Gun Fire (Number 32), edited by A.J. Peacock

Gun Fire (Number 32), edited by A.J. Peacock

A5 size booklet, 64 pages. (N7762X1)

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. In this edition the main articles include one on Kiggell (Haigs Chief of Staff) and an order he issued at the start of the Somme, as well as Foch and the conception of Amiens in 1918. The full contents are as follows:

Kiggell and the Prisoners. Was he guilty of a War Crime?
Foch and the conception of 'Amiens' July 1918
Great War Records
The Hunt Collection
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 some minor scuffs and blemishes, and light discoloration along the edges, but the staple spine is intact, and all pages are intact and tightly bound. There is some tiny blemishing and marks to a handful of inside pages.