The Armourer - April 2023

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Cover – The Indian Mutiny. Discover how simmering resentment over everything from education, inheritance, power and finally, greased cartridges, erupted into violence when Indian sepoys revolted against British rule.

On Sale: 01/03/2023

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What the Editor has to say about this month’s issue as we look at the Indian Mutiny of 1857, which resulted in sieges, relief marches, atrocities and bloody revenge.

What’s happening in the world of militaria shows, museums and exhibitions. This month we’re reporting on the discovery of a Dutch warship, the restoration appeal for the Yorkshire Air Museum tower and new records at the Military History Society.


In the sale rooms
Here's a look at what's coming up for auction with the Third Reich militarie on offer at Ratisbon’s 3rd USA auction which offers international shipping

Under the hammer
Let’s have a look at what’s gone under the hammer in auction rooms, with swords and armour at Gildings; classic arms and pre-1918 militaria at Hermann Historica; and medals at Noonans


WWI webbing: USA
Edward Hallett continues his series on Great War personal equipment by looking at the gear of the American forces which proved to be hugely influential for years to come.

Battle of Ortona
It was a key town in Italy where Canadian forces came up against elite German defenders. The destruction and street by street fighting caused it to be called Canada’s own Stalingrad. Alex Bowers has the story.

The NSDAP Long Service Decoration
Hitler rewarded loyalty and service to the Party with this badge with three levels. Membership years during the time of struggle counted double.

Collecting Navy tampions
These were the stops that went in the ends of the guns of ships at sea to stop the ingress of salty water. Now highly collectable, there are same famous names to look out for as Mark Wood explains.

The Waziristan 1925 clasp
Peter Duckers explains how the RAF took the lead in remote areas of the Empire and how various clasps were duly awarded.

A thorn in the flesh
Michael Heidler has the story of the OSS Stinger, a weapon designed for assassinations, even if it did pose a danger to the person trying to use it.    

Sten gun and bayonet
Graham Priest traces the development of the Spike Bayonet for Carbine, Machine, Sten, 9mm, Mark II.

The Patriot War of Canada
Gabriele Esposito outlines the main military events of the rebellions that took place in the British colony of Canada during 1837-1838.

The Photo Inspector
Ray Westlake looks at the uniforms and insignia of two men from the Quartermaster’s office of the 2nd Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers.


The Indian Mutiny
Mark Simner examines one of the most violent and destructive campaigns of the Victorian era when Indian sepoys revolted against British authority. 

Collecting the Mutiny
Edward Hallet takes a look at the collectables from the conflict in India and what you can build a collection around.


Militaria reviews
Duncan Evans is on hand to guide you through the latest releases which this month include Artories: The Real King Arthur, the grim Pacific struggle in Battle of Peleliu 1944, and airborne antics in Brotherhood of the Flying Coffin.

Letters/Next month
Here is what you’ve been writing in about this month which includes advice on preservation and storage, the Hakim rifle, and buying digital editions of bookazines.

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

Thanks to our friends at Frontline Books we have three sets of prizes to give away, comprising Hitler’s Nest of Vipers, The Battle of Peleliu 1944 and Stopping Hitler.

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