The Armourer - July 2021

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Read the story of the Second Battle of Arras where innovative techniques revolutionised moribund trench warfare and secured the greatest territorial gains of WWI.

On Sale: 01/06/2021

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What the Editor has to say about this month’s issue as we head to the Western Front and a combined arms battle that resulted in the biggest gains of WWI to that point.

What’s happening in the world of militaria, museums, exhibitions, collections and events. This month we’re reporting on what’s coming up at the National Army Museum and news from the Tank Museum.

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 Hermann Historica’s set of auctions, early in the month. There are international orders and then some quite incredible items tied directly to leading members of the NSDAP regime.

Militaria shows 2021
Tim Heath goes through the event calendar looking to see what shows are going ahead, who is undecided and which ones have been cancelled, as we emerge from the pandemic.

Under the hammer
Let’s have a look at what’s gone under the hammer in auction rooms, with a Victoria Cross and other medals at DNW, Japanese swords at C&T Auctions, and uniforms and equipment at Tennants.

Prince Philip at war
Following the passing of HRH Prince Philip, we take a look at his wartime service in the Royal Navy, which started when he was appointed a Midshipman on HMS Ramilles.

German military daggers
John C Pursley continues his series on edged weapons of the Third Reich by looking at the daggers of the military, including the Heer, Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe.

The Russian occupation of Alaska
Cynthia J Notti explores the key battles of 1802 and 1804 against Russian colonisation in Alaska. Before Alaska became the 49th state of America, it was the capital of Russian America, providing  lucrative trade in furs.

Crimean War helmet
Robert Attard takes a look at a Russian helmet from the Crimean War. After close examination, our writer draws the conclusion that this was at the Battle of Inkerman.

Medal for the Battle of the Nile
Duncan Evans casts his eye over a commemorative medal awarded, in various grades, in 1798 to those who took part in the famous sea battle.

Battle of Hill 112
While D-Day was a success, there was harder fighting to come. Jonathan Trigg takes you into the heart of one of the most deadly battles of the Normandy campaign, in the Summer of 1944.

The Rhodesia medal of 1980
Peter Duckers takes a look at a medal for a country that was moving from a white, colonial government, to independence under African majority rule.

The Jeffries family connection
The period of the early breach loading sporting gun, is one of the most fascinating in all of the history of gunmaking. Gavin Gardiner looks at a gun from the dawn of the Industrial Revolution.

MBG: The Luger
John Walter takes a look at the iconic German handgun of two world wars called the Borchardt-Luger, better known simply as the Luger.

Print Inspector
Ray Westlake looks at an officer of the 2nd Life Guards from 1837 from an original watercolour, 16.3cm x 18.4cm, by Richard Simkin, dated by the artist as 1837.

The Second Battle of Arras
The British and Canadians at Arras in WWI introduced advanced tactics, winning all their objectives, but the decisive breakthrough remained elusive, as Graham Caldwell reveals.

Collecting the battle
Edward Hallett considers some of the new tactics used during the Battle of Arras and focussing a collection based around the weapons, uniforms and equipment.

Militaria reviews
Duncan Evans takes a look at the latest releases including No Wider War from Osprey, 75 Years of the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, Wellington’s Infantry and a new audio book set in the War of the Roses period.

Your Letters
Your comments on what you’ve been reading and doing. This month we’re discussing RAF men gardening to relieve the stress, the English Civil War and a lengthy piece on 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 Osprey Publishing we have two prize bundles up for grabs, comprising copies of 75 Years of the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, Soviet T-62 MBT and US Soldier v British Soldier 1812.


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