Read the August 2022 issue of The Armourer


29 June 2022
Inside this issue read the story of The Greatest Raid when Commandos stormed the Nazi-held port of St Nazaire in France and much more.




What the Editor has to say about this month’s issue as British Commandos raid the port facilities at St Nazaire in a spectacular mission that has been called the greatest raid of them all. 

What’s happening in the world of militaria, museums, exhibitions, collections and events. This month there are new records to research, HMS Victory is getting a massive refit and a Vulcan Cold War bomber is being repainted. 

Militaria for sale 
Lenny Warren takes a trip around the internet in search of rare, interesting and desirable collectables. 

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In the sale rooms 
Here's a look at what's coming up for auction with helmets and armour at Morphy Auctions and Third Reich militaria, including daggers, badges and uniforms, at Ratisbon’s. 

The Royal Welsh Regimental museum 
Martin Davies discovers a fascinating museum dedicated to the men who fought at Rorke’s Drift, as well as in WWI and WWII. The diorama of the Zulu War battlefield is especially impressive. 

Under the hammer 
Let’s have a look at what’s gone under the hammer in auction rooms, with arms and classic armour at Hermann Historica; some fascinating medal groupings at Noonans; and Third Reich uniforms at Ratisbon’s. 


Warsaw Pact: Bulgaria 
Ed Hallet’s series on Cold War accoutrements reaches one of the smaller countries with a look at the equipment of Bulgaria. 

Rations of WWII 
An army marches on its stomach, so said Napoleon, but it was a lesson still not learnt by Allied nations as they served up dismal rations for troops in the field. John C Pursley looks at what the Allied and Axis forces had to eat. 

Navigation in the Age of Sail 
Not getting lost at sea was a major challenge in the Age of Sail, so how did those mariners ensure manage in the vast oceans? Mark Wood explains all and reveals some desirable collectables for those interested in nautical matters. 

5th SS Wiking 
It was a division initially formed with Dutch and Scandinavian volunteers who bought into the German racial propaganda. The Wiking Division fought all over the Easter Front, as Ian Baxter explains. 

Toski medal and clasp 
Peter Duckers investigates the clasps awarded for the Toski medal of 1887 that was awarded for a forgotten battle in the deserts of Sudan. 

American Landing Craft 
The troops and armour had to get ashore somehow and landing craft were the way to do it. Surprisingly, it was the Japanese who first used the idea, during the Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937. 

Murder on the Home Front 
The first in a new series looking at the issue of crime in WWII starts with some very gruesome murders and sexual assault in wartime Britain, with one perpetrator nicknamed the Blackout Murderer. 

Gilbert Blane medal 
Awarded to those surgeons contributing to medical knowledge while serving on Royal Navy expeditions. Martyn Lovell is your guide to the award created in 1830. 

French army in the Crimea 
Gabriele Esposito takes a look at the organisation and structure of the French forces fighting in the Crimean War. 

Collecting spent brass 
Tim Heath takes a look at a pair of fired shell casings from a British Navy QF 40mm 2pdr Mark VIII anti-aircraft gun. Once found liberally in junk shops across the land, these are now becoming harder to find. 

The Photo Inspector 
Ray Westlake looks at the uniform and insignia of an officer of the Queen’s City of Edinburgh Rifle Volunteer Brigade. 


The Greatest Raid 
It’s Operation Chariot and a staggering, daredevil raid by the Royal Navy and Commandos on the German port facility at St Nazaire. It’s been described as the great raid of all and it’s hard to disagree. 

Collecting Operation Chariot 
Ed Hallett is your guide to collecting items of militaria from the Royal Navy, Commandos and the Kriegsmarine forces defending the port. 


Militaria reviews 
Duncan Evans takes a look at the latest releases including British countering German propaganda in The Radio Front, the first and now forgotten Blitz in Zeppelin Inferno, the story of Berlin and the latest Great Battles title from the Folio Society. 

Your Letters 
Your comments on what you’ve been reading and doing. This month we’re discussing the York Castle museum, another Jewish German competitor in the 1936 Olympics, and an explanation of the recent price rise of The Armourer. 

Auction & Fair Diary 
Check out the online arrangements for the auctions where you can top up your militaria collection and what fairs will be opening. 

Thanks to our friends at Frontline Books we have three sets of prizes up for grabs for three lucky winners. They will each get a copy of Behind Enemy Lines with SOE, The Hitler Assassination Attempts and Zeppelin Inferno. 

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