The Armourer - April 2021

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Read the story of the titanic struggle between five armies on the moor outside York as Parliament and Royalists sought to conquer the north of England.

On Sale: 02/03/2021

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What the Editor has to say about this month’s issue as we take a look at the key clash in the English Civil War, the Battle of Marston Moor.

What’s happening in the world of militaria, museums, exhibitions, collections and events. This month we’re reporting on Armada maps being saved, Holocaust Day, the Tank Museum, IWM lectures and the passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore.

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

In the sale rooms
Discover what’s coming up for auction with badges and medals at Bosley’s and a wide range of WWII militaria at Stamford Auction Rooms.
Tales from the saleroom
Our writer looks at the scheme for auction houses that guarantees standards and safeguards your monies. A great idea, except very few have signed up.

Under the hammer
Let’s have a look at what’s gone under the hammer in auction rooms, with medals and assorted militaria at Hermann Historica, medals at Dix Noonan Webb and all kinds of classic firearms at Rock Island Auctions.

Liebstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler
It was the Waffen-SS division that carried the Führer’s own name and became the most coveted posting for dedicated Nazis. Jon Trigg looks at recruitment, training and combat operations.

1940 Pattern Cavalry webbing
It’s the last in Ed Hallett’s series on forgotten British webbing of WWII with the bizarre decision to introduce webbing for mounted soldiers in 1940. Yes, it’s webbing for cavalry, primary used in rugged terrain unsuited to vehicles.

The centenary of the Thompson gun
Richard Barnes reviews the history of the development of this classic weapon which started in the trenches of WWI where traditional rifles were to large and slow to be effective.

Siege of Seringapatam medal
We covered the Siege of 1799 itself last month and now here’s a look at the medal awarded to British and Indian troops fighting for the East India Company in the Mysore campaign.

War Story
Peter Duckers reveals the story of a private who won the Victoria Cross in the deserts of Palestine in WWI.

Collecting WWI grenades
Gerald Prenderghast looks at collecting that most effective of infantry tools in WWI, the hand grenade. Each country produced their own version, from stick grenades to the curiously titled Jam Tin grenades.

Operation Deadlight
At the end of WWII there was a large amount of Axis war materiel to deal with. Graham Caldwell tells the story of Operation Deadlight, the little known disposal arrangements of the German U-boat fleet.

Secret Nazi Projects 5: Exploding nets
Michael Heidler concludes the series with a look at the secret plan for how to clear minefields more easily. Needless to say, it didn’t quite go to plan.

Wellington’s heavy cavalry
Gabriele Esposito describes the organisation and uniforms of the British heavy cavalry units in the Napoleonic Wars. These were the shock troops of the 18th century battlefield.

The Photo Inspector
Ray Westlake looks at the uniform of a member of the Army Chaplains’ Department that featured a cap badge in the form of a solid, gilt, cross patée surmounted by a crown.

The Battle of Marston Moor
The Battle of Marston Moor, fought on 2 July 1644, is thought to be the largest battle fought on British soil. Five armies took part, including two Royalist and three Allied (Parliamentarian and Covenanters). Mark Simner reports.

English Civil War arms and armour  
Graham Priest takes a look at the equipment used in the field on both sides in the battle between Crown and Parliament. The main items were firearms (musket, carbine and pistol), edged weapons (sword, pike, bill) and body protection (armour and leather gear).

Reviews roundup
Duncan Evans takes a look at the latest releases including the story of D-Day at Omaha Beach, as it happened, in Fury of Battle; the story of the first British airborne assault in Operation Colossus; the plan to get rid of Lenin at the end of WWI in The Lenin Plot; and everything you ever wanted to know about the Walther P38.

Your letters
Your comments on what you’ve been reading and doing. This month we’re discussing personal recollections from the Gulf War, identifying a rifle and feedback on the webbing series.

Auction & Fair Diary
We are in Lockdown, so check out the online arrangements for the auctions where you can top up your militaria collection while being confined to quarters.

Thanks to our friends at Pen and Sword we have three fantastic prize bundles up for grabs. You can win copies of Knight’s Cross Winners of the Waffen-SS, Red Star at War and Military History of Late Rome 395-425.

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