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WW1 Diary Grouping - Civil Service Rifles.A grouping of diaries from 1915/16/17 and 1919 to 3251/531035 Pte.Albert.E.Hodges of 10 Platoon, C Company 2/15 City of London Regt. ( Civil Service Rifles ).
Hodges joined the Athletes' Volunteer Force in 1915 a fact noted in his 1915 diary and then went onto join the Territorials of the Civil Sevice Rifles later that year. The diary is full of his training with locations, weather and events noted every day. This is true of the 1916 diary until the battalion deploys to France in late June. The entries become a little more terse in the front-line. However, he does describe the build up and participation in a trench raid launched from the Paris Redoubt in September. A fuller account of the raid taken from the Civil Service Rifles' History is included. The diary includes locations, events and employment and tends to be more fulsome on leaving the trenches. The move to Salonika is recorded as is life in the line on the Doiran-Vardar Front. Later that year the Battalion moves to Palestine where Hodges continues with his description of daily life of fatigues, drill, grenade training etc. He is wounded in the knee during the attack on Beersheba on 31/101917 and his diary goes quiet for six weeks before he resumes duty against the Turks in December. Clearly unable to locate another diary for 1918 he continues small entries in the notes section until May. Hodges is demobilised in February 1919 which he records ' Thank the Lord ' and the remaining diary records the every day occurrences in the life of a well travelled and battle hardened clerk from SW London ! Accompanied by a small number of original photographs and cuttings.
An interesting and uncommon 1st person account in legible diary form of a Territorial volunteer accompanied by a small amount of research.
Kriegsmarine Destroyer Award by JFS.Kriegsmarine Destroyer Award by JFS - Josef Feix & Sohne, Lüdenscheid. Mid-War, zinc construction with 80% gilding remaining to wreath with wear to highpoints. Horizontal pin to reverse with crimped in hinge and catch and the initial ' JFS ' in relief and vertical pin present. In generally v.good+ condition with the exception of an old and stable hairline crack to the wreath. Priced accordingly.
Memoirs of an Infantry Officer - Siegfried Sassoon.First Illustrated Edition 1931 of Sassoon's classic ' Memoirs of an Infantry Officer '. Illustrated boards with a coloured frontispiece and coloured lithographs by Barnett Freedman. 312pgs published by Faber & Faber in a run of 3500. Good overall condition with bumped spine and light marking and cracked frontispiece, clean contents.
Code: 8574Price: 80.00 GBP
Escape Map T2/T4 Iran and the Caspian Sea.Double-sided, hemmed rayon escape map T2/T4 centring on Iran to the one side and those countries surrounding the Caspian Sea to the other. Scale 1:3,200,000. Excellent, clean condition.
Code: 8573Price: 54.00 GBP
Polish 2nd Artillery Group Breast Badge.Two piece construction, silvered Monte Cassino Cross with a superimposed wreath with the 2 Corps symbol, a mermaid with an artillery shell over an 8th Army shield. 45mm x 45mm approx by the maker Lorioli Fratelli, Milano & Roma. Good example.
Code: 8572Price: 65.00 GBP
US Pressure Fuze M1A1.Olive drab painted alloy US Pressure Fuze M1A1. Initiated by a 20lb or larger weight bearing down on the pressure cap this fuze was used with anti-personnel mines and booby traps. A screw on extender (very similar to the German 'S' mine fuze) was provided for attachment to the pressure plate to make it more effective as an AP weapon. Fully strippable with all safety clips and the extender. This example also includes an extra extending post.
Code: 8571Price: 48.00 GBP
WW1 6th Battalion Cameron Highlanders Shoulder Title.WW1, blackened brass ' T6 S.R. ' shoulder title worn by the 6th ( Service ) Battalion Cameron Highlanders. Good, used condition with wear to blackened finish.
Code: 8570Price: 38.00 GBP
Imperial Japanese Army Aviation Wing.Bullion and cotton Aviation wing for use by officers of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force. Fine bullion wire wing with highlighted, cotton wreath surrounding a gilt star on blue wool backing. Reverse backed with black, glazed card. Good, used condition, removed from a uniform.
Code: 8568Price: 45.00 GBP
Switch No.10 Time Pencil.Switch No.10, Time Pencil. Widely used by SOE and special forces this delay action fuze was used in conjunction with a detonator or Bickford cord to set off explosives. This example has a white safety strip indicating an approx. 1hr delay. The pencil was initiated by crushing the copper tube that shrouds a glass ampuole containing corrosive liquid. In good overall condition.
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WW1 British Pocket Compass.1915 dated, nickel cased pocket compass by the less commonly found manufacturer of J.Hicks of London. Fob watch style with button release lid with manufacture details to front cover. Compass in gwo, good, fresh condition.
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