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Vintage Saturday: AR10 in Angola

Portuguese Para in Angola

Portuguese Para in Angola

From the look in his eyes, he knows you will burn down a village to get one of those rifles.

Note the integral bipod on the AR-10 (A Portuguese m961 model).

Vintage Saturday: Austrian Prisoners

Austrian prisoners in Murmansk, 1916

Austrian prisoners of war in Murmansk, 1916 (from Prokudin-Gorsky.org – click to enlarge)

This photo is an original color picture, not a modern colorization – taken by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky, a pioneer of color photography. Also of interest, note that the Russian guard on the far left is armed with a Berdan II rifle […]

Vintage Saturday: Snipers in Shorts

French soldiers in Chad in 1971

French soldiers in Chad in 1971

The man in the front has an FR-F1, a French-issue sniper’s rifle roughly based on the MAS-36. The man others appear to have MAS 49/56 semiauto rifles. And of course, it wouldn’t be a desert deployment in the 70s without short-shorts!

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Vintage Saturday: Lined up on the Somme

French and British troops on the Somme, 1918

French and British troops on the Somme, 1918

Actions of the Somme Crossings. Men of the 20th British Division and the 22nd French Division in hastily dug rifle pits covering a road, Nesle sector, 25th March 1918.

 

the Frenchman in the foreground has a Modele 1892 Mosqueton, and the British man behind him […]

Vintage Saturday: Short-Lived Nation

Biafran troops, circa 1968

Biafran troops, circa 1968

The Republic of Biafra was supported by Czechoslovakia during its brief existence, and the men here are equipped with a Czech ZB-53 machine gun and what appears to be a CZ-47 or CZ-247 submachine gun.

Vintage Saturday: Send a Gun to Defend a British Home!

British women sort through guns donated by Americans for the Home Guard.

British women sort through donated American guns for the Home Guard.

“When the ships from America approached our shores with their priceless arms special trains were waiting in all the ports to receive their cargoes,” Churchill recalled. “The Home Guard in every county, in every town, in every village, sat up all through the […]

Vintage Saturday: Sniper Troubles

British troops in Northern Ireland, 1971

British troops in Northern Ireland, 1971

Hard to use those face shields and still get a sight picture…

Vintage Saturday: Life and Death in the Mud

French soldier standing over German dead. Souain, France, ca. 1915.(Bibliotheque Nationale de France Francois-Mitterrand)

Vintage Saturday: Folding Transport

French bicycle soldier with an 1892 Berthier carbine

Not just any bicycle, but a folding Gladiator bicycle!

He can also use it as a rifle rest!

 

Or camouflage and cover…?

You can see the entire 13-photo set here. Thanks to Denny for pointing these pictures out!

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Vintage Saturday: Fixed Bayonets

French soldiers attacking in the Argonne in 1915

French Poilu attacking uphill in the Argonne in 1915