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1908-1919:

Field Service Pocket Book

1914, United Kingdom

A comprehensive handbook for officers of the day, outlining all the duties and functions of the British Army when in the field. It contains information on communications, engineering, organisation, accommodation, cooking and much more. Each officer would have had one of these pocket books.

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Field Service Pocket Book

1914, Reprinted with Amendments 1916, United Kingdom

A comprehensive handbook for officers of the day, outlining all the duties and functions of the British Army when in the field. It contains information on communications, engineering, organisation, accommodation, cooking and much more. Each officer would have had one of these pocket books.

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1920 – 1938:

Field Service Pocket Book. Part I – Countries other than India

1926, British Army

Split into two parts, this Field Service Pocket Book sets outs the detail and knowledge needed for being an officer in the British Army in the latter part of the 1920s who was not serving in India. It contains information on communications, engineering, organisation, accommodation, cooking and much more. Each officer would have had one of these pocket books.

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Field Service Pocket Book – War Establishments

1926, United Kingdom

An insert for the Field Service Pocket Book that details the war establishments of the British Army in 1926.

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Field Service Pocket Book. Part II – India

1928, British Army, British Indian Army

Split into two parts, this Field Service Pocket Book sets outs the detail and knowledge needed for being an officer in the British Army in the latter part of the 1920s who was serving in India or part of the British Indian Army. It contains information on communications, engineering, organisation, accommodation, cooking and much more. Each officer would have had one of these pocket books.

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Field Service Pocket Book

1932, United Kingdom

A comprehensive handbook for officers of the day, outlining all the duties and functions of the British Army when in the field. It contains information on communications, engineering, organisation, accommodation, cooking and much more. Each officer would have had one of these pocket books.

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1939 – 1975:

During the Second World War, the Field Service Pocket Book was issued as a series of pamphlets rather than a single-bound book. This meant updates could be more readily issued and frequently updated.

Pamphlet No. 1 – Glossary of Military Terms and Organization in the Field

1940, United Kingdom

A primer that covers all of the basic terms and definitions that are used in the whole series of pamphlets and across British and Commonwealth publications of the period. It also includes the war establishments of the basic units in the Army and the Royal Air Force for 1940.

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Part I – Pamphlet No. 1 – Glossary of Military Terms

1944, United Kingdom

A primer that covers all of the basic terms and definitions that are used in the whole series of pamphlets and across British and Commonwealth publications of the period.

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Pamphlet No. 2 – Orders and Intercommunication

1939, United Kingdom

Armies required communication to function. They do so through orders based on a hierarchy, particularly with the larger units, or a combination of units working together. This pamphlet sets out the mechanisms and content for these orders as they were at the start of the Second World War in the British Army.

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Pamphlet No. 2 – Orders and Intercommunication

1939, (Reprinted with Amendments (Nos. 1 and 2) and A.T.Ms. (Nos. 39 and 42, 1941) 1941, United Kingdom

Armies required communication to function. They do so through orders based on a hierarchy, particularly with the larger units, or a combination of units working together. This pamphlet sets out the mechanisms and content for these orders as they were at the start of the Second World War in the British Army.

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Pamphlet No. 2 – Orders and Intercommunication

1939 (Amendment No. 7), July 1942, United Kingdom

An update to the pamphlet included different short codes for radio and wireless transmission.

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Pamphlet No. 3 – Intelligence – Information and Security

1939, United Kingdom

The document detailing how to handle prisoners of war and field security issues, such as censorship and using information including sketches and diagrams.

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Part I – Pamphlet No. 3 – Abbreviations

1944, United Kingdom

A pamphlet covering all of the common abbreviations in used with the British Army during the latter stages of the Second World War.

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Pamphlet No. 4 – Field Engineering

1939, United Kingdom

The complete pamphlet on how the British Army was building its trenches, camps, emplacements, bridges and other ‘all arms’ field engineering and fortifications at the start of the Second World War.

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Part I – Pamphlet No. 4 – Appreciations, Orders, Messages and Intercommunication

1943, United Kingdom

This pamphlet describes how the British Army conducts its ‘appreciations’ (or assessments) of situations and enemy forces, how it then issues its orders, sends messages and communicates between units.

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Pamphlet No. 5 – Billets, Camps and Bivouacs, Camp Cooking and Water Arrangements

1939, United Kingdom

All aspects of how the British Army made camp and accommodated its troops at the start of the Second World War.

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Part I – Pamphlet No. 5 – Signal Codes

1944, United Kingdom

To speed us wireless transmission, codes were used to shorten common phrases. This pamphlet covers those in use in May 1944, immediately ahead of Operation OVERLORD – the invasion of Normandy, France, commonly just referred to as ‘D-Day’.

