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Notes for Balloon Operators
Apr.1942 ' Notes for Balloon Operators ' - Balloon Command. 23pg manual issued by Balloon Command for the operation of one of the most ubiquitous sites of WW2, the barrage balloon. Balloon Command was a separate command of the RAF and this manual gives detailed instruction on their operation including diagrams of the balloon's construction to fold out sketches of the winch and including armament of these balloons. Good, used condition, has been folded and has some staining, creasing etc. Unusual.

Code: 10442Price: 48.00 GBP


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Auxiliary Unit lapel badge.
Excellent example of the particularly scarce Home Guard Auxiliary Unit lapel badge. Chrome and enamel badge with half moon button hole fixing, non maker-marked, no damage to enamel.

Code: 10441Price: 425.00 GBP


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Biscuit tin Gas-mask case.
Gas-mask container in the form of a biscuit tin produced by Reads Ltd. of Liverpool. Originally Reads produced these tins for for Elkes Biscuits whose name was impressed in the bottom of the lid. Presumably either having ceased the contract or for reasons of economy this was stopped and this particular example has no name . Brightly coloured with instructions concerning the care of the gas-mask to one side. Generally in excellent condition with some scratches and minor corrosion to lid.

Code: 10440Price: 40.00 GBP


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Birmingham Wings for Victory Souvenir Programme.
Fold-out souvenir programme for the Birmingham Wings for Victory Week held between June 26 and July 3 1943. Offering a guide to the extensive displays concerning the air war including a ' shot- down German ME.109. ' and an ' Ack Ack Gun, manned by it's crew ' in New Street. Also includes a timetable of parades and events. Good, used condition, has been folded.

Code: 10439Price: 12.50 GBP


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1944 Edition of Boys Own Paper.
April 1944 ' Salute the Soldier ' edition of Boys Own Paper featuring a colourful image of a Tommy to the front cover. Small size wartime edition with articles on the ' Salute the Soldier ' campaign as well as ' Reconnaissance ' an the ' Portable Life Saver '. Full of stories and contemporary adverts, good clean condition with rubbing to spine and slight rusting to staples.

Code: 10438Price:


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BSA Tools Ltd ARP Fire Service Lapel Badge.
Brass and enamel lapel badge for BSA Tools Ltd ARP Fire Service.
BSA Tools were part of the larger and famous Birmingham Small Arms Company Limited (BSA). BSA Tools were makers of machine tools much of which were involved in aircraft manufacture during the war.
This badge is in heavily used condition with small areas of enamel loss but otherwise good condition. Half moon lapel fitting to reverse into which some initials have been impressed.

Code: 10437Price:


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HMSO publication 'Land at War'.
96pg with paper pictorial wrapper 'Land at War' was published in 1945 authored by Laurie Lee although not acknowledged. Tells the official story of British farming including the Land Army, illustrated with photographs throughout. In good, clean condition with very minor rusting to staples and chipped spine.

Code: 10436Price: 20.00 GBP


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National Registration ID Card Under Sixteen.
Issued in 1943 alongside the new National Registration cards, the ' temporary buff card for children under sixteen ' was issued at birth or as a replacement in the event of damage or loss. Intended to last until the holder's sixteenth birthday when it would be replaced by the standard identity card, this example issued in September 1944 to an address in Chesham and re-endorsed in 1951. Excellent, clean condition.
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Code: 10435Price: 14.00 GBP


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ARP breast badge for Overalls.
Embroidered cotton on bluette ARP breast badge for use on the overall . Good used condition with evidence of having been removed from a uniform.

Code: 10434Price: 20.00 GBP


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' Home Guard ' Soap.
Wartime bar of 'Home Guard' brand soap manufactured by the Premier Soap Co.Ltd., Hull. Slightly mis-shapen but otherwise in excellent condition. A scarce survivor.

Code: 10433Price: 14.00 GBP

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