Gun Fire (Number 15), edited by A.J. Peacock

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Gun Fire (Number 15), edited by A.J. Peacock

Gun Fire (Number 15), edited by A.J. Peacock

A5 size booklet, 60 pages. (N6718X1)

Gun Fire was an occasional journal produced by the Northern Branch of the Western Front Association, and it contained articles about aspects of the First World War. This issue contains an article on Sir Wilfrid Stokes (inventor of the famous mortar), and the article includes several black and white photographs, many showing mortars and mortar shells. The booklet also includes an article on Victor Silvester's experiences during the war - he claimed he was involved in an execution when he was an under aged soldier (but this was actually a lie!). The full contents are as follows:

Sir Wilfred Stokes
The Corn Exhange pal, Victor Silvester and Bassin Loubet
Reviews
Notes And Queries


Interestingly, an earlier edition of the journal explained the origins of the slang phrase 'Gun Fire', detailing how it was a term for the early cup of tea served out to troops in the morning before going on first parade. In the War recruits in training always had Gun Fire supplied to them, as the work before breakfast was often particularly gruelling.

Condition of the booklet is generally good. The cover has one or two minor scuffs and blemishes, but the staple spine is intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.

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