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Bicycle, made for use by parachute troops in World War II

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000-180-001-140-C
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Bicycle, made for use by parachute troops in World War II

This B.S.A. Airborne Forces lightweight folding bicycle was designed to be dropped by parachute or hang by rope from the parachutist himself. It was used during World War II, most notably during the Arnhem campaign, and dates from around 1942.

The bicycle is painted in khaki colours with a B.S.A. trademark on the vertical centre tube and '(PA)T No S43076, REGD DGN No 838413' on headstock. The frame folds about a vertical line at approximately half length. The front sprocket legs form the word B.S.A. and the leather saddle is a 'B.S.A. MODEL NUMBER 40'.


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Online ID: 000-180-001-140-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1987.321
Date: Around 1942
C. 1942
Material: Metal, leather. Inscription: (PA)T No S43076, REGD DGN No 838413; B.S.A. MODEL NUMBER 40
Dimensions: 990 mm H x 1750 mm x 480 mm
What: Bicycle, folding
Subject: 15. ROAD TRANSPORT, Muscle power (Departmental Classification)
Who: B.S.A. (Maker)
Where: GREAT BRITAIN
Event: World War II
Description: B.S.A. Airborne Forces lightweight folding bicycle for use by parachute troops, c. 1942
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