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WW2 AEC Marshall 644 British Army Truck Dataplate ex Dunkirk

This is solid bronze data plate made by Duple Bodies of London NW9.

It was made in 1939 as a data-plate for a GS (General Service) Truck Body. For use on a 14ft truck.

The War Department Contract number is specific to the manufacture of 100 AEC model 644 trucks for the British Army.

The AEC 644 was called the Marshall and ca. 1000 were made for the British Army from 1932 to 1941. It was a 3 ton 6 X 4 rear wheel drive truck with an open cab. It was powered by a 5.1 litre 4 cylinder petrol engine.

Duple was a coach builders in London who were noted for making buses.

The AEC Marshall 644 were mobilized in 1930 and were extensively used by the BEF at Dunkirk. Following Operation Dynamo to remove the troops from the beaches around 65,000 British vehicles were left behind. Many were disabled but due to the number left behind many were repaired and reused by the Germans.


The book on British Military Trucks in Wermacht Service by Vollert confirms the use of many captured British vehicles and states that a large number if not the majority of AEC 644 Marshalls were left behind at Dunkirk. It has several pictures of them being reused by the Wermacht. The last picture above is from the book and shows a Marshall in German use. To the rear of the cab is the wooden GS body and a data-plate is visible with the two screw heads on the side of the body.

This data-plate came from Russia so travelled a long way from Dunkirk in enemy use.

We have mounted it on a solid triangular piece of bog oak. So that it can sit on a desk or shelf.

It measures.

7 inches long and 2.5 inches high - but on angled block it is 2 inches high and 2 inches deep



We are happy to ship to any location


Price is £165 Plus P&P (UK-£5, USA- £20)
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WW2 M4 Sherman Head lamp

This is an original M4 Sherman Head Lamp made by The Guide Lamp Division of General Motors who were based in Anderson Indiana.

This type of lamp was used on M4 Sherman tanks and White half tracks. It has been wired so that it works and can be used as a desk or reading light.

(The jeep used a similar light but without the shaft.)

The last image is from an original WW2 Guide Light brochure and more details is shown here:

http://usautoindustryworldwartwo.com/General%20Motors/guidelamp.htm

The lamp retains about 90% of its original wartime Olive green paint and with 70 years of storage it has some light surface corrosion so has an original condition. The corrosion is only on the surface and there is no perforation.

As shown in picture 6 the glass lens has the manufacturers name cast into it with the words 4 1/2 inch Guide Beam , Guide, Made In USA,

The bulb also has a GE made in USA wording on it.

As shown in picture 8 The smaller black out light at the top also has the name GUIDE cast into the front.

The body of the lamp also has the letter/numerical casting number visible C10,,,,and foundry mark.

Both the main beam and black out light illuminate and use their original bulbs.

The lamp has been mounted on a phosphor bronze tube with small steel collar at the base to add stability.

The wiring runs from the base of the lamp to a box with a 110/240V transformer so that it can be used in EU and in US without any adjustment. The wiring box has a kettle plug socket so that it can be plugged into the mains. It will come with the socket for the region,

It can be used as a desk lamp or reading lamp and is bright.


Weighing 4 kg and measuring 38cm tall and width of 13cm

A rare and functional lamp.

Price £280 plus uk shipping £22 and USA £38.
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Armoured filler cap from M4 Sherman Tank

From a tank found in Latvia.

The casting has a
part number and makers mark S for Symington-Gould Corporation, Rochester New York.

It has been mount on a block of beech hardwood which has a circular hole lined with leather to keep items safe. The original hinge has been used so the lid can be opened.The bottom is finished in green felt.

Measures 19 cm wide, 24 cm deep and 10 cm high and weighs 6kg.

Price £220 plus postage
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Vision blocks from WW2 Tanks - from the commanders Cupola.

From an American tank used in WW2.

The vision (commanders ) cupola design was first used in the M4 Sherman and then was carried over into the M24 Chaffee and the M26 Pershing. This vision block came from France. The part number painted onto the top edge is not the same as the one used on the M4 so likely from a Chaffee or a Pershing.

It is made from steel with four layers of glass which are tapered to fit and are held by putty inside the frame.

There are traces of white paint around the inside edge so it was used in a tank

There is also a small chip on the inside glass face.


Measures 20 cm wide, 11 cm deep and 5 cm high and weighs 3kg

Price £150 plus postage
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Sherman tank track end connector
A WW2 M4 Sherman track end connector C55592. This is part of the VVSS track system of WW2 Shermans. This has the 1.25 inch pin holes and the narrow horn. It is shown here:
http://the.shadock.free.fr/sherman_minutia/tracks/vvss_end_connectors.html

A very iconic shape.

It is an original metal casting which we cleaned and repainted green

It was purchased from Latvia - so a US made, Russian used lend lease M4 Sherman tank.

