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Treatise on Ammunition (1905)

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War Office, 1905

Eighth Edition

H.M.S.O., 1905

printed by Harrison and Sons, London, May 1906

The extremely rare eighth edition of the official War Office ammunition handbook, published in 1905, and printed in May 1906. Treatise on Ammunition is a superbly illustrated handbook of the explosives, shells, fuzes, and small arms ammunition in use with the British Armed Forces just before the start of WW1. Subjects covered include: Cordite, Guncotton, Primers, Cartridges, High Explosive shells, Shrapnel Shells, Projectiles for B.L. guns, ammunition for Q.F. guns, Fuzes, Detonators, Rockets, Star shells, and Small Arms ammunition. The book is very well illustrated with 37 coloured plates of shells, cartridges, explosives, and fuzes, along with numerous other diagrams and line drawings of ammunition, explosive charges, and equipment. The description of the various types of ammunition is comprehensive and detailed, and includes details of markings, manufacture, storage and use. For anyone interested in the ammunition of the British Armed forces just before the First World War, this is an invaluable reference work and undoubtedly the best contemporary volume on pre-WW1 British ammunition.


In good condition. The blind-stamped boards are in good condition, with general signs of wear and use, cloth tape repairs to the spine, and some marks. The binding and hinges are good and secure, the hinges having been reinforced with archival paper tape. The text, colour plates and illustrations are in very good condition. There are ink stamps of the 'Proof Department, Kynoch Ltd, Technical Intelligence Department' on the front board and on the front endpapers.

Published: 1905
Red boards with gilt titling
Illustrated with 37 coloured plates,
plus numerous line drawings
Dimensions: 160mm x 245mm
Pages: 237