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Jake Holman Jr.'s Article – August 2010 Archive (4)

Words as Weapons: German Progranda Grenade

Through psychological warfare from antiquity to the modern age, military leaders have used words and images to leverage myths, fear and hopes to influence their enemies.

During the Second World War propaganda both in radio and printed forms reached their cultural pinnacles. And it was in Germany where tactical level psywar was dispensed at the end of a gun.

Rifle launched grenades were used in numbers by both Allied and Axis forces during World War II. They took… Continue

Added by Jake Holman Jr. on August 25, 2010 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Folding Gun of Gaul: The MAT-49

After World War II, the French military establishment wanted to embrace the small-arms renaissance of the submachine gun. By the late 1940s, the French had their gun, the MAT-49.

The MAT-49, chambered in 9mm Parabellum, was constructed mainly out of stamped pieces of heavy sheet steel. Machining parts was kept to a minimum to reduce cost and production time.

As a direct blowback weapon, it fired from the open bolt (bolt locks back and is released with the pull of the… Continue

Added by Jake Holman Jr. on August 18, 2010 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Ever heard of LILO?

Didn't think so. But during World War II the British decided a simple, effective weapon was needed to punch through heavily fortified fighting positions, pill boxes and bunkers.

The lessons were learned the hard way as the United States and British encountered Imperial Japanese forces in robustly protected positions.

In France the United States found that a single 155mm artillery round would effectively destroy a 7ft thick concrete German bunker. And to truly… Continue

Added by Jake Holman Jr. on August 11, 2010 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

The Monitor: FBIs First Fighting Rifle

When American gangsters, bootleggers and outlaws ran police roadblocks in the 1930s they were often better armed than the law enforcers manning the blockades. With no real uniformity in long arms, police around the United States picked up anything and everything they could to enforce the law against well equipped criminals.

And at the height of the gangster wars of the 1930s, the Federal Bureau of Investigation went toe-to-toe with automatic weapons without an official long… Continue

Added by Jake Holman Jr. on August 4, 2010 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

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