The posts in this blog do not stand in isolation, and most of the information in each post is sourced from across the web and more importantly reference books. I do not usually cite sources in each post, but for reference I have included the bibliography below. This list isn’t comprehensive as there are many books I have used that are not listed (Osprey books for one as there are thousands of titles), and I have only listed those books useful to the collector of British and Empire militaria but it lists some of the most useful books in my library and hopefully will be of use to others:

Aspinshaw N., The Martini Henry- For Queen and Empire, Tharston Press, 2019

Barton M. & McGrath J., British Naval Swords and Swordsmanship, Seaforth Publishing, 2013

Bates S. with Suciu P., The Wolseley Helmet In Pictures From Omdurman to El Alamein, PSB Publishing, 2009

Bouchery J., British Soldier: From D-Day to VE Day, Histoire et Collections, 2013

Bouchery J., The British Soldier Volume 2, Histoire & Collections, 2001

Bouchery J., Canadian Soldier in World War II: From D-Day to VE Day, Histoire et Collections, 2007

Brayley M.J., British Web Equipment of the Two World Wars, Crowood Press,2005

Brayley M.J., Camouflage Uniforms: International Combat Dress 1940-2010, Crowood Press, 2009

Brayley M.J. & Ingram R., Khaki Drill and Jungle Green: British Tropical Uniforms 1939-1945 in Colour Photographs, Crowood Press, 2000

Brayley M.J., Modern Body Armour, Crowood Press, 2011

Brayley M.J., Royal Navy Uniforms 1930-1945, Crowood Press, 2014

Brayley M.J., Tin Hats to Composite Helmets: A Collector’s Guide, Crowood Press, 2008

Brayley M.J. & Ingram R., World War II British Women’s Uniforms in Colour Photographs, Crowood Press, 2001

Brayley M.J. & Ingram R., The World War II Tommy: British Army Uniforms European Theatre 1939-1945, Crowood Press, 1998

Bruce G., Webley and Scott Automatic Pistols, Stocker-Shmid Verlag, 1992

Burns M.G., British Combat Dress Since 1945, Arms and Armour Press, 1992

Chappell M., The British Soldier in the Twentieth Century, No1, Service Dress 1902-1940, Wessex Military Publishing, 1987

Chappell M., The British Soldier in the Twentieth Century, No2, Field Service Headdress 1902 to the Present Day, Wessex Military Publishing

Chappell M., The British Soldier in the Twentieth Century, No 7, Personal Equipment 1903-1937, Wessex Military Publishing, 1989

Churchill C., History of the British Army Collar Badge, Naval and Military Press, 2009

Cole H., Formation Badges of World War Two: Britain, Commonwealth and Empire, Weidenfeld and Nicholson Military, 1985

Cole H., Badges on Battledress, Post War Formation Signes and Regimental Flashes, Gale and Polden Ltd, 1951

Coleman E.C., Rank and Rate: Royal Naval Officers’ Insignia Since 1856, Crowood Press, 2009

Coleman E.C., Rank and Rate: Insignia of Royal Naval Ratings, WRNS, Royal Marines, QARNNS and Auxiliaries, Crowood Press, 2012

Davis B.L., British Army Uniforms and Insignia of World War Two, Weidenfeld Military, 1992

Davis T., Great Britain- The Tommy Gun Story, Createspace, 2014

Dorrell O.C., British Officers’ Peak Caps of The Second World War, Schiffer Publishing, 2013

Doyle P. & Evans P., The Home Front, British Wartime Memorabilia, Crowood Press, 2007

Doyle P., Great War British Tommy Manual: The British Soldier 1914-1918, Haynes, 2013

Doyle P., Tommy’s War: British Military Memorabilia, 1914-1918, Crowood Press, 2008

Dymond S., Researching British Military Medals, A Practical Guide, Crowood Press, 1999

Ferguson J., Thorneycroft to SA80, British Bullpup Firearms 1901-2020, Headstamp Publishing, 2020

Fisher D. & Lock O., British Airborne Headdress, Military Mode Publishing, 2014

Glenn H., For King and Country, British Airborne Uniforms, Insignia & Equipment in World War II, Schiffer Military History, 1999

