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Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, PC; 17 November 1887 – 24 March 1976, nicknamed “Monty” and the “Spartan General”, was a British Army officer who saw action in WWI where he was seriously wounded.
After the out break of WWII, while Britain was struggling by herself against the Germans, Italians, and near 24hr a day bombing, he was given the command of the Eighth Army. Through his leadfeship, even in the face of dwindling supplies, reinforcements. equipment, rations and ammunition, he would lead Britain ]and the allies] to victory from the Western Deserts of North Africa to final the final Allied victory in Tunisia. He would be responsible for the successful final Battle of El Alamein, the turning point in the Western Desert Campaign. Soon Sicily and Italy would come to know his name.
When the time came for the United States to turn her face to Europe and the Germans, “MONTY” was chosen to be the top British commander during the planning the D-Day invasion in Normandy and then Supreme Commander General Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower chose “MONTY” to command the Allied ground forces during Operation Overlord from the initial landings through the Battle of Normandy.
Monty would then assume command of the 21st Army Group in North West Europe through to his acceptance of the German surrender on 4 May 1945, Luneburg Heath in northern Germany. After the war he became the Commander-in-Chief of the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) in Germany and then Chief of the Imperial General Staff.
The Allied invasion of Sicily, code named Operation Husky, was the first major ALLIED World War II campaign against Germany and Italy on Europe’s Door Step. The Allies will take Sicily from the Axis (Italy and Nazi Germany) and then hit Italy.
In fact, it was the most important operation ever contemplated and enacted by the US and Britain in WWII. It was the first joint operation at hit-ler-s back yard and allowed the commanders to evaluate all aspects of the performance of the Allies working as one.
It was also a “learning success”. While successful in taking Sicily with a large scale amphibious and airborne operation, followed by six weeks of land combat and launched the Italian Campaign, airborne manuvers were an overall failures and, while the Allies gained the footing they required from which to jump off to Italy, the operation failed to block the Germans and Italians from retreating -with tanks, equipment and personal – to the Italian mainland where they regrouped and fought a determined holding pattern and before retreating towards Germany– and, it almost cost all Airborne units –British included– their very designation.
Allied Supreme Commander, General Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower, was so upset, he stated:
NOT A BATTLEFIELD OPTION
“I do not believe in the airborne division. I believe that airborne troops should be reorganized in self-contained units, comprising infantry, artillery, and special services, all about the strength of a regimental combat team … To employ at any time and place a whole division would require a dropping over such an extended area that I seriously doubt that a division commander could regain control and operate the scattered forces as one unit.” General Eisenhower
General George Marshall and Field Marshal Montgomery argued that Airborne Troops were an option. This argument [and some “cash bets”] brought about the Knollwood Maneuver…
In December of 1943, after additional training following the Sicily jumps, a planned maneuver by the 11th Airborne [famous for their efforts in the Pacific, mainly the Philippines] Division as the attacking force, was assigned the objective of capturing Knollwood Army Auxiliary Airfield near Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
The Knollwood Maneuver took place on the night of 7 December 1943, with the 11th Airborne Division being airlifted to thirteen separate objectives by 200 C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft and 234 Waco CG-4A gliders. It was a total success.
The US 101st , the 82nd, as well as the British 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions (1st Parachute Brigade), never knew how close they were to losing their elite status. It was the 11th who would be responsible for maintaining the status of PARATROOPERS.
THE SICILIAN INVASION
Two British and two American attacks by airborne forces were carried out just after midnight on the night of the 9 July-10 July, as part of the invasion. The American 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, led by Colonel Gavin and the British1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions,preceded by the 21st Independent Parachute Company (Pathfinders) who marked landing zones for paratroopers intending to seize the the bridge over the River Anape [Ponte Grande] just south of Syracuse and hold it until the British 5th Infantry Division arrived from the beaches at Cassibile while the British Glider infantry from the 1st Air Landing Brigade were to seize landing zones inland. But Strong winds blew the troop-carrying aircraft off course and the U.S. force was scattered widely over south-east Sicily between Gela and Syracuse. Half the US paratroopers failed to reach their rallying points; of the 147 British gliders, only 12 landed on target and 69 crashed at sea. Though a platoon of the South Staffordshire Regiment landed on target and captured Ponte Grande and fought off counterattacks with some reinforcement by wayward troopers, they were forced to surrender to Italian Colonel Francesco Ronco’s 75th Infantry Regiment only 45 minutes before the leading elements of 5th Infantry Division arrived from the south.
Though some German/Italian aircraft sank a few minesweepers, several warships including the destroyer USS Maddox (DD-622), a hospital ship, and some landing craft, the preparatory bombing of the previous weeks had greatly weakened the Axis air capability. Allied aircraft, operating from Malta, Gozo and Pantelleria, kept most of the Axis attempts at air attack to a minimum. By the evening of 10 July seven Allied assault divisions were established ashore and the port of Syracuse was captured .
