After the First World War had ended the principles of fire and movement came back into the teaching of the infantry, but this time the tactic was augmented by the effect of machine guns. Machine guns by 1924 however were much less bulky and difficult to move than in 1914, and this manual gives the full details of the requirements of the British Army with respect to rifle and bayonet and the new light machine guns.
The first part of the manual deals with the basic infantry training for rifle, and explains the theory of small arms fire in a lucid and easily understandable manner. The training continues with the application of weapons to ground and the various formations needed to advance over such ground. After looking in detail at the rifle and bayonet and the sniper rifle, the manual contains detailed instructions for the Lewis gun in the ground and anti aircraft roles, as well as the same treatment for the Hotchkiss gun.
The manual is completely illustrated with diagrams and line drawings and was valid for troop training through to the beginning of the Second World War.
SMALL ARMS TRAINING 1924 VOLUME 1
Rifle and light machine gun training manual for the British Army reflecting the lessons learned in the First World War relating to the combined use of rifle and light machine gun.