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  • Whitney rolling block rifle

    Whitney rolling block rifle

    (Weapons and ammunition) Made by: Whitney Arms Co. New Haven, Ct.

    FIR 5289

    This rifle was one of a number of weapons provided for Home Guard use in 1940 by an American organization called the American Committee for the Defence of British Homes. They mounted a public appeal for firearms and binoculars which could be sent to aid...

  • Winchester M1894 sporting takedown rifle .30/30 Winchester

    Winchester M1894 sporting takedown rifle .30/30 Winchester

    (Weapons and ammunition) Made by: Winchester

    FIR 5292

    This rifle was one of a number of weapons provided for Home Guard use in 1940 by an American organization called the American Committee for the Defence of British Homes. They mounted a public appeal for firearms and binoculars which could be sent to aid...

  • Home Guard improvised short sword

    Home Guard improvised short sword

    (Weapons and ammunition)

    WEA 792

    Blade form: long single-edged parallel-sided blade of flattened oval section. Tip is fashioned into crudely formed angled spear point. The blade is improvised from a long heavy steel bar.

  • truncheon, Home Guard

    truncheon, Home Guard

    (Weapons and ammunition)

    WEA 2192

    This lead-weighted wooden truncheon was issued to 55th County of Lancaster Battalion Home Guard. It was evidently used while mounting guard at Manchester Collieries Ltd of Walkden. A shortage of firearms meant that many improvised weapons were employed...

  • Remington No. 4 rolling block rifle

    Remington No. 4 rolling block rifle

    (Weapons and ammunition) Made by: Remington Arms Co. Ilion, New York

    FIR 5193

    This rifle was one of a number of weapons provided for Home Guard use in 1940 by an American organization called the American Committee for the Defence of British Homes. They mounted a public appeal for firearms and binoculars which could be sent to aid...

  • Remington Model 10 riot shotgun

    Remington Model 10 riot shotgun

    (Weapons and ammunition) Made by: Remington Arms Co., Ilion, New York.

    FIR 4104

    This shotgun was one of a number of weapons provided for Home Guard use in 1940 by an American organization called the American Committee for the Defence of British Homes. They mounted a public appeal for firearms and binoculars which could be sent to...

  • Practice 8lb Shell for 3in OSB Gun (Smith Gun)

    Practice 8lb Shell for 3in OSB Gun (Smith Gun)

    (Weapons and ammunition)

    MUN 3307

    Second World War British practice shell which formed part of the equipment for the Smith Gun, one of the several different forms of 'pipe gun' produced in Great Britain in 1940 as rapid replacements for the large numbers of conventional guns...

  • Springfield Model 1878 rifle

    Springfield Model 1878 rifle

    (Weapons and ammunition) Made by: Springfield

    FIR 7917

    This rifle was one of a number of weapons provided for Home Guard use in 1940 by an American organization called the American Committee for the Defence of British Homes. They mounted a public appeal for firearms and binoculars which could be sent to aid...

  • Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife [2nd Pattern], modified, with scabbard

    Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife [2nd Pattern], modified, with scabbard

    (Weapons and ammunition) Made by: Wilkinson

    WEA 4027

    This modified Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife was used by Frank Penfold (1913-2005) while acting as leader of the Arundel Patrol of Auxiliary Unit Battalion 203. The Auxiliary units were created in 1940 to conduct guerilla warfare in the event of a German...

  • club, Home Guard

    club, Home Guard

    (Weapons and ammunition)

    WEA 2155

    all metal, with flanged head, rope wrist strap

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