Browning M1905 [2nd issue] pistol & magazine (6) & bag
Apparently carried by Vernon Bartlett-White (in the bag) while operating with the French Resistance. M Seaman unable to locate name in SOE F Section list or list of Jedburgh operatives. A Major Bartlett is listed, however, as SOE liaison officer with US 3rd Army HQ.
1. stamped in large characters on left of slide
2. stamped on barrel
1. FABRIQUE NATIONALE D'ARMES de GUERRE HERSTAL BELGIQUE BROWNING'S PATENT DEPOSE
2. lion over P.V over star over E iver crowned cartouche with eLG* & CAL.6m/m35
When Italy declared war on 10 June 1940, the Italian Army in Libya threatened the vital Suez Canal in British-occupied Egypt. Italian forces attacked Egypt on 13 September. General O’Connor’s Western Desert Force was outnumbered, but his commander-in-chief, General Wavell, ordered a surprise attack at Sidi Barrani three days later.