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PHELAN (Major F.R.) The Tumpline As A Means of Saving Manpower. Orig. card wraps. with neat ms. title to front, oblong 4to, 10pp. dup. typescript followed by 30 large photo. plates (21x16 cm approx.) depicting tumplines & other personal transporting equipment. Each photo. with ink captions. Produced in the field, early 1917.  #57092
[HLMainPic] A detailed & well-illustrated proposal by DAAG 1st Canadian Division for the use of Tumplines - a method of carrying fairly heavy loads using headstraps apparently originating in Canada (where the writer first became aware of it while hunting & fishing in the backwoods of Quebec) - by which a leather brow band & ancilliary straps could enable a man to carry approximately double the amount of two men carrying the same equipment (e.g., in war, rations, ammunition, barbed wire, sandbags &c.). The system was used by 11th Canadian Inf. Bde. Tumpline Coy. on the Somme to good effect, & was indeed employed at Vimy & later, although not widely adopted in the army in France as the writer proposed. Rare original report on this method of carriage, including 30 excellent photos., taken on the Western Front, depicting various methods of carrying loads by men with a view to demonstrating the superior load carrying ability of men using Tumplines. VG & rare. See illustrations on our website.   £375


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