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SF105-106W KRUPP 12 PDR AND EGYPTIAN GUNNERS SET IN WHITE UNIFORM
SF105-106W KRUPP 12 PDR AND EGYPTIAN GUNNERS SET IN WHITE UNIFORM

£100.80


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SF61-62 QUICK FIRING 1 PDR MAXIM GUN ON FIELD CARRIAGE WITH BRITISH CREW KIT
SF61-62 QUICK FIRING 1 PDR MAXIM GUN ON FIELD CARRIAGE WITH BRITISH CREW KIT

£45.00


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SF61-62 QUICK FIRING 1 PDR MAXIM GUN ON FIELD CARRIAGE WITH BRITISH CREW
SF61-62 QUICK FIRING 1 PDR MAXIM GUN ON FIELD CARRIAGE WITH BRITISH CREW

£100.80


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SF22 MILITARY POLICE UNIT 1890 KIT
SF22 MILITARY POLICE UNIT 1890 KIT

£20.00


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SF22 MILITARY POLICE UNIT 1890
SF22 MILITARY POLICE UNIT 1890

£44.00


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SF10 ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS 1902 FULL DRESS KIT
SF10 ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS 1902 FULL DRESS KIT

£30.00


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SF10 ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS 1902 FULL DRESS
SF10 ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS 1902 FULL DRESS

£66.00


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SF62-63 QUICK FIRING 1 PDR MAXIM GUN ON FIELD CARRIAGE WITH BOER CREW KIT
SF62-63 QUICK FIRING 1 PDR MAXIM GUN ON FIELD CARRIAGE WITH BOER CREW KIT

£45.00


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SF62-63 QUICK FIRING 1 PDR MAXIM GUN ON FIELD CARRIAGE WITH BOER CREW
SF62-63 QUICK FIRING 1 PDR MAXIM GUN ON FIELD CARRIAGE WITH BOER CREW

£100.80


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SF43-44 BLACK WATCH MAXIM MACHINE GUN ON GALLOPER CARRIAGE AND CREW KIT
SF43-44 BLACK WATCH MAXIM MACHINE GUN ON GALLOPER CARRIAGE AND CREW KIT

£45.00


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SF43-44 BLACK WATCH MAXIM MACHINE GUN ON GALLOPER CARRIAGE AND CREW
SF43-44 BLACK WATCH MAXIM MACHINE GUN ON GALLOPER CARRIAGE AND CREW

£100.80


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Britains Russian Artillery Barrel
Britains Russian Artillery Barrel

£2.50


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Britains Gordon Highlander Head
Britains Gordon Highlander Head

£0.50


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Britains Indian Officer Head
Britains Indian Officer Head

£0.50


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Britains Right Arm Marching
Britains Right Arm Marching

£0.50


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Britians Indian Head
Britians Indian Head

£0.50


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Britains Rifle Holster
Britains Rifle Holster

£0.50


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Britains Beefeater Pole
Britains Beefeater Pole

£0.50


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Britains Right Arm With Rifle
Britains Right Arm With Rifle

£0.50


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Britains Standard Bearer Strap
Britains Standard Bearer Strap

£0.50


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SF75K ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY ADD ON SET
SF75K ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY ADD ON SET

£44.00


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SF75K ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY ADD ON SET KIT
SF75K ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY ADD ON SET KIT

£20.00


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SF72-74K MK IV BREECH LOADING ARTILLERY AND CREW IN KHAKI KIT
SF72-74K MK IV BREECH LOADING ARTILLERY AND CREW IN KHAKI KIT

£45.00


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SF72-74K MK IV BREECH LOADING ARTILLERY AND CREW IN KHAKI
SF72-74K MK IV BREECH LOADING ARTILLERY AND CREW IN KHAKI

£100.80


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SF75 ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY ADD ON SET KIT
SF75 ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY ADD ON SET KIT

£20.00


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Tradition of London

0834 Toy Soldier Set Machine
Gun Set - 1st Carabinier
Regiment Painted

£81.95

Painted in Gloss


SKU: Toy-set-0834

Viewed 769 times

Shop Location: C-16-5


Description

0834 Toy Soldier Set Machine Gun Set - 1st Carabinier Regiment Painted

Belgian Army WW1 - Price Code K

‘Carabiniers Mitrailleurs’ - Cyclist Machine Gun Section - 1st Carabinier Regiment, Belgian Army, 1914

Continuing its ‘War on Wheels in WWI’ series, Tradition of London is pleased to announce the release of this unique set of Belgian machine gunners in action.

The evolution of mechanised warfare has been a constant quest for the perfect balance of protection, firepower and mobility. Ever subject to the laws of physics, engineers and inventors have frequently had to compromise, and prioritise the two qualities a given role demands, at the expense of the third.

