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Central Distribution Section (CDS) and Stationery Service (SS) pamphlets with no known location


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Good afternoon everyone,

 

  I've been continuing the work others on this forum have been doing in trying to catalogue the Central Distribution Section and Stationery Service Pamphlets. I've used 'The CDS/SS Pamphlets - A Provisional Listing', compiled by John Armatys and have tried to find a source for each pamphlet.

 

My main search locations have been the Imperial War Museum, Australian War Museum, Library and Archives Canada, The National Archives of the UK, The National Archives of Australia, The National Army Museum, The Portugeuse Defence Library's, Archives New Zealand and a general internet search. I've tracked down the vast majority of pamphlets at one or more of these locations and hope to eventually publish the list as a finding aid for benefit of researchers. I'd like to have it more complete and validated before that happens.

 

There are limitations to what I can do without physical access to the archives, and even online ordering is somewhat hit or miss. The main uncertainty is documents that are compiled under general heading or as part of larger series without a catalogue of each individual item, which makes it impossible to identify with certainty on a catalogue search.

 

There are about two dozen pamphlets for which I have no known location and about 60 where I have a possible, but unconfirmed location pending physically sighting the document in question. I reckon if I post the ones with no known or unknown locations, there may be people who have found them and can provide a source. I'd be grateful for any assistance.

No known location

 

CDS 42 Alterations and changes necessary to enable English ammunition to be fired from German machine guns May 1915

 

CDS 56 Range Table -corrections for 15-pr. B.L.C. Aug 1915

 

CDS 59 Translation of a German Document: Notes on the destruction of hostile batteries by artillery Aug 1915

 

CDS 85 Translation of a German Document: Lessons of the recent fighting  Nov 1915

 

SS 138 The Effect on the Enemy of our gas attacks [first report] ?date

 

SS 160 Notes on Recent Operations, Spring 1917 [Query actual Pamphlet in liue of 'Experiences of a

Division in recent fighting'

 

SS 167 Signal Organization for Tank Corps (Provisional) Jul 1917

 

CDS 353 Water supply. Valenciennes and parts of Lens sheet 1/100,000 map, Alphabetical list of

communes, showing the nature and amount of water supply Sep 1915

 

CDS 359 List of standard packages issued from Woolwich 1912

 

CDS 361 Table of components, accessories and straps for service vehicles, 1910

 

SS 364 Extracts from circular memoranda issued to officers commanding Army Service Corps transport units in the field. Revised issue Sep 1915

 

SS 374 Instructions regarding the procedure to be adopted for settlement of accounts between British and French Governments for all transfers of stores Jun 1915

 

SS 407 Composition of the Headquarters of the forces in the Field Sep, Oct, Dec 1914, Aug 1915, Sep 1915, Dec 1915, Jan 1916

 

SS 409 Scheme of Compensation. Compensation for Civilians disabled during employment abroad in connection with warlike operations. Apr 1916

 

SS 433 Machine Gun Elevating Dial. How to fit and use it Feb 1916

 

SS 439 Formation, Unit, and Place Code. 7th Edition Dec 1917

 

SS 467 Periodical Index of German Divisions No. 5 Jan 1917

 

SS 539 Synopsis of Reorganisation of Transport services [proof copy only] ?date

 

SS 629 Administrative Preparations for the Conduct of Offensive Operations ?date

 

SS 637 Chart Code ? date

SS 720 Special Fuze for 2-inch Bombs ? date

 

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Pamphlets where there is a suspected, but not confirmed location

 

