Small Arms Training Manuals

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All of the manuals are sorted in date order, with some exceptions where it is appropriate to group similar manuals, such as the Small Arms Training series.

1920-1938:

Small Arms Training, Volume I

1924, United Kingdom

This the first volume to be produced for the British Army. It includes the theory behind weapons training and small arms fire, as well full training information for the rifle and bayonet, the Lewis gun, and the Hotchkiss gun.

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Small Arms Training, Volume II

1924, United Kingdom

The British Army‘s second volume on small arms training. Includes Annual Courses, Range and Battle Practices, Grenade Training, Webley Revolver Training and the Lewis and Hotchkiss Light Machine Guns.

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The Recruits’ and Trained Soldiers’ Record Book – Territorial Army

1928, United Kingdom

To record their progress, members of the Territorial Army had this record book for their rifle and light automatic (Lewis or Hotchkiss) training and tests.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I

1931, United Kingdom

The British Army‘s basic small arms training manual covering the use of the rifle, bayonet and revolver, as well as the theory of small arms fire and the general instructions for weapons training in the 1930s.

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Small Arms Training, Volume II

1931, United Kingdom

This is the British Army‘s manual on Lewis automatic (light machine gun) training, the grenade and small arms anti-aircraft fire. It covers the full training programmes for the different weapons in wider use in the infantry rifle company of the 1930s.

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Small Arms Training, Volume III

1931, United Kingdom

This full manual of the Vickers machine gun covers all aspects of the gun’s use in the machine gun company of a British Army infantry battalion in the 1930s.

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Small Arms Training, Volume V

1931, United Kingdom

This extensive manual includes how the British Army managed their small arms ranges during the 1930s. It covers all of the different weapons and the ranges they could be used upon as well as the different types of targets and training equipment.

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Manual do Furriel

1937, Portugal

A full and very detailed manual on the small arms used by the Portuguese immediately prior to the Second World War. Their light machine guns included the Vickers Berthier and they used the Vickers machine gun as well.

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1939-1975:

A new series of Small Arms Training manuals were issued prior to the Second World War. Army Council Instruction 231 of 26 April, 1939, cancelled the previous Volumes I, II, III and IV, with the exception of Vol II were Lewis guns were still issued until Pamphlet No. 20 was issued later in 1939. Volume V remained in place throughout the Second World War.

Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 1 – Weapon Training

1937, United Kingdom

This first pamphlet of the revised Volume I series outlines how weapons training should be carried out in the British Army (Explanation, Demonstration, Execution, Repetition) and what the series of pamphlets includes at the different points of issue. It also includes the basics on the theory of small arms fire and the training programmes for recruits, training soldiers and specialist training.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 1 – Weapon Training

June, 1939 (1937, Reprinted with Amendments (Nos. 1 & 2))

This first pamphlet of the revised Volume I series outlines how weapons training should be carried out in the British Army (Explanation, Demonstration, Execution, Repetition) and what the series of pamphlets includes at the different points of issue. It also includes the basics on the theory of small arms fire and the training programmes for recruits, training soldiers and specialist training. With the mobilization and expansion of the Army and Territorial Army, this incorporates the amendments on training and the available pamphlets.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 1 – Weapon Training

August, 1940 (1937, Reprinted with Amendments (Nos. 1, 2 and 3)), United Kingdom

This first pamphlet of the revised Volume I series outlines how weapons training should be carried out in the British Army (Explanation, Demonstration, Execution, Repetition) and what the series of pamphlets includes at the different points of issue. It also includes the basics on the theory of small arms fire and the training programmes for recruits, training soldiers and specialist training. With the mobilization and expansion of the Army and Territorial Army, this incorporates the amendments on training and an increase in the number of pamphlets up to No. 21.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 1 – Weapon Training

1942, United Kingdom

This is the first pamphlet in the mid-War revised series of publications on Small Arms Training. It provides the basics of instruction and training, including the theory of small arms fire and the basic courses of instruction for recruits and then trained soldiers on the Lee-Enfield rifle and the Bren light machine gun.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 1 – Weapon Training

