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FAIRBAIRN, William Ewart
All-in Fighting Rifle Section by Captain P. N. Walbridge.
London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1942. London: Faber and Faber Limited,, 1942. Octavo. Original rust cloth, lettered in red on the spine and with red title panel to the front board. With the pictorial dust jacket. Numerous full-page illustrations. A very good copy in like jacket. First and only contemporary edition of this wartime handbook of brutal self-defence methods. Genuinely uncommon, particularly so in the jacket. This copy warmly inscribed on the front free endpaper in 1943 by Capt. Walbridge who contributes the section on the rifle in close quarters-combat. The first copy inscribed by Walbridge we have encountered. "The majority of the methods shown are drastic in the extreme. In contrast to judo, they recognise no accepted rules. They are not intended to provide amusement for all-in wrestling spectators, but for use in these dangerous times as part of national preparedness against our enemies" (Introduction). Fairbairn was in charge of the Shanghai Municipal Police Riot Squad and was their Chief Instructor in self-defence. He was the first foreigner living outside of Japan to be awarded a Black Belt Degree by the Kodokan Jiu-Jitsu University on Tokyo. Probably best known as co-designer of the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife, instructions for the use of which are contained in the present book. The inscriber, Capt Walbridge, was the winner of numerous Bisley and Army awards for rifle shooting, and was serving as a Weapons Training Officer at the Special Training Centre at Lochailort, where the Commandos and SOE received there schooling in irregular warfare. In his … [Click Below for Full Description]
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