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Vintage Saturday: Fusil d’Assaut

Very pleased with his captured rifle!

Very pleased with his captured rifle! Source: Histoire de Couleurs

A Chasseur à pied of the 19e Battalion on the road between Breteuil and Flers, Somme. 10th of April 1918. This Battalion had been on foot after heavy fighting in order to occupy the village of Grivesnes, South of Moreuil in France. The rifle [...]

Vintage Saturday: Cover

German soldier with a PPSh-41 submachine gun

German soldier with a PPSh-41 submachine gun somewhere in Russia. Gotta be careful with those as a German; the drum magazine was a distinctively Russian feature and could lead to friendly fire incidents.

Vintage Saturday: Roller Skates

British Army patrol in Northern Ireland, circa 1971

British Army patrol in Northern Ireland, circa 1971

Vintage Saturday: Trench Armor

German dugout w grabenpanzer armor

This dugout has a particularly high mustache and bayonet density (photo from Drake Goodman)

Interestingly, one of the German troops in the front row is wearing grabenpanzer steel armor. This was reportedly used primarily for machine gun crews and sharpshooters – soldiers whose jobs were particularly heavy on staying in one place and being [...]

Vintge Saturday: Holding Things Down

Usually one uses sandbags or ammo cans for this, but when all else fails…

German soldier using his body weight to stabilize an MG34 on an anti-aircraft tripod.

Vintage Saturday: Commando, Eh?

Is that a Lanchester mag in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Canadian Commando with a Lanchester SMG. It wasn’t only the Japanese who put huge bayonets on subguns!

I do wonder how awkward it would get to use Lanchester mags, with their 50-round capacity. Notice the front pouches this [...]

Vintage Saturday: Antitank Rifle

German soldier with a captured Polish Maroszek wz.35 anti-tank rifle

Conquering France with Polish guns

German soldier in France with a captured Polish Maroszek wz.35 anti-tank rifle.

Vintage Saturday: More Anti-Aircraft

Mass recoil sensitivity!

Soviet snipers train at ranging aircraft with 91/30 PU rifles.

Vintage Friday: Russians

The fixed bayonets are not a common sight… (photo from WarAlbum.ru)

Russian troops with SVT-40 rifles in a particularly photogenic framing. My book review planned for today isn’t quite done yet, so I’m changing up the schedule a bit.

Vintage Saturday: Why They Make Tripods Like That

He’s exhausted from carrying that gun. It’s just about the heaviest MMG ever conceived, and the tripod’s no lightweight either.

Waffen-SS soldier manning a Czech ZB-37 machine gun on its tripod. Note that the articulated tripod legs have been put to good use mounting the gun up on a large rock that offers some [...]