December, 1942 (1942, Reprinted with Amendments (No. 1)), United Kingdom

This is the first pamphlet in the mid-War revised series of publications on Small Arms Training. It provides the basics of instruction and training, including the theory of small arms fire and the basic courses of instruction for recruits and then trained soldiers on the Lee-Enfield rifle and the Bren light machine gun. The amendments are minor.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 2 – Application of Fire

1937, United Kingdom

The purpose of this British Army training manual is to provide soldiers with an understanding of how to use the skills they learn as part of small arms training. It includes visual training, how to describe targets using the ‘military vocabulary’ target recognition, judging distance and fire control orders.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 2 – Application of Fire

1937 (Reprinted with Amendments (No. 1), 1939), United Kingdom

The purpose of this British Army training manual is to provide soldiers with an understanding of how to use the skills they learn as part of small arms training. It includes visual training, how to describe targets using the ‘military vocabulary’ target recognition, judging distance and fire control orders. This amended version includes changes to the recognition training.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 2 – Application of Fire

1942, United Kingdom

The purpose of this British Army training manual is to provide soldiers with an understanding of how to use the skills they learn as part of small arms training. It includes visual training, judging distance and fire control.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 2 – Application of Fire

1945, Australia

The purpose of this training manual is to provide soldiers with an understanding of how to use the skills they learn as part of small arms training. The Australian variant of this manual covers largely the same material as the British original, including visual training, judging distance and fire control.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 3 – Rifle

1937, United Kingdom

The basic weapon of every British Army soldier was the Lee-Enfield rifle. This manual covers all aspects of its use: mechanism and cleaning; aiming instruction; firing instruction; and fire discipline training. It also includes information on the sniper rifle of the time (the No. 3 rifle) and the No. 2 .22-inch training rifle.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 3 – Rifle

1937 (Reprinted with Amendments (No. 1), 1940), United Kingdom

The basic weapon of every British Army soldier was the Lee-Enfield rifle. This manual covers all aspects of its use: mechanism and cleaning; aiming instruction; firing instruction; and fire discipline training. It also includes information on the sniper rifle of the time (the No. 3 rifle) and the No. 2 .22-inch training rifle. The amendment in this version removes section fire discipline.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 3 – Rifle

1942, United Kingdom

This is a fully revised manual for training the British Army soldier in the use of the Lee-Enfield rifle. It includes information on the No. 1 Mark III rifle and the No. 4 sniper rifle, including the sniper sling. The chapters are: maintenance, aiming instruction, firing instruction, quickening and strengthening exercises, tests of elementary training.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 3 – Rifle

1943, Australia

The Australian Military Forces version of the pamphlet on the Lee-Enfield rifle largely covers the same as the 1937 British Army version; however, it adds an Appendix on the No 4 rifle and another on quickening and strengthening exercises (which form a chapter in the British 1942 version).

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 3 – Rifle

1943 (Amendment No. 1, 1945), Australia

This amendment to the 1943 small arms training pamphlet for the Australian Military Forces adds an appendix on the use of the No. 1 Lee-Enfield rifle (the SMLE) as a sniper rifle fitted with a scope.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 4 – Light Machine Gun

1939, United Kingdom

The first manual for the Bren light machine gun to be published. The Bren gun would become world-renowned and the favourite of many soldiers. This manual covers holding, aiming and firing, stripping, cleaning and mechanism, elementary handling, immediate action and stoppages, mounting on the tripod and advanced and section handing.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 4 – Light Machine Gun

1939 (Reprinted with Extracts from A.C.Is), Australia

This Australian reprint of the British Bren gun manual incorporates changes from the Army Council Instructions, including the need to fill magazines with 20 rounds only if kept stored for longer periods, and never loaded with more than 28 rounds. It also prohibits using abrasives or scraping instruments.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 4 – Light Machine Gun

1942, United Kingdom

This version of the British Army‘s Bren light machine gun manual includes both the Mark I and Mark II in its chapters on holding, aiming and firing, stripping, cleaning and mechanism, immediate action, stoppages, handling (bipod and tripod), fixed lines, and section handling.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 4 – Bren L.M.G.

