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  • Italian officer's sword, with scabbard

    Italian officer's sword, with scabbard

    (Weapons and ammunition)

    WEA 1183/1

    This sword was taken from the wall of an Italian officer's mess in Tripoli by British troops, at the time of that city's capture in January 1943. It was later donated to the museum by the former commanding officer of 22nd Anti-Aircraft Brigade...

  • machete 'dah'-type, with scabbard

    machete 'dah'-type, with scabbard

    (Weapons and ammunition)

    WEA 758

    The campaign in Burma during the Second World War was fought in extremely difficult terrain and machetes became essential items of issue to soldiers fighting there. This machete was produced in India for issue to the Indian Army, which provided the...

  • Grenade, Hand or Projector, Drill, No 76 (S.I.P.) (& AW Bomb)

    Grenade, Hand or Projector, Drill, No 76 (S.I.P.) (& AW Bomb)

    (Weapons and ammunition)

    MUN 3306

    The 'live' version of this grenade, known as the 'Grenade, Hand or Projector, No. 76, S.I.P. Mk I', consisted of a short-necked half-pint capacity glass bottle filled with an incendiary mixture and closed with a crown cap. The filling...

  • Dienstglas 6 x 30, German

    Dienstglas 6 x 30, German

    (Equipment) Made by: Hensoldt, Wetzlar (bmj)

    OPT 43

    1 pair of standard German Second World War Dienstglas 6 x 30 binoculars in damaged condition.

  • Stock-mine 43 (Sto.Mi.43) anti-personnel mine

    Stock-mine 43 (Sto.Mi.43) anti-personnel mine

    (Weapons and ammunition)

    MUN 683

    Second World War period German anti-personnel Stock-Mine 43.

  • toy, stuffed dog

    toy, stuffed dog

    (souvenirs and ephemera)

    EPH 9058

    This toy was given to Maureen Homer (nee Watts) by her father Sergeant Leonard Albert Watts during the Second World War. Sergeant Watts, who originally enlisted in 1918 at the age of 18 and served until 1937, was recalled for service in 1939. He was...

  • 'Molotov Cocktail' incendiary grenade

    'Molotov Cocktail' incendiary grenade

    (Weapons and ammunition) Made by: ALKO, State Liquor and Distilling Monopoly, Helsinki, Finland

    MUN 39

    Finnish 'Molotov Cocktail' incendiary grenade associated with the Russo-Finnish War of 1939-1940. This type of grenade (much imitated and used in many subsequent conflicts) was originally named after Vyacheslav Molotov, the Soviet Foreign...

  • SD 50 Kg aircraft bomb

    SD 50 Kg aircraft bomb

    (Weapons and ammunition) 1939

    MUN 4459

    The German 50kg aircraft bomb was the smallest conventional bomb in the German armoury during the Second World War, and this particular version, the SD 50, was designed as an anti-personnel or semi-armour-piercing bomb.

  • 3in Mk I OSB Gun (Smith Gun) with MII Trailer

    3in Mk I OSB Gun (Smith Gun) with MII Trailer

    (Weapons and ammunition) Made by: MB & Co Ltd 1942

    ORD 136

    The Smith Gun was one of several 'pipe guns' that were produced in Great Britain as rapid replacements for the large numbers of conventional weapons abandoned at Dunkirk. The Smith Gun was designed by William Smith, the Chief Engineer of...

  • Lotfernrohr Lofte 7 D-1 bombsight, German

    Lotfernrohr Lofte 7 D-1 bombsight, German

    (Vehicles, aircraft and ships) Made by: blc

    AIR 330

    Metal box with a tube (Rohr) extending out the bottom with a mirror that reflected the image of the target into a small telescope in the box. Three large knurled knobs allow the aim to be adjusted. The mechanism inside the box move a mirror to stabilize...

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