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WW1 Trench Warfare Manual (1917)

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Compiled by The General Staff

War Office, May 1917

H.M.S.O., London, 1917

‘Constant activity in harassing the enemy may lead to reprisals at first, but if persevered in, it always results in ultimate mastery’.

An original 1917 edition of the War Office manual Notes for Infantry Officers on Trench Warfare. This manual would have been issued to officers just before the Third Battle of the Ypres, which began in July 1917. It includes detailed advice on all aspects of trench warfare, from officers duties and the construction and maintenance of trenches, to machine gun emplacements, loopholes, sniping, bombing, attack and defence, artillery co-operation, and virtually everything else that a junior officer would have needed to know when taking over a position in the front line. There is also advice on how to encourage 'the offensive spirit’, and avoid the ‘insidious tendency to lapse into a passive and lethargic attitude, against which officers of all ranks have to be on their guard’.


In very good condition. The card cover is in very good condition, with only minor signs of use. The stapled binding is good and secure, although the original staples are rusty. The text is in very good condition.

Published: 1917
Khaki card covers, black titling
Dimensions: 125mm x 185mm
Pages: 73