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A Rankin
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Maureen, Thank you... I figure if more of these are known, then it can only improve the quality of research being conducted. I would also thank you for your own efforts in this area.



I have some corrections for links to pamphlets held by the UK National Archives. The DVD "The War Diaries of the Battalions who fought the Great War on the Western Front" does not give the full piece number for entries. Therefore some of the links I posted where of the wrong sub-section of the diaries. Some corrections are below. Thank you to John Armatys and other members who drew my attention to this issue.



CDS 9 Notes on the Co-operation of Aircraft and Other Arms when the Army is on the move     

WO 95/1561/5  https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14053126


CDS 13 Co-operation of Aeroplanes with Artillery

WO 95/3912/1  https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14056353


SS 127 Drills with small box-respirators

WO 95/2685/2 https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C7354505


SS 132 Conventional Signs for use with Artillery Maps Revised Edition Feb 1918

TNA WO 95/2650/4 1/7 Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (PIONEERS)  1918 Feb. - 1919 Apr.


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On 10/02/2021 at 21:31, A Rankin said:

SS 639 Photograph - Appearance of Tanks from the Air


Twitter via Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/503066220860793056/ (I have been unable to find original IWM tweet or the photo on their website)

Adam, what a great resource - I can't even guess how long that would have taken you.


This is a great photograph and a deep zoom image is on the IWM web site.  Negative number is Q17757.  Link is https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205252296

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Thanks WhiteStarLine,


   I had been looking in IWM's site for quite a while trying to find that photograph...I'm glad to have a more official source for the photograph than Pinterest.


I first started working with the SS/CDS series in 2014, but I didn't get the idea to continue the work of getting a finding aid/full list until early 2019. So its been a couple of years of work now.



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SS 612 Memorandum showing the precautions taken for the prevention of damage by frost to M.T. Vehicles Oct 1917


Contained within AWM25 959/8 - [Transport, mechanical (including motor cycles)] Memorandum and administrative instructions regarding precautions to be taken for the prevention of damage by frost to mechanical transport vehicles



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SS 166 Instructions for the demolition of Hostile Guns with 3-inch Stokes Trench Mortar Bombs and special slow Fuze


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SS 762 List of German Material Required for Inspection Nov 1918


SS 520 Instructions regarding disposal of Officers serving with other units than their own


SS 727 New patterns of German Shell required for inspection


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