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  • anti-gas ointment No 2

    anti-gas ointment No 2

    (Equipment)

    SUR 545

    Prior to the Second World War, it was commonly anticipated that, as in the First World War, gas would be used as a weapon. As a consequence, much effort was expended in equipping both service personnel and civilians with suitable counter-measures. This...

  • Rifle No 5 Mk 1

    Rifle No 5 Mk 1

    (Weapons and ammunition) Made by: Birmingham Small Arms Company, Birmingham, England 1945

    FIR 7775

    The No 5 rifle (or "Jungle Carbine") was a shortened version of the standard British No 4 rifle, intended for jungle warfare. The increased recoil felt due to the shortening of the barrel necessitated the fitting of a rubber butt pad. A conical...

  • British Army clasp knife

    British Army clasp knife

    (Weapons and ammunition) Made by: F Greaves and Sons, Sheffield

    WEA 734

    A typical example of a Second World War British Army clasp knife, made by the Sheffield firm F Greaves & Sons. Wartime army clasp knifes were produced both with and (as in this case) without marlinspikes.

  • cap, khaki field service, other rank's

    cap, khaki field service, other rank's

    (uniforms and insignia)

    UNI 10942

    Side cap of khaki / green serge cloth. Two brass buttons on the front, while the sides are pinned through holes to the inside. Inside is lined with cotton, which has stiffened through use. Written on the inside is: "149444, Mar 1st 1945..[?]"

  • Tommies filling their Water Bottles with Rain from a Shell Hole

    Tommies filling their Water Bottles with Rain from a Shell Hole

    (art) Made by: Roberts, William 1918

    Art.IWM ART 1169

    image: A group of British soldiers filling their water bottles from the rain-filled pool at the bottom of a deep shell hole. Three men squat by the pool at the bottom, ladling up water in small pans. Another passes a bottle up to a soldier sitting at the...

  • Rifle, Short, Magazine, Lee Enfield, .303 inch, Mk 3

    Rifle, Short, Magazine, Lee Enfield, .303 inch, Mk 3

    (Weapons and ammunition) Made by: Enfield 1911

    FIR 7815

    The Short, Magazine Lee-Enfield rifle was adopted for British service in 1902. Variants of the design subsequently saw service in both World Wars and, in certain countries, long afterwards. The rifle was the brainchild of the War Office Small Arms...

  • Flag, International, British Red Cross

    Flag, International, British Red Cross

    (Equipment)

    FLA 465

    Rectangular flag with a red fabic cross sewn onto a white background and a drawing painted in black of a hand pointing. There is a piece of cord through two eyelets at each edge of the flag and a rod sewn into the hem at one end.

  • Line Communication Equipment, Duplex Telegraph Set: British

    Line Communication Equipment, Duplex Telegraph Set: British

    (Equipment)

    COM 38

    This piece of British equipment was introduced on the Western Front during the First World War in order to send and receive simultaneously over a single wire. It was used by Corps, Army, General Headquarters and general line communications.

  • Round 6 pdr APDS

    Round 6 pdr APDS

    (Weapons and ammunition)

    MUN 498

    6 pdr round consisting of brass case with “287” and “1942” stamped on the base and an armour-piercing head with white, red, blue, black and white stripes around the point, “L31 CY 145” stencilled onto one side and “APDS 6 PR 7CWT 1. BT R.L4-45” stamped...

  • cape, protective, Machine-gunner (Sealed Pattern 1914)

    cape, protective, Machine-gunner (Sealed Pattern 1914)

    (uniforms and insignia)

    UNI 5247

    Chest-length sleeveless protective cape made from khaki wool with buff leather shoulder pads and three buttons on the front.

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