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WW1 Era - The Magnetic Compass and How to use it - by Captain R.F. Legge, Leinster Regiment

A large pocket sized card cover guide to the use of the magnetic compass by an officer of the Leinster Regiment (which dates it to pre 1922). Published by Gale & Polden Ltd, Aldershot. 16 pages plus pullout - a large fold out guide to the compass adjacent to back cover. has two ink stamps, one to owner, from Bishop Auckland, County Durham and another identifying it as the property of 7th Bishop Auckland Boy Scouts. Some creasing to cover and corner edge damage, otherwise good clean intact contents without damage or annotations. Some interesting adverts for other types of magnetic compasses aimed at NCOs.

Comm FB

Code: 61153Price: 25.00 GBP

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Essential Reference Book - Cavalry Warrant Officers' Non-Commissioned Officers' NCO Arm Badges - Linaker & Dine

Profusely illustrated and superbly researched. I will provide a photocopy of the separately published MHS errata to the buyer. In good second hand condition.

Published by Military Historical Society, 1997. Soft cover. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Softback, Octavo, 156pp, Illustrations. Blue pictorial cover, some minor wear to corners and back cover creased.


Code: 61143Price: 22.00 GBP

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The Fifth Fusiliers and Its Badges - Fantastic 2nd Edition by Col Denis Wood - Another one for your Xmas stocking!

"The Fifth Fusiliers" is an updated and enlarged version of the first edition published in 1988. This edition is also divided into two parts. The first part describes the origins and composition of the Regiment from its raising in Holland in 1674 until it was absorbed into the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers on St George's Day, 23rd April, 1968. As well as covering the regular Battalions and the Depot, this part gives details of the Regiment's other components, the militia, volunteer, territorial and war raised units. It also lists the Regiment's Battle Honours.

The second and largest part of the book describes the badges and various items of insignia known or thought to have been worn in the Regiment. These comprise some 750 pieces of which 550 are illustrated, mostly at full size and in colour, including items from the Imperial War Museum, and from the Regimental Museum in Alnwick.

With a Foreword by Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, this is the most comprehensive coverage of the insignia of the Northumberland Fusiliers. It will serve as an example for other Regiments to follow.

PRICE is £95 including P & P in the UK. Available from Simon at the following email address: sjp58@btinternet.com

I can personally recommend this book. As the proud owner of the 1st Edition, which Denis kindly signed for me way back when in 1988, I was completely blown away by the 2nd Edition: large format, hard bound, running to over 200 pages and splendidly presented in its dust jacket of gosling green, the facing colour used by the Fifth throughout much of its life. It is in my view such an extensive revision it is really a new book. No self respecting Northumberland Fusilier collector can afford to be without it - numbers are limited so get your copy now - The Quartermaster.

( ISBN 978-0-9513285-2-1 )

Code: 60660Price: On Request

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'Badges on Battle Dress - An illustrated History of the Cloth Insignia Worn on Khaki and Jungle Green by Britain's Armed Forces 1939 - 1967' (2019) by Jon Mills - In 2 Volumes - A must for your 2019 Xmas List to Santa

Well my Xmas present has arrived early, in the form of this magnificent two volume hard bound set of books which really moves the hobby forward. My congratulations to Jon Mills and all those across the World who have helped with this gargantuan effort. With over 1,200 pages across both volumes (indexed) they are illustrated with more than 5,000 original badges and over 500 contemporary photographs of them being worn. BUT - do not delay! - This is a limited edition run and it will not be reprinted. It is selling well and this is my big tip for what to ask for this Xmas - or at least a contribution, or just treat yourself!

Some reviews:

"A masterpiece" (General The Lord Dannatt, former Chief of the General Staff, who also provided the Foreword)
Those who have bought copies have also commented:
"Excellent book - he has read the relevant documents at the National Archives"
"a truly first class achievement" "an awesome masterpiece"
"A remarkable piece of work that will fly off the shelves"
"Probably the best study of the subject ever" "A work of art" "a pure delight for the connoisseur", "Will become the bible for cloth collectors", "Very informative and extremely detailed"
"Quite magnificent, beautifully produced …" "Ground-breaking -The amount of information in each page, paragraph or sentence is remarkable."
"Hugely impressed...erudite and wonderfully illustrated"
”the seminal work on BD badges"
"Likely to remain the definitive work on the subject for decades to come".

