Rifle Section by Captain P. N. Walbridge.London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1942 Stock Code: 134212
First edition. Genuinely uncommon - just 6 locations on Library Hub, BL, IWM, NLS, TCD, NLW, Oxford, WorldCat adds the Australian War Memorial, Danish Royal Library, NLNZ, LoC, CIA, and University of Tulsa - and particularly so in the jacket. "The majority of the methods shown are drastic in the extreme. In contrast to judo, they recognise no accepted rules. They are not intended to provide amusement for all-in wrestling spectators, but for use in these dangerous times as part of national preparedness against our enemies" (Introduction). The author was in charge of the Shanghai Municipal Police Riot Squad and was their Chief Instructor in self-defence. He was the first foreigner living outside of Japan to be awarded a Black Belt Degree by the Kodokan Jiu-Jitsu University on Tokyo. Probably best known as co-designer of the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife, instructions for the use of which are contained in the present book. The description of the 'grape vine' in "Various Methods of Securing a Prisoner" is a thing once read, never forgotten.
Octavo. Original rust cloth, lettered in red on the spine and with red title panel to the front board. With the pictorial dust jacket.
Numerous full-page illustrations.
Thin boards a little bumped, typical "War Economy Standard" toning, the jacket somewhat rubbed, a few marks, slightly chipped at the corners and head and tail of the spine, quite lengthy tear to the lower panel, no loss, neatly repaired internally with archival tape, a very good copy.
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