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Military Stuff You Just Bought

Discussion in 'WW2 Militaria' started by Charley Fortnum, Aug 29, 2019.

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  1. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Clearly having more money that sense--and this would be true if I had but sixpence--I've been picking up an increasing amount of ephemera, paperwork and memorabilia this year. As I suspect I'm not alone, I'm starting this thread so that you can show us what gems you are cluttering your homes up with. There are separate threads for books and medals, I think, but not much else.

    Today's purchase--not yet received in the post--but bought for a song, relatively speaking:

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    Two Christmas cards and a party invite--pretty dull, eh?

    But open them up and you find one is signed by Alexander (1946) and the other by Auchinleck (1943).

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    Random addition, but it's amazing how much signed items by Monty sell for. You're looking at over a hundred quid for just a scrap of paper or a reunion programme--and he was quite generous with his autograph for soldiers and former soldiers.
     
  2. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    New acquisition. Name will ring a bell with those who have read about Monty.

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    Major Noel Willinc Chavasse MBE., MC. Middlesex Regiment ADC to Field Marshal Montgomery during the Western Desert Campaign and throughout the campaign in North West Europe and was a nephew of the WW1 double Victoria Cross winner, Captain Noel Chavasse VC and Bar, RAMC.

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    Recommendation for the military Cross:“During the Battles of Mareth and the Gabes Gap this Officer displayed great courage and devotion to duty. He carried out his duties of L.O. all over the Battle area, at times under heavy fire and in heavily mined areas. He never faltered and his services were outstanding, he was an inspiration to others and contributed in no small way to the success of the Highland Division.”Recommendation for the US Air Medal: “Noel Willinic Chavasse MC Captain 1/7 Middlesex, British Army, for Meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flights in Italy from 1 October to 31 December 1943. As a General Staff Officer Headquarters Eight Army, Captain Chavasse flew across the high mountains of Italy in order to bring to the Commanding General Eight Army, a prompt and accurate report of the progress and tactical position of American Fifth Army operating to the left of the British. In spite of weather obstacles and conditions of combat, not once did Captain Chavasse fail to return on schedule with vital information that was of material aid in welding the two great Armies into a potent Allied Force.”Major Noel Willinc Chavasse MBE MC was commissioned into the Middlesex Regiment in 1939 and later served with the 8th Army, his father was the Bishop of Rochester and a great friend of Field Marshal Montgomery, whose Staff Chavasse joined and would serve on during the Normandy campaign and the early post war years. He was a nephew of the WW1 double Victoria Cross winner, Captain Noel Chavasse VC and Bar, RAMC after whom he was named.

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    WW2 Historic 8th Army & North West Europe MBE.,MC Medal Group of Eight to “Monty’s” Personal ADC
     
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  4. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

  5. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Not wanting to jinx it here, but I am hoping to reunite an Indian Mutiny Medal with the recipients Crimea Medal at a medal auction at the end of the month. As CF mentions, possibly more money than sense (I wish)!!
     
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  6. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    They should never have been sundered.

    You are doing God's work.

    Deus vult!
     
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  7. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Agreed. What I have found over the years, is that soldiers medals are often split up by passing one each to descendants on the recipients death. This will be my second Victorian reunite if successful. A few years back I put together an IGS Burma with the soldiers 2nd Afghan War Medal. Always a great feeling.
     
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  8. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Well, my luck held today and I just snuck in under my top bid price to secure the Mutiny Medal at today's auction.

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  9. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    Great idea for a thread Charley. Most of my purchases are POW related - I’ve been regularly sharing photos of POWs from the 1940 campaign in another thread. I’ve also amassed a few original press photos from 1939/40. My latest acquisitions were a Red Cross POW camp map and a couple of German propaganda leaflets.

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  10. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    A bit random and a bit tatty, but it only cost a few quid.

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  11. Jba45ww2

    Jba45ww2 Patron Patron

    I just purchased this grouping belonging to Lt. J.B. Muise, who served as a Navigator on a B-17 bomber (43-38359), 493rd Bomb Group during WWII. His plane #1 & 2 engine were damaged before the plane took another direct hit after completing a bomb run over a chemical plant at Ludwigshafen Germany. Four of the crew were blown free from the plane while 6 were killed. He spent the rest of the war as a POW at Stalag Luft III then later Stalag Luft VII. It also includes his Stalag POW Dog Tag and his Pink Stalag ID card with original photo. I also found a British YMCA Wartime Log that he used as a diary that he wrote down recipes and restaurants he would visit after the war. He was listed as MIA since the plane had exploded with the second hit and nobody saw any chutes. There are multiple pictured of his father receiving his medals. One of the largest groupings I have had the privilege to own

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