MACHINE GUN MEMORABILIA

Sterling silver U.S. doughboy dog tag holder and locket. The outside of the holder is engraved “2nd Lieut. H.W. Billman 109 M.G. Bn. 28th Division USA Lebanon, PA.” Upon opening, the bottom contains the actual aluminum dog tag reading “Henry W. Billman 2nd Lt. 109 M.G. BN. U.S.N.G.” with remnants of the hanging cord that would pass through a hole in the top of the locket so it could be worn around the neck. The other side shows a period photograph of Lt. Billman and two women.

Arab Legion (1924) uniform insignia for qualified Hotchkiss machine gunners using the British Hotchkiss Portable Mk I and Mk I* light machine rifles. Al Jeish al-Arabi, literally “The Arab Army,” was the title of Prince Feisal’s Hashemite force of the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks in World War I and was the official Arabic title that remained in use thereafter. However, financed by Britain and commanded by British officers, it was officially known in English as the Arab Legion. Top is the Arab Legion headdress badge with MG applied beneath the crossed swords. Left is the first pattern of Qualified Hotchkiss Gunner (Q H G) shoulder titles. Right is the second smaller pattern of Qualified Hotchkiss Gunner (Q H G) shoulder titles. Center is an AL (Arab Legion) collar badge and to the bottom is the Q over H G in oval Qualified Hotchkiss Gunner sleeve badge.

World War I era cast bronze British officer’s mess dinner bell stamped to the bottom Machine Gun Corps. With hanging loop to top, it was meant to be struck from the outside as there is not provision for a clapper internally. Measures 7 1/4 inches wide and 7 1/4 inches high.

South African Railway Police Uzi qualification breast badges. Printed yellow wing and shield with Uzi submachine gun to center on camouflaged uniform fabric to be sewn to uniform (top). Small gold tone metal Uzi qualification breast badge for the South African Railway Police (center) and large gold tone metal Uzi qualification breast badge for the South African Railway Police. Both with two pins to rear. This unit was disbanded in 1986.