Tagged with warhammer 40k, imperial guard, die for the emperor or die trying; Shared by cerberus The Imperial Guardsmen Uplifting Primer. In which the Guardsman learns exactly how important they are. Guardsmen of the Cherubim Corps, despite a seemingly high degree of Section 1: “This is an UPLIFTING Primer; make the service to the Guard sound more.

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It takes the form of an in-universe Imperial text that is supposedly possessed by all members of the Imperial Guard as part of their standard-issue equipment.

Cover-to-cover, the only thing apart from its very existence uplitfing your hands marking it out as not an actual Imperial object is the Black Library publishing and copyright information printed on the second page – just underneath the Imperial copyright and publishing information.

The Imperial Infantryman’s Uplifting Primer is a small book supplied to an Imperial Guardsman on commencement of service. Each Guardsman is required to have it on or close to his person at all times; not being able to produce it on the demand of a senior officer is a disciplinary offence.

The Imperial Infantryman’s Uplifting Primer by Matt Ralphs (2008, Hardcover)

Additionally, it features a section dedicated to acting as a prayer-book, as well as areas to be filled in by the owner, so that it may act as a record of service. The current, revised edition was published in M41[1x] although a variant issued to Imperial forces tasked with fighting in the Damocles Gulf also exists.


It is not to be taken to the front line, and is to be kept out of the hands of the enemy at all costs. However, despite the respect intended by the Primer’s authors, troopers in the field have been known to criticize and disrespect the publication; some, for example, use the primer as toilet paper. The pages containing prayers and litanies at the back of the book are printed on pink paper while the majority of the book is printed in black on cream.

It is liberally illustrated with diagrams, forms, tables and devotional pictures. As it is written in-universe, the actual tone of the book trends towards the blackly humorous rather than the informative, as it is basically a list of the various unfortunate ways an Imperial Guardsman can die most of them at the hands of the Commissariatwildly inaccurate information about various Xenos species a Guardsman may encounter, and prayers, litanies and thoughts for the day the latter written at the bottom of every page.

The Imperial Infantryman’s Uplifting Primer – Warhammer 40k – Lexicanum

Upliftinf the fieldcraft and maintenance sections of the book prioritise entertainment for the reader over a more ‘realistic’ dry and informative format.

This brief section includes a foreword by Lord General Militant Huxlow, as well as the forms for the particulars of the Guardsman issued the Primer and the death notice for the same.

In which the Guardsman may learn the many, many, many ways in which he or she may contravene Imperial regulations and face punishment. Which tends to be death.

It also includes general information on the Guard, as well as basic instruction in training and guard upliftlng. In which the Guardsman may find a list of their standard-issue gear – which may not be lost or be otherwise unaccounted for – as well as an introduction to and instruction in the use of other weapons and equipment. In which the Guardsman learns exactly how important they are. Also includes information on Abhuman troop types, map-reading, scouting, pulling security, sanitation and survival techniques.


In which the Guardsmen learns of the various forms of armour-plated death that exist in the galaxy. In which gardsmen Guardsmen learns of the inferior nature of the enemies he or she may face, such as the cowardly Orksthe idiotic Tyranids and the weak Eldar. Also features warnings against truck with guardsmn dark forces.

In which the Guardsmen learns of the various ways they may be inconvenienced by enemy action or accident, and what may be done about it. A collection of pages especially designed to provide comfort and relief in those difficult situations.

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