1943, Australia

This Australian manual for the Bren was produced specifically for the Australian Army and is not a reprint of a British variant. Whilst it covers much of the same material, it has information on how the Australians were using fixed lines for example, and also for mounted units and anti-aircraft.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 4 – Bren L.M.G.

1943 (Amendment No. 1, 1943), Australia

A short amendment to the Australian Bren gun manual covering specific stripping and cleaning of the piston post.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 4 – Bren L.M.G.

1943 (Addendum No. 1, 1944), Australia

An addendum to the Australian 1943 Bren light machine gun manual that appears to just be a contents list that they forgot to include in the original print.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 4 – Bren L.M.G.

1943 (Amendment No. 2, 1945), Australia

Some amendments issued for the 1943 Bren light machine gun manual in Australia, this covers the spares barrel case and its contents, as well as notes on maintenance and use of the gun.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 5 – Anti-Tank Rifle

1937, United Kingdom

The first of the British Army‘s manuals on the Boys Anti-Tank rifle, which was the infantry anti-armour weapon at the company and platoon level. The battalion anti-tank platoon had 2-pounder anti-tank guns but this .55-inch calibre weapon was a bolt-action rifle. The manual covers the technical aspects of it with lessons in its use.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 5 – Anti-Tank Rifle

1937 (Reprinted with Amendments (No. 1), 1939), United Kingdom

This is the first update to the British Army‘s manual on the Boys Anti-Tank rifle. The battalion anti-tank platoon had 2-pounder anti-tank guns but this .55-inch calibre weapon was a bolt-action rifle. The manual covers the technical aspects of it with lessons in its use. The update is to include the Tests of Elementary Training for soldiers using it.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 5 – Anti-Tank Rifle

1942, Canada

This Canadian manual is a reprint of the British Army‘s mid-war update to the Boys Anti-Tank rifle manual. It includes more information on what the .55-inch ammunition will penetrate including both armour (the Panzer tanks) and fortifications.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 6 – Anti-Aircraft

1937, United Kingdom

This manual covers the use of small arms (the rifle and the light machine gun) against aircraft. It covers the basic principles and then how to ‘lead’ for moving aircraft as well all of the training aids, such as the spotlight projector and the pole and stand.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 6 – Anti-Aircraft

1937 (Reprinted with Amendments (Nos. 1 & 2), 1939), United Kingdom

This manual covers the use of small arms (the rifle and the light machine gun) against aircraft. It covers the basic principles and then how to ‘lead’ for moving aircraft as well all of the training aids, such as the spotlight projector and the pole and stand. This amended edition also includes the use of tracer.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 6 – Anti-Aircraft (Including Aircraft Recognition)

1937, Supplement No. 1, 1941, United Kingdom

This supplement to the anti-aircraft pamphlet includes the principles of anti-aircraft defence, not just how to use the small arms to fire at aircraft but where to expect them from, how to set up defensive positions and also the training theory behind aircraft recognition.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 6 – Anti-Aircraft

1942, United Kingdom

The full mid-war revision of the anti-aircraft pamphlet includes all of the previous topics but updated to account for the latest aircraft and practices. It includes the ‘hosepipe method’ of firing the Bren, the drum magazines issued with the Bren and more information on the theory of aircraft recognition.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 6, Anti-Aircraft, The Anti-Aircraft Cartwheel Sight (Eye Shooting)

Supplement No. 1, 1943, United Kingdom

This manual accompanied the standard anti-aircraft sight used across all of the small arms when mounted on anti-aircraft tripods of other equipment. The sight was specifically designed to provide standard distances and measurements using the graticules. It simplified anti-aircraft training and use.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7 – .303-inch Machine Gun – Supplement (The Clinometer and Bar Foresight)

1939, Supplement, 1940, United Kingdom

A supplement to the 1939 series of manuals to allow for the units that had not been issued with the dial sights yet, and still used the clinometer and bar foresight for indirect fire work with the Vickers.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Machine Gun, Part I. – Mechanical Subjects

1939, United Kingdom

The first of the revised Small Arms Training series for the Vickers machine gun that was issued immediately prior to the Second World War. This covers the mechanical subjects, such as disassembly, stoppages, mechanism and cleaning. It also has the training plan for the full series.

