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Browning .30-caliber Machine Guns, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN32
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    About this Osprey Publishing BookFirst adopted in 1917, the rugged and reliable Browning .30-caliber machine gun remained in US service into the Vietnam era, and is still occasionally found in use elsewhere even today. Produced in both water-cooled and air-cooled versions, it has been employed in every imaginable role for a machine gun - antipersonnel, antiaircraft, mounted on aircraft as both defensive and offensive armament, defensive armament aboard vehicles (armored and soft-skin), mounted...

    Browning .50-Caliber Machine Guns, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN4
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      Author: Gordon L RottmanIllustrators: Alan Gilliland Johnny ShumateAbout this bookThe Browning _50-cal_ has become the longest serving weapon in the US inventory. The _fifty_ has been employed in every imaginable role for a machine gun. It is considered such an effective and reliable weapon that few countries ever attempted to develop an equivalent weapon. Even the Japanese created a copy of it during World War II when the US was producing literally thousands every month to use in every...

      German Automatic Rifles 1941-45, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN24
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        About this Osprey Publishing BookThis book explores the origins, development, combat use and lasting influence of Nazi Germany's automatic rifles, focusing on the Gew 41(W), Gew 43/Kar 43, FG 42 and MP 43/StG 44. The Blitzkrieg campaigns of 1939-40 convinced many observers that most infantry combat took place at closer ranges than the 750-1,000m. From 1941 Germany's arms designers took note and produced a new series of infantry firearms. This study not only provides a detailed technical...

        Katana: The Samurai Sword, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN5
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          Author: Stephen TurnbullIllustrator: Johnny ShumateAbout this bookThe Samurai sword of Japan is probably the finest edged weapon ever made. This volume by leading Samurai expert Stephen Turnbull reveals the story of how and why it achieved this distinction. Particular attention is paid to the development of the familiar curved blade from the original straight blades, the associated development of