Another abbreviation question and a book question

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  1. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    I have here in an appendix to 21 Army Group RA War Diary 1944 (WO171/155) the following:

    "EXTRACTS FROM A REPORT BY SI A/TK SCHOOL OF ARTY WRITTEN AFTER A VISIT TO NORMANDY IN JULY 1944"

    What on earth would "SI" be?

    I'm starting to think that I should have bought a copy of Royal Artillery Glossary of Abbreviations: Historical and Modern by Philip Jobson which I saw in a shop in the UK during my last trip. Does anyone have it and do you find it helpful? At the time it looked like overkill.
     
  2. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Given that it’s from School of Artillery my guess would be SI=Senior Instructor
     
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  3. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    Ooooooooooh. That would make sense.

    *knocks on my little wooden head*
     
  4. DianeE

    DianeE Member

    Hi I have a copy which I can e-mail to you if you PM me your e-mail address
    Diane
     
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  5. Gary Tankard

    Gary Tankard Well-Known Member

    In modern day terminology (cadets etc) SI is usually Sergeant Instructor (i.e. SSI is Staff Sergeant Instructor). However PSI is/was Permanent Staff Instructor in TA units.
     
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  6. op-ack

    op-ack Senior Member

    British army abbreviations are a minefield, the same abbreviation having different meanings in different branches. In an RA context SI was and still is Senior Instructor.


    Regarding the book, I can't recommend it highly enough, although I am biased, I wrote it!!!. I am always happy to help with abbreviations, my working document is three times the size of the published book.

    Phil
     
  7. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    Thank you, Phil!
     
  8. op-ack

    op-ack Senior Member

    PM me an email address and I will send you a copy of the working document (warts and all), but please don't share it, I still hope to publish a second edition one day.
     

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