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Great Ordinances

Great Ordinances

Peter F. Rothermel The Landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock (1854) On 20 December 1620, Miles Standish, a professional soldier in the employ of the people we have come to call the Pilgrims, found a place to mount the ‘ordinance’ that had crossed the Atlantic with him. This hill, which stood some 400 meters inland from the shore, rose…

STREAMLIGHT LAUNCHES PROTAC 2AA-X USB TACTICAL LIGHT

STREAMLIGHT LAUNCHES PROTAC 2AA-X USB TACTICAL LIGHT

Streamlight Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting and weapon light/laser sighting devices, introduced the ProTac 2AA-X USB personal carry light, a rechargeable version of its popular ProTac 2AA flashlight, featuring multi-fuel capability with USB or disposable battery options while delivering 550 lumens and 10,250 candela. The exceptionally lightweight light, small enough to fit in a pocket or attach to clothing or gear,…

Why Marines Loved Jeeps

Why Marines Loved Jeeps

US Marines on Cape Gloucester (1944) While searching for traces of the elusive 20mm dual-purpose gun, I found a report about the use of jeeps in a US Army field exercise. Dated 22 October 1941, this document sheds some light on the decision, taken in January of 1942, to treble the number of such trucks allowed to each infantry regiment…

Springfield Armory Hellcat Review

Springfield Armory Hellcat Review

The Springfield Armory Hellcat has made waves in the concealed carry market, and for good reason. This micro-compact pistol promises high capacity in a small frame, combined with excellent ergonomics and top-notch reliability. Having spent considerable time with the Hellcat, I can confidently share insights into its design, features, and what sets it apart from the competition. Introduction When Springfield…

Over Open Sights

Over Open Sights

A German field gun in direct-fire mode (Spring 1918) On 10 July 1918, the General Headquarters of the American Expeditionary Forces in France published a pamphlet that contained descriptions, told from the point of view of British participants, of three recent engagements. The following is a verbatim copy of the third of these three reports. The third incident was given…

Harmonizing Heavy Weapons

Harmonizing Heavy Weapons

German machine gun crew in France (Summer 1918) On 10 July 1918, the General Headquarters of the American Expeditionary Forces in France published a pamphlet that, after describing three recent engagements, tried to identify the common features of the tactics employed. This post, the last in a series of four, provides a verbatim copy of this analysis, which comes close…

Attack upon a Rifle Platoon

Attack upon a Rifle Platoon

A British Lewis gun team in France (Spring 1918) On 10 July 1918, the General Headquarters of the American Expeditionary Forces in France published a pamphlet that contained descriptions, told from the point of view of British participants, of three recent engagements. The following is a verbatim copy of the second of these three reports.1 A platoon commander gave me…

Attack upon a Machine Gun Platoon

Attack upon a Machine Gun Platoon

German infantry working forward near the Chemin des Dames (May 1918) On 10 July 1918, the General Headquarters of the American Expeditionary Forces in France published a pamphlet that contained descriptions, told from the point of view of British participants, of recent engagements. The following is a verbatim copy of one of these reports.1 A 2nd Lieutenant of the [British]…

Trench Mortars of the Republic

Trench Mortars of the Republic

A medium (17 cm) Minenwerfer on maneuvers (1927) When, in June of 1919, the government of the new German republic signed the Treaty of Versailles, it promised to divest itself of the two thousand or so heavy trench mortars it had inherited from the armies of Prussia, Bavaria, Saxony, and Württemberg. At the same time, it received permission from the…