Posted 3 years ago
This is a very small part of my WW2 collection of weapons, personal equipment and ephemera. First photo: from lower left in clockwise direction; late war/post war issue blade bayonet and scabbard for Lee Enfield Service Rifle, pre-war and war issue "pig-sticker" bayonet and scabbard for Lee Enfield Service Rifle, canvas sling for the Lee Enfield No.4 Service Rifle, Mk2 Sten* sub-machine gun with spare magazine and magazine hand-loading tool, and finally the famous Fairbairn-Sykes Commando fighting knife and sheath (for sewing to trouser leg or somewhere on the battledress as decided by the individual British Commando). All in good condition. Photo 2: Magazine detached. Photo 3: Insert magazine. Photo 4: Cock weapon and move cocking handle to "safety" position.
*Nicknamed by the troops that used them: "The Plumbers Delight" because they looked like (and actually were) made out of "pipes", often in small workshops and even garages! Those were desperate times.
Many casualties were sustained by the British soldiers going into battle, from their own squad member's Sten Guns, when climbing fences, moving through brush, the weapon slung on the back; with the cocking handle being caught by an obstruction and being slipped out of the safety "notch" and the bolt released forthwith onto the live round, causing it to be discharged with unforseen and dreadful consequences!
For an excellent historical summation of the STEN sub-machine gun see: