All designated Model 35...from the left...SRCM....OTO...Breda. Called Red Devils by the Commonwealth.
Italian Medals of 30's and 40's.
Various Italian wartime medals for the Russian Campaign, War Merit and combat in Ethiopian Campaign.
During the war there were a number of interesting and popular army specific magazines used by the opposing sides. The Allies had magazines such as Yank, Infantry Journal, Life, Newsweek and others. The Italians had magazines such as Tempo, Domenica Del Corrieire, etc. Signal was probably the most impostant propaganda magazine for the Germans during the war. It was translated into many languages and featured full color foldouts within concerning militaria matters and leisure time occasionally. It was a German sponsored magazine and was distributed to the occupied areas and to the populace and soldier alike. Die Wehrmacht and Der Adler were also popular German magazines of the time. Finding nice conditioned examples, by the collector, can be challenging and satisfying.
Italian Libretto of 1930's Period
Italian Libretto, booklet to trace the service, personal information, postings and personal information of a soldier of the Royal Army. Used throughout WWII.
Extremely rare Italian anti-tank grenade
The soldato(soldier) would run up to an enemy tank and place this within a thin area of the tank, tracks, vision slits, engine cover, etc. Took some guts to use.
Japanese WWII helmet of Rob Rhodes collection.
Japanese Field Phone of WWII Period
French WWI Plaque
Plaque for a member of the French Army during WWI. It has his name and unit posted on it. His medals are glued to it as well.
German WWI Trench Shield
Trench shield from the 1914-1918 era. This particular example was dug up in the Baltic countries area. The dealer originally had it listed as WWII vintage, but forgot that the Germans of WWI were in the Baltic countries area at the end of WWI. German, period, rifles and gasmask are added for scale. The shield is very heavy!
This is the view that the soldat would have firing at the enemy. Interesting piece of history.
Italian Blackshirt Fighting Knives
Fighting knives of the Italian Blackshirts of the 1930's and WWII. Called the M35. Notice the fasces on the scabbard.
Russian WWII, Ppsh41, Grenade
Russian Ppsh41 submachinegun, glass cateen with cover and Russian WWII grenade.
WWII Japanese Canteen
Japanese wartime canteen. Many times, the soldier would stiche a tag with his name to the strap.
Italian boxmine of WWII. These mines were very difficult for the allied armies to detect during the war. They are made, primarily, of wood only. Highly effective. It was intended to be an anti-tank mine.
United States rubberized assault gasmask used in the 1944 Normandy Landings. US dogtags are added for scale.
WWII Japanese trench scope used for urban warfare and situations where a head sticking around a corner could turn disastrous. ;) Japanese revolver placed for scale with scope case. Case strap is missing.