(TRANS-JORDAN FRONTIER FORCE.)
Group of manuals for the Trans-Jordan Frontier Force.
First editions, fragile and produced entirely for use in unforgiving climatic conditions, and consequently extremely uncommon survivals. “The TJFF was formed in 1926 and disbanded in February 1948. Unlike the Arab Legion, it was a British Crown force, it was funded from British sources, and its role was deal with banditry, insurgence, arms smuggling, and illegal infiltration in both Jordan and Palestine. In practical terms, much of its effort was directed at trying to keep the peace between the Arabs and the Jews along the length of the Jordan Valley” (Perkins p226). The great majority of other ranks comprised of fellahin, Arab peasants from Palestinian villages. In general better educated, Jews and town Arabs served in technical and administrative post, and by 1935 just under 25% of the Force were drawn from the Circassian minority. The senior commanders were all British, but junior officers were drawn from all the ethnic groups represented in the force. The manuals offered here are as follow: Cavalry Training Manual No. I, Volume I. in the original printed manilla wraps, c.200pp text in Arabic, 20 half-tone plates from photographs, numerous full-page diagrams, 2 folding tables, titled translated into English on the upper wrap, and the date 1931 added; Infantry Training Manual Volume I. Original red cloth-textured wraps, lettered in black on the upper panel, c.160pp Arabic text, 27 half-tone plates, diagrams to the text, with neat pencil translations into English throughout, date of 11/10/33 inked to the upper wrap; Small Arms Training Manual Volume I. Contemporary coarse-grained red cloth, original red cloth-textured card wraps bound in, c.160pp, 25 half-tone plates from photographs, several sketches & diagrams, a scatter of pencilled translations to the text, dated 11/10/33 on the upper wrap; Cleaning & Maintenance of Rifle. Wire-stitched in the original red cloth-textured card wraps, c.40pp., 16 plates, quantity of neatly pencilled translations to the text. Fascinating resource for this short-lived and unusual unit, operating in what remains one of the major trouble-spots of the world.
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4 volumes, small octavo. 3 in original wraps with Persian titles and TJFF crest to upper panels, one contemporary cloth with the wraps bound in. Full details given in the note below. A little shabby, service-worn, but overall sound.