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click to enlarge Biship, Chris. ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WEAPONS OF WORLD WAR I: The Comprehensive Guide to Weapons Systems, including Tanks, Small Arms, Warplanes, Artillery, Ships and Submarines. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Amber Books, July 2014). 600 color artwords & photographs, 8.75x10.75, 272 pages.

~~~ From the first tanks to early submarines to the repeating rifle to the biplane, Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War I examines key weapons from the Great War. It includes more than 300 pieces of equipment from handguns to zeppelins. Each weapon system is illustrated with a detailed profile artwork and a photograph showing the weapons system in service. Accompanying the illustrative material is detailed text that lists each weapon’s service history, the numbers built, and its variants, as well as full specifications. Which tanks were first used at Cambrai? What was created in response to the request for a ‘bloody paralyzer’? What was the range of the Paris gun? Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War I answers these questions and many more. Packed with artworks, photographs and information on each featured weapon, Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War I is a fantastic book for any general reader or military enthusiast. The volume also reflects on the impact of the Battle of Cambrai, both in terms of its psychological impact in Britain and the power it exerted over military debates until the end of the Second World War. The aim of the book is to reconsider the history of First World War tanks by widening the historical perspective beyond Britain, to include France and Germany, and by reflecting on the pre-1914 and post-1918 history of the these new weapons of war.


Brophy, William S., LtCol, USAR, Ret., THE SPRINGFIELD 1903 RIFLES.. Stackpole Books, 4th Printing, March 1996.



click to enlarge Cornish, Paul. MACHINE GUNS AND THE GREAT WAR. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. 16 plates. (Pen & Sword, 2009). 6x9, 176 pages.
~~~ The machine-gun is one of the iconic weapons of the Great War – indeed of the twentieth century. Yet it is also one of the most misunderstood. During a four-year war that generated unprecedented casualties, the machine-gun stood out as a key weapon. In the process it took on an almost legendary status that persists to the present day. It shaped the tactics of the trenches, while simultaneously evolving in response to the tactical imperatives thrown up by this new form of warfare. Paul Cornish, in this authoritative and carefully considered study, reconsiders the history automatic firepower, and he describes in vivid detail its development during the First World War and the far-reaching consequences thereof. He dispels many myths and misconceptions that have grown up around automatic firearms, but also explores their potency as symbols and icons. His clear-sighted reassessment of the phenomenon of the machine-gun will be fascinating reading for students of military history and of the Great War in particular.





Ford, Roger, THE GRIM REAPER: Machine-Guns and Machine-Gunners in Action . VG/VG. Hardcover with dust jacket. Sarpedon, 1996. Photographs, bibliography, index, 314 pages. History of the machine gun, from the gatling gun through Vietnam, with a chapter devoted to devolopments leading up to WWI, and another chapter concentrating on WWI itself. "...Generals on both sides in WWI underestimated the power of the machine gun. Lord Haig, for example, remorked: 'The machinegun will never replace the horse as an instrument of war...' The ordinary soldiers on both sides suffered accordingly for such wild views. At the Battle of the Somme in 1916, for instance, the British Fourth Army lost 20,000 killed to German machineguns..." Hardcover originally published at $22.95, but is now OUT OF PRINT.


Lavise, Commandant Emile Charles, of the French Army, FIELD EQUIPMENT OF THE EUROPEAN FOOT SOLDIER, 1900-1914.

NEW copy (of reprint edition).. Originally published in 1902. Photographs, precise line drawings, appendices. Description of the field equipment of the foot soldier from the following countries: France, Germany, England, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Norway, Holland, Russia, Sweden & Switzerland. Detailed study of the field equipment of the foot soldier by item: clothing, overcoats & cloaks, tunics, jackets & blouses, trousers, colors, headdresses, shoes, gaiters & leggings. Equipment: knapsacks, ammunition & cartridge boxes, small articles of equipment, camp equipment, portable tools. Reserve ration, accessories of the weapon, individual first aid packages. Campaign load of the foot soldier, weight & distribution of load. Nomenclature & weights of the effects & objects composing the field equipment of the foot soldier by country. Appendices. 174 pages. In addition, an added 28-page section entitled "The Pattern 1908 Web Infantry Equipment". Publisher's Preface: "This work was originally published in 1902 in France as 'Comparative Studies of Field Equipment of the Foot Soldier of the French and Foreign Armies'. The English translation, issued as U.S. War Department Document No.259 in 1906, was revised by American military attaches to reflect any changes from the original edition. Since England was the only major power to change its field equipment after 1906, the publishers have added 'The Pattern 1908 Web Infantry Equipment' regulation to make this new edition as comprehensive as possible. 'Field Equipment of the European Foot Soldier' reflects basic infantry equipment in use at the beginning of World War I."


