Know Your Weapons: Mannlicher M1895 Rifle

AUSTRIA-HUNGARY’S M-95 Rifle

 

“The M95 proved itself one of the finest battle rifles of the First World War. It weighed around a pound less than its equally lengthy peers and was slim and almost delicate by comparison. The soldiers who carried it appreciated its light weight but the Allied soldiers facing the M95 in the icy Alps and trenches took note of its high rate of fire compared to their turn-bolt action guns. The M95 was capable of 30–35 rounds a minute while turn-bolt actions were generally limited to 15–20 shots a minute. The simplicity of the straight-pull’s forward-backward bolt operation certainly made it easier to master than a turn-bolt action, which requires twice the number of motions to cycle. In addition, the upward motion to lift a cock-on-opening bolt handle — for example the Lebel, Berthier, M1903 Springfield, Carcano — is physically more difficult and more disruptive to the aim. The British SMLE, which cocked on the forward stroke like the Mannlicher, was the M95’s closest rival in speed of operation.”

 

Know Your Obscure WW1 History: German Zeppelins Made from Cow Intestines?

German Zeppelins Were Made with Cow Intestines And It Led To Sausage Restrictions During WWI

 

Here’s an Obscure Fact you can use sometime when Discussing World War One!

 

Know Your WW1 History: April 25, 1915 – WWI Allied Troops Land in Gallipoli

April 25, 1915 – WWI Allied Troops Land in Gallipoli

 

Excellent overview of the Gallipoli campaign debacle.

It is important to note that some historians have attempted to lay the blame of this military tragedy solely at Winston Churchill’s feet (who at the time was the Lord of the Admiralty) but this is not the case as the article states:

Winston Churchill, Lord of the Admiralty, tried to argue for a combined attack by the army and navy; a purely naval attack would merely provide the Turkish artillery with an opportunity to make literal the concept of “turkey shoot.” But the War Minister, Lord Kitchener, declined to provide any troops for Churchill’s navy; he felt they were needed in Europe. Thus Churchill was forced to do his best with the navy, and the inevitable disaster ensued.

Sidebar: The Australian TV series Gallipoli (2015) was really well done and I highly recommend it if you have not seen it.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

Savage M1918 Aircraft Lewis at the Range (With Rare Tripod Mount!)

Savage M1918 Aircraft Lewis at the Range (With Rare Tripod Mount!)

 

A True Blast from the Past!

What made the American Lewis Gun so powerful is it fired the venerable .30-06 round!

A bonafide Man Stopper!

Know Your WW1 Weapons: The Great British Machine Gun Controversy

Weapons and Warfare

The Vickers was used for indirect fire against enemy positions at ranges up to 4,500 yards (4,115 m) with Mark VIIIz ammunition. This plunging fire was used to great effect against road junctions, trench systems, forming up points, and other locations that might be observed by a forward observer, or zeroed in at one time for future attacks, or guessed at by men using maps and experience. Sometimes a location might be zeroed in during the day, and then attacked at night, much to the surprise and confusion of the enemy. New Zealand units were especially fond of this use. A white disc would be set up on a pole near the MMG, and the gunner would aim at a mark on it, knowing that this corresponded to aiming at the distant target. There was a special back-sight with a tall extension on it for this purpose. The only similar…

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