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A reprint with Amendment No. 1 embodied was notified in September 1940 in Army Council Instruction 1046.

Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Machine Gun, Part I. – Mechanical Subjects

1939 (Reprinted with Amendments (Nos. 1 & 2), 1941), United Kingdom

An amended version of the 1939 Vickers machine gun manual that incorporates the amendments up to 1941. These includes a minor word change in the characteristics section and nothing otherwise immediately obvious.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7 (India), .303-inch Machine Gun, Part I. – Mechanical Subjects

1940, India

The British Indian Army variant of the Vickers machine gun mechanical subjects manual. Whilst the content of the lessons is similar, the organisation of the Indian Army was different; therefore, this manual doesn’t reference machine gun battalions and the training system in the way the British Army version does. There is a slight different in the spare parts carried as well. Many of the accessories are earlier variants than in use with the British Army, such as the Mark I aiming post, when the British had moved to the Mark III. The dial sight is not included but the clinometer and bar foresight are.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7 (India), .303-inch Machine Gun, Part I.- Mechanical Subjects

1940, India (ROMAN URDU)

This is a direct translation of the 1940 mechanical subjects manual for the British Indian Army; however, it is printed in phonetic Urdu for British Indian Army officers (who were English-speaking) to use with Urdu-speaking troops.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7 (India), .303-inch Machine Gun, Part I.- Mechanical Subjects

1940 (Reprinted January 1941), India

This appears to a direct reprint with a few minor changes in layout from the first printing.

The British Indian Army variant of the Vickers machine gun mechanical subjects manual. Whilst the content of the lessons is similar, the organisation of the Indian Army was different; therefore, this manual doesn’t reference machine gun battalions and the training system in the way the British Army version does. There is a slight different in the spare parts carried as well. Many of the accessories are earlier variants than in use with the British Army, such as the Mark I aiming post, when the British had moved to the Mark III. The dial sight is not included but the clinometer and bar foresight are.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7 (India), .303-inch Machine Gun, Part I.- Mechanical Subjects

1940 (Reprinted December 1941), India

This appears to a direct reprint with a few minor changes in layout from the January 1941 edition.

The British Indian Army variant of the Vickers machine gun mechanical subjects manual. Whilst the content of the lessons is similar, the organisation of the Indian Army was different; therefore, this manual doesn’t reference machine gun battalions and the training system in the way the British Army version does. There is a slight different in the spare parts carried as well. Many of the accessories are earlier variants than in use with the British Army, such as the Mark I aiming post, when the British had moved to the Mark III. The dial sight is not included but the clinometer and bar foresight are.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, Part I.- Mechanical Subjects – Supplement (The Clinometer and Bar Foresight)

1940 (Reprinted for Australia), Australia

This Supplement is written very differently to the British edition. The supplement is written as amendments to the regular training to allow for the lack of dial sights across the Australian forces at this point. It also uses the Angle of Sight Instrument rather than the Director. It also includes training on the different slide rule in use.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Machine Gun, Part I.- Mechanical Subjects

1939 (Reprinted with Amendments, 1941), Australia

This appears identical to the British 1939 print; however, it incorporates minor amendments issued in May 1939, February 1941 and an Australian Army Order from November 1940.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Machine Gun, Part I.- Mechanical Subjects

1941, United Kingdom

This is an updated version of the mechanical subjects for the Vickers machine gun with the British Army. It includes photographic plates of the dial sight and other equipment, rather than line drawings. The bulk of this manual remained unchanged throughout the Second World War.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Machine Gun, Part I.- Mechanical Subjects

1941 (Reprinted in Canada, February 1942), Canada

The Canadian reprint of the British Army manual is the same as the 1941 edition.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Machine Gun, Part I.- Mechanical Subjects

