the most famous medal in the world. The Iron Cross was awarded for bravery in battle as well as other conspicuous military contributions in a battlefield environment. In order to receive the Iron Cross 1st Class Heer and Waffen SS men would have to perform three to four further acts of courage from the one that earned him the 2nd Class; The Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine had the following criteria; the award was regularly awarded to U-boat Commanders upon sinking 50,000 tons and to Luftwaffe pilots when they achieved six or seven confirmed kills; Of course these were only guidelines, and a single act of great importance or a long steady career could earn the individual the Cross. The Iron Cross 2nd Class came with a ribbon and was worn in one of two different methods: When in formal dress, the entire cross was worn mounted alone or as part of a medal bar. For everyday wear, only the ribbon was worn from the second hole in the tunic button.
The Iron Cross is a black four-pointed cross with white trim, with the arms widening toward the ends, similar to a cross pattée. It was designed by the neoclassical architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel and reflects the cross borne by the Teutonic Knights in the 14th century.

Initially the Iron Cross was worn with the blank side out. This did not change until 1838 when the sprig facing could be presented.

Since the Iron Cross was issued over several different periods of German history, it was annotated with the year indicating the era in which it was issued. For example, an Iron Cross from the First World War bears the year "1914", while the same decoration from the Second World War is annotated "1939". The reverse of the 1870, 1914 and 1939 series of Iron Crosses have the year "1813" appearing on the lower arm, symbolizing the year the award was created. The 1813 decoration also has the initials "FW" for King Frederick William III, while the next two have a "W" for the respective kaisers, Wilhelm I and Wilhelm II. The final version shows a swastika. A cross was the symbol of the Teutonic Knights (a heraldic cross pattée), and the cross design (but not the specific decoration) has been the symbol of Germany's armed forces (now the Bundeswehr) since 1871. The iron cross first class was intended to have the black coloured iron centre, but during WW2 this was not always adhered to by manufacturers. It has been said some were made as such for Kriegsmarine recipients, as the medal was designed to be worn on combat service uniform as well as dress uniform, and thus salt water on board ships and noxious gasses and fumes within Uboats would cause significant rusting for an iron centre, however, apparently this has never been found to be confirmed from German medal manufacturing specifications. Although, in the early 1940's the German manufacturing regulation authorities issued a formal notice to manufacturers that the practice of not making Iron Crosses with iron centres is to be discouraged, and regulation standards were be adhered to or penalties would be issued. Photo in the gallery of two Uboat officers, one a Captain both with their identical Iron Cross 1st class gallantry awards.

Code: 21193Price: 295.00 GBP

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German WW2 Silver Infantry Assault Combat Badge
Awarded to Infantry personnel who supported armour units. Good pin and unmarked. The Infantry Assault Badge was a German war badge awarded to Waffen SS and Wehrmacht Heer soldiers during WWII. This decoration was instituted on December 20th 1939 by the Oberstbefehlshaber des Heeres, Generalfeldmarschall von Brauchitsch. It could be awarded to members of non-motorized Infantry units and units of the Gebirgsjäger that had participated in Infantry assaults, with light Infantry weapons, on at least three days of battle in the front line as from January 1st 1940. When a counter offensive led to fighting at short distance, it could also apply. Award of the Infanterie Sturmabzeichen was authorized at regimental command level or above. The first two awards were given to an officer and a enlisted soldier on a special occasion on May 28th 1940, by von Brauchitsch himself.

Code: 21192Price: 225.00 GBP

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An Original WW2 German War Merit Cross With Swords..
In bronze, with date 1939 to reverse, and with relief Swastika to front. A medal for bravery when in military service but not necessarily when facing the enemy. For example, awarded for rescuing wounded in minefields, bomb disposal or bravery during aerial bombardment. Curiously the bravery required to achieve this medal could be greater than was required to receive the traditional combat bravery medal, the Iron Cross, as the recipient would have had little or no combat adrenaline rush to aid his heroic act. In superb condition with original ribbon of issue. Picture in the gallery of Gotlob Berger wearing his Knights Cross War Merit Cross With Swords [not included]

Code: 21191Price: 75.00 GBP

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