Gordon D.B., Equipment of the WWII Tommy (2nd Edition), Pictoral Histories Publishing Co Inc, 2010

Hogg I.V., Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ammunition, The, The Apple Press, 1985

Hogg I.V. & Weeks J., Military Small Arms of the 20th Century, Arms and Armour, 1993

Holt T. & Holt V., Till the Boys Come Home, The First World War Through its Picture Postcards (Updated Edition), Naval and Military Press, 2014

Howlett S., British Post-War Jungle Webbing, Crowood Press, 2009

Howlett S., Modern British Webbing Equipment, Crowood Press, 2009

Hunt R., Uniforms of the Home Guard, Historic Military Press, 2002

Kipling A.L. & King H.L., Head-dress badges of the British Army 1800-1918, Volume 1, Naval and Military Press, 2010

Kipling A.L. & King H.L., Head-dress badges of the British Army 1919-1979, Volume 2, Naval and Military Press, 2010

Laidler P., Edmiston J. & Howroyd D., A History of the Small Arms Made by the Sterling Armament Company, Naval and Military Press, 2020

Landers R., Grenade: British and Commonwealth Hand and Rifle Grenades, 2001

Landers R., ‘Saddle Up’, Australian Load Carrying Equipment of British, American & Local Origin, 1998

Law C., Inglis Diamond: The Canadian Hi Power Pistol, Collector Grade Publications, 2001

Mayer-Maguire T. & Baker B., British Military Respirators and Anti-Gas Equipment of the Two World Wars, Crowood Press, 2015

Meulstee L., Wireless for the Warrior, Volume 1, Wireless Sets No.1-88, Radio Bygones, 1995

Mills J., Badges on Battledress, Volumes I and II, Wardens Publishing, 2019

Mills J., Doing Their Bit, Home Front Lapel Badges 1939-1945, Sabrestorm, 2012

Mills J., Inside the Island Fortress No 1, The Women’s Voluntary Services, Wardens Publishing, 2005

Mills J., Inside the Island Fortress No 2, Identity Cards, Permits and Passes, Wardens Publishing, 2006

Mills J., Inside the Island Fortress No 3, Pre Service Training Corps for Girls, Wardens Publishing, 2008

Mills J., Inside the Island Fortress No 4,The Mechanised Transport Corps, Wardens Publishing, 2008

Mills J. & Carney T., In The Space of a Single Day- Insignia and Uniforms of the L.D.V. and Home Guard, Partizan Press

Mowbray S.C. & Puelo J., Bolt Action Military Rifles of the World, Mowbray Publishing, 2009

Pegler M., Vickers-Maxim Machine Guns -1886 to 1968, Enthusiasts’ Mannual, Haynes Publishing, 2019

Petrillo A.M., The Lee Enfield Number 4 Rifles, Excaliber Publishers, 1992

Pigerou O., D-Day Paratroopers Volume 2 (The French, The Canadians, The British), Histoire et Collections, 2013

Piselli D., Mk II Helmets of World War II and their use in the Italian Campaign, D Piselli, 2020

Pollendine C., Campaign 1914, Military Mode Publishing, 2013

Pollendine C., Campaign 1915, Military Mode Publishing, 2015

Priest G., The Spirit of the Pike, British Socket Bayonets of the Twentieth Century, Uppem Publications, 2003

Prodger M.J., Luftwaffe Vs RAF, Flying Clothing of the Air War, 1939-45, Schiffer Military History, 1997

Purves A.A., Collecting Medals and Decorations, Polstead, 1968

Raw S., The Last Enfield, SA80- The Reluctant Rifle, Collectors Grade Publications, 2003

Renfrew B., Renfrew M., Cranston B., British Colonial Badges Volume II, Military Insignia of the Land Forces of the Colonies, Protectorates and Dependencies, Terrier Press, 2014

Rhodes C.H., The British Soldier’s Firearm 1850-1864, From Smooth-bore to Small-bore, Herbert Jenkins, 1964

Skennerton I., The Lee Enfield, A Century of Lee-Metford and Lee Enfield Rifles and Carbines, I Skennerton, 2008

Spencer W., Medals, The Researcher’s Guide, National Archives, 2008

Stamps. M. & Skennerton I., .380 Enfield No 2 Revolver, Skennerton, 1993

Stratton C.R., The British Enfield Rifles: Vol2, The No4 and No5 Rifles, North Cape Publications, 2003

