Allies of the United States fought the Axis Powers in every theater of WWII.  Great Britain, France, China, Russia, and countries such as Poland, Greece, and Brazil would eventually triumph in 1945.

Cap badge worn on berets of soldiers guarding the Maginot Line.

French commemorative medallion issued in honor of Winston Churchill and the British soldiers who liberated France in WWII.

Battledress uniform jacket (1940 pattern) worn by a Polish soldier who fought in the British Army.  These Polish soldiers fought in the British army, perhaps most famously in the Italian Campaign at Monte Cassino.

A selection of British shoulder insignia.  Similar to the US army, patches were used for individual units in the British military.

Assorted British regimental insignia.  Similar to the US Distinctive Unit Insignia, each regiment had its own crest.  These were worn on collars.

Royal Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force cloth insignia.

Scottish regimental Glengarry cap, worn by the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders.

Two British medals from WWII.  The 1939-1945 Star at left bears a scarce "Battle of Britain" bar.  The Africa Star at right was awarded to troops serving in Africa during WWII.

Beret worn by Royal Air Force pilots who transported troops for airborne invasions.  The maroon beret was famously worn by airborne troops.

Shoulder patch of the 1st Special Air Service, a Special Forces group formed in 1941.

British airborne helmet.  These were worn by parachutists, most famously at D-Day and Market Garden.

Cap worn by a veteran of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada. 

British WWII web belt.  Similar to the US model, it could support a pack and various gear items.

British spike bayonets for the No.4 Enfield rifle (1944-1945).

Battledress uniform jacket (1937 pattern) worn by a member of the British commandos.  The No. 9 Commando was created in 1940 and served with distinction in France Italy, and North Africa.

Royal Canadian Air Force "Wireless Aerial Gunner" wing.

British Mk.II steel helmet.  This particular model was produced in Canada in 1941 and is equipped with a two-tone net for camouflage.

The Mk.III steel helmet.  This was produced in 1944 and famously used by Commonwealth forces at D-Day.  It improved on the earlier Mk. II with greater depth for head and neck protection.

Patches for enlisted sailors in the Royal Canadian Navy, denoting their specializations.

Royal Canadian Air Force "wedge cap" worn by airmen.

British canteen and strap.  While American canteens were usually affixed to a belt, Commonwealth ones were carried slung on a strap.

A basic British soldier's gear setup.  This includes two large ammunition pouches, a belt, and shoulder straps.

Canvas breech cover for British rifles.  It was intended to keep  damp and dust out of the action.

Airborne shoulder flashes and parachute qualification badge.

Commando shoulder title.

Large pack for British soldiers.  It would contain spare uniforms, equipment, and personal items.

British 1907 pattern bayonet, used with the British Enfield rifle.

British Enfield No.4 rifle, used 1941-1945.


Sten MkII submachinegun.  This 9mm weapon was mass produced cheaply out of stamped parts.  Over two million of this version alone were produced--while it equipped military forces, it was also dropped in large numbers to equip resistance forces.

A British paratrooper's jacket, known as the Denison smock.  Developed in 1942, it was intended to be worn over one's gear while parachuting, and often as an outer garment in the field.  It was fitted with a "beaver tail" that secured the jacket between the legs.  This is an example of the second pattern with a half zip and without knit cuffs; while its tag is mostly washed out, a War Department stamped code indicates acceptance in 1945.

1943-dated beret as worn by the Tank Corps.

Cap badge of the Royal Tank Corps.

Blazer jacket patch of the Canadian Parachute Corps.  Canadian paras landed on D-Day and jumped into Germany as well.

Patch of the Canadian Women's Army Corps.  Formed in 1941, it enlisted women into the army in a wide variety of roles.

British wound dressing, as carried by all Commonwealth soldiers.

The experimental Mk.7 bayonet for the No. 4 Enfield rifle.  It was developed at the end of WWII.  It served both as a bayonet and fighting knife but did not last long in service.

A Nepalese kukri knife, dating from the turn of the century.  These iconic knives were carried by the Ghurkas that served with fame in WWI and WWII.  

Uniform badge worn by Canadian soldiers to show their country of origin.

Australian MkIII helmet.  Very similar to the British-made MkII, this features a sturdy rubberized canvas liner and a raw edge.

Polish WZ24 bayonet for the Mauser rifle.  Large number of these, including this one, were captured by the Germans early in WWII and reissued to the Wehrmacht.  This one was given a German ersatz bayonet frog and German markings on the scabbard.

Polish cavalry helmet from 1939.

Monte Cassino Cross, awarded to Polish soldiers who fought at the Battle of Monte Cassino, Italy.  This particular medal was awarded to a rifleman of the 5th Kresowa Infantry Division who later immigrated to the US and lived in Chicago.  Each cross was numbered and assigned to a veteran; just under 50,000 were authorized and awarded.

Polish Air Force badge (top), and a handmade Polish Army emblem.  Oral history with the lower badge states that it was made by a civilian during the German invasion of Poland in 1939 and given to a soldier, who kept it throughout the war.

Patch for Polish soldiers fighting "in exile" for Great Britain.  Polish soldiers famously served in Italy and the Middle East.

Badge of the 5th Kresowa Infantry Division, a Polish unit of the 2nd Corps of the British Army.  Organized in 1943, the 5th fought on the Italian Front and with valor at Monte Cassino.

II Corps pocket badge

Polish paratrooper wings.  This is a non-regulation example, possibly made in Britain.

Order of the Red Star, awarded for bravery.

Order of the Great Patriotic War, First Class.  These were awarded to participants in World War II.

Mosin Nagant rifles used by Soviet soldiers in WWII.  The shorter "carbine" version was used by tank crews and cavalry.  These were 5-round bolt-action rifles that were first introduced in the late 1800s and used from WWI up to the early 1950s.

Russian Nagant revolver and ammunition.  It is dated 1936 and the holster is a postwar example.

SSH-39 steel helmet, developed right at the onset of WWII.  This example has remnants of black paint, indicating possible naval/marine use.  The liner is a scarce canvas variation.

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