While protected only by their patriotism, the cycling machine gun sections of the Belgian Carabiniers packed potent firepower into a mobile package, and were ideally suited to the war of movement in the summer of 1914. Able to deploy swiftly and stealthily along the flat roads of the Low Countries, these sections were perfect for set-piece ambushes, harassing advancing units of the German Army as they made their ill-fated push for Paris.

The Hotchkiss M1909 machine gun was used by almost all the Allied armies in WWI, chambered to various calibres to suit their national needs. Ironically, the gun was based on a design by an aristocratic Austrian Army officer, who had sold the manufacturing rights to Hotchkiss et Cie back in 1893. Refined by Laurence Benét and Henri Mercié, it is variously known as the ‘M1909 Benét-Mercié’, ‘La Hotchkissette’, and the ’Hotchkiss Portative’. The latter is the most apt, as the Hotchkiss was to find itself pressed into many mobile roles, not just with cyclist and cavalry units, but as an important armament of the British heavy tanks, that carried anywhere between three and five per machine.

This detailed Hotchkiss machine gun team is drawn directly from a series of contemporary postcards, all bearing the ‘V.P.F. Déposé’ stamp, and documenting various units of the ‘Armée Belge’ at the outbreak of WWI. Entitled: ‘Une Section de Mitrailleurs, Batallion Cycliste’, these tinted colour photographs also formed the basis of the familiar watercolour illustrations by Liliane and Fred Funcken, in their popular WWI reference book of 1974. Further research has uncovered the original un-coloured photographs, and together with the postcards, they offer some intriguing details of machine gunners preparing to take to the pedal.

The gunner took on the burden of the Hotchkiss itself, wearing a protective leather harness, like a backplate, complete with stays to keep the barrel upright on the move. His loader had a leather satchel strapped to the front of his handle bars, with two compartments holding the 30-round metal strip ammunition. A third man carried a long leather case, (similar to a sporting gun’s carrier), which presumably contained a spare barrel, tools and components. A fourth man completed the squad, armed with a rifle to cover the three gun crew while reloading or removing stoppages. Some photos in the series suggest that the Danish-designed Madsen machine gun may have been issued to some units, but only the Hotchkiss is shown ready in the firing position.

Gas-operated, and air-cooled, the M1909 was able to lay down anywhere between 400-600 round per minute, though its 12kg weight may have caused gunners to query its ’light’ designation! Adding muscle to the Mausers of the Carabinier’s firing line, this machine gun section is a must for any Great War collector.

 

Text: Paul Cattermole for Tradition of London, February 2020

Tradition of London

0834 Toy Soldier Set Machine Gun Set - 1st Carabinier Regiment Painted

£81.95

Painted in Gloss


SKU: Toy-set-0834

Viewed 769 times

Shop Location: C-16-5


Description

0834 Toy Soldier Set Machine Gun Set - 1st Carabinier Regiment Painted

Belgian Army WW1 - Price Code K

‘Carabiniers Mitrailleurs’ - Cyclist Machine Gun Section - 1st Carabinier Regiment, Belgian Army, 1914

Continuing its ‘War on Wheels in WWI’ series, Tradition of London is pleased to announce the release of this unique set of Belgian machine gunners in action.

The evolution of mechanised warfare has been a constant quest for the perfect balance of protection, firepower and mobility. Ever subject to the laws of physics, engineers and inventors have frequently had to compromise, and prioritise the two qualities a given role demands, at the expense of the third.

While protected only by their patriotism, the cycling machine gun sections of the Belgian Carabiniers packed potent firepower into a mobile package, and were ideally suited to the war of movement in the summer of 1914. Able to deploy swiftly and stealthily along the flat roads of the Low Countries, these sections were perfect for set-piece ambushes, harassing advancing units of the German Army as they made their ill-fated push for Paris.

The Hotchkiss M1909 machine gun was used by almost all the Allied armies in WWI, chambered to various calibres to suit their national needs. Ironically, the gun was based on a design by an aristocratic Austrian Army officer, who had sold the manufacturing rights to Hotchkiss et Cie back in 1893. Refined by Laurence Benét and Henri Mercié, it is variously known as the ‘M1909 Benét-Mercié’, ‘La Hotchkissette’, and the ’Hotchkiss Portative’. The latter is the most apt, as the Hotchkiss was to find itself pressed into many mobile roles, not just with cyclist and cavalry units, but as an important armament of the British heavy tanks, that carried anywhere between three and five per machine.

This detailed Hotchkiss machine gun team is drawn directly from a series of contemporary postcards, all bearing the ‘V.P.F. Déposé’ stamp, and documenting various units of the ‘Armée Belge’ at the outbreak of WWI. Entitled: ‘Une Section de Mitrailleurs, Batallion Cycliste’, these tinted colour photographs also formed the basis of the familiar watercolour illustrations by Liliane and Fred Funcken, in their popular WWI reference book of 1974. Further research has uncovered the original un-coloured photographs, and together with the postcards, they offer some intriguing details of machine gunners preparing to take to the pedal.

