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    WWII Garands in action

    Thought I'd see if anyone was interested in some photos from WWII involving Garands and other US weapons. If this takes up too much BW let me know, I'll post others
    on another server and link to them. I find them fascinating, maybe others will as well...
    The last one is Veronica Foster, (b.1922 - d.2000) popularly known as "Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl",she was a Canadian icon representing nearly one million Canadian women who worked in the manufacturing plants that produced munitions and materiel during World War II.
    Bruce
    Bruce Herrmann
    "Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen."
    Mark Twain

    #2
    Cool pics, the first one is on the left side of our forum banner!
    m14brian

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      #3
      Brian, I noticed that after I posted it, the one in my post was colorized by some patient soul, my hats off to them. What a tedious process. Not a bad match, getting picky the stock
      on the Garand seems a bit light but that's really picky, nice job. Here are a couple more, a bit green on the one uniform but again, pretty difficult job.
      Bruce Herrmann
      "Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen."
      Mark Twain

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        #4
        I think he did a pretty excellent job.
        m14brian

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          #5
          Here's the full size version from my avatar, great image, love the vantage point the guy chose, sitting on boxes of Japanese ammo crates...
          Now that I look at it more closely, almost looks posed. The guy has what appears to be nearly new everything, uniform, kit, and the Garand
          looks nearly perfect. Either a replacement or just one clean GI.....
          Last edited by Bulletguide; 09-02-2015, 11:24 AM. Reason: terrible grammer
          Bruce Herrmann
          "Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen."
          Mark Twain

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          • M1ashooter
            M1ashooter commented
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            I believe this Marine was identified on the US Militaria Forum and if my memory serves me correctly it was under a post about his fighting knife.

          #6
          I may have spoken too soon, taking a close look at the rear handguard, it appears to have broken behind the rear handguard clip... maybe I'm seeing things but something appears to be missing there...
          Bruce Herrmann
          "Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen."
          Mark Twain

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            #7
            Yup, the rear hand guard is broken off at the clip. Good eyes!

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              #8
              I don't know if there is much interest here but I'll post a few more photos, no doubt some are repeats, I try to find and save images that I think are not often noticed. Some sniper images here that are interesting...
              Bruce


              Last edited by Bulletguide; 09-21-2015, 03:19 PM.
              Bruce Herrmann
              "Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen."
              Mark Twain

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                #9
                Nice 1903 scoped rifle...


                I've seen this Life magazine cover a number of time and just noticed the early deep-notched front site..



                Bruce Herrmann
                "Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen."
                Mark Twain

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                  #10
                  That's a huge scope on that 1903!
                  m14brian

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                    #11
                    I was thinking the same thing. Do you see any support on the muzzle end? Seems like a lot of scope hanging off that forward mount...

                    Here's one that has me stumped. Two Russian Partisans fighting, one with a machine gun I'm not familiar with. Anyone here know what
                    it is?
                    Bruce Herrmann
                    "Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen."
                    Mark Twain

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                      #12
                      In the above photo pf the two partisans, the machine gun is the German Maxim Model 08/15 light machine and the cartridges also appear to be German 7,92x57mm.

                      The butt stock is homemade and not original

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                        #13
                        Thank you for that info. I would assume then that the toggle bar on the right side of the receiver is reciprocating... would not want to get hit by that....
                        The stock does look a little crude, I think the original would have been a more user friendly arched or curved piece that would fit a bit more comfortably in the shoulder. This Partisan
                        is using his cartridges as a bit of a buffer, a somewhat unusual way to minimize felt recoil. I would imagine it would have been scavenged from a downed WWI aircraft? Just a guess but I know they were used in that application a lot. The fact that it's air-cooled would have been less of a problem in an airplane, on the ground they were not as effective unless a lot of control was exercised by the user.... thanks again, good catch.
                        (also, based on the position of his sights, he is probably staying in cover and shooting from a fairly long distance- can't say I blame him)
                        Bruce Herrmann
                        "Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen."
                        Mark Twain

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                          #14
                          I do not think it is a combat picture, the Maxim 08/15 was bipod mounted and the Germans almost always used a drum to contain the belted cartridges. The 08/15
                          light machine gun was an infantry weapon as the aircraft variations has the perforated barrel jacket and were lighter. The main reason the Germans were forced to
                          develop a light weight somewhat mobile machine gun was because of the large number of Lewis light machine guns being used by the British during WW1

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