1939 (Reprinted with Amendments, 1942), Australia

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Machine Gun, Part I.- Mechanical Subjects

1942, Australia

This variation includes information on some of the older accessories that were still in use with the Australian Military Forces, such as the Angle of Sight Instrument.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Machine Gun, Part II.- Training

1939, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Machine Gun, Part IIA – Training, Infantry (Limber) and Horsed Cavalry

1939, Australia

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7 (India), .303-inch Machine Gun, Part II.- Training

1940, India

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7 (India), .303-inch Machine Gun, Part II.- Training

1940 (Reprinted in January 1941 with Amendments Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 incorporated), India

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Machine Gun, Part II.- Training

1941, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Machine Gun, Part II.- Training

1941 (Reprinted in Canada (February, 1942)), Canada

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Machine Gun, Part II.- Training

1941 (Reprinted in New Zealand (May, 1942)), New Zealand

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Machine Gun, Part II.- Training – 1941, Supplement No. 1, Radial Twin Vickers A.A. Mounting

1942, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Machine Gun, Part II.- Training

1943, Australia

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Machine Gun, Part II.- Training

1944, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Machine Gun, Part III.- Fire Control

1939, United Kingdom

There was a previous version of this manual authorised by Army Council Instruction 72 of 8 February 1939. This edition was notified in December.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Machine Gun, Part III.- Fire Control

1939, Australia

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Machine Gun, Part III.- Fire Control

1939 (Reprinted in Canada, February 1940), Canada

A direct re-print of the UK version of the manual, covering all aspect of fire control for the Vickers MG.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Vickers Machine Gun, Part III (India), Fire Control Support Platoon

1940, India

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Vickers Machine Gun, Part III (India), Fire Control Support Platoon

1940, (Included Amendment No 1 of 1941), 1941, India (ROMAN URDU)

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Machine Gun, Part III.- Fire Control

1942, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Machine Gun, Part III.- Fire Control

1942 (Reprinted in Canada, June, 1943), Canada

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 7, .303-inch Machine Gun, Part III.- Fire Control

1947, United Kingdom

The last manual issued for the Vickers MG from the Small Arms Training manual series, to be replaced by the Infantry Training series in 1951.

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 8, Mortar (2-inch)

1939, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 8, Mortar (2-inch)

1939, Amendment (No. 1), 1941, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 9, Mortar (3-inch)

1939, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 9, Mortar (3-inch)

1937 (Reprinted in Canada, October 1939), Canada

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 9, Mortar (3-inch)

1943, Amendments (No. 1), 1943, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 10, Infantry Range-finder

1937, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 10, Infantry Range-finder

1937 (Modified for Australia), Australia

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 10, 1937, Supplement No. 1, Falsification Tables

1937, Supplement, 1941, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 10, Range-finder No. 12

1942, Canada

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 11, Pistol (.38-inch)

1937, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 11, Pistol (.38-inch)

1937, Amendments (No. 1), 1938, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 11, Pistol (.455-inch)

1937, Australia

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A reprint with Amendment No. 1 embodied was notified in September 1940 in Army Council Instruction 1046.

Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 11, Pistol (.38-inch)

1941, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 11, Pistol (.38-inch)

1942, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 12, Bayonet

1937, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 12, Bayonet

1942, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 13, Grenade

1937, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 13, Grenade

1937 (Reprinted in Canada with amendment 1, November 1938), Canada

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 13, 1937, Supplement No. 1: No. 68 Anti-tank Grenade (Rifle), No. 69 Bakelite Grenade (Hand)

1941 (Reprinted in Canada (July, 1941), Canada

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 13, 1937, Supplement No. 2: No. 73 Anti-tank Grenade (Hand), The S.T. Grenade (Hand), The Hand Incendiary Bomb

1941, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 13, Grenade

1942, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 14, Annual Courses – Regular Army

Cavalry Regiments (Horsed) and Infantry (Rifle) Battalions

1938, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 14, Annual (1939) Range Courses (other than .303-in. Vickers M.G.), Regular Army