COST IN LIVES
According to historians Samuel W. Mitcham and Friedrich Von Stauffenberg, German units lost about 20,000 killed, wounded or captured, although military historian Manfred Messerschmidt [et al.] report that the German forces lost 4,678 men killed, 5,532 captured and 13,500 wounded, making up a total of 23,710 German casualties. Italian military losses are reported to be 4,325 killed, 32,500 wounded and 116,681 captured and authors widely concur with the number of Italians believed to be taken prisoner to be around 100,000. In 2007, Mitcham and Von Stauffenberg raised this estimate to 147,000. An earlier Canadian study of the Allied invasion, estimated the total number of Italian and Germans prisoners taken prisoner in Sicily to be around 100,000.
A broad arrow or pheon is a type of arrow with a typically flat barbed head. It is a symbol used traditionally in heraldry, most notably in England, and later the United Kingdom to mark government property.
The Office of Ordnance was created by Henry VIII in 1544. It dates back to the position of Master of Ordnance, one of whom, Nicholas Merbury, was present at the Battle of Agincourt. The Office became the Board of Ordnance in 1597, its principal duties being to supply guns, ammunition, stores and equipment to the King’s Navy. The headquarters and main arsenal of the Office were in the White Tower of the Tower of London. The broad arrow mark has been used over the years by the Office and Board to signify at first objects purchased from the monarch’s money and later to indicate government property. With the demise of the Board in 1855, the War Department and today’s Ministry of Defense continued to use the mark. The arrow also appears in the Ordnance Survey logo.
The broad arrow frequently appeared on military boxes and equipment such as canteens, bayonets and rifles, as well as the British prison uniform from the 1870s, and even earlier, that of transportees in British penal colonies such as AustraliaThe broad arrow marks were also used by Commonwealth countries on their ordnance.
The broad arrow was used by the British to mark trees intended for ship building use in North America during colonial times. Three axe strikes resembling an arrowhead and shaft, were marked on large mast-grade trees.
It is currently a criminal offence in the United Kingdom to reproduce the broad arrow without authority
Helvetia, General Watch Co, Bienne, Reconvilier, Tramelan, Vienna 1880: Foundation of La Generale Watch Co / General Watch Co by the company Louis Brandt & Fils (Omega) for manufacturing cylinder watches and genuine Helvertia calibres with enhanced quality lever movements. 1885: Transfer of the trade mark Helvertia from Louis Brandt & Fils to the new La Generale Watch Co.
1968: Acquisition of the movement factory Helvetia SA in Reconvilier by the SGT (Societe des Garde-Temps SA). The watch factory Montres Helvetia SA in Bienne remained independent.
BRITISH MILITARY WATCHES
In 1939, with war on the horizon, the British War Department realized they required time pieces. With no plans and knowing that a shortage of watches would surely occur, they quickly purchased watches from numerous Swiss watch makers and retailers.Each watch had to have 15 jewels, luminous black or white dial, and subsidiary seconds dial. Most were snap backs though there were higher grades with screw backs.
Most of these pocket watches were titled “General Service” AND classified as “Temporary Pattern”. Thus they were stamped “GSTP”. These GSTP watches would become the work horse of the military. From Radio operators to drivers, they fulfilled the requirements of keeping time through out the war.
Note: at the conclusion of the hostilities, most of the watches purchased by the various Government Buyers were destroyed due to a deal with suppliers. The suppliers had sold these watches at a discount and they did not want the market flooded at the wars conclusion with “surplus military watches”.
AWESOME HELVETIA GSTP POCKET WATCH
ORIGINAL PORCELAIN DIAL
LOOKS LIKE IT DID ORIGINALLY
CASE FINISH IS ORIGINAL
HERE ROCK IS RESTORING HANDS
THIS IS A SCREW DOWN CASE
CASE IS SCREW DOWN
CLOSER PIC OF GSTP
CASE IS SCREW DOWN
NOTICE THE BRITISH APPROVAL STAMP
YOU CAN REMOVE FROM
BRITISH PATTERNS Vs GSTP
FOR MUCH OF HER HISTORY, THE BRITISH WAR DEPARTMENT SUPPLIED PRECISE DETAILS ON ALL FACETS OF THEIR TIMES PIECES. THEY TESTED THEM AND THEY WERE THEN ASSIGNED A USE NUMBER AND PATTERN.
IN FACT, AS THE FOLLOWING DEMONSTRATES, THEY WERE STRAIGHT UP:
1890 TRIALS FOR CHRONOMETERS
Each watch is to be labeled with its price, which is to include a mahogany box with ivory label, cleaning after trial and engraving the Government mark on the dial and plate of the movement, and the name of the maker, the No. of the watch, the letters D.W., and the Government mark on the ivory label of the box.
BUT, IN 1938, WITH WAR BEATING ON THE DOOR, THE BRITISH, WHO NORMALLY WOULD HAVE REQUIRED TESTING AND ASSIGNED PATTERNS TO THE DIFFERENT WATCHES, SIMPLY MADE A CALL ON WATCH MANUFACTURERS AND PROVIDED BASIC REQUIREMENTS AND THEN STAMPED THE THOUSANDS OF TIMERS AND POCKET WATCHES WITH AN ABBREVIATION OF THE WORDS, GOVERNMENT SERVICE TEMPORARY PATTERN: GTSP G.T.S.P. GT/SP
DIAL HAS SOME PORCELAIN
THERE ARE ACTUALLY TWO TIMING HANDS
HERE IS A PIC WITH BLUED STEEL HAND STILL RUNNING
TOP CROWN WINDS & STARTS AND STOPS TIMER
THERE IS A SIDE PUSHER
ORIGINAL PAPER INTERIOR SERVICE INO
AWESOME WORKS PERFECTLY
Galletis the world’s oldest watch and clock making house with history dating back to Humbertus Gallet, a clock maker who became a citizen of Geneva in 1466.
