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War Office Manual I Text Book of Ammunition (1936)

War Office Text Book of Ammunition (1936)

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The War Office, 1936

H.M.S.O., 1936

printed by Percy Lund, Humphries & Co. Ltd, London, 1941

A very rare 1941 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 just before the outbreak of 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.


In good condition. The boards are in good condition, with general signs of wear and some marks. The binding and hinges are good and secure. The text, coloured plates, fold-outs, and illustrations are in good condition. The book comes with a loosely inserted 12 page amendments section, dated 22nd May 1940, in fair to good condition, with wear and creasing at the edges.

Published: 1936 (this edition printed July 1941)
Red boards with black titling
Illustrated with numerous coloured plates and line drawings
Dimensions: 155mm x 245mm
Pages: 322