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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...

  • 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.

  • '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...

  • Grenade, hand, anti-tank, No 73 Mk 1 ('Thermos Flask')

    Grenade, hand, anti-tank, No 73 Mk 1 ('Thermos Flask')

    (Weapons and ammunition) Made by: Metal Box Co Ltd (Walton, Liverpool) 1941

    MUN 1587

    This British Second World War period No 73 Grenade Mk 1, sometimes referred to as the 'Thermos Flask' model, for obvious reasons, was first introduced into service in November 1940, but declared obsolete in October 1941. It was reintroduced in...

  • Anti-Tank Mine Mk V

    Anti-Tank Mine Mk V

    (Weapons and ammunition) 1941

    MUN 195

    British Second World War period Mk V anti-tank mine.

  • Sea Mine Mk XVII

    Sea Mine Mk XVII

    (Weapons and ammunition)

    MUN 4582

    British Mk XVII contact sea mine, the design of which dates from the Second World War. This type of anti-shipping mine could be laid in 500 fathoms with a charge of either 320lb or 450lb. It could be described as the standard British contact mine of the...

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