GALLET WAS FAMOUS FOR CHRONOGRAPHS AND TIMERS FROM 1910 THROUGH WW1,WWII, TO KOREA & VIETNAM:
When the worldwide economic downturn of the 1930’s caused international trade to plunge by as much as two-thirds, it suddenly became unprofitable for the Gallet Company to continue production of many of its recently established brands. Gallet chose instead, to consolidate its efforts back into its primary area of expertise, that of the manufacture of high quality professional-use timepieces. Under the family name, the Gallet Company continued to flourish by providing hand-held timers and chronograph wristwatches to allied military and industrial clients during the years leading up to and through World War II.
AT THE OUT BREAK OF WWII, AND UP UNTIL THE GALLET DECIMAL ARTILLERY TIMER WAS INTRODUCED IN 1943, THE GALLET OCCURRENCE TIMER, CUSTOM MANUFACTURED IN 1936 FOR THE US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, WAS THE FIRST GALLET TIMER UTILIZED BY THE US MILITARY
WWII MILITARY TIMERS
FURTHER, GALLET WAS A MAJOR PARTNER & BACKER WITH JULES RACINE
1864 – Léon Gallet’s brother Lucien Gallet establishes the company’s first US location in Chicago, with a New York City office following soon after Together with Jules Racine, a cousin of the Gallet brothers living in the US, the company expands its distribution to the American market.
GALLET WAS A MAJOR PARTNER & BACKER WITH EXCELSIOR PARK;
Jeanneret and Fils created Usine du Parc, by 1890 the company is called Alb and produces anchor watches from 13 to 24 lines, calendar watches and chronographs under the trademarks Colombe and Diana.In 1894 the factory is renamed Jeanneret Frères and produces chronographs.
On March 21th 1891 a sport stopwatch called “Excelsior” is patented by Alb. Jeanneret et Frères, it has a movement side bridge in the shape of J; which l becomes a trademark for Excelsior Park
By 1902, the company is named of Jeanneret-Brehm and Co and sells s stopwatches under the Excelsior trademark.
In 1911 Jeaneret -Brehm & Co, along with Gallet, introduce two button (Crown Push and Side Pusher) and Henri Jeanneret-Brehm, a member of the esteemed Jeanneret family of St. Imier watchmakers, purchases the Magnenat-Lecoultre factory with financial assistance from the Gallet company.
By 1918, The Jeanneret-Brehm company becomes Excelsior Park and offers stopwatches and chronographs .
1918 – Jeanneret-Brehm begins manufacturing under the company name Excelsior Park. Deriving the name from Jenneret-Brehm’s previously registered “Excelsior” trademark, the English variation of the French word for “park” is utilized at the prompting of Gallet to support the collaborative efforts of the two companies in their marketing focus on the American consumer.
Beginning in the 1920’s, Excelsior Park concentrates exclusively on the stopwatches and chronographs.
In 1921 a patent concerning a bolt, independent of the push-piece crown for starting timing, allowing the stopping of the hand, is filed.
On May 24th, 1922, Excelsior Park patents a small housing inside a movement to place spare parts. That will become also a kind of trademark, making possible instantaneously to recognize an Excelsior Park movement.
The cooperative relationship of Excelsior Park and Gallet leads to the development of a number of time recording mechanisms, including the calibre 40. These new chronograph movements are utilized almost exclusively in Gallet and Excelsior Park wristwatches, with a small number supplied to the Girard Perregaux and Zenith companies when production capabilities allowed.
NEAR MINT CONDITION DIAL
CASE BACK SAYS IT ALL
CASE IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION
NOTE THE LARGE ONION CROWN
INTERIOR CASE BACK IS FINISHED
SPARE PARTS COMPARTMENT
NOTE THE “J” BRIDGE
WHAT A COLLECTION
THIS IS RARE. I COULD NOT BELIEVE
CONDITION IS EXCELLENT
SEE THE BLUR IT IS SPINNING
COMPLETE TEAR DOWN
THIS PHOTO IS A BRITISH OFFICIAL PHOTO
INFORMATION PLACED AND PICTURE DEVELOPED 1943
ORIGINAL STAMPING AUGUST 16 1943
THIS DID NOT BELONG TO
NAPLES ITALY LETTER OPENER 1941 OR 1946
THERE IS SMALL ORIGINAL GRAVINGS
DATED 1945 & NAPLES
NOTE MONTY 8TH
EVEN ON THE SIDES OF HANDLE
LETTERS ARE ENGRAVED
I SEE FIFTH AND EIGHT
U CAN SEE THE LETTERS
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