The Armourer - August 2021

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Read the story of the Operation Valkyrie, the audacious plan to kill Adolf Hitler and seize control of Germany from National Socialist fanatics as defeat loomed.

On Sale: 01/07/2021

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What the Editor has to say about this month’s issue as we investigate Operation Valkyrie, the German Reserve Army plan that was to be used to replace the Nazi leadership if Hitler could be assassinated.

What’s happening in the world of militaria, museums, exhibitions, collections and events. This month we’re reporting on the opening of the D-Day memorial in France and Ancestry buys Forces War Records.

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 at Ratisbon’s with all kinds of uniforms, medals, badges and ephemera from Germany.

RAF Museum London
Kerry Culbert takes a trip to the newly refurbished hangars of the RAF’s museum in North London.

Under the hammer
Let’s have a look at what’s gone under the hammer in auction rooms, with Victorian medals at C&T, WWII medals at Dix Noonan Webb, Third Reich militaria at Ratisbon’s and some spectacular firearms at Rock Island Auctions.

Displaying your collection
In the first of a two part series, Edward Hallett looks at the different spaces that are available to militaria collectors to display their collection.

The raid on Kronstadt
In the summer of 1919, a Royal Navy Lieutenant led a daring raid on the Bolshevik fleet in Kronstadt harbour, as Mark Wood explains.

The Fergusson Rifle
Graham Priest takes a look at an experimental rifle that went overseas to the war with the Colonies. Could it have made a difference in the outcome?

South Vietnam Campaign medal
Duncan Evans takes a look at a lesser-known award for Allied countries fighting for the South in Vietnam.

Third Reich paramilitary daggers
In the next one in the series, John C Pursley identifies the edged weapons worn by Third Reich military support organisations.

The Polar Medal of 1904
Peter Duckers heads to the Antarctic to discover a medal awarded for scientific discovery at the South Pole.

British Klingenthal blades
Richard Dellar looks at four examples of British swords with blades marked to the French National manufactory at Klingenthal.

Michael Heidler investigates the $4 pistol designed by America’s Central Intelligence Agency for use against better armed opponents.

The Macedonian army
Gabriele Esposito describes the composition and organisation of Philip’s Macedonian military forces that proved to be the best in Ancient Greece.

Photo Inspector
Ray Westlake looks at a Territorial soldier of the Gordon Highlanders, from between 1908 and 1914.

Operation Valkyrie
By 1944 the scattered anti-Nazi groups had all failed to assassinate Hitler to save Germany from ruin. The last hope now lay with some very brave men in the Army, as Graham Caldwell describes.

Collecting the security services
With a wide range of different security services to collect, there is wealth of possibilities for the collector as Edward Hallett finds out.

Militaria reviews
Duncan Evans takes a look at the latest releases including 3 Days in June, describing a fierce battle in the Falklands War; the use of two wheeled transport in The Military History of the Bicycle; Gulf War action in Tornado and the English Civil War in Bosworth 1485.

Your Letters
Your comments on what you’ve been reading and doing. This month we’re discussing military gauntlets, trench weapons, cloth caps and steel helmets, and what happens at auctions.

Auction & Fair Diary
Lockdown is starting to lift so 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 Simon & Schuster we have five signed copies of John Nichol’s Gulf War memories in Tornado: In the Eye of the Storm.

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