Cavalry Regiments (Horsed), Infantry Battalions

1939, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 14, Annual (1939) Range Courses (other than .303-in. Vickers M.G.), Regular Army:

Cavalry Regiments (Horsed), Infantry Battalions

1939, Amendment (No. 1), 1938, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 14 (Australia), Small Arms Practices

1943, Australia

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 14 (Australia), Small Arms Practices

1943, Addendum No. 1, 1944, Australia

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 15 (India), Annual Range Courses

Medium M.G. Bns and support pls. armed with V.M.Gs., Regular Army

1942, India

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 16, Annual Range Courses, Regular Army

Other than Cavalry Regiments (Horsed and Mechanized), Infantry and M.G. Battalions and The Royal Tank Corps

1938, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 16, Annual Range Courses, Regular Army

Other than Cavalry Regiments (Horsed and Mechanized), Infantry and M.G. Battalions and The Royal Tank Corps

1938, Amendments (No. 1), 1939, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 17, Range Courses –

Territorial Army (less Cav. Armd. C. Regts., Cav. Lt. Tk. Regts. and R.T.C. Bns.) and Supplementary Reserve (less Infantry)

1939, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 18, Range Courses (War)

(For all units at home other than R.A.C., A.D.G.B., and O.C.T. Units)

1939, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 18, Range Courses (War), Supplement – Anti-Tank Rifle Course

(For all units at Home other than R.A.C., A.D.G.B., and O.C.T. Units)

1940, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 18, Range Courses (War), Supplement No. 3 – Pistol Course

(For all Units at Home)

1940, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 18, Range Courses (War), With Supplements Nos. 1 and 2

(For all units at home other than R.A.C., A.D.G.B., and O.C.T. Units)

1939 (Reprinted in Canada (January, 1941)), Canada

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 18, Range Courses (War), Supplement No. 3 – Pistol Course

(For all Units at Home)

1940 (Reprinted in Canada (November, 1941), Canada

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 18, Range Courses (War)

(For all units at home other than Royal Armoured Corps, Air Defence Great Britain, and Officer Cadet Training Units)

1942, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 18, Range Courses (War), Supplement No. 1 – Individual Battle Practices

1943, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 19, Anti-Tank Gun

(25-mm. Hotchkiss, Mark I on 25-mm. Carriage, Mark I)

1939, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 20, .303-inch Lewis Machine Gun

1939, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 21, Thompson Sub-Machine-Gun

1940, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 21, The Thompson Machine Carbine

1942, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 21, The Machine Carbine

1944, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 22, Sten Machine Carbine

1942, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 23, The 29-mm. Spigot Mortar

1942, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 24, Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank (PIAT)

1943 (Provisional), United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 26, Mortar (4.2-inch)

1943, including Amendments Nos. 1 and 2, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume I, Pamphlet No. 27, 6-pdr., 7-cwt. Anti-Tank Gun

1944, United Kingdom

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Weapon Training Memorandum, War, No. 1

1940, United Kingdom

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Weapon Training Memorandum, War, No. 2

1940, United Kingdom

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Weapon Training Memorandum, No. 7

1944, United Kingdom

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Weapon Training Memorandum, No. 8

1945, United Kingdom

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Small Arms Training, Volume V, War Supplement, Small Arms Ranges, Layout, Safety and Equipment

1945, United Kingdom

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Royal Naval Handbook of Small Arm Courses for His Majesty’s Fleet

1939, United Kingdom

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Training Regulations No. 11, Annual Range Practices (Small Arms) and Allotment of Small Arms Ammunition

1944, Ireland

Part of the range regulations series for the the Irish Army during the ‘Emergency’. The information includes the range practices and the number of rounds of ammunition they used.

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Manual of Musketry, Part I: Weapon Training – General

1959, Ireland

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Vickers MMG

c1970s, Republic of South Africa

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All of the manuals are sorted in date order, with some exceptions where it is appropriate to group similar manuals, such as the Small Arms Training series.

Sources

  • The National Archives, WO 293/24, Army Council Instructions 1939.
  • The National Archives, WO 293/25, Army Council Instructions 1940.