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Vintage Saturday: Mr. Lee Goes to China

British Marines from the HMS Alacrity in China with Lee-Metford rifles (1900)

Note the bandoliers of individual cartridges – these Lee-Metfords predate the adoption of charger clips, and would have been reloading one round at a time.

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Vintage Saturday: Liberator

Chinese man with a Liberator pistol

Chinese man with a Liberator pistol. Source: The Liberator Pistol by Ralph Hagan

Photo taken by John Brunner outside OSS headquarters in Kunming, 1945.

Vintage Saturday: Armor Terror

Panzerschreck crew using an RPzB-54

Panzerschreck crew using an RPzB-54

Technically speaking, Raketenpanzerbüchse 54, inspired by the US Bazooka.

Type 11 LMG w/ Tripod

IJA soldier in Chine with a Nambu Type 11 LMG and its tripod

Reader Blake sent me a couple very interesting photos recently, and they show a pretty unusual item – a Nambu Type 11 tripod. Blake is an American living with his Japanese wife in Japan, and these photos are of her grandfather, Katsuji Aritsue, who served in the Imperial Japanese Army in China, where he was […]

Vintage Saturday Correction: Spare a Light?

French officer with a Lebel rifle and barrel-mounted light

Long-time reader and commenter Eon took a closer look at yesterday’s photo and recognized what I had not – it isn’t a line-throwing rifle, it’s a light mounted under the barrel. His comment in full:

The “can” definitely has an electrical connection at its bottom rear. The double-stranded line from it leads to a switch […]

Vintage Saturday: Throw Me a Line!

French officer with a Lebel rifle and barrel-mounted light

French officer with a Lebel rifle converted to throw lines

Vintage Saturday: Big Boys Toy

Irish troops unpacking a new Boys Anti-Tank Rifle

I’m those helmets wouldn’t ever have become friendly fire magnets…

The Republic of Ireland opted to copy the German WWI Stahlhelm design rather than use British Brodie-style helmets. Until 1940, anyway, and I think it’s pretty clear why they changed. The rifle here, of course, is a MkI Boys Anti-Tank Rifle, which would prove […]

Vintage Saturday: Father and Son

Father (Grandfather?) and Son in Afghanistan with a Martini and an SMLE

Father (grandfather?) and son in Afghanistan with a Martini and an SMLE. Photo from Modern Wars Old Guns

One day the boy will inherit the SMLE, and probably go on fighting whichever country has decided to occupy Afghanistan by that time. Maybe it will be China? They haven’t taken a turn yet. Having the […]

Papasan Chair as Antiaircraft Mount

German Maxim in antiaircraft mounting

All he’s missing is a cupholder

German MG08 Maxim in antiaircraft mounting, at some point during WWI. Note the spider sights mounted halfway down the jacket, and the belt reel. Those reels allowed the guns to reliably feed at all manner of odd angles – much better than having a long belt hanging down […]

Vintage Saturday: The Mustache is Mightier than the Machine Gun

Polish soldier on the line near Gazala, Libya - February 1942

Anyone who has watched Clint Eastwood movies knows what’s coming with a squint like that.

Polish soldier on the line near Gazala, Libya – February 1942. Armed with a Browning M1919A4 and a Boys AT rifle in the truck as well.

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