Ja, even zee anchor is essential equipment! (photo from Drake Goodman)
A German WWI pioneer displays (rather sarcastically) the gear he has to carry – complete with wagon, ladder, 2-man saw, naval anchor, axe, sledgehammer, and pipe (click to see the full size version). The more things change, the more they stay the same…
Army-issue hip waders: important gear in a country below sea level!
Dutch soldiers with M95 carbines in a canal, 1939 – from WarAlbum.ru.
Not the cool Roosevelt – we know he liked his .405-caliber Big Medicine. I’m talking about the other one:
Leszek found this on eBay (you can buy it if you want; I have no connection to the seller). Reportedly it’s a press photo from 1920 (during his V-P bid), before he contracted Polio. [...]
I wonder what’s going on behind that knowing smile?
Spanish militiawoman during the Civil War, with a Mauser rifle and what appears to be an early Star pistol (model 1919 possibly?)
Please don’t feed the wildlife!
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Really, how am I supposed to bite Russians wearing this thing?(photo from http://sa-kuva.fi/)
Finnish dog wearing a canine gas mask during the Winter War.
Note the distinctive palanca of the JoLoAr pistol being held on the captured Nationalist officer. Identity of the officer unknown, photo taken July 1938.
Antifascists holding a captured officer at gunpoint with a JoLoAr pistol during the Spanish Civil War.
Check back Monday for a video on the JoLoAr!
Chauchats are better than nothing when Stalin is your neighbor
Lots of Mosin-Nagant rifles, and we’re guessing also Swedish Mausers. Plus, of course, the two Chauchats and a Maxim 1910. Thanks to Dave for the photo!
Not allowed to make your own guns? Just get ‘em from across the border!
German soldiers training with a Czech CZ30(t) machine gun, a refined Vickers gun used mostly for air service. Thanks to Beryl for the photo!
Also available for labor relations assistance!
New York City policemen on an Indian motorcycle, with a Colt 1895 machine gun mounted rather ad-hoc on the sidecar (May 18, 1918). Thanks to Patrick for the photo!