11    CDS        Stove Pipe Attachment for Machine Guns    Jan    1915
12    CDS        Hyposcope attachment for Machine Guns    Jan    1915
26    CDS        Diagrams of aeroplanes    Jun    1915
35    CDS        Distinguishing marks and types of German Aeroplanes        
43    CDS        Further types of German aeroplanes    Jul    1915
45    CDS        Amendments to "Object, etc., of combined offensive action    Aug     1915
46    CDS        Fall of Shot    Jul    1915
47    CDS        Further type of German aeroplane    Jul 1915    
52    CDS        Notes for the guidance of meteorological observers    Jul 1915    
55    CDS        Construction of shelters for machine guns    Aug 1915    
72    CDS        Grenade, I.S.K.    Sep 1915    
77    CDS        Notes for the guidance of meteorological observers    Oct 1915    
114    SS         Notes on the Care of Guns During Prolonged Bombardments    Jun 1916    
136    SS         Defensive Measures against Gas Attack    Dec 1916    
338    CDS        Instructions for working the switchboard telephone exchange, field 4 line    Aug 1915    
340    SS        Extracts from General Routine Orders issued to the British Armies in the field, Part II  - Quartermaster General's Branch    Apr 1916    
340    SS        Extracts from General Routine Orders issued to the British Armies in the field, Part II  - Quartermaster General's Branch    Oct 1916    
344    CDS        The abolition of flies in camps, billets and hospitals    Apr 1915    
349    CDS        Hospital notices re. officers’ kit    Oct 1915    
354    CDS        Notice (Warning Soldiers against Indiscreet conversation)    Sep 1915    
357    CDS        Regulations regarding the admission of British civilians to the “Zone of the Armies”    Aug 1915    
361    SS        Table of components, accessories and straps for service vehicles, 1916    1916    
364    SS         Extracts from circular memoranda issued to officers commanding Army Service Corps transport units in the field. Second Revised issue    Mar 1916    
364    SS         Extracts from circular memoranda issued to officers commanding Army Service Corps transport units in the field. Third Revised issue     Sep 1916    
364    SS         Extracts from circular memoranda issued to officers commanding Army Service Corps transport units in the field. Fourth Revised Issue    May 1917    
364    SS         Extracts from circular memoranda issued to officers commanding Army Service Corps transport units in the field. Fifth Revised Issue    Dec 1917    
375    SS         Memorandum for Guidance of Shoemakers    Aug 1915    
378    SS         Royal Engineers Corps Memoranda, No. 633, Part II    Sep 1914    
384    CDS        Instructions regarding promotion of officers    Jan 1918    
384    CDS        Instructions regarding promotion of officers    Oct 1918    
387    CDS        Memorandum as regards duties and responsibilities of the officers commanding divisional trains and cavalry divisional A.S.C., together with some suggestions as to the best methods of carrying them out    Jan 1916    
395    SS         Hale Rifle Grenades    Feb 1916    
397    SS         Explanatory list of service markings to be found on Ammunition and Ammunition packages in use with the field armies    Mar 1919    
439    SS         Formation, Unit, and Place Code. 8th Edition    Apr 1918    
443    SS         C-E [contra-espionage] Index, Part I, July 1916    Jul 1916    
444    SS         C-E [contra-espionage] Index, Part II, July 1917    Jul 1916    
468    SS        Censorship Regulations for Prisoners of War    Aug 1916    
477    SS     A    Instructions regarding Recommendations for Honours and Rewards    Aug 1917    
484    SS        German Foot artillery batteries identified between the Sea and the Oise, No. 5        
504    SS        Instructions for fuzing HE shells 4.5-inch howitzer and above    Oct 1918    
509    SS         Commissions : guide to submitting Applications and Recommendations    May 1917    
510    SS         Commissions : Guide to submitting applications and Recommendations    Apr 1917    
519    SS         The Tactics of German Airships when engaged by Guns or Aeroplanes    Nov 1916    
524    SS         "BAB" Trench Code No. 2    Nov 1916    
525    SS         Protection of small box respirators against wet    Nov 1916    
583    SS         Note by General Staff on Weekly Intelligence Summary of Fourth German Army    Sep 1917    
590    SS         4.5" Q.F. Howitzer. Instructions for the use of BCs Correction Calculator    Aug 1917    
601    SS         The Offensive of Small Units [121/8905]    Feb 1917    
610    SS         Silhouettes of German Aeroplanes    Oct 1917    
635    SS         Typical Photographs of British Gas Projector Positions    Feb 1918    
648    SS         Notes on the Organization and Working of Veterinary Units    Mar 1918    
718    SS         Confidential Circular regarding leave in France, 17th June 1918    Jun 1918    
763    SS         Details of Bridges in the Liege Area, to accompany 1:100,000 road and bridge map    Oct 1918    
765    SS         Tank mines laid along a belt of wire    1918    

 

Any location data on any of the above would be appreciated.

 

 

 

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On 06/10/2020 at 06:37, A Rankin said:

The abolition of flies in camps, billets and hospitals    Apr 1915

Just came across this while trying to identify the correct publication details ...

 

Manchester University Library and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine both have copies listed, although the latter (as does IWM) dates it to 1917. There certainly was a 1915 edition, as per Flies at the Front. British Medical Journal (Sept 11 1915), pp. 411-412: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2303031/pdf/brmedj07248-0021.pdf/?tool=EBI.

 

sJ

 

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On 01/05/2021 at 04:56, seaJane said:

Just came across this while trying to identify the correct publication details ...

 

Manchester University Library and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine both have copies listed, although the latter (as does IWM) dates it to 1917. There certainly was a 1915 edition, a sper Flies at the Front. British Medical Journal (Sept 11 1915), pp. 411-412: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2303031/pdf/brmedj07248-0021.pdf/?tool=EBI.

 

sJ

 

Hello SeaJane,

 

  Thank you for the spot. It's good to have another confirmation that the pamphlet is out there... hopefully it will eventually be uncovered in an archive somewhere.

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GreyC,

 

  Thank you for the link.  I believe that there may be another version out that that is specifically titled: Signal Organisation for Tank Corps (provisional) and may have been Issued in July 1917, but I have not been able to find a confirmed version anywhere.

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