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1888 - 1943




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The Army Inspection Department was formed in the early part of 1888 as the result of findings of a Committee presided over by Lord Morley, which enquired into the causes of the bending of bayonets in the Egyptian Campaign. Up to tht time the Royal Small Arms Factory had been responsible for the inspection not only of the work produced by the Factory but also of that by the trade. The department was responsible for the inspection of all small arms and machine guns together with spare parts, tools and accessories associated with these weapons, which were produced for the Army either by the Royal Ordnance Factories or the trade. Inspection of certain weapons was also undertaken on behalf of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. Except during periods of hostilities, the Department shared with the Royal Army Ordnance Department the responsibility for the inspection of small arms and machine guns held by Regular troops in the home commands and also the Territorial Army. Further duties consisted of acting in a consultative capacity on various problems arising in connection with the use of weapons in the service and the carrying out of investigations and tests associated with the development and introduction of new weapons. The higher directing staff was composed of officers of the Regular Army and Royal Air Force, possessing special technical qualifications for the work, assisted by civilian personnel who have been specially trained and have long experience in the duties of inspection of the various weapons dealt with.


7 volumes

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Open access

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Crown Copyright

Administrative / Biographical History

Army Inspection Department; Small Arms Inspection Department