The gunner took on the burden of the Hotchkiss itself, wearing a protective leather harness, like a backplate, complete with stays to keep the barrel upright on the move. His loader had a leather satchel strapped to the front of his handle bars, with two compartments holding the 30-round metal strip ammunition. A third man carried a long leather case, (similar to a sporting gun’s carrier), which presumably contained a spare barrel, tools and components. A fourth man completed the squad, armed with a rifle to cover the three gun crew while reloading or removing stoppages. Some photos in the series suggest that the Danish-designed Madsen machine gun may have been issued to some units, but only the Hotchkiss is shown ready in the firing position.

Gas-operated, and air-cooled, the M1909 was able to lay down anywhere between 400-600 round per minute, though its 12kg weight may have caused gunners to query its ’light’ designation! Adding muscle to the Mausers of the Carabinier’s firing line, this machine gun section is a must for any Great War collector.

 

Text: Paul Cattermole for Tradition of London, February 2020

Tradition of London

0834 Toy Soldier Set Machine Gun Set - 1st Carabinier Regiment Painted

£81.95

Painted in Gloss


SKU: Toy-set-0834

Viewed 769 times

Shop Location: C-16-5


Description

0834 Toy Soldier Set Machine Gun Set - 1st Carabinier Regiment Painted

Belgian Army WW1 - Price Code K

‘Carabiniers Mitrailleurs’ - Cyclist Machine Gun Section - 1st Carabinier Regiment, Belgian Army, 1914

Continuing its ‘War on Wheels in WWI’ series, Tradition of London is pleased to announce the release of this unique set of Belgian machine gunners in action.

The evolution of mechanised warfare has been a constant quest for the perfect balance of protection, firepower and mobility. Ever subject to the laws of physics, engineers and inventors have frequently had to compromise, and prioritise the two qualities a given role demands, at the expense of the third.

While protected only by their patriotism, the cycling machine gun sections of the Belgian Carabiniers packed potent firepower into a mobile package, and were ideally suited to the war of movement in the summer of 1914. Able to deploy swiftly and stealthily along the flat roads of the Low Countries, these sections were perfect for set-piece ambushes, harassing advancing units of the German Army as they made their ill-fated push for Paris.

The Hotchkiss M1909 machine gun was used by almost all the Allied armies in WWI, chambered to various calibres to suit their national needs. Ironically, the gun was based on a design by an aristocratic Austrian Army officer, who had sold the manufacturing rights to Hotchkiss et Cie back in 1893. Refined by Laurence Benét and Henri Mercié, it is variously known as the ‘M1909 Benét-Mercié’, ‘La Hotchkissette’, and the ’Hotchkiss Portative’. The latter is the most apt, as the Hotchkiss was to find itself pressed into many mobile roles, not just with cyclist and cavalry units, but as an important armament of the British heavy tanks, that carried anywhere between three and five per machine.

This detailed Hotchkiss machine gun team is drawn directly from a series of contemporary postcards, all bearing the ‘V.P.F. Déposé’ stamp, and documenting various units of the ‘Armée Belge’ at the outbreak of WWI. Entitled: ‘Une Section de Mitrailleurs, Batallion Cycliste’, these tinted colour photographs also formed the basis of the familiar watercolour illustrations by Liliane and Fred Funcken, in their popular WWI reference book of 1974. Further research has uncovered the original un-coloured photographs, and together with the postcards, they offer some intriguing details of machine gunners preparing to take to the pedal.

The gunner took on the burden of the Hotchkiss itself, wearing a protective leather harness, like a backplate, complete with stays to keep the barrel upright on the move. His loader had a leather satchel strapped to the front of his handle bars, with two compartments holding the 30-round metal strip ammunition. A third man carried a long leather case, (similar to a sporting gun’s carrier), which presumably contained a spare barrel, tools and components. A fourth man completed the squad, armed with a rifle to cover the three gun crew while reloading or removing stoppages. Some photos in the series suggest that the Danish-designed Madsen machine gun may have been issued to some units, but only the Hotchkiss is shown ready in the firing position.

Gas-operated, and air-cooled, the M1909 was able to lay down anywhere between 400-600 round per minute, though its 12kg weight may have caused gunners to query its ’light’ designation! Adding muscle to the Mausers of the Carabinier’s firing line, this machine gun section is a must for any Great War collector.

 

Text: Paul Cattermole for Tradition of London, February 2020

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‘The Signing of the Armistice’

The Signing of the Armistice

Marking the final centenary year of the First World War, Tradition of London is proud to present
Depicting the momentous event that took place in the Forest of Compiègne on the 11 th  November 1918, the set includes all six signatories of the famous armistice that ushered in a ceasefire at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month.