Weapons of World War II A Photographic Guide to Tanks, by G.M. Barnes

By G.M. Barnes

International warfare II marked not just the tip of a terrifying time in Europe, but additionally the dawning of many technological breakthroughs. In guns of worldwide battle II, written by way of the manager of the learn and Engineering place of work of Ordnance, G. M. Barnes discusses some of the guns used through the conflict.

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Good gun oil required as lubricant to prevent gumming, but have been used in foxhole fighting day and night for a week without cleaning and lubricating. ” U. S. 30, M1—Left Side. An Infantryman, crouched in his foxhole on the Vire front in France, fires his M1 rifle at the enemy through a gap in the protecting hedgerow. The M1 rifle had no equal in the war. Sgt. Walter H. , Infantry Squad Leader, demonstrates firing position for the mortar grenade, a combination of a mortar projectile and a rifle grenade.

Toward the end of the war, it was estimated that the Ordnance Department was at least a year ahead of the demands of the using services for most types of equipment. It often occurred, when new equipment was devised, that no battlefield need could be seen at the time of its origin. In such instances, production orders were withheld until demands arose. This practice frequently brought about delays of a year or more in getting the equipment into the hands of the troops. During the last two years of the war, however, a new system was introduced, whereby a limited number of a new ordnance item would be made: for example, the 75-mm recoilless rifle.

Normal pressure 48,000 lb. lsq. in. , tracer SMALL ARMS The United States for many years has led all other countries in the development and manufacture of small arms, especially automatic weapons. 30 rifle, M1903, and its modifications. Popularly known as the Springfield rifle, it had the world-wide reputation of being one of the best rifles in existence, if indeed not the very best. Soon after the 1918 Armistice, the Ordnance Department started working on a semiautomatic shoulder rifle to replace the Springfield.

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