The No.2 Mk.5 signal pistol closely follows the configuration of the No.1 Mk.5. Except instead of the long barrel with a belled muzzle, it has a short barrel with a stud for latching to a through-armor fitting in many British WWII AFVs (armoured fighting vehicles).
Based on the Mk VI Webley Revolver, this is the Signal Pistol utilizing 1.5 inch (3.81 cm) flares. It launches this from a massive 10 inch (25.4 cm) heavy-walled barrel, making the flare gun quite front heavy, but very impressive looking.
The 36-inch (99.14 cm) screw pickets, used as supports for barbed wire defences, were introduced c. 1915 as a replacement for timber posts. Crown Iron Works Co. (Minneapolis, MN) made over 10 million of these screw post pickets for WW1, WW2 and the Cuban Missile Crisis. The French name for this type of “steel stake” […]
A 3.25 inch (8.26 cm) deep by 4.5 inch (11.43 cm)wide by 13 inch (33.02 cm) high grey wooden box with a 45 degree mirror at either end with a 3 inch (7.62 cm) by 4 inch (10.16 cm) viewing slot on each end. Early trench periscopes were made by installing two mirrors at 45-degree angles […]
This 2 inch (5.08 cm) by 3.5 inch (8.89 cm) mirror was designed to be clipped to a bayonet on a rifle. The mirror is hinged to be closed when not in use, as to avoid a gunner’s attention and protect the mirror. If a soldier held the rifle upright above the parapet of a […]
Hundreds of thousands of miles of barb and razor wire were laid by both sides during the First World War. As the war transitioned from a war of movement to defensive one barbwire became instrumental to trench warfare. It offered an extremely cheap and easy way to create defence in depth. It was artillery resistant, […]
An 11 inch (27.94 cm) by 24 inch (60.96 cm) sign for the Kingston Road trench at Ploegsteert Wood, The Somme in 1916. Signage was used to guide and direct troops to assigned locations. The sign has much damage shown along the edges from its hard life in the trenches. Of all the many thousands […]
A 92nd battalion badged leather sporran in brown leather with two tassels and a 92nd Battalion badge, worn with kilt and uniform when out of the trenches. Standard issue by 48th Highlanders. The sporrans are usually brown leather shovel pouches with simple adornment. These “day” sporrans often have three or more leather tassels and frequently […]
Typewriter used by the Orderly Room 15th Battalion, 48th Highlanders of Canada C.E.F. for Part I Regimental Orders and all correspondence. Period 1914 – 1919. 10 3/4″ w, 9 3/4″ d, 6″ h. Typewriter is in carrying case, black covered pressed board, with handle and lock. Case is 10″ d, 11 1/2″ w, 5″ h. […]
Mallock-Armstrong ear defenders, vulcanite, in tin box circa 1915. The inventors and makers of these ear defenders promised “…ordinary sounds and conversations heard as usual. Gunfire and shell bursts rendered harmless.” The First World War was characterised by the extensive use of heavy artillery and many troops experiencing temporary or permanent deafness caused by the […]