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Treatise on Ammunition (1915)

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War Office, 1915

Tenth Edition

H.M.S.O., 1915

printed by Harrison and Sons, London, 1915

The extremely rare 1915 wartime edition of this official War Office ammunition handbook. Treatise on Ammunition is a superbly illustrated handbook of the explosives, shells, fuzes, and small arms ammunition in use with the British Armed Forces during WW1. Subjects covered include: Cordite, Mines and Warheads, Guncotton, Primers, Cartridges, High Explosive shells, Shrapnel Shells, Projectiles for B.L. guns, ammunition for Q.F. guns, Fuzes, Detonators, Rockets, Smoke shells, Grenades, and Small Arms ammunition. The book is very well illustrated with more than 100 coloured scale drawings of shells, cartridges, bullets, explosives, grenades, and fuzes, along with other diagrams 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 Armed forces during the First World War, this is an invaluable reference work and undoubtedly the best contemporary volume on the subject.


In good condition. The original blind-stamped boards are in good condition, with general signs of wear, fading, and some marks. The binding and hinges are good and secure. The text is in very good condition. The colour plates and illustrations are in very good condition.

Published: 1915
Red boards with gilt titling
Illustrated throughout with more than 100 coloured plates, plus other line drawings
Dimensions: 160mm x 245mm
Pages: 592