August Militaria, Autographs, Collectibles & Toys Auction


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Scarce British ‘blood chit’ carried by British soldiers and addressed to any civilians who may come across an armed-services member – such as a shot-down pilot – in difficulties, identifying the force as friendly, the notice displays a message requesting that the service member be rendered every assistance. Reading: ‘The bearer of this letter is an Officer of the British Government and a friend of all Arabs…help him return to the nearest British soldiers and you will be rewarded. Peace and the Mercy of God upon you.’ Followed by English instructions: ‘Remove footwear on entering their tents. Completely ignore their women. If thirsty, drink the water they offer…Remember never try and hurry in the desert, slow and sure does it…Good luck.’ Chit is linen-backed. 10.25 x 7 inches.