Harllee, Lieutenant Colonel William C., U.S. Marine Corps U.S. MARINE CORPS SCORE BOOK AND RIFLEMAN'S INSTRUCTOR, THIRD EDITION, FOR USE WITH BOTH U.S. MAGAZINE RIFLE MODEL 1903 AND U.S. RIFLE MODEL 1917. The shooting manual used by the Marine Corps during World War I and between the wars.



click to enlarge Strong, Paul and Sanders Marble. ARTILLERY IN THE GREAT WAR. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. 30 illustrations. (Pen & Sword, 2011). 6x9, 272 pages.
~~~ Artillery was the decisive weapon of the Great War – it dominated the battlefields. Yet the history of artillery during the conflict has been neglected, and its impact on the fighting is inadequately understood. Paul Strong and Sanders Marble, in this important and highly readable study, seek to balance the account.
~~~ Their work shows that artillery was central to the tactics of the belligerent nations throughout the long course of the conflict, in attack and in defense. They describe, in vivid detail, how in theory and practice the use of artillery developed in different ways among the opposing armies, and they reveal how artillery men on all sides coped with the extraordinary challenges that confronted them on the battlefield. They also give graphic accounts of the role played by artillery in specific operations, including the battles of Le Cateau, the Somme and Valenciennes.
~~~ Their work will be fascinating reading for anyone who is keen to understand the impact of artillery on the Great War and its role in the wider history of modern industrialized warfare.


Fuller, J.F.C., TANKS IN THE GREAT WAR, 1914-1918 . NEW copy, direct from publisher. Battery Press, 2003. Photographs, drawings, maps, 338 pages.
~~~ This history of the Royal Tanks Corps in World War I covers the development of the tank, mechanical characteristics of early British tanks, particularly the Mark I, as well as the early battles at the Somme and Ancre. It also describes the growth of the Tank Corps itself, tank tactics, tank engineering, plus the tank battles of 1917-18. There are also appreciations of German, French and American tank activities.


click to enlarge Searle. GENESIS, EMPLOYMENT, AFTERMATH: First World War Tanks and the New Warfare, 1900-1945. NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Helion & Company, June 2014). 8 pages of b&w photographs, 4 maps, 6x9, 224 pages.

~~~ The employment of the first tanks by the British Army on the Western Front in September 1916, although symbolic rather than decisive in its effects, ushered in a new form of warfare - tank warfare.
~~~ While much has been written on the history of the tank, this volume brings together a collection of essays which uncover new aspects of the history of these early machines. Leading military historians from Britain, France and Germany offer insights into the emergence of the tank before the First World War, during the conflict, as well as what happened to them after the guns fell silent on the Western Front.
~~~ Based on painstaking research in archives across Europe, each of the chapters sheds new light on different aspects of the history of First World tanks. Two chapters consider why the Germans failed to recognize the possibilities of the tank and why they were so slow to develop their own machines after the first British tank attack in 1916. Two other chapters chart the history of French tanks on the Western Front and after the end of the war. Tank communication, the employment of British tanks on the Western Front, as well as the activities of British Tank Corps intelligence, are also explained. The use of British tanks in Palestine and in the Russian Civil War is examined in detail for the first time.
~~~ The volume also reflects on the impact of the Battle of Cambrai, both in terms of its psychological impact in Britain and the power it exerted over military debates until the end of the Second World War. The aim of the book is to reconsider the history of First World War tanks by widening the historical perspective beyond Britain, to include France and Germany, and by reflecting on the pre-1914 and post-1918 history of the these new weapons of war.


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