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  • 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.

  • 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,...

  • black-out curtain fasteners

    black-out curtain fasteners

    (Equipment) Made by: Newey's

    EPH 4504

    Second World War period blackout curtain-fasteners (made by Newey's) which were intended to be screwed into the wall around the window frame. A separate pack had to be purchased with the 'other side' of the snaps to sew onto the curtain,...

  • badge, 'V For Victory' Favour

    badge, 'V For Victory' Favour

    (souvenirs and ephemera)

    EPH 4635

    Second World War British Home Front 'V' for Victory Favour badge. The responsibility and origins of the 'V' for Victory campaign lay with the BBC who in July 1941, in the wake of the desperate Russian defensive operations following...

  • dog's gas mask

    dog's gas mask

    (souvenirs and ephemera)

    EPH 2907

    gas mask, with cotton drill carrying bag and leaflet.

  • 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;...

  • Grenade, Anti-tank, No 74 Mk I ('Sticky Bomb')

    Grenade, Anti-tank, No 74 Mk I ('Sticky Bomb')

    (Weapons and ammunition)

    MUN 3305

    Second World War period British No 74 Mark I anti-tank hand grenade ('Sticky Bomb'). The bomb was designed early in the Second World War, when Britain had no effective anti-tank weapons to counter German armoured vehicles. Although not...

  • Steel Helmet, MKI (modified): Women's Voluntary Service

    Steel Helmet, MKI (modified): Women's Voluntary Service

    (uniforms and insignia) Made by: Thomas Firth and Sons Ltd (Sheffield)

    UNI 12121

    British First World War steel helmet, which has been modified for further service. The manufacturer's code, 'FS 137', indicates that this helmet was made by Thomas Firth and Sons Ltd of Sheffield. This firm produced steel helmets between...

  • wing tip from Gloster Meteor aircraft serial number EE 216

    wing tip from Gloster Meteor aircraft serial number EE 216

    (souvenirs and ephemera) Made by: Gloster Aircraft Co Ltd

    EPH 4609

    Wing tip: metal wing tip (L 120cm x W 38cm x H 13.5cm) with painted inscription and engraved technical information.

  • bell, ARP

    bell, ARP

    (Equipment) 1939

    EPH 3270

    Second World War period British Air Raid Precautions (ARP) warden's 'all clear' hand bell. If a gas attack was suspected warning was given locally by means of the ARP warden's hand rattle and the all clear was announced through the...

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