Suciu P. & Bates S., Military Sun Helmets of the World, N&M Press, 2009

Summers J.L., Tangled Web: Canadian Infantry Accoutrements 1855-1985, Canadian War Museum Historical Publications, 1991

Taylor D., The Men Inside the Metal: The British AFV Crewman in WW2 Vol 1, Mushroom Model Publications, 2008

Taylor P., Allied Special Forces Insignia, Pen and Sword, 2012

Turner P., Soldiers’ Accoutrements of the British Army 1750-1900, Crowood Press, 2007

Tyler G., Drab Serge and Khaki Drill: The Foreign Service, Universal Service, Battle and Combat Dress Jackets of the Canadian Army 1899-2003, Parks Canada, 2003

Ward A., A Guide to War Publications of The First and Second World War, Pen and Sword, 2014

Wilkinson F., Badges of the British Army 18201960, Arms and Armour Press, 1980

Wilson B., Denison, British Airborne Specialist Clothing from WW2 to the Present Day, Military Mode Publishing, 2013

Magazine Articles

Armourer Magazine

Bates S., Omdurman to El Alamein- the helmet that guarded an Empire, Issue 97, January/February 2010, pp26-27

Bodsworth J., Body Armour Part 2, Issue 88, July/August 2008, pp57-60

Bodsworth J., Body Armour Part 4, Issue 90, November/December 2008, p53-56

Bodsworth J., Body Armour Part 5, Issue 91, January/February 2009, pp55-57

Bodsworth J., Body Armour Part 6, Issue 92, March/April 2009, pp55-57

Bodsworth J., Body Armour Part 7, Issue 93, May/June 2009, pp55-57

Bodsworth J., Body Armour Part 8, Issue 94, July/August 2009, pp55-57

Bodsworth J., Post-War Battledress Part 1, Issue 64, July/August 2004, pp21-23

Bodsworth J., Post-War Battledress Part 2, Issue 65, September/October 2004, pp41-43

Bodsworth J., Post-War Battledress Part 3, Issue 66, November/December 2004, pp43-46

Bodsworth J., Post-War Battledress Part 4, Issue 67, January/February 2005, pp43-46

Bodsworth J., Training Reserve, Issue 104, March/April 2011, pp40-43

Bodsworth J., Uniforms and Insignia of the King’s Royal Hussars Part 2, Issue 86, March/April 2008, pp54-56

Bodsworth J., Volunteer Force 1916-1921, Issue 101, September/October 2010, pp19-21

Bodsworth J., The Volunteer Training Corps, Issue 99, May/June 2010, pp59-62

Dennis R.J., Parachutist Drop-Bags, Part 1 Early Equipment, Issue 91, January/February 2009, pp62-65

Dennis R.J., Parachutists Drop-Bags, Part 2 Developments from 1952 onwards, Issue 93, May/June 2009, pp86-89

Dennis R.J. & Bodsworth J., The Button Stick in the British Army Part 1, Issue 63, May/June 2004, pp51-53

Dennis R.J & Bodsworth J., The Button Stick in the British Army Part 2, Issue 64, July/August 2004, pp44-46

Farnsworth D., The RAF One-Man Dinghy in WW2, Issue 99, May/June 2010, pp54-57

Farnsworth D., The Development of the RAF lifejacket in WW2, Issue 97, January/February 2010, pp61-64,

Kellock D.M., The Army at Sea, Issue 88, July/August 2008, pp42-45

Mills J., Cinderella of the Women’s Services, Issue 107, September/October 2011, pp19-20

Mills J., Fighting the Firebombing, Issue 103, January/February 2011, pp42-45

Mills J., First on the Scene, Issue 99, May/June 2010, pp50-52

Mills J., From School and Garage, Issue 97, March/April 2010, pp25-27

Mills J., Heroes with Hoses- The Auxiliary Fire Service, Issue 100, July/August 2010, pp19-21

Mills J., The Plane Spotters, Issue 104, March/April 2011, pp50-52

Mills J., Put That Light Out!, Issue 96, November/December 2009, pp56-58

Mills J., Old Spinach and Beetroot, issue 97, January/February 2010, pp55-57

Parkin D., The Ups and Downs of Collecting P39 Emergency Equipment, Issue 92, March/April 2009, pp72-73

