Dating the m1 garand
Every screw and spring counted when these men staked their lives on these machines of war.Each piece represents a nation’s best effort to produce a weapon on a massive scale; balancing machine time, material consumption, reliability, precision, and ease of use.In 1939 the Second World War started when Germany invaded Poland and was opposed by France and Britain.Germany’s machine quality and engineering prowess served it well at the beginning of the conflict.French attempts at automatic rifles before and during WWI led to frustrations with the awkward 8mm Lebel cartridge.A new 7.5mm round was developed from the American 30-06 through the 1920′s.Since the new ammunition was meant to support automatic weaponry in parallel development, the bolt action infantry rifle in 7.5mm was almost an afterthought.
We’ve decided to focus in on the individual pieces of the soldiers’ personal weapons.
But complicated devices take time and their material and manpower shortages from rapid expansion and losses on many fronts began to bleed the Reich dry.
Without strong allies in their war efforts, Germans succumbed to the sheer weight of the USSR’s and the USA’s ability to produce fresh soldiers, fresh tanks, and fresh planes.
A discussion of France’s involvement in WWII can get pretty complicated.
It was truly a divided country during most of the war and her soldiers saw service across the globe.
Even US soldiers lost their lives to French guns during landings in Vichy controlled North Africa.