British Army patrol in Northern Ireland, circa 1971
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
Conquering France with Polish guns
German soldier in France with a captured Polish Maroszek wz.35 anti-tank rifle.
Mass recoil sensitivity!
Soviet snipers train at ranging aircraft with 91/30 PU rifles.
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.
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 [...]
Trigger discipline in WWI wasn’t the treated the way it is today.
From left to right, a 1914 Hotchkiss, a captured German MG08, and a 1907 St. Etienne.
After the war is over these will become pretty valuable, right?
German troops with captured Mosin Nagant rifles (and one SVT-40).