Gun Fire (Number 34), edited by A.J. Peacock

Gun Fire (Number 34), edited by A.J. Peacock

Gun Fire (Number 34), edited by A.J. Peacock

A5 size booklet, 68 pages. (N6454X1)

Gun Fire was an occasional journal containing articles about aspects of the First World War, and this issue contains several articles. The first article is a strange humorous effort by the Germans titled 'Triple Hurrahs. A German Account of the End of a 1916 Zep Raid', and another is by Dr Ian Beckett (on the natural history of a battlefield) and Philip Taylor of Leeds University on 'Propagandists at War: Working for the Propaganda Bureau at Wellington House'. There is also an article on Malins, the Somme cameraman who attempted a round-the-world trip and flight. The full contents of this booklet are as follows:

Triple Hurrahs - A German Account of the end of a 1916 Zep Raid
The Bughunter of Arras
Propagandists at War - Working for the secret propaganda Bureau at Wellington House
G.H. Malins - Some notes, some films and some trips
Victoria Cross, an execution and the church militant
Before enedeavours fade
Notes and Queries

From the first inside page: The English ... were able to detect the approach of aircraft from a great distance, and we were surrounded by more than a hundred searchlights. Suddenly something totally unexpected happened. The searchlights were extinguished, excepting two groups, which held our ship in the apex. Then these also were extinguished, and a giant searchlight, that must have had a diameter ofthree or four yards, caught us and let our colossal bulk fly through its zone of light twice. We could not understand this peculiar proceeding. Soon, however, all the lights were on again, and the artillery - which we had never feared before - began its work, and the first salvo hit the middle of our ship.

Terror seized the crew, yet all remained at their posts. The captain ordered the bombs to be thrown overboard, and in a few seconds they were falling on London. We all thought the ship would explode any minute, but the terrific bomb explosions sent us higher, and we were for a time out of the range of the guns. Amid the tumult the news came, 'LZ 32 is in flames.' We looked around us, and, to our horror, we saw our sister ship topple over and fall. Again the enemy fire was directed on our ship, and only our watch officer's presence of mind saved us from the fate of the LZ 32. The officer put up red double-star lights, for we had learned that British airmen used that signal to stop their own gunfire when they intended to attack their enemy in the air.

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, 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.

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