Gun Fire (Number 16), edited by A.J. Peacock

Gun Fire (Number 16), edited by A.J. Peacock

Gun Fire (Number 16), edited by A.J. Peacock

A5 size booklet, 62 pages. (N6454)

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.

Gun Fire was an occasional journal produced by members of the Western Front Association, and it contained articles about aspects of the First World War. and this edition included an article on a proposed Belgium Coastal Raid, and excerpts of a diary kept by a Captain in the 13th Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery. The full contents are as follows:

The Belgium Coastal Raid
John Alan Watson RGA
Before Endeavours Fade
Bioscope and the War Films of 1914-1915
Shot at Dawn
Notes And Queries

From the first inside page: Recent editions of Gun Fire have contained articles and notes on the proposed amphibious raid on the Belgian coast in 1917. That raid, meticulously planned, never came off, but the plans held a continuing fascination for many. In the 1930s a staff exercise was held to test the practicality of the ideas of Admiral Bacon and others. The exercise was described in an article in The Royal Engineers Journal of December 1933 and in the following June there was a follow-up. The two articles are published below.

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

Condition New