Gun Fire (Number 59), edited by A.J. Peacock

Gun Fire (Number 59), edited by A.J. Peacock
A5 size booklet, 52 pages. (N7017CHX2)
Gun Fire was originally an occasional journal produced by members of the Western Front Association, and it contained articles about aspects of the First World War, and in this edition all but around 10 pages are taken up with an article on Walter George Raymond Hinchcliffe, a fighter pilot during the First World War who shot down 6 enemy aircraft (thus qualifying as an 'Ace'), and who won the DFC after being shot in the forehead and crashing his plane! Hinch, as he was known, was also a somewhat problematic character - a commanding officer once said he was "crazy and dangerous, a liar and a kleptomaniac".

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 some light wear on the front cover along the right hand edge, 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.