printed by Percy Lund, Humphries & Co. Ltd, London, 1940
A rare 1940 wartime edition of this official War Office ammunition handbook, first published in 1936. Text Book of Ammunition is a superbly illustrated handbook of the explosives, shells, fuzes, and small arms ammunition in use with the British Armed Forces during WW2. Subjects covered include: Cordite, Primers, Cartridges, High Explosive shells, Shrapnel Shells, Projectiles for B.L. guns, ammunition for Q.F. guns, Fuzes, Rockets, Smoke shells, Pyrotechnics, Mortar bombs, Grenades, and Small Arms ammunition. The book is very well illustrated with coloured scale drawings of shells, cartridges, bullets, bombs, grenades, and fuzes, along with other diagrams, charts, 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 Army during the Second World War, this is an invaluable reference work.
The book is signed on the front cover by 'Lt. C. H. Cousins, 549 Coast Regt. RA' and on the endpapers by 'Capt C. H. Cousins, 7 Chesham Place'. 549 Coast Artillery Regiment was initially set up as 11 Coast Artillery Group in October 1940, before becoming 549 in June 1941. The unit was disbanded in June 1945.
In good condition. The boards are in fair to good condition, with general signs of wear, fading, and some marks. The binding and hinges are good and secure. The text, coloured plates, fold-outs, and illustrations are in good condition, with some marks to the endpapers, and creasing to the title page. The book is signed on the front cover by 'Lt. C. H. Cousins, 549 Coast Regt. RA' and on the endpapers by 'Capt C. H. Cousins, 7 Chesham Place'.
Published: 1936 (this edition printed August 1940) Red boards with black titling Illustrated with numerous coloured plates and line drawings Dimensions: 155mm x 245mm Pages: 322