WW2 Allied Items
In near mint condition, handle has some light wear, but the blade and carrier don't look used at all. The carrier is dated 1943, the blade has a maker mark, just can't quite make it out. It is also marked "England" in a white paint, as it was sold as surplus after the war. Nice complete set, just need to add a spike bayonet to totally complete it. The bayonets were not issued with the tool, but were used on the bottom end of the handle to aid in searching for mines.
This is a really neat piece, for a Black South African Artillery Gunner with the Cape Corps that was KIA on 10 Dec, 1943 in Egypt and is buried at the Alexandria Hadra War Cemetery, Plot 6.A.6 Memorial ID # 56151706. His name was D. B. Roberts and was 23 years old at the time of his death. The South African Cape Corps was primarily made up of Black South Africans. The bottom 0f the plaque reads, "Blessed World War" in Afrikaner. Don't see much material on the South Africans, especially Black Afrikaners. The plaque measures 4 1/2 " by 5 1/2" and has a kicker on the back to allow it to stand up on a shelf.
The canvas case is named, dated 1943 with makers mark and broad arrow in a C, also has the shoulder strap. The 6 x 30 binoculars are made by REL/Canada and dated 1945. The right lens has a grid for ranging , each eye piece is adjustable. Very clear and in excellent condition, with binocular leather strap.
Nice example of a canvas Canadian MK.1 Map Case, complete with strap and the four metal, swivel clips to secure the plastic covers together. Dated 1942 with broad arrow mark and mfg.'s initials. There is a small hole in the canvas cover, the clear inner plastic sheet has a crack across it and small piece broken out of it, but just gives it character. Included with the case is a German map of North Afrika, obviously captured, Neat looking piece.
Both of these Naval Air Squadrons flew off the HMS Ark Royal. The 800 squadron "Never Unprepared" also flew off the HMS Courageous and Victorious, was involved in the hunt for the Bismarck and with the 803 squadron, attacked the Scharnhorst and lost 4 planes out of 6. The 803 squadron, "Beware of the Sting", also in that battle, lost 9 of 11 planes. It also flew off the HMS Formidable. These patches are in used condition, but this type patch rarely pops up here in the states. They are sold at $150 each, or take both for $250.
I've seen a number of the reproductions on line, but this one looks to be right!! The back strap is in two pieces, has straps on the left side for a Lee Enfield spike bayonet and there is one present, the tag is dated 1945 and looks different than any of the one's I've seen on line. Super hard to find.