Priest G., Hidebound in History, Issue 80, pp54-59, 2007

Priest G., So Near and Yet So Far, Issue 63, May/June 2004, pp17-20

Priest G., Assault Jerkins in the Second World War, Issue 66, November/December 2004, pp73-76

Westlake R., Selling to the VTC, Issue 104, March/April2011, pp28-30

Militaria Magazine

Bachmann F., The Royal Army Ordnance Corps in Normandy, 1944, Militaria Magazine No 2, pp38-42, 1994

Brayley M., Royal Marine 1939, Militaria Magazine No 21, pp34-35, 1995

Brayley M. & Ingram R., The British Expeditionary Force in Norway, 1940, Militaria Magazine No 15, pp24-28, 1995

Charbonnier P., British Infantryman, Normandy 1944, Militaria Magazine No 19, pp6-10, 1995

Cotton M., The British MRC Body Armour, 1940-1945, Militaria Magazine No 20, pp30-35, 1995

Cotton M., British Plastic Cap Badges, 1941-46 Part 1, Militaria Magazine No10, pp18-22, 1994

Cotton M., The RAF Wilkinson Sword Flak Helmet, 1943-45, Militaria Magazine No 21, pp4-6, 1995

Garnier J., The Black Watch of Canada During the Great War, Uniforms and insignia of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Part 2- 1916-1918, Militaria Magazine No 19, pp45-47, 1995

Marcus, British Private Purchase and Officer’s Helmets Part 1, Militaria Magazine No24, pp6-10, 1996

Mills J., British Gas Masks, 1939-1943 Part 2, Militaria Magazine No 8, pp44-48, 1994

Mills J., British Anti-Gas Equipment, 1939-1943 Part 3, Militaria Magazine No 13, pp39-42, 1995

Morange J.P. & Sauvage E, The Canadian Expeditionary Corps in France and its badges, 1914-1918, Part One, Militaria Magazine No 21, pp17-23, 1995

Mulvaine T.A. & Weidner K., RAF/RCAF Bomber Command Aircrew, 1943-44, Militaria Magazine No16, pp16-21, 1995

O’Carroll B., Uniform and Equipment of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1939-1945, Part 1, Militaria Magazine No 24, pp30-35, 1996

O’Carroll B. & Farmer P., Uniform and Equipment of New Zealanders on The Western Front 1916-1918, Part 1, Militaria Magazine No 12, pp32-37, 1995

Storey E., The 1st Canadian Armoured Carrier Regiment, Militaria Magazine No 20, pp36-41, 1995

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ARP Handbook No 2, First Aid and Nursing for Gas Casualties, HMSO, 1938

ARP Handbook No 4, Decontamination of Materials, HMSO, 1938

ARP Handbook No 14, The Fire Guards Handbook, HMSO, 1942

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BR68, Manual of Seamanship Volume II, HMSO, 1943

BR79 Machinery Handbook, HMSO, 1941

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  1. Good Evening, Are you able to contact me in regards to History of the Supply Department 1939-1946, Government of India, Delhi, 1947? I am currently writing a book about Indias P 07 bayonets and I have not been able to get hold of this book.
    Regards Michael Rose

    • Hi Mirchael. It’s on Google books I believe, but it’s not available in every part of the world due to local copyright laws. I have a PDF copy that I can try and send you, but it’s in my office which is closed by Covid19 at the moment…

    • Hi Mirchael, I tried to send it through, but the file was too big to email. The only way I can think of getting it to you is to share the file from microsoft Office and then you can access my copy and nsave your own?

  2. Hi Ed, That sounds like and idea. How does it work:). I really appreciate the effort you are going through.


  3. I’m currently working on getting a few bits of NBC kit together and have found you and Rifleman Moore very helpful.

    • I’m glad they have been useful, and Simon’s videos on Rifleman Moore are excellent- we have very similar interests in kit so we have often covered the same thing in two different ways.

      • I’ve made a small start. Posts about my Detector Paper Books and a Bulgarian Individual First Aid Kit have gone up. I’ll do some kit layout shots when I get time. Catch you later.

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