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That "Damned, Jammed Chauchat"

Issued to American Doughboys and Marines during World War I, the Chauchat automatic rifle was plagued with problems.

“Where Will We Bury Them All?” Finnish Arms Of The Winter War

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.

The Pigeon Jaegers: German Anti-Pigeon Patrols in Normandy

Despite breaking the German “Enigma” codes during World War II, this coup of signals intelligence and code-breaking still could not deliver the all of the detail information needed to flesh out the Allied assessment of German defenses in Normandy.

Infantry Arms of the Battle of France, May-June 1940

Seventy-five years ago, beginning on May 10, 1940, German forces struck against Western Europe, invading Holland, Belgium and France.

Days of Infamy—The M1 Garand's Baptism By Fire

Nearly three-quarters of a century ago, the “U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1,” was first used in combat in defense of the Philippines. Although the American and Filipino troops—the “Battling Bastards of Bataan”—were defeated, the M1 performed well. And, like MacArthur, the Garand would return.

“Grim Reapers”: The Machine Guns of World War I

A century ago, Americans of the American Expeditionary Force arrived in France and began filtering into the death and stalemate of the trenches. Machine guns transformed the battlefield of the Western Front, and here is a look at guns nicknamed the “Grim reapers” or the "Devil’s Paintbrush.”

Machine Guns of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I

Here are a few of the machine guns in use by the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in France.

Machine Guns Take Flight During The Great War

Man had barely learned to fly when he decided to both fly and fight. With both in their infancy, the machine gun was the natural partner of the aircraft in this endeavor.

The Tommy Gun “In Country”: The Thompson SMG in Vietnam

Shortly after President Kennedy increased military aid to South Vietnam, crates of Thompsons were on their way to Southeast Asia, providing yet another chance for the Tommy gun to serve.

Blood on the Border: The Battle of Columbus

In the early hours of March 19, 1916, American cavalrymen and armed citizens fought a pitched battle against Pancho Villa’s raiders.

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