Whilst at a family gathering I was told about a manual that had been passed into one of the families. The attached photos show the header page and a sample illustration.
The header page appears to show the number 1214 at the bottom and 1209 further up but as these are hardly likely to be dates I assumed they were a reference number. Most of the manual is text with few illustrations (i Haven't seen it) but the one attached appears to be a version of the Bren Gun or its predecessor, as it has a short magazine. I suspect it is a field manual and may even have been translated from another countries version, possibly British.
EDIT: The Lion and Sword is Iranian (Persian up to 1935)
Peter ~ my Persian translator believes its the 2nd part of a annual issued to the army staff during the Pahlavi dynasty. The picture shows how sections of a machine gun should be displayed for inspection.
A couple of years ago I translated a book from German to English using a combination of an OCR program and Google Translate. The results from Google were at times hilarious to say the least but with the help of an acquaintance, and the fact I had a smattering of German myself, I somehow came up with what was considered a very reasonable translation.
This crossed my mind this afternoon and I ran (no pun intended!) the ocr program on the text in the second photo. Sad to say, the translation made absolutely no sense at all except perhaps this bit -
"AA 3 Ensure that the balloon and ballot are free of charge"
I guess this translates as "make sure it's not loaded!"