Infantry training: Training and War 1937

Infantry Training handbook, 1937

Yesterday I showed a technology book produced in the late 1940s that I picked up at a local car boot sale. In the same car boot, but on a different stall I found this curious looking book titled Infantry Training Training and war 1937 which has two date-of-issue stamps on it dating from 20th January 1941. I can’t read the stamps properly, but they say “home guard” on them which is probably why it has survived 73 years as it doesn’t look to have been read much, contains all its pages and is in very good condition considering its age. Someone has scrawled “P I G S Are snobs” inside the first few pages in white chalk for reasons unknown.

The book has a rather serious warning on the front cover stating

“Not to be published. The information given in this document is not to be communicated, either directly or indirectly, to the Press or to any person not holding an official position in His Majesty’s Service.”

4 thoughts on “Infantry training: Training and War 1937”

  1. Knowing how the british mindset works, it’s probably still current. Any idea of what torturous penalties you get for publishing details on your blog to filthy deutschlanders who might be reading? 😉

  2. I love how most of the weapons that the Home Guard used were almost suicidally lethal to use or completely useless because they didn’t want to take time and resources defending the country when there was a war on..

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sticky_bomb
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_Gun
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._76_Special_Incendiary_Grenade
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blacker_Bombard

    I noticed that the German plans for the invasion of England are available on this site. I wonder what the penalties for publication of those are given that they might be read by decent British types..?

    http://www.pillboxesuk.co.uk/

  3. http://www.home-guard.org.uk/hg/gren74.html

    Getting sticky bombs stuck to your trousers was a serious issue apparently. There was no way of finding a public convenience in time to avoid losing social standing by removing your trousers in public, and not getting invited to Lord Cotebridge’s grouse shoot might have been fatal..even more so than getting your scrotum scattered over a wide area of England’s green and pleasant land..

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