The Armourer - August 2022
The Greatest Raid. How the Royal Navy and Commando forces destroyed the dry dock and port facilities at St Nazaire in an absolutely astonishing feat of arms.
On Sale: 01/07/2022
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Cover – The Greatest Raid. It sounds like a boy’s own adventure but the reality was a dangerous assault on a key Nazi port in occupied France.
SS Wiking – The Waffen-SS Division that was formed with Dutch and Scandinavian volunteers and fought all over the Eastern Front.
Navigation in the Age of Sail – Discover how those ancient mariners managed to navigate the endless oceans and then collect the instruments used.
Warsaw Pact webbing – Next in the series on accoutrements of the Cold War, this month looking at the small army of Bulgaria.
Murder on the Home Front – The first in a new series on crime in WWII takes a look at the shocking murders in Britain during the Blackout and Blitz.
The Toski medal and clasp – A look at the award from 1887 for fighting in the Sudan.
Rations of WWII – An army marches on its stomach, but some of these rations wouldn’t have got them very far.
Collecting spent brass – The shell cases of a 40mm QF Mark VIII AA gun come under scrutiny.
Collecting the Greatest Raid – What you can find on the collecting market today to commemorate the daring Commando and Royal Navy raid.
Gilbert Blane medal – An award for Royal Navy surgeons and their dedication to advancing the treatment of sailors.
American Landing Craft – How the troops and equipment got ashore for beach-based assaults.
French Army in the Crimea – The makeup and organisation of the French forces in the Crimean War.
The Photo Inspector – More uniform examinations, this time for an officer of the Queen’s City of Edinburgh Rifle Volunteer Brigade.