The layout of this new page has been updated so that there are direct links to the document(s) required, which are also in pdf format. A large quantity of new documents will be added in the next few days.
Details of the postponed Naval Dockyards Society Conference entitled “Where Empires Collide: Dockyards and Naval Bases in and around the Indian Ocean” now to be held 31st October 2020 at Greenwich, are on the Ordnance Related Events page.
The call for papers for their 25th Annual Conference on 27th March 2021 is also on the same page.
A growing number of Ordnance Society members are sending items for the new ‘Ordnance Downloads’ page and three more have now been uploaded. There is another excellent item from Alistair Graham Kerr on Ammunition, a copy of a WW1 booklet on ammunition for 13-pr, 18-pr and 4.5-in Q.F. guns; and a rare, fully illustrated ‘sales’ book for a WW1 11-inch Trench Howitzer from Armstrong Whitworth Ltd. The latter is from Ed Dittus who has also sent a vast collection of books, pamphlets and extracts on many types of ordnance. These are being sorted for uploading to the OS website downloads page over the next week or two.
The listing of all the Newsletter Contents, by issue, has finally been completed (thanks to Alastair Fyfe); and an alphabetical list of articles is being developed which will be available soon. This is part of an ongoing project to improve and tidy up the Publications page.
A remote board meeting was held yesterday using the ‘GoToMeeting’ video-conferencing software with seven board members linking up. We have had previous small trials before with one or two people joining the meeting remotely, but this was the first full-blown remote meeting. There were one or two minor transient technical glitches but overall it worked very well. We shall certainly use the facility again; minutes will be included as usual in the next Newsletter.
More varying and interesting documents have been uploaded, including another excellent Research Guide by Andrew Graham Kerr on Artillery. Other items are on Italian WW2 37mm Ammunition, a WW1 “Notes on Gunnery”, issued by the General Staff and WW1 French colour plates on 75mm ammunition.
A large manual for the Austrian-Hungarian 30.5cm Mortar Model M11, together with 13 plates has just been uploaded and are available to view. Thanks to Ordnance Society member Änder Bruns.
Two more items added; the first is an excellent Research Guide into Armour Plate in the early 1900s, by Ordnance Society member Alistair Graham Kerr; and the second consists of extracts from the Handbook of the QF 3.7-inch Mortar for 1936 Medium Tanks (but I wouldn’t call it a Mortar!)
The ‘Members Interests and Contact Details’ link has ben updated on the ‘Members Only’ page.
Six more items have been added to the Ordnance Downloads page covering British and German weapons, ammunition from WW1 and WW2; and various extracts