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WW1 Prismatic Compass Manual 1917| Compass Library

The Prismatic Compass and How To Use It (1917)

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A Pocket Manual on Military
Prismatic Compasses

Revised and Enlarged by
Major A. D. St. G. BREMNER, M.C.

E. R. WATTS & SON LTD, London, 1917

A rare original WW1 British military compass manual, published in 1917 by the scientific instrument makers, E. R. Watts of London. This is a detailed and practical manual covering everything that an officer or NCO would need to know to make use of the various types of military compass that were used during WW1. With full descriptions of the different compasses (Verner's Patent, Creagh-Osborne, Francis Barker, Service Pocket, Mirror, Aeroplane, etc) and instructions on how to use them to take bearings, navigate across country and solve problems like locating concealed guns or marching by night. The book is well illustrated throughout, with photographs, fold-outs, diagrams and line drawings. An invaluable reference work for the compass collector, and the perfect companion to any WW1 Verner's or Francis Barker compass.


In very good condition. The boards show only minor signs of wear and use and a couple of small marks. The spine is a little faded. The binding and hinges are very good and secure. The text, illustrations, fold-outs and diagrams are in very good condition.

Published: 1917
Red boards with black titling
Illustrated with line drawings, photographs and two folding plates
Dimensions : 105mm x 160mm
Pages: 80