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WW1 British Army Unarmed Combat Handbook (1917)

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PART ISimple methods of unarmed attack and defence, &c., which can be taught to all recruits
PART II—More advanced methods for trained soldiers, &c.
PART III—Special methods for military police &c.

General Staff, June, 1917

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

An extremely rare original WW1 British Army unarmed combat manual. Published in 1917, it was one of the earliest such handbooks, the forerunner of later classic texts on the subject, such as Fairbairn’s All-In-Fighting. The manual covers a wide range of hand-to-hand fighting techniques, including holds, blows, kicks, defence against knife attacks, defence against rifle and bayonet attack, special techniques for military police, and methods of carrying the wounded. There is even advice on using the standard issue steel helmet as a weapon. The manual was intended for use by both raw recruits and more hardened soldiers who might already have experienced similar situations in the trenches of the Western Front. The manual is very well illustrated throughout with numerous excellent line drawings of the various combat situations that might be encountered, and the fighting techniques that should be deployed.
In excellent condition. The card cover is in very good condition. The stapled binding is very good and secure, although the original staples are rusty. The text and illustrations are in very good condition.
Published: 1917
Khaki card cover with black titling
Illustrated with line drawings
Dimensions: 105mm x 165mm
Pages: 46