Faced with waves of advancing Allied tanks, the Germans developed the massive 13.2 mm Tankgewehr. This one survived the war, but not a fire. Here’s the story of how a restorer put it back together for future generations.
While used previously in defense of the Philippines, the American M1 would not see European-theater combat until August of 1942, during a botched raid on Dieppe.
Invaded by the expansionist Soviet Union in 1939, the Finns, a small nation of practiced riflemen, held Stalin’s hordes at bay for months with Mosin-Nagants and other small arms, including those designed by Aimo Lahti.
Rendered in blued steel and walnut, Winchester’s .224-cal. Light Weight Military Rifle could well have become the U.S. Army’s standard arm. But the company gave up on the project in the face of competition from Armalite and its futuristic AR-15.
With its origins in the Great War, the .50-cal. Browning machine gun—on land, on the sea and in the air—was a decisive arm for America’s victory over Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. And, remarkably, it’s still in service today.
When U.S. forces rushed to stop the North Koreans from overrunning South Korea in 1950, there were almost no American snipers. As the battle lines stabilized, that would change, and the war would become ideal for the employment of well-equipped and well-trained snipers.