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The Museum of the Manchesters Regiment


Photographs taken by kind permission of the Museum of the Manchesters Regiment, Aston-under-Lyne, Tameside, in March 2004. For more details see Regimental Museums

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A set of Coatees and Infantry officer's hat as used by the 96th Regiment. From left to right they date from 1796-1816, a short-tailed coat from 1812, and 1829-54.
The Museum of Manchester's Regiment, Ashton-under-Lyne, UK. March 2004

Shown here are a pair of muskets used by the 96th Regiment during the 19th Century. On the left is the classic 'Brown Bess' smooth-bore flintlock musket used by the British in various forms from the 1720's into the 1840's. It had a .75inch calibre. O...
The Museum of Manchester's Regiment, Ashton-under-Lyne, UK. March 2004

A 94 pound shell from one of the Boer 'Long Tom' Creusot artillery pieces fired into the town of Ladysmith during it's seige. It presumably failed to explode. Also shown are a couple of rounds of Boer ammunition. The Manchesters Regiment were besiege...
The Museum of Manchester's Regiment, Ashton-under-Lyne, UK. March 2004

The main LMG used by the British during World War 2, this is a Bren mark II from 1942.
The Museum of Manchester's Regiment, Ashton-under-Lyne, UK. March 2004

A pair of uniform items from the Manchesters Regiment during WW1. On the left is the officer's tunic, Sam Browne belt and boots of Lt.Col. Davies-Colley of the 2 Battalion, 6th Territorial Rgt of the Manchesters. On the right, in contrast, is the tun...
The Museum of Manchester's Regiment, Ashton-under-Lyne, UK. March 2004

This collection of items from World War 1 illustrates the nature of life and war in the the trenches. Water bottles and a Very pistol for firing signal flares sit alongside items from the offensive side of trench warfare. From left to right, a trench...
The Museum of Manchester's Regiment, Ashton-under-Lyne, UK. March 2004

This image shows several objects used by the Manchester's Regiment during the Malaysia campaign 1951-54. The main item is a specially designed Lee Enfield Carbine, 5 inches shorter than the standard rifle to be more effective in jungle warfare. It is...
The Museum of Manchester's Regiment, Ashton-under-Lyne, UK. March 2004

A pair of rifles from the 2nd Anglo-Boer War period. The one on the left is a Mauser rifle used by the Boer forces during the period, produced by Krupps in Germany and shipped to the Transvaal before hostilities broke out. The other is a non-standard...
The Museum of Manchester's Regiment, Ashton-under-Lyne, UK. March 2004

A pair of shakos from the 19th Century used by the 96th Rgt which became the Manchesters Regiment. The one on the left is a bell-top shako with cheek-pieces from the period 1834-44. The one on the right is in simple plain blue cloth, 1861.
The Museum of Manchester's Regiment, Ashton-under-Lyne, UK. March 2004

Items commemorating the 2nd Battalion, Manchesters Rgt, and their actions in Burma 1944-45. They include a pair of Japanese Infantry officers' swords, a Japanese prayer flag, and British headgear used in the campaign. Also shown are rough wooden cros...
The Museum of Manchester's Regiment, Ashton-under-Lyne, UK. March 2004

The main Medium MG used by the British Army from 1912 through to 1966. It was tripod-mounted, water-cooled and belt fed. It could fire up to 450 rounds of .303inch ammunition per minute at ranges of up to 4,500 yards (over 4 kilometres) and was famou...
The Museum of Manchester's Regiment, Ashton-under-Lyne, UK. March 2004