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CLH - Indian Auxiliary Army Calcutta Light Horse Gilt Shoulder Title
In good condition with two small loops to the reverse. Evidence of heavy gilt to the reverse. A quality item.
The Calcutta Light Horse was raised in 1872 and formed part of the Cavalry Reserve in the British Indian Army. The regiment was disbanded following India's independence in 1947.
The CLH are most noted for their attack (with members of the Calcutta Scottish) against the German merchant ship, 'Ehrenfels'. The operation was organised by SOE's India Mission. It was kept covert, to avoid the political ramifications of contravening Portuguese neutrality in Goa, and was not revealed until thirty-five years afterwards, in 1978. The 'Ehrenfels' was known to be transmitting information on Allied ship movements to U-boats from Mormugao harbour in Portugal's neutral territory of Goa.
The Light Horse embarked on the barge 'Phoebe' at Calcutta and sailed around India to Goa. After the 'Ehrenfels' was sunk in March 1943 by the team of British saboteurs, British intelligence dispatched an open message over the air falsely warning that the British would invade Goa. The crews of the other two German merchant ships in the harbour, the 'Drachenfels' and 'Braunfels', received the message and scuttled their ships in Goa's harbour in the belief that they were protecting their ships from capture by the British. Italian ships in the harbour were also destroyed.
As the end credits of the 1980 film "The Sea Wolves" (starring Gregory Peck, Roger Moore and David Niven and which immortalised this action) stated that during the first 11 days of March 1943, U-boats sank 12 Allied ships in the Indian Ocean. After the Light Horse raid on Goa, only one ship was lost in the remainder of the month.
Code: 59018Price: 55.00 GBP
Indian Army Ordnance Corps Cast Brass Cap Badge - Maker Marked
A nicely cast badge with original slider to the reverse. Slider has been stamped Chatur Bihari & Sons / Aligarh U.P. (Upper Province). In very good condition and scarce.
Code: 59011Price: 30.00 GBP
WW2 vintage Large Pattern India Indian Mountain Artillery Die Struck Brass Cap Badge
An attractive and good stiff die struck brass badge with original slider. Circa 5.1cm tall and 6.7cm wide. Scarce in this condition and not theatre made. In superb condition.
Code: 58997Price: 45.00 GBP
Queen's Victoria's Corps of Guides (Lumsden's Cavalry) Officer's Brass Pouch Badge
A Victorian crown officer's brass pouch badge with two original loops to reverse (e-w). A similar pattern was worn as the martingale badge but this is die struck of UK manufacture and too fine a quality for a Martingale badge (IMHO). Circa 6cm tall. Scarce.
Cox No 2345 refers.
Code: 58857Price: 85.00 GBP
Indian Army ( AFI ) - Kolar Gold Field Battalion Embroidered Pagri Badge
Kolar Gold Field Battalion (Auxiliary Force India ) cloth pagri badge - golden yellow embroidered on black, but backing faded from sun and wear and slight damage to thread on pick axe head. No moth but some stress marks to fabric from wear. Circa 7cm tall and 6cm wide. Scarce.
The Kolar Gold Fields are believed to be the second deepest gold mines in the world. Situated at a distance of approximately 120km from Bangalore.
The Auxiliary Force (India) (AFI) was a part-time, paid volunteer organisation within the Indian Army in British India. Its units were entirely made up of European and Anglo-Indian personnel.
The AFI was created by the Auxiliary Force Act 1920 to replace the unpopular British section of the Indian Defence Force, which had recruited by conscription. By contrast, the AFI was an all-volunteer force modelled after the British Territorial Army.
Unit history: 1903 formed as the Kolar Gold Fields Rifle Volunteers on 23rd January from a detachment of the Bangalore Rifle Volunteers
1917 became 43rd Kolar Gold Fields Battalion on 1st April
1920 redesignated on 1st October as the Kolar Gold Field Battalion (Infantry).
Code: 58801Price: 125.00 GBP
Indian Army - Army Physical Training Corps Cast Brass Cap Badge - 1946-1947 only
A nicely cast thick brass cap badge with two original loops to the reverse. Circa 3cm tall by 4cm wide. A short lived pre- partition badge, only formed in 1946 and disbanded in 1947. Based on the UK version of the APTC badge. The Physical Instructor proficiency badge photographed for comparison will be included in with the purchase of this item. It is in good condition with 4 horizontal loops to the reverse.
Code: 58709Price: 85.00 GBP
WW2 Indian Army - I.C.(I) Intelligence Corps India Officer's Service Dress Shoulder Title
A small cast officer's service dress shoulder title with two small original loops to the reverse. Bronzed finish to front. Circa 3.1cm wide and 1.2cm tall. A short lived unit.
The Intelligence Corps ( India ) was formed in November 1942 at Karachi. It was abandoned at partition ( 1947).
WW1 Indian Army - 62nd Punjabis Officers Hallmarked Silver Facing Collar Badges
A very attractive facing pair of heavy quality hallmarked silver collar badges, not quite an exact match, but a good match and both having hallmarks for WW1. Two original silver lugs to the reverse of each and both maker marked J&Co (Jennens). Each is circa 3.2cm wide and 2.2cm tall. Birmingham assaye date letters Q and U for 1915 and 1919 respectively. In excellent condition.
The 62nd Punjabis was an infantry regiment of the British Indian Army. It was raised in 1759 as the 3rd Battalion of Coast Sepoys, and formed part of the Madras Army. It was designated as the 62nd Punjabis in 1903 and became 1st Battalion 1st Punjab Regiment in 1922. The Indian Elephant signifies battle honour Assaye and the Chinese Dragoon the First Anglo-Chinese War of 1840.
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Indian Army - Army Educational Corps Badge - V Rare - raised only two months before partition
A very rare badge, cast in white metal and of two part construction with original securing pin, either for attaching in a turban or pagri band. Circa 4.2cm tall.
This corps was formed on the 1 June 1947, only two months before Indian partition.
Code: 58616Price: 225.00 GBP
WW2 Indian Army Dental Corps ( IADC ) Officer 's Cast White Metal Cap Badge
King's crown, two original small loops to the reverse, neatly cast in white metal and silver plated (unmarked). Circa 3.9cm tall.
A dental branch of the Indian Medical Corps was formed in 1940. In March 1943, this took on its own identity as the Indian Army Dental Corps. This was badge would therefore have only been worn between 1943 and 1947. Scarce.
Code: 58607Price: 65.00 GBP
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