11th November marks Remembrance Day. This month, we remember all those who have served in the line of duty. November also sees the launch of the annual British Legion Poppy Appeal to raise funds for the armed forces community. However, with many people unable to leave their homes to find a poppy, and many of the charity’s collectors unable to carry out normal collections, the Legion has unveiled a range of new ways for people to support the appeal.
These include sending poppies through the post for neighbours and the local community, displaying a poppy in your window, donating online or undertaking a virtual Poppy run. If you would like to donate please click the donate button above.
Medals for the Home Front
British towns and cities, became the target of an all-out German aerial assault in 1940-1941. Not surprisingly, fighting the fires, and rescuing those injured or trapped during the raids called forth examples of bravery and fortitude by both civilians and emergency services which merited reward at the highest levels.
How to identify a military medal
Tucked away in drawers and boxes, the chinking medals that our ancestors were awarded are a tiny memento of the wartime ordeals they had to endure. The various medals and the strict eligibility rules that applied to each medal, all help to teach us more about our ancestors’ service. Read on to discover how you can identify a military medal.
The South Atlantic Medal 1982
Sometimes, British personnel have had to wait a long time to receive a medal rewarding their service in a particular campaign. Examples are easy to find: the retrospective Naval General Service Medal, instituted in 1847 for the French and Napoleonic Wars, was presented over 50 years after the first actions it commemorated.
The Battle of Britain in Colour
To mark this momentous event we have produced a unique and stunning 164-page high-quality collectors magazine showcasing the work of colourisation artist Richard Molloy and telling the story of the Battle of Britain through colourised images from the period.
This unique magazine will be a must buy for aficionados of the Battle and also collectors of militaria from the period. Nothing like this has ever been produced before!
The significance of the poppy
It's a well-known fact that poppies grew in the battlefields of Flanders, but why did this vibrant flower become such a potent symbol remembrance?
Remembrance Day bears: a tutorial
How adorable are these dinky little bears? Create your own miniature knitted Remembrance Day bears with this wonderful tutorial by Lesley Roberts.
Paul Lumsdon gives us a personal account of some of his favourite diecast models, commemorating the most defining aerial conflict of all time.