British experiences against German armour had proved that both the 2-pounder and the 6-pounder antitank guns were of limited value against the Mark II and IV tanks, and of no use at all against the Panther and Tiger. The 17-pounder was a 3-inch gun mounted on a modified 25-pounder carriage, and proved to be a resounding success. It had the calibre and the muzzle velocity to deliver a penetrating shell at a range far greater than any other similar Allied weapon. Originally a towed weapon, it was soon put into self-propelled, armoured mountings as the Sherman Firefly - at last the Allies had a weapon that was reliable against the Tiger. This manual covers every detail, including ammunition, of the first of the towed guns - the Mark I, and was issued in 1943. Essential in the libraries of all tank and antitank specialists. Originals are very rare.
The 25-pounder was rightly famous: it was capable of firing at direct and indirect targets and could also serve as an antitank gun. It is rare that such a versatile weapon is effective, but this gun did all that it was planned to do - with the additional role of antitank weapon. This reprint is of the last full edition of the 25-pounder handbook issued in the war (August 1944) and describes in detail the Marks II and III guns, together with their ammunition. As the most effective British field gun of the war, it served in all theatres in various guises, and it did its job superbly. Not to be missed by all artillery and antitank collectors and readers.
This reprint is of the official pamphlets for the British 3-inch Mortar of 1939 and 1944. The two have been combined because they show how mortar training and tactics changed after contact with the Germans. The pamphlets cover every aspect of the weapon, and show construction details, parts and handling together with tactical use in the field and field engineering connected with the use of the mortar in battle.
The Vehicle training Pamphlet for the Cromwell Marks IV-VI, issued by the Publications section of the AFV School in 1945. A complete description of the tank and how to maintain it. A rare document, and important to AFV historians. Now includes 2 A3 drawings of the tank - plan and side view. See also our User Handbook for the Cromwell which fills in details including armament.
This is the single most important text on the subject of the gun in the British Army during the Second World War. It is complete in all detail, and exceptionally well illustrated with diagrams, photographs and maps. It covers the following topics: Pre-War developments Antiaircraft artillery Antitank artillery Anti-mortar methods The War in North Africa, Italy, NWEurope and the Far East. Within the text there are descriptions of all equipments used, and where they were in action. There are also details of shell, fuses, fire control equipment and the myriad of other equipment needed by the gunner to get his shell onto the target. The fire plans alone are worth the price of this book, covering operations in NW Europe and in the Far East in specific detail. This is a book which we recommend unreservedly to any historian of the Second World War. Also contains comparisons between British and foreign artillery and antitank guns. Originals are very difficult to find.
The appearance of the T-34 in 1941 caused a crisis for German antitank forces. Existing antitank guns were nearly impotent against the new Russian tank, while antiaircraft and artillery pieces, though successful when pressed into action, were insufficiently mobile to accompany mechanized forces. The German Army Ordnance Office, the Heereswaffenamt, was responsible for development of new weapons and would be responsible for countering the threat of Russian armor. The Heereswaffenamt would need to not only counter the T-34, but also do so in an environment of shifting political relationships and with an increasingly stressed industrial system. This paper discusses the development of the Jagdpanzer IV - “Guderian’s Duck.”
Admiral Murray Sueter played a personal role in the development of the tank, and for that reason is a little partisan in parts of this account. However the advantage to the reader lies in the story of the development of armoured fighting vehicles from the point of view of a participant. The book tells of the birth of the idea through to use in battle. A further important factor is that is this edition covers tank development up to the Second World War, and the author has expanded his original to include comments on foreign tanks and anti-tank methods.
A complete description of the German 88-mm. Flak gun. All parts are detailed with stripping, maintaining and assembly instructions. Also contains methods of use including in the antitank role. A manual that could have been written by the German designers, this is the only English pamphlet that has it all. Illustrated with photographs of the actual weapon, together with shells and firing equipment, plus range tables.
The history of the Lee Enfield from the Enfield and Snider-Enfield to the Mark IV and Mark V. Includes a great deal of detail and some superb illustrations of the weapons, and is a complete history of this remarkable range of rifles. The whole book is a delight for anyone interested in this remarkable series of rifles, often said to be the best bolt action weapons ever to see service.
The M10 tank destroyer was a conversion from the original Sherman tank, and was fitted with a 3-inch gun. This US technical manual gives every detail needed to operate the vehicle and to fight with it. Includes details of all controls, engine, fuel system, electrical system, suspension and tracks, hull and turret plus the armament and ammunition. A valuable addition to any military library.
This Armoured Fighting Vehicle (also known as the Stuart) was of importance in World War II despite its lightness it was of great value for reconnaissance tasks. The manual is complete in all detail and covers the vehicle itself. armament, maintenance and servicing and the important details of stores carried and technical specification.
The PIAT was an infantry antitank weapon which, despite it being a spring fired weapon, had some success against enemy armour. The secret lay in the PIAT bomb, which was a hollow shaped-charge projectile. This reprint includes the 1942 draft pamphlet and the official British Army Small Arms training manual of 1943 and is illustrated throughout showing stripping, assembly and use. The 1942 edition includes a series of handling in battle diagrams not included in the 1943 edition.
A complete description of this important US Army howitzer which saw service round the world in World War II. The manual is complete and covers all aspects of the gun and every detail of it. Indexed and illustrated with 150 line drawings and photographs, there is no better publication on the subject. 160 pages, A4 softbound, 151 figures.
This reprint contains all three of the pamphlets issued by the British Army on the Vickers Medium Machine Gun. The pamphlets cover a) Mechanical Subjects, b) Training, and c) Control of Fire. The book gives complete coverage of all aspects of the weapon and its use, and is supplemented with all amendments issued up to April 1945. Originals of these pamphlets are scarce, and the volume is recommended to all weapons enthusiasts, especially in view of the reputation of this weapon and its long service in the British Army and elsewhere.
This edition of the Treatise on Military Small Arms and Ammunition was publlshed at an important moment in the history of military small arms - the bolt action rifle had been adopted, and the machine gun had made its appearance in the arsenals of many countries. With a technical introducton on ballistics, the treatise goes on to describe and illustrate then current state of the art rifles and machine guns. It is of significance to all students of small arms because of the illustrations in the text, showing the operation of the weapons described.A classic.
The US half-track was a much used and modified vehicle in the Second World War, and this manual covers many of the variants that were seen on the battlefields. With 191 illustrations and full details of vehicles and their contents this is an important manual. It covers personnel carriers, Gun and howitzer carriers, multiple gun vehicles (antiaircraft) and the 81mm mortar carrier. Every detail of these vehicles is included.
This is a reprint of the official Service Instruction Book for the Universal Carrier (often known as the Bren Carrier). It contains full details of the vehicle as well as additional pages from the 3-inch Mortar and Vickers Medium Machine Gun pamphlets showing the layout for the vehicle associated with those weapons. With 23 original drawings/plates and extra plates and drawings at the rear.
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