An iconic image of Bill Slim shows him carrying an M1 carbine as a personal weapon during the Burma Campaign. Less seen but just as present was his personal Webley revolver, which he carried as a sidearm throughout the Second World War.
Slim was aware of the importance of close-combat weapons and sidearms. During the Gallipoli campaign he is said to have carried a knife and sawn-off shotgun as well as his pistol and bayonet, in case of Turkish trench raids. His long service with Gurkha units had also taught him the value of the kukri as both a tool and as a deadly weapon.
His revolver is on display in The Gurkha Museum.