American G.I.s thwarted Hitler’s last-ditch offensive, even though Hitler threw the best men and weapons that he had available against America's troops in the Ardennes. Here the author looks at the small arms used by our troops to stop the Nazi war machine dead in its tracks.
While many are familiar with more widely known examples of late World War II German small arms like the MP44 and Gewehr 43, few know of the simplistic "People's Storm Rifle" designed and built specifically for use by the conscripted Volkssturm, the VG1-5 Volkssturmgewehr.
A hostile German business climate against firearms manufacturers and a lack of demand led to the closure of the SIG Sauer GmbH plant in Eckernförde, Germany.
An infantryman with the 3rd Armored Division figures prominently in the bestselling book Spearhead. Now 95 years old, Buck Marsh relates some of his combat experiences as a rifleman armed with the M1 Garand from three-quarters of a century ago.
Seventy-five years ago, 20,000 Polish citizens—men, women and children alike—rose against their German occupiers.
By the early 1930s, Germany was working clandestinely to circumvent the military restrictions imposed on it by the Versailles Treaty. One way to get around prohibitions on military training was to obscure it under the guise of “sport.”