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  • W ar Office Code No. 11257

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    3835

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    R E S T R I C T E D

    The information given in this document is not to be communicated, either directly or indirectly, to the Press or to any person not authorized to receive it.

    User Handbook

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    FIELD BRANCH ARTILLERY AMMUNITION

    Land Service1958

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    THE WAR OFFICE R.A. 1.

    January, 1958.

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    R E S T R I C T E D

    The information given in this document is not to be communicated, either directly or indirectly, to the Press or to any person not authorized to receive it.

    W ar Office Code No. 11257

    26Manuals

    3835

    User Handbookfor

    FIELD BRANCH ARTILLERY AMMUNITION

    Land Service1958

    THE WAR OFFICE R.A. 1.

    January, 1958.

  • - i i -

    Record of Amendments

    Amendment Serial No.

    Date A.C.I.By whom amended

    Date of Insertion

    i..

  • C O N T E N T S

    L is t o f illu s tra tion s .......................................................................................................................... x i i

    Chapter i

    Introduction

    Section i. General

    Scope ...................................................................................................................................................... 1Objects 1Arrangements 1

    Section 2. Definitions associated with Equipments

    Guns, howitzers and mortars ........... *. ............. ................................................................... 1C lassification ................................................................................................................................... 2Means o f f ir in g ................................................................................................................................... 2Means o f in it ia t io n .......................................................................................................................... 3Safely devices ................................................. 3

    Section 3. Field Branch Artillery Equipments

    Loading ...................................................................................................................................................... 3

    Section 4. The Round of Ammunition

    Future designation and marking .......................................................................................................... 3Components ............................................................................................................................................. 4Cartridge ............................................................................................................................................. 4

    Section 5. Categories of Ammunition

    General ...................................................................................................................................................... 6

    Chapter 2

    Explosives

    Section 1. Introduction

    C lassification o f explosives ........................................................................................................ 7D efin itions ............................................................................................................................................. 7Uses ................................................................................................................ 10

    Page

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    Section 2. Propellants Page

    G en era l........... . .................................................................... .................... . ................................ 10H istorica l ................................................................................................................................................. 10Burning o f a propellant ...................................................................................................................... 10Properties o f the idea l propellant ...................................................................................... ./ 11Composition ................................................................................................................................... 12Characteristics ......................................................................................................................................... 12Plash and Smoke ...................................................................................................................... . 14Properties o f the commoner propellants ........................................................................................... 15Nomenclature ........................................................................................................................................ 15M u ltip lic ity o f propellant ...................................................................................................................... 18

    Section 3. High Explosives

    D efin ition ............................................................................................................................................. 18Compositions ................................................................................................................................... 20Categories ............................................................................................................................................. 20Bursting charges - i . e . shell f i l l in g s ...................................................................................... 21Constituents ................................................................................................................................... 21Code fo r H.E. f i l l in g s 21In it ia to rs (d is ru p tiv e ) ................................................................................................................. 21Constituents ................................................................................................................................... 22Intermediates ................................................................................................................................... 22T.N.T. ............. * ......................................................................................................................... 23Constituents........................................................................................................ 23

    Section 4. Miscellaneous Compositions

    G en era l...................................................................................................................................................... 23In it ia t in g agents (ign iferous) ........................................................................................................ 24Smoke producing substances ................................................................................................................. 21+Flare producing substances .................................................................................................................. 26Conclusions ............................................................................................................................................. 26

    Chapter 3

    Cartridges

    Section 1. Introduction

    C lass ifica tion and comparison ........................................................................................................ 27Comparison o f Q.F. (separate loading) and B.L. cartridge systems ........................................ 27Cartridge case ................................................................................................................................... 27Cartridge bag ................................................................................................................................... 28Propellant c h a rg e ................................................................................................................................... 28Charge - types ................................................................................................................................... 30Propellant proof and charge adjustment ......................................... 30

    Section 2. Q.F. Cartridges

    G enera l...................................................................................................................................................... 31Sub-division o f cartridges ........................................................... 31Design o f cartridges .......................................................................................................................... 31

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    Section 3. Types of Q.F. (Separate loading) Cartridges used in Field Branch Artillery Equipments

    Q.F. 25 pr. g u n ................................................................................................................................... 32Normal charges .......................................................................................................................... . . . 32Super charges ................................................................................................................................... 32Increment charges .......................................................................................................................... 34Issue and preparation ................................................................................................................. 34

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    Section 4. B.L. Cartridges

    General ................................................................................................................................

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