|Date/Report Number ..092613.FN698HY.04 Item: 1939-1944 WWII RECORD BRITISH GSTP|
|Description of item: VINTAGE 1939-1944 WWII RECORD BRITISH GSTP
.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $699.00
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GOVERNMENT SERVICE TEMPORARY PATTERN
THIS UNUSUAL MILITARY POCKET WATCH IS ON RECORD (NO PUN INTENDED) IN AT LEAST ONE HISTORICAL MILITARY WATCH BOOK. WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE IS THAT:
1) THE FULL PORCELAIN DIAL WAS CREATED IN TWO COLORS: BLACK AS OVERALL COLOR WITH A WHITE SUB-SECOND REGISTER. THESE COLORS ARE IN THE ACTUAL PORCELAIN. FOR FUTURE REFERENCE, YOU CANNOT PAINT PORCELAIN.
2) THE WATCH WAS SUPPLIED BY THE RECORD WATCH COMPANY. THE MOVEMENT IS A 15 JEWEL RECORD 433. BOTH OMEGA AND THE BALL WATCH COMPANY USED THE RECORD 433 WATCH MOVEMENT. UNLIKE MANY OF THE EXISTING [AT THAT TIME] WATCH COMPANIES, RECORD DID NOT USE EBAUCHES, RECORD ACTUALLY BUILT THEIR OWN MOVEMENTS INCLUDING BRIDGES.
THIS RECORD WAS KEPT
AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE
TO IT'S ORIGINAL
DIAL IS ORIGINAL
HANDS ARE AS FOUND
NUMERALS & HANDS
THIS IS HOW SHE LOOKS
MIDNIGHT ON THE WATCH
OR IN THE AIR
GROUND OR SEA
SHE WAS & IS
FOR CLEAR COUNTING
WITH OUT AS WEEP
IS A BREEZE
GENERAL SERVICE TEMPORARY PATTERN
Up until WWII, the British, with precise details, waould assign a PATTER NUMBER to their watches. always prescribed details for the different watches they would purchace. In 1939, with war on the horizon, the British War Department
realized they did not have time to invent new pattern numbers and the details of each on [air,land,sea,deck,artillery etc], so they simply placed ordered and assigned a GSTP CODE for them.
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
Most of these pocket watches were titled "General Service" watches 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".
Note 2: At the conclusion of the war Field Marshal Montgomery would visit the Omega watch company to thank them for their war time effort -no pun intended.
THE BROARD ARROW
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 Defence continued to use the mark. The arrow also appears in the Ordnance
The origin and earliest use of the broad arrow symbol are unknown. It could be related to the actual arrow, longbows and bowmen being a key part of the English army in the Middle ages. Broad Arrow Tower, built by Henry III of England between 1238 and 1272, in the Tower of London is said to be named after the royal property mark. Invention of the mark is frequently attributed to Henry Sydney, 1st Earl of Romney, who served as Master-General of the Ordnance from 1693 to 1702, since the pheon appears in the arms of his family, but it is known to have been in use earlier than this. There is also an unsubstantiated claim that a document dated 1330, issued by Richard de la Pole, the King's Butler, for the purchase of wine, shows that in order to make sure that ownership could be readily established as King's property, he marked each item with an arrow from his own coat of arms. 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.
Similarly to hallmarks, it is currently a criminal offence in the United Kingdom to reproduce the broad arrow without authority. Section 4 of the Public Stores Act 1875 makes it illegal to use the "broad arrow" on any goods without permission.
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The regiment was originally formed as The Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment) in 1881 taking the county affiliation from the 62nd Foot (which became the 1st Battalion) and the honorific from the 99th Foot (which became the 2nd Battalion). In 1921 the titles switched to become The Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's)
FROM PERSIA TO ROME, THE 1ST AND 2ND BATTALIONS OF THE WILTSHIRE REGIMENT FOUGHT OR GUARDED OR SUPPORTED ACROSS THE GLOBE
At the start of the Second World War, the Wiltshire Regiment found its two regular battalions stationed in India (1st Battalion) and Palestine (2nd Battalion). Eventually two more battalions would be raised for the war. The 1st Battalion remained in India, performing internal security duties at the outset of the war. During the reorganization of the Burma front in 1943, the battalion became responsible for guarding the lines of communications and support for the Arakan offensive as part of the Eastern Army. The 1st Wilts were transferred to the 4 Indian Infantry Brigade, part of 26th Indian Infantry Division, in October 1943. As part of the 26th Division, the 1st Wilts took part in the Battle of the Admin Box. Before Slim's offensive to recapture Burma, 1st Wilts was rotated back to serve along the North-West Frontier.
The 2nd Battalion, Wiltshire, began the war as part of the 13th Infantry Brigade, part of the British 5th Infantry Division of the BEF. The 2nd Wilts fought in a series of engagements during the Battle of France, most notably at the Battle of Arras. After being evacuated at Dunkirk, the Wiltshires participated in Operation Ironclad, the capture of Vichy-held Madagascar. Following Madagascar, the Wiltshires, as well as the rest of the brigade were sent to the Middle East. As part of 13th Infantry Brigade, the Wiltshires spent the early part of 1943 operating in Persia, Iraq, and Syria throughout. Eventually, the brigade participated in Operation Husky and the follow-on invasion of the Italian mainland in 1943. During the Italian campaign, the 2nd Wilts would win battle honours for its actions at Garigliano River crossing, as well as taking part in the Moro River Campaign, Anzio and the subsequent capture of Rome.
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