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WWII Weapons Used in Combat!
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This page discusses weapons used in the ABC-TV series Combat! that originally ran in the United States from 1962 through 1967.

British Rifles

Enfield rifle

The British rifle during the war was the Enfield No.4 Mk.I. The British army used this weapon from 1902 into WWII. This weapon uses a detachable ten-round magazine. Bolt action. Range 547 yards. Caliber .303 inches

The rifles used by the British soldiers in "What are the Bugles Blowin' For?" look to be American Springfield '03 rifles, a bolt-action weapon developed in 1903.

Where to find Enfield equipment

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Recommended Reading about Enfield Rifles:

British Enfield Rifles, Vol. 1, SMLE (No.1) Mk I and Mk III 

British Enfield Rifles, Lee-Enfield No. 4 and No. 5 Rifles - Vol II

An incredibly detailed book geared for Enfield collectors. Great history and illustrations. From the description of the book:

"At the start of World War II, Great Britain was badly under armed. The disastrous campaigns in France in 1940 which resulted in the massive evacuation under fire of British and Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk and Calais further depleted her inventory of arms. Massive shipments of military arms from the U.S. Government and sporting arms from private American citizens helped to ease the situation somewhat, but it was the amazing production program that the British had put into effect as early as September 1939 that saved the British Army [...] The No. 4 Enfield was produced in a wide number of variations, most having to do with ways to cut production costs and time. The rifles poured out of the factories and were shipped to the soldiers in the front lines and training camps as fast they could be made. The No. 4 provided excellent service in the British tommy's hands from the Arctic Circle to the North African Desert to the steamy jungles of Burma..." [see more]

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The Lee Enfield Number Four Rifles

This detailed look at the Number 4 series of rifles, used by British soldiers from World War II to Korea, is full of photos and illustrations showing full-length views of rifles, closeups of actions, and various parts. The book provides a general history of the series, with chapters on the various marks, plus the Number 4 Mark 1(T) sniper rifle. Sniper instructions and No. 32 telescope sight details also are included in the book. 30 photographs, 18 illustrations. 64 pages long.


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 "Sten" Gun

British soldiers carry authentic British "Sten" guns (machine pistols with the magazine protruding from the side) in "Luck with Rainbows" and "What are the Bugles Blowin' For?" According to the website The Sten Gun website, "The Sten Gun was not popular among troops, who called it the "Plumber's Nightmare" or "Plumber's Abortion" (in reference to its' ungainly appearance and resembling to a piece of tubing).  In addition to jamming, it was also very prone to accidentally discharging, especially if dropped.  Many Canadians were wounded or even killed by Sten Guns even before being committed to battle."
(Photo right: French resistance fighter with Sten Gun. Poster)

 

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