It is the first comprehensive history of the huge variety of insignia that decorated the rough serge suit which the British Army wore as its main uniform for over twenty years. Extensively researched from official, mainly unpublished records, 'Badges on Battle Dress' explains the origins of the cloth badges which were first introduced for the khaki service dress adopted in 1902 and shows how they developed and became more widely worn in the First World War. Kept alive by the Territorial Army in the inter-war period, they subsequently adorned the battle dress, khaki drill and jungle green uniforms in which British, Commonwealth and Allied soldiers from Europe fought the Second World War. Retained by the post-war Army, its ranks much enlarged by National Servicemen, battle dress and the badges worn on it survived until the arrival of combat suits and No 2 Dress in the 1960s.

The books forty chapters not only describe the insignia worn in the main wartime and post-war campaigns - including the BEF in 1940, the Desert Campaign, Europe after D-Day, the Far East, Palestine, Korea and Malaya – but provide detailed coverage of the insignia worn on battle dress by the Airborne Forces, Commandos, the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, RAF and the numerous civilians who served alongside the armed forces in uniform - from War Correspondents to ENSA artistes, Scripture Readers to NAAFI staff. As well as providing details of rank trade and proficiency badges the book has the first ever listing of cloth regimental flashes with details drawn from unpublished wartime records.

The two volumes are available direct from the Author, Jon Mills for £150 plus delivery costs - £14 in the UK by 'signed-for' courrier. Whilst heavy the cost of posting overseas is not that prohibitive. Don't be shy, ask Jon, he has already shipped to France (£25), Canada (£32), USA ( £41) and Australia (£48). Please note these rates are illustrative only and need a proper quotation from Jon.

To order a copy or to enquire about overseas delivery, please email:


And make this a truly merry Xmas!

Code: 60647Price: On Request

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The Allied Forces in Italy 1943-1945 Their History, Itinery, Battles, Badges Uniforms

A brand new paperpack (A4 size) specialist reference book with card covers. Brand new - unread condition. By Guido Rosignoli. An essential reference for the cloth and metal badge collector alike. 192 pp. Treat yourself for Xmas! First Edition, 2009.

A profusely well illustrated account of the Italian campaign, in which more nationalities co-operated than in any other. It includes information on the order of battle, insignia, badges, uniforms and equipment of the Allies.

Will post to a UK address only unless by prior agreement.


Code: 60612Price:

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The Royal Air Force 1939-45 Osprey Book Publication 225 - by Cormack, Hendon RAF Museum

Soft backed publication from this famous series, featuring colour and black and white illustrations. Very good second hand condition with no damage, tears or pen marks. 48 pages of essential research and images on a complex subject, including women's services and colonial / allied contributions

Code: 60300Price: 8.00 GBP

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Camouflage of Aircraft 1939-1942 Specialist Book by Owen Thetford, published 1946

Hard bound, some wear to covers and spine but a scarce little book with colour and black and white illustrations of RAF fighter, bomber, coastal command, Fleet Air Arm, French, Polish and Norway free air forces, Germany, Japan, USA, etc. aircraft markings. 108pp. Essential for both the historian and aircraft modeller.22.5cm by 15cm. It has a newspaper article pasted into the front cover (see photos).


Code: 60299Price: 28.00 GBP

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WW1 9th Battalion ( Highlanders ) The Royal Scots - Standing Orders (or how to wear your sporran!) + small photo of Royal Scots Officer

A small WW1 hard bound red pocket sized book with gilt lettering and Royal Scots badge to front, 66 pages, in total. Some staining and fading marks to front cover but internally a good clean copy. It has been annotated in ink in the front pages as the property of W. F. Radford, 2090, E Company, No 3 Section as his address as 2 James Place. Leith. His Rifle number has also been noted as No 504. It came with a few loose items included in its pages including a WW1 era small photo of an officer of the Royal Scots (unattributed and badly creased) and a patriotic paper bookmark with crossed union flag and Royal Navy flag.

Some of the instructions in the book are dated 1913 so this is most probably pre War Territorial issue, also suggests he served in the ranks before being commissioned in WW1.

A quick google throws up


Which shows a Captain William Frederick George Radford as having served with the Royal Scots (Lothian) Regiment during WW1. Worthy of further research.


Code: 60001Price: 45.00 GBP

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Whytes Auction Catalogue, Dublin. Covering Irish History and Collectables from 18th - 20th Century with items of Military, political and historical significance

A great source of reference or just a general trip through 18th - 20th century Irish history, covering the auction of a very important archive. This auction catalogue is in colour and in very good condition, indexed and with no pen marks or other damage.


Code: 59997Price:

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The Kings Colonials March - Sheet Music signed by Composer

Piano music - complete, attractively illustrated.

A plain sheet of A4 on final photo for size information.

Sold to DM

Code: 59956Price:

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