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  • 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...

  • respirator, anti-gas, 'Civilian Duty'

    respirator, anti-gas, 'Civilian Duty'

    (Equipment) Made by: P B C (mask)

    EQU 2594

    Respirator with canister: black leather mask with round glass eyepieces in metal surrounds; rubber exhale valve flap protrudes from font of nose; front of mask is open, with cylindrical canister inserted into opening and sealed with metal clip ring;...

  • scarf, Ascher, 'Bomber Departure'

    scarf, Ascher, 'Bomber Departure'

    (souvenirs and ephemera) Made by: Ascher

    EPH 891

    Decorative British head scarf in cloth produced by the Ascher Company during the Second World War. The item bears a coloured design titled 'Bomber Departure' by the Polish-born British official war artist Feliks Topolski (1907-1989). The Ascher...

  • scarf, Jacqmar, 'Keep It Under Your Hat

    scarf, Jacqmar, 'Keep It Under Your Hat

    (souvenirs and ephemera) Made by: Jacqmar

    EPH 3211

    Second World War period British propaganda scarf by Jacqmar of London associated with the Home Front experiences of Mrs Betty Attwood. Jacqmar of London made propaganda scarves from 1940-1945. They were based in Mayfair (16 Grosvenor Street) and many...

  • scarf, Jacqmar, 'London Wall'

    scarf, Jacqmar, 'London Wall'

    (souvenirs and ephemera) Made by: Jacqmar

    EPH 4373

    Second World War period Jacqmar scarf. Jacqmar of London made propaganda scarves from 1940-1945. They were based in Mayfair (16 Grosvenor Street) and many were produced for the export market as well as for wartime sweethearts, particularly in London. The...

  • Bundle for Britain

    Bundle for Britain

    (souvenirs and ephemera)

    EPH 1025

    Second World War period baby clothes and accessories sent to Britain as part of the 'Bundles for Britain' aid scheme by the Chicago Chapter of the American Red Cross. British Home Front associations.

  • embroidered head rest cover ('Dig for Victory')

    embroidered head rest cover ('Dig for Victory')

    (souvenirs and ephemera)

    EPH 4620

    Second World War embroidered head rest cover, patriotically celebrating the 'Dig for Victory' campaign, worked by G A Francis whilst serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) in 1944 at the Ordnance Depot at Melton Mowbray. The...

  • Overalls, Civilian Factory Workers

    Overalls, Civilian Factory Workers

    (uniforms and insignia)

    UNI 12466

    Second World War period overalls worn by aircraft factory worker Edith Fosdike who was employed at AV Roe, Chadderton (Manchester) between 1940-1943. Mrs Fosdike was one of fifty women who worked on the 'Burr' bench, responsible for filing...