WW1 German Artillery Field Manual 1914

Contributed by Willie Campbell

WW1 German Artillery Field Manual 1914

This German Field Manual was found by my grandfather and namesake William Campbell in a German artillery dug-out near Flesquieres in Northern France on 20 November 1917 when he was 20 years old. The picture shows the cover, personal information and details of where and when it was found, and two pages of the document, annotated by a German soldier.

It reminds us that we always send our young men into battle and subject them to mankind's greatest horrors.

His own inscription in his neat hand (despite the conditions) tells of the close ties between Scottish communities and their local regiments, and his pride in being an Argyll and Sutherland Highlander. He refers to the Eighth Battalion three times. He was to retain his association with his regiment for the remaining 50 years of his life.

As a Campbell twice over (both parents being Campbells by birth) his tie to Argyll was particularly strong, although he spent his life in Dumbarton in the neighbouring county.

The manual itself, with its detailed instructions for the use of field weaponry and its mathematical precision shows how far a technological and scientific approach to warfare had already developed.

Comments are closed for this object

Most of the content on A History of the World is created by the contributors, who are the museums and members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC or the British Museum. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site’s House Rules please Flag This Object.

About this object

Click a button to explore other objects in the timeline


Berlin (Rochstrasse 68-71)




View more objects from people in Edinburgh and East of Scotland.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.