The Armourer - August 2023

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Discover the brilliant offensive campaign that routed the French and Belgian armies and captured France in just six weeks in WWII.

On Sale: 04/07/2023

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What the Editor has to say this month, which is all about things in the news or current events that are grabbing headlines.

What’s happening in the world of militaria shows, museums and exhibitions. This month we’re looking at the first running of Trooping of the Colour for the new King, Australia banning the swastika and some new tank-themed trainers.


In the sale rooms
Here's a look at what's coming up for auction with Third Reich militaria at Hermann Historica and some classic firearms at Holts.

Under the hammer
Let’s have a look at what’s gone under the hammer in auction rooms, with antique arms and armour at Hermann Historica, an array of Navy items to one particular sailor at Chorleys and Third Reich items at Ratisbon’s.


Rifle Volunteer Badges
Ray Westlake continues his series by looking at the badges of Cambridgeshire through to Dumfrieshire.

The Devil’s Brigade
Alex Bowers examines the elite American-Canadian special forces unit that served in the Aleutian Islands, Italy, and Southern France during World War II.

Royal Navy ship’s badges
The first of two features on collecting ship’s badges starts with those from WWI and WWII, as Mark Wood explains.

Ambush at Loughgall
Jonathan Trigg takes you into the heart of one of the deadliest, and most controversial, incidents of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Cape Copper Company Medal
Peter Duckers looks at one of the unofficial medals awarded for the defence of O'okiep in 1902.

Japan’s secret subs
Barry wheeler reveals the audacious secret plans for attacking the Panama Canal with floatplanes launched from submarines.

The 1st Boer War
Gabriele Esposito outlines the main military events of 1880-1881, which saw some of Great Britain’s worst defeats in South Africa.

War Stories: Emil Zellner
Phil Harris recounts the story of Emil Zellner, a young Gebirgsjäger who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country in 1943.

The Photo Inspector
Ray Westlake looks at the insignia and uniform in a 1915 photograph of Sergeant Major Knowles of the Welsh Horse Yeomanry.


The Battle of France
Graham Caldwell recounts how, in 1940, Hitler drove the British Expeditionary Force from the continent and conquered the Low Countries and France in little over six weeks.

Collecting the Battle of France
Edward Hallett takes a look at some currently available collectables related to the Invasion of France in 1940.


Militaria reviews
Duncan Evans takes a look at some of the latest releases including American Tanks of WWII, Cinderella Boys, The Greatest Escape and Tanneberg 1914.

Letters/Next month
Here is what you’ve been writing in about this month and it concerns buying militaria from a new dealer hub and the SS being excluded from the Capel Militaria show.

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 Seaforth Publishing, we have three sets of prizes to give away. You can win copies of the impressive British Coastal Forces and The Petrol Navy.

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