With Christmas just around the corner, here is a promotion of military history-themed stocking fillers.
TANK DRIVING EXPERIENCE
Navigate tricky terrain and command your platoon as you take the controls of a Chieftain on an IntoTheBlue Tank Driving Experience. The perfect gift for any military history enthusiast, tank nut, or adrenaline junkie this Christmas. Various tanks available to drive. Voucher valid for one year post-purchase.
WHERE TO BUY: www.intotheblue.co.uk/driving-experiences/tanks/drive-tank
PHONE: 01959 578 100
ESCAPE FROM COLDITZ
Designed by Major Pat Reid, one of a handful of prisoners-of-war to escape Colditz Castle, and screenwriter Brian Degas, Escape From Colditz is the classic British board game. This deluxe-edition includes original and updated rules, new artwork, 56 wooden pawns, 100 cards, a 32-page history book, and replicas of prison artefacts.
PUBLISHER: Osprey Games
WHERE TO BUY: www.ospreypublishing.com/escape-from-colditz
LONDON GIFT SET AND GUARDS BOX SET
English in origin, W. Britain has been a leader in the toy soldier industry for over 120 years and continues to thrive. A great deal has changed since the first fully round hollow cast soldiers were produced in 1893, but their commitment to quality and authenticity remains.
The two sets below are featured in their ceremonial range; the full range can be viewed on the W. Britain website.
1. Item No. 48531 London Gift Set – four piece set (includes one of Scots Guard, Beefeater, Life Guard Mounted, and Blues and Royals Mounted)
2. Item No. 48530 The Guards Boxed Set (includes figures representing each of the five Foot Guards Regiments: Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish, and Welsh Guards)
COMPANY: W. Britain
WHERE TO BUY: Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, London, SW1X 7XL;
Hamleys, 188-196 Regent Street, London, W1B 5BT. To find your local W. Britain retailer please visit www.wbritain.net
REPLICA MILITARY INSIGNIA
For over 30 years, The Regalia Specialist has provided fine quality genuine and replica military insignia, medals, and awards to enthusiasts, collectors, museums, the movie industry, and military re-enactors throughout the world. Many items are exclusive to The Regalia Specialist and can be viewed and purchased on their website.
COMPANY: The Regalia Specialist
PRICE: £5 to £200
WHERE TO BUY: www.regaliaspecialist.com
PHONE: 01440 760 365
ONE-YEAR MEMBERSHIP WITH THE ARMY RECORDS SOCIETY
The Army Records Society is a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status that exists to edit and publish manuscripts relating to the history of the British Army. Every year they publish at least one volume of documents. This means that these primary historical sources are made available to a wider audience.
SOCIETY: Army Records Society
WHERE TO BUY: www.armyrecordssociety.org.uk
CONTACT: William Butler (Membership Secretary)
PHONE: 01227 827 421
To see this guide as it appeared in issue 75 of Military History Monthly, click here.