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Notes on Field Defences (1914)

Notes on Field Defences (1914)

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Collated by The General Staff, G.H.Q.

War Office, December 1914

H.M.S.O., London, 1914

A rare December 1914 edition of the WW1 War Office trench warfare publication, Notes on Field Defences. The booklet is signed on the front cover in blue pencil by ‘Bamfield’. The Army List for August 1914 includes only one officer with the surname Bamfield - Major H. J. K. Bamfield, Medical Officer of the 21st Prince Albert Victor's Own Cavalry (Frontier Force). Major Harold John Kinahan Bamfield DSO was a regular army officer who served with the Indian Army from the mid 1890's. He disembarked with the B.E.F. in France in October 1914. By the end of WW1 he had been promoted to Colonel and was serving with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. By 1925 he was a Major General.

Notes on Field Defences includes information on all sorts of innovative defensive techniques and equipment that were being introduced in the early days of trench warfare: from ‘Hair Brush’ and ‘Jam Tin’ bombs, to machine gun emplacements, flare projectors, alarms, trench construction, German defences, bombs, grenades, detonators and explosive charges. With some excellent diagrams of weapons and trenches. Incorporating the lessons learned during the Aisne battles at the start of the war, this booklet would have been an invaluable piece of kit for any British officer serving at the front at Christmas 1914.


In good condition. The paper cover has some marks, general signs of wear and use, and there is a neat repair to the top corner of the back cover. The stapled binding is secure, although the staples are rusty. The text and illustrations are in very good condition, with some rust marks near the staples. Signed on the front cover by ‘Bamfield’.

Published: December 1914
Khaki paper cover, black titling
Dimensions: 115mm x 160mm
Pages: 40