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DA Pam 30-115, July 1958.


  1. This document—Pam 30-115, July 1958—was prepared by the Technical Division, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence with the assistance of technical intelligence organizations within the Corps of Engineers, Ordnance Corps, Quartermaster Corps, and the Transportation Corps.
  2. The “Additional References” page (Page v) makes reference to DA Pam 310-1. The title page and relevant sections from DA Pam 310-1, Military Publications, Index to Administrative Publications, 31 January 1955, are included at the end of this digital document. The copy of DA Pam 310-1 reproduced here was borrowed from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries.
  3. Since the Army often reuses titles and document numbers, the document date must be included to unambiguously identify official Army documents.


This handbook includes pictures and brief descriptions of small arms, artillery, armored vehicles, aircraft, mines, and demolitions devices in use in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordon, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. In addition, it includes aircraft markings and illustrations of uniforms and rank insignia. The descriptions of mines also include instructions for disarming them. Much attention was given to small arms, artillery, and armored vehicles, and little to aircraft.

This handbook covers a wide range of weapons and equipment used in the wars in the first half of the 20th century. Most of the equipment covered was manufactured in countries that were key participants in major wars including France, Germany, Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the USSR. Materiel used widely in World War II are featured prominently. Some of the materiel described were antiques—like the famous “French 75” (the French 75-mm Field Gun M1897) which was widely used in World War I and the De Havilland Tiger Moth II biplane. Some were modern weapons from American and Soviet arsenals.