In good condition! The part number can be seen on the back.

It is 17 cm x 13cm and weighs 2kg.

We have a Sherman track that these fit on.

Will ship anywhere upon request.

Price is £110 each Plus P&P, Uk £15 USA £27
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Sherman tank track end connector
A WW2 M4 Sherman track end connector C55592. This is part of the VVSS track system of WW2 Shermans. This has the 1.25 inch pin holes and the narrow horn. It is shown here:
http://the.shadock.free.fr/sherman_minutia/tracks/vvss_end_connectors.html

A very iconic shape. It is an original metal casting which we have painted the inner surface green with " M4 Sherman" written down one side

It has the tightening bolt and clamp fitting.

It was purchased from Ukraine - so a US made, Russian used lend lease M4 Sherman tank.

In good condition!

It is 17 cm x 13cm and weighs 2kg.

We have a Sherman track that these fit on which is in preparation/painting.

Will ship anywhere upon request.

Price is £140 each Plus P&P, Uk £15 USA £27
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Securing bolt

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Sherman tank track
A WW2 M4 Sherman track Type T49.

This is an original track from a WW2 Sherman M4 tank.

It is clearly marked on the back with the C106358 casting number. It is just over 16.5 inches in length and weighs 16kg.

It is shown here:
http://the.shadock.free.fr/sherman_minutia/tracks/vvss_tracks.html

The emblem next to the casting number suggests that this may have been made by National Malleable and Steel Castings of Cicero Illinois.

A very iconic item. It is an original metal casting where we have painted the inner surface green and added the US white star and the US armoured division emblem.

It was purchased from Ukraine - so a US made, Russian used, lend lease M4 Sherman tank.

In good condition!

It can stand on its edge as a display piece as well as lying on its back.

It is 43 cm x 15cm x 8 cm and weighs 16kg.

Extremely rare item and with a genuine WW2 pedigree.

Please can you add a telephone number with the order for the carrier to use on delivery. Thank you

Will ship anywhere upon request.

Price is £220 each Plus P&P, UK £20, USA £71
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USMC M67 "Zippo" Vietnam War Tank Instruction plate
This is the refuelling data plate for an M67 tank used by the United States Marine Corps in the Vietnam War.

The M67 was a flamethrower tank and nicknamed the "Zippo". A picture of one in use is shown in the last picture and details on the design and development are shown here:

http://www.wood.army.mil/chmdsd/images/pdfs/Summer%2008/Ringquist-3.pdf

This plaque is made of brass with etched images and text - enamelled in red and dark blue.

The top of the plaque has the drawing of the turret of the tank that shown the two turret crew seats, the large tank for fuel and the position of this plate at the top Right with arrow for Fueling Instructions plate.

Only 109 of these tanks were made and it was the last flamethrower tank made by the US military.

The position of the two crew seats next to a large tank of fuel made them susceptible to explosions.

A very rare item. Very aesthetic with the coloured enamel

We have mounted it on a piece of elm hardwood and will add a slot hangar to the rear to allow it to be wall mounted.

It is 30 cm tall x 20.5 cm wide. The plaque is 11 inches x 7.25 inches.


Price is £180 Plus P&P, Uk £12 USA £18
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Panzer 4 Vision Blocks
These are panzer 4 vision blocks. These glass blocks are from the commanders cupola of a Panzer 4 that was destroyed in the Kurland Pocket campaign in 1944-45.

They comprise of a sandwich of glass blocks followed by a rubber spacer and two sheets of laminated glass. They are held inside an original steel case that fits into slots in the cupola. They were replaceable in use. They have been stripped and cleaned!

The outward facing glass sheet has been damaged when the tank was destroyed.

This is a late war block from the same panzer - with greener glass and a less distinct eagle. It is painted with the emblem of panzers used in the Kurland pocket. It has a remanufactured front plate.

The block has an inked stamp which has ordnance code plus eagle.

The ordnance code refers to Sichereit Glass of Kutzendorf.

These are the 15cm wide cupola blocks.

Price is £150 Plus P&P
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T-34 Vision Blocks
This is a vision block from a Russian tank lost in East Prussia in 1945 on the advance on Berlin. The design is ubiquitous to many Russian tanks but given location it is likely from a T-34 commanders cupola.

The glass is all intact. The top metal sheet has been remanufactured as the original was rusted through after 70 years underground. the rest of the case has been cleaned and treated before painting.


Price is £150 Plus P&P
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Sd. Fkz 250 Vision Blocks
This is a vision block from a german armoured vehicle - it is thinner than those used in the panzers. It closely resembles the side vision port of an armoured vehicle - such as the Sd. Fkz 250.

The block has an inked stamp ordnance code . The ordnance code refers to Sichereit Glass of Kutzendorf.


Price is £75 Plus P&P
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