The Armourer - September 2022

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Read the story of life in Paris during four years of German occupation in WII.

On Sale: 02/08/2022

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What the Editor has to say about this month’s issue as we look at life in Paris as the German army arrived to begin four years of occupation. This feature marks the start of a Cities at War series.

What’s happening in the world of militaria, museums, exhibitions, collections and events. This month the Naval Dockyard at Hartlepool has big expansion plans and there is news from two militaria fairs. 
Militaria for sale 
Lenny Warren takes a trip around the internet in search of rare, interesting and desirable collectables. 


In the sale rooms 
Here's a look at what's coming up for auction with medals and awards at Noonans and plenty of buckles in the first consignments at Ratisbon’s. 
Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum 
Martin Davies heads for Woodstock near Blenheim Palace to visit a museum dedicated to the heroes of D-Day. 

Under the hammer 
Let’s have a look at what’s gone under the hammer in auction rooms, with uniforms and Third Reich militaria at Ratisbon’s, blades and armour at Bosleys and firearms aplenty at Rock Island Auction. 


Warsaw Pact: Czechoslovakia 
In the latest instalment of Ed Hallett’s six-part series looking at the accoutrements of the Warsaw Pact nations in the Cold War, his attention turns to Czechoslovakia. 
A VAD nurse 
Tim Heath discovered a fascinating scrapbook detailing a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse’s experiences in WWII and set out to discover more about her. 
Raid on Taranto 
John C Pursley explores the British torpedo attack on the Italian fleet in the Mediterranean that was a harbinger of things to come at Pearl Harbor. 
American combat helmets 
A fantastic guide for collectors and re-enactors, of American combat helmets from the end of WWII, all the way through the Cold War and Vietnam to modern times. 
Battle of Pakchon 
Michael Stroud looks how Commonwealth troops, with US support, helped stop the Chinese First Phase Offensive in the Korean War. 
General Service Medal 2008 
Peter Duckers takes a look at the latest award to be bestowed on British troops for recent operations. 
Tanks of WWI 
Part one of a two part series looking at the development of the tank in WWI. Irvin Balder traces the evolution of the secret weapon, from its origins to 1917 at Cambrai. 
Grierson’s Mississippi Raid 
Graham Caldwell explains the success of Colonel Grierson’s daring raid, plus how it strategically facilitated the 1863 fall of Vicksburg, which split the Confederacy in two. 
MBG: The Lewis gun 
John Walter examines how the stalwart of WWI was drafted back into service during the dark days of WWII when most of the British weaponry and equipment was left in Dunkirk. 
The Photo Inspector 
Ray Westlake looks at the uniform and insignia three members of the Northumberland Brigade Company, Army Service Corps (Territorial Force). 


The Occupation of Paris 
Graham Caldwell recounts the ruthlessness, suppression, persecution, reprisals and Jewish deportations throughout four years of German occupation. 
Collecting Paris 
Edward Hallett looks at the collectables available at the moment relating to the occupation and liberation of the French capital. 


Militaria reviews 
Duncan Evans takes a look at the latest releases including The Aircraft Carrier Hiryu, Webbing at War Volume 1, Anglo-Zulu war disasters and heroics in Hlobane and Khambula, and Vietnam air-based action in Going Downtown.  
Your Letters 
Your comments on what you’ve been reading and doing. This month we’re discussing Japanese insignia from the Collecting Midway feature and one reader discovers that the Photo Inspector featured a photo of their relative. 
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 Osprey Publishing we six prizes up for grabs for two lucky winners. They both will get copies of the hugely impressive, The Aircraft Carrier Hiryu, Going Downton and British Cavalryman versus German Cavalryman 1914. 

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