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1 Cannon & Artillery Drawings 2 The Navy and Army Illustrated – pages from 1897 including Shoeburyness
3 British Fuze & Projectile Drawings – WW2 4 WW1 TRENCH DRAWINGS – British Trench Construction Drawings
5 WW2 England, South RAF Edition Sheet 11 Map 6 L of Cs 7153 & 7154 MAXIM 303 – List of Change for Introduction of Maxim 0.303 Machine Gun; 1889 & 1892
7 Original WW1 British Documents Illustrating German 77mm Shells & Fuzes 8 Original WW1 British Document Describing the German Light Minenwerfer Trench Mortar
9 Original WW1 British Document Describing the German Medium & Heavy Field Howitzers 10 Extracts From 2-pr sub-cal manual

2-PR Sub-Calibre Ammunition Manual

11 Extracts From WW2 25mm Hotchkiss Handbook 12 Extracts From 1892 Treatise on Ammunition 6-pr Nordenfeldt & fuze
13 WW2 Grenade Notes & Drgs – British WW2 Grenades and Mines; Lecture Notes 14 German 75mm KWK HE & APCBC Ammunition Drawings
15 Amour Plate E.B. Research Guide – by A.W.J. Graham Kerr. Research guide using articles from Encyclopaedia Britannica of 1911 16 3.7-inch Mortar – Handbook for QF 3.7-in Mk I Mortar; Mounting in Medium Tanks 1936 – Extracts
17 Austrian 305mm Trench Mortar Manual

Austrian 305mm Trench Mortar Manual Plates 1-13

18 Artillery – EB 1911 by A.W.J. Graham Kerr.

Research guide using articles from Encyclopaedia Britannica of 1911

19 Italian 37mm gun & ammunition – Article in Italian of WW2 Italian 37mm Ammunition

Italian 37-40 AP HE Shell – ARD Photos

Photo & drawing of captured 37/40 A.P. H.E. Shell

20 Notes on Gunnery

WW1 “Notes on Gunnery” issued by the General Staff in May 1918

21 French 75mm Ammo – Collection of 7 WW1 French Plates (most coloured), of 75mm Ammunition & Fuzes 22 OS Research Guide III

Ammunition – EB 1911 by A.W.J. Graham Kerr. Research guide using articles from Encyclopaedia Britannica of 1911

23 Description of 11-inch 200 Pr. M.L. Trench Howitzer

An unusual sales brochure for a ’private venture’ development.

24 Notes on Ammo for 13pr, 18pr & 4pt5 inch HOW

A 1915 WW1 document with detailed diagrams and information.

25 America’s Munitions 1917-1918 – Extracts listing quantities of machinings and forgings made. Pages 128-134 26 Artillery Manufacturer Data – Spreadsheets of companies making various calibres of guns; from America’s Munitions’ 1917-1918.
27 Artillery Reference Data II – Spreadsheet of WW1 manufacturers and their locations, showing ammunition made. 28 Artillery bibliography – Artillery Bibliography – Excellent range of over 1350 references.
29 1880 Artillery Ordnance Board – Reports of the Ordnance Board; Appendix 9 (USA) 30 1895 Modern Guns and Mortars – Instruction Book for Artillery Gunners – Modern Guns and Mortars; 1895 (USA)
31 1896 Handbook for Light Artillery – Part 1 Mountain Artillery; Part 2 Field Artillery; 521 pages. USA. 32 1896 Universal_Exposition_Paris – Vol. IV including Military and Life-Saving Equipment
33 1917 High Powered Artillery – Lecture on High Powered Heavy Artillery. 31 Pages; USA 34 1873 Metallic Cartridges – Ordnance Memoranda No. 14; Metallic Cartridges Manufactured and Tested at the Frankford Arsenal.  82 pages.
35 1875 Projectiles and Rifled Cannon – Systems of Projectiles and Rifling; with Practical Suggestions for their Improvement.  USA 36 1877 Treatise on Ammunition – The 2nd Edition of this detailed series of volumes.  UK
37 OS Research Guide IV – Explosives – EB 1911 by A.W.J. Graham Kerr. Research guide using articles from Encyclopaedia Britannica of 1911 38 OS Research Guide V – Gunpowder – EB 1911 by A.W.J. Graham Kerr. Research guide using articles from Encyclopaedia Britannica of 1911
39 1878 Ammunition Fuses & Primers – Ordnance Memoranda No. 21;  Ammunition, Fuses, Primers, Military Pyrotechny etc.  USA 40 1880 Ammunition Ordnance Board – Extract from the 1880 Report of the Chief of Ordnance; Appendix 9a Projectiles for the Land Service.
41 1891 Lectures on Explosives – Lectures on Explosives, US Artillery School.  360 pages. 42 1902 Treatise on Ammunition – The 7th Edition of this detailed series of volumes.  UK.
43 BL 12-inch Howitzers Mks 2&4 Manual 1918

BL 12-inch Howitzer Manual – Plates

44 2-pdr Anti-tank Manual Extracts -WW2 Extracts from 2-pdr Anti-Tank Gun Manual (British)
45 1849 Artillery – Artillery for the United States Land Service 46 1856 Dahlgren Shells and Shell guns – Shells and Shell Guns, by Dahlgren
47 1862 Notes on Artillery – Notes on Artillery: From Robins, Hutton, Chesney, Mordecal, Dahlgreen, Jacob, Greener, Gibbon and Benton 48 1856 Mallet-Construction Artillery – On the Physical Conditions Involved in the Construction Artillery, by Robert Mallet
49 1875 ordnance notes – Ordnance Notes (Nos 41 to 67) from the Ordnance Office, War Dept. 50