These are the books I most often refer to (apart from my own, and other Jane's Yearbooks, of course!):


Hogg, I.V. Jane's Directory of Military Small Arms Ammunition. Jane's Publishing Company (London, 1985)

Braun, M. Handbuch der Flugzeug Bordwaffenmunition. (1977)

Hackley, F.W., Woodin, W.H. and Scranton, E.L. History of Modern US Military Small Arms Ammunition, Volumes I and II. The Macmillan Company (New York, 1967) and The Gun Room Press (USA, 1978)

Hogg, I.V. (introduction) The American Arsenal: the World War II Official Standard Ordnance Catalgue. Greenhill Books (London, 1996)

Huon, J. Military Rifle and Machine Gun Cartridges. Arms & Armour Press (London, 1986)

Kent, D.W. German 7.9mm Military Ammunition 1888-1945. Privately published (USA)

Labbett, P. British Small Arms Ammunition 1864-1938  Privately published (UK, 1993)

Labbett, P. and Mead, P.J.F. .303 Inch Privately published (UK, 1988)

Lenselink, J. and de Hek, W.D. Notes on Small and Medium Calibre Military Cartridges. Delfia Press (Rijswijk, 1986)

Lenselink, J. and de Hek, W.D. Military Cartridges Part 1 3.5x45 > 20x138B. Privately published (Netherlands, 1995)

Lippert, J. Deutsche Bordwaffen Munition Bis 1945. Privately published (München, 1989)

Privately Published Booklets

Edwards, A.O. Headstamps and Markings on .303 inch British Service Ammunition

        A general guide to the subject

Edwards, A.O. Headstamp Guide: .303 inch British Service Ammunition

        Details of known headstamps for every loading (including Commonwealth production), including colour photos of the cartridges.

Elks, K. Japanese Ammunition 1880-1945

The Peter Labbett & Co. Ammunition Guides

Labbett, P. and Brown, F.A. British Anti-Tank Rifle Ammunition 1917-1945

Labbett, P. and Brown, F.A. British Air Service Ammunition Special Loadings .45 inch to .7-07 inch 1914-1918

Labbett, P. and Brown, F.A. British Service .50 inch Browning Ammunition

Labbett, P. and Brown, F.A. German 2cm Cannon Ammunition 1935-1945

Labbett, P. German Cannon Ammunition 1938-1945 Service Calibres 13mm to 3cm (other than 2cm)

Labbett, P. and Brown, F.A. British-Made .5 inch and 13mm Machine Gun Ammunition, not for British Service

Labbett, P. and Brown, F.A. 12.7mm x 108 and 14.5mm x 114 Ammunition (Communist)

Labbett, P. and Brown, F.A. British Service 20mm Oerlikon Ammunition

Labbett, P. and Brown, F.A. British 30mm & 30/20mm Ammunition

Labbett, P. and Mead P.J.F. British 20mm Hispano Ammunition

Labbett, P. British 30mm Rarden Ammunition

Labbett, P. and Mead P.J.F. British Madsen Ammunition

Labbett, P. Russian Small Arms Ammunition 1972-97

Labbett, P. Assault Rifle Ammunition, 5.56mm to 11mm calibre

Labbett, P. The Development in Britain of .30 inch, 7.92mm and 15mm BESA Ammunition 1939-1993


Guns (General - some including Ammunition)

Chinn, G.M. The Machine Gun. Vols I-IV Bureau of Ordnance, Department of the Navy (USA, 1951-55); Vol V RAMP Inc. 1987

Hogg, I.V. Machine Guns. Krause Publications (USA 2002)

An excellent general history, with very useful data tables on guns and ammunition. Published posthumously, and seems not to have been adequately proof-read.

Koll, C. Soviet Cannon. Privately published (2009)

The subtitled says it all: A Comprehensive Study of Soviet Guns and Ammunition in Calibres 12.7mm to 57mm. Absolutely essential, contains huge amounts of information about both guns and ammunition, including colour photos of different ammunition loadings. Nothing else remotely compares with this coverage.

Mellichamp, R.A. The Gun for all Nations: The 37mm Gun & Ammunition: Volume I 1870-1913 . Privately published (2010)

The first part of Robert's magnum opus, decades in the preparation. Descriptions and line drawings by the author of all known guns and ammunition (including different loadings) in this calibre, including experimental items only known from drawings. My only complaint: a lack of technical data.

Musgrave, D.D. German Machineguns. Greenhill Books (London, 1992)

Hobart F.W.A., Pictorial History of the Machine Gun. Ian Allan (Shepperton, 1971)

Guns (Army)

Hoffschmidt, E.J. Know Your Antitank Rifles. Blacksmith Corp (USA, 1977)

Hogg, I. V. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Artillery. Quarto (London, 1987)

Hogg, I. V. German Artillery of World War Two. Arms and Armour Press (London)

Hogg, I. V. British & American Artillery of World War Two. Arms and Armour Press (London, 1978)

Tantum, W.H. and Hoffschmidt, E.J., (eds.) Second World War Combat Weapons: Japanese. WE Inc. (Connecticut, 1968)

Anon. Fire and Movement  Royal Armoured Corps Tank Museum (Bovington Camp, 1975)

Guns (Naval)

Campbell, J. Naval Weapons of World War 2. Conway Maritime Press (London, 1985)

Friedman, N. The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems. US Naval Institute (1989 and 1994 Update)

Richardson, R. Naval Armament. Jane's (London, 1981)

Guns (Aircraft)

Gunston, W. Encyclopedia of Aircraft Armament. Salamander Books (London, 1987)

Woodman, H. Early Aircraft Armament. Arms & Armour Press (London, 1989)

Wallace Clarke, R. British Aircraft Armament. (two volumes) Patrick Stephens Ltd (UK, 1993 and 1994)

Gooderson, I. Air Power at the Battlefront: Allied Close Air Support in Europe 1939-45. Frank Cass (London 1998)

Hoffschmidt, E.J. German Aircraft Guns and Cannons. WE Inc (Greenwich, USA)

King, H.F. Armament of British Aircraft 1909-39. Putnam (London, 1971)

Wallace, G.F. Guns of the Royal Air Force 1939-1945. William Kimber and Co. (London, 1972)