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Pamphlet No. 6 – Mechanized Movement by Road

1939, United Kingdom

A mechanised army, as the British Army was at the start of the Second World War, needs to move by road. This pamphlet includes the practical and administrative detail of doing so, including choosing routes, orders to be issued and repairing roads.

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Pamphlet No. 6 – Mechanized Movement by Road

1941, United Kingdom

A mechanised army, as the British Army was at the start of the Second World War, needs to move by road. This pamphlet includes the practical and administrative detail of doing so, including choosing routes, orders to be issued and repairing roads.

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Part I – Pamphlet No. 6 – Intelligence – Information and Security

1944, United Kingdom

The document detailing how to handle prisoners of war and field security issues, such as censorship and using information including sketches and diagrams.

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Part I – Pamphlet No. 6A – Conventional Military Symbols

1943, United Kingdom

To easily and accurately add information to maps, the British Army used standardised symbols as shown in this pamphlet. It will greatly aid anyone interpreting wartime maps and sketches.

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Pamphlet No. 7 – Movement by Sea, Rail and Air

1939, United Kingdom

The British Army extensively used sea and rail and, to a lesser degree, air transport to move its troops around the world at the start of the Second World War. This pamphlet describes the process for doing so including how to load troops, horses and equipment and the capacities of different vehicles.

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Part I – Pamphlet No 7 – Field Engineering

1944, United Kingdom

The complete pamphlet on how the British Army was building its trenches, camps, emplacements, bridges and other ‘all arms’ field engineering and fortifications at the latter stages of the Second World War.

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Pamphlet No 8 – Protection Against Gas

1939, United Kingdom

This pamphlet describes the types of gases in service at the start of the Second World War and the measures that the British Army was to put in place to protect against them, including the personal equipment for soldiers.

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Pamphlet No 8 – Protection Against Gas

1941, United Kingdom

This pamphlet describes the types of gases in service during the Second World War and the measures that the British Army was to put in place to protect against them, including the personal equipment for soldiers.

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Pamphlet No. 9 – Supply and Replenishment of Material in the Field

1939, United Kingdom

A pamphlet covering how the British Army supplied and replenished its troops in the field. This includes consumption rates and the logistics systems in place to carry out that supply. It also includes ammunition supply codes that were used on ammunition boxes and packaging.

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Pamphlet No. 9 – Supply and Replenishment of Material in the Field

1939 (Reprinted with Amendments (A.T.Ms. 31 & 39), 1941) 1941, United Kingdom

A pamphlet covering how the British Army supplied and replenished its troops in the field. This includes consumption rates and the logistics systems in place to carry out that supply. It also includes ammunition supply codes that were used on ammunition boxes and packaging.

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Pamphlet No. 9A – Ammunition Code

1939, United Kingdom

An update to the earlier issue of Pamphlet No 9 but just covering Ammunition Codes used on packaging and ammunition supply information.

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Part I – Pamphlet No. 9 – Movement by Road and Rail

1943, United Kingdom

Movement of troops and equipment by road and rail was essential during the Second World War and this pamphlet covers the details of the orders and management required in the British Army.

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Pamphlet No. 10 – Medical Services

1939, United Kingdom

Covering the organisation medical services in the British Army as well as how injured and sick troops were evacuated and treated and how health was to be maintained.

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Pamphlet No. 10 – Medical Services

1939 Reprinted with Amendments (ATM No. 39) 1941, United Kingdom

Covering the organisation medical services in the British Army as well as how injured and sick troops were evacuated and treated and how health was to be maintained.

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Part I – Pamphlet No. 10 – Gas

1943, United Kingdom

This pamphlet describes the types of gases in service during the Second World War and the measures that the British Army was to put in place to protect against them, including the personal equipment for soldiers.

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Pamphlet No. 11 – Discipline, Office Work and Burial Parties

1939, United Kingdom

The less glamorous aspects of the British Army but this pamphlet details the administration that was essential to running an organised unit of men, including how to conduct burials in the field.

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Pamphlet No. 12 – Miscellaneous Tables and Data

1939 (Reprinted with Amendments (Nos. 1 to 4) and A.T.M. No. 40, 1941), United Kingdom

Tabulated information useful for making calculations in the field. It includes bridge classifications for equipment, as well as sizes and weights of those items, conversion tables for money, weight, volume and temperature and then moon phases for 1941 and magnetic variations.

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Part I – Pamphlet No. 13 – Discipline, Office Work, Pay and Burial Parties

1943, United Kingdom

The less glamorous aspects of the British Army but this pamphlet details the administration that was essential to running an organised unit of men, including their pay and how to conduct burials in the field.

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