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WW1 Notes For Infantry Officers on Trench Warfare (1916)

WW1 Trench Warfare Manual (1916)

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Compiled by The General Staff

War Office, November 1916

H.M.S.O., London, 1916

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

A rare 1916 edition of Notes for Infantry Officers on Trench Warfare. This manual would have been issued to officers towards the end of the Battle of the Somme. 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’.

The book is illustrated with a series of detailed diagrams which were intended to demonstrate how to construct and maintain trenches, strongpoints, machine gun emplacements, barbed wire entanglements and other defensive and offensive works likely to be encountered on the battlefield.

74 pages, illustrated with 33 diagrams (one coloured)


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

Published: 1916
Khaki card covers, black titling
Dimensions: 125mm x 185mm
Pages: 74 (plus 33 diagrams)