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IRONSIDE, Harold Allan.

The Machine-Gun:

Its Drill, Signals, and Control.

London: Hugh Rees, Ltd., 1914 Stock Code: 145620
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First edition of this early, intelligently compiled pocket reference for serving soldiers; attractive and scarce, Library Hub locates copies in BL, NLS, Oxford and Cambridge, WolrdCat adds just US Army Field Artillery School and the War College, Australian War Memorial, Canadian War Museum and Het Legermuseum, Delft. Published in the same format as J. F. C. Fuller's similarly uncommon Training Troops for War.

An employee of the Straits Trading Co., the author was at home on leave on the outbreak of war and immediately enlisted in the Leicestershire Regiment; he had formerly belonged to the Singapore Volunteer Artillery Maxim Section and joined the 96th Company Machine Gun Corps as an instructional officer, rank of captain on appointment; he died of wounds, holding the temporary rank of major, on 15 October 1916, buried Bethune Town Cemetry. The report of his death in the Straits Times (18 October 1916) reports that "he had been serving at the front for a considerable period, and his letters instance many narrow escapes. Out of ten officers serving under him only two were surviving at the date of his last letter".

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Octavo. Original brown cloth, lettered in black on the spine and front board. 38 pages + 2 pages ads.


7 folding plates.


A little rubbed, very faint damp mark to the lower board, small stain to the title page, pale toning to the text, but a very good copy indeed.


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