The Armourer - November 2023

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Discover the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia, better known as the Black Hawk Down Incident.

On Sale: 03/10/2023

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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 it’s the events coming up at the National Army Museum in London, plus a treasure trove of new documents at the Tank Museum.


In the sale rooms
Here's a look at what's coming up for auction with no fewer than five different catalogues at Hermann Historica in October, covering everything from classic arms and armour to the Third Reich.

Military Odyssey
It’s the last bank holiday in August so that means it’s time to head to Kent for 2,000 years of military history in the company of Duncan Evans.

Under the hammer
Let’s have a look at what’s gone under the hammer in auction rooms, with some high quality, and correspondingly expensive, firearms at Rock Island Auctions, and some intriguing items at affordable prices at Wilson55.


Kitbag through the ages
Ed Hallet’s second part in the series of personal gear in a soldier’s kitbag takes a look at that of the WWII British Army.

Military radio of WWII
The first in a new series looking at portable radio communications gear in WWII, starting with that of British soldiers.

National Socialist Flyers Corps
They were the flying equivalent of the motoring organisation, but with far fewer members. These are the main awards handed out to pilots training for the Luftwaffe.

Regimental medals
Peter Duckers looks through medals issued by individual regiments for serving in the Napoleonic Wars.

Cold War badges
It’s the Royal Navy ship badges, their history, meaning and collecting them, as explained by Mark Wood.

Post-WWII No. 9 bayonet
Graham Priest has the story of the first post-war bayonet designed for the British Army which saw a departure from past designs.

Battle of the Coral Sea
It was the first battle in the Pacific where the opposing ships never saw each other, instead launching waves of fighter-bombers from aircraft carriers. The American strategic victory had significant consequences for the Midway battle to come. 

MBG: Hamilton Pistole
John Walter heads back to April 1903 and the development of a weapon that could best be described as a Swedish oddity.

The Photo Inspector
Test out your military knowledge by identifying where this photo was taken and answering more questions in this expanded military quiz.


The Battle of Mogadishu
What started as a mission to snatch high ranking members of the Somalia National Alliance started to go wrong when Black Hawk helicopters were shot down over the dense urban jungle of Mogadishu, 30 years ago. The situation rapidly spiralled out of control into a massive firefight between UN and Somalia forces.

Collecting from Mogadishu
Edward Hallett takes a look at some currently available collectables related to the frenzied battle in the centre of the war-torn city


Militaria reviews
Duncan Evans takes a look at some of the latest releases including Battle of the Cities, 2SAS, The Royal Navy and Fishery Protection and the decline of the post-WWI British Army in Victory to Defeat.

Letters/Next month
Here is what you’ve been writing in about this month and there was just one, short letter, but as it had relevance to next month’s cover feature, we answered in detail.

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 Pen and Sword we have three sets of prizes to give away with three readers each winning a copy of Battle of the Cities, Day Fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe and Royal Navy and Fishery Protection.


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