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  • warning sign, Air Raid, all clear/warning

    warning sign, Air Raid, all clear/warning

    (Equipment)

    FEQ 175

    Second World War period British Air Raid Precautions (ARP) warning sign. A sign of this type was included in the fabric of the Cabinet War Rooms and used more generally to indicate air raid conditions to personnel sheltering in deep bomb proofs, control...

  • 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...

  • sand bucket

    sand bucket

    (Equipment)

    FEQ 421

    Second World War period ARP bucket designed to be filled with sand or water for dealing with incendiary bombs. British home front associations.

  • Tie: WLA

    Tie: WLA

    (uniforms and insignia)

    UNI 4649

    The Women's Land Army (WLA), better known as the 'Land Girls', was established at the outset of the Second World War in order to free up male agricultural workers for the armed forces. An estimated 80,000 'Land Girls' were...

  • Carbine, Machine, Sten, 9mm Mk 2

    Carbine, Machine, Sten, 9mm Mk 2

    (Weapons and ammunition) Made by: RSAF Enfield

    FIR 6283

    The Sten 'Machine-Carbine' was the standard submachine-gun of the British and Canadian armies during the Second World War. Mk 2 version was produced on a larger scale than any other model. At least 2,600,000 were manufactured, by six different...

  • metal polish, British

    metal polish, British

    (souvenirs and ephemera)

    EPH 396

    A tin of 'Bluebell' brand metal polish made in Britain during the Second World War period. 'Bluebell' metal cleaning products were a household name in the 1930s and even merited a specific and relevant contextual reference in Patrick...

  • Bomb, aerial, fragmentation, German, SD 2 (Butterfly Bomb)

    Bomb, aerial, fragmentation, German, SD 2 (Butterfly Bomb)

    (Weapons and ammunition) 1943

    MUN 2446

    The German SD 2 'Butterfly Bomb' was used on a large scale during the Second World War, and was designed as an anti-personnel/fragmentation weapon. They were delivered by air, being dropped in containers that opened at a predetermined height,...

  • carton, 'Demi Sanispoons

    carton, 'Demi Sanispoons

    (souvenirs and ephemera) Made by: MHC

    EPH 4625

    A set of disposable cardboard spoons, 'Sanispoons', manufactured in the USA and supplied for British home front use during the Second World War. The set, which comes in its original cardboard box, is incomplete (it should contain twenty-five...

  • G.Boot double-barrelled 12 Bore shotgun

    G.Boot double-barrelled 12 Bore shotgun

    (Weapons and ammunition) Made by: George Boot, Birmingham

    FIR 4098

    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...

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