Seventy-five years ago, beginning on May 10, 1940, German forces struck against Western Europe, invading Holland, Belgium and France.
When Nazi Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, they found the Polish military to be inferior in numbers, but not completely short-changed in effective equipment or fighting spirit.
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.
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.
Truth is often stranger than fiction. In this case, some strange truth was adapted into fiction and ultimately became part of the plot of a pretty good action movie.
In response to the new Allied armored threat, Waffenfabrik Mauser AG quickly designed and produced a special rifle to fight tanks: the 13.2 mm Tank Abwehr Gewehr M1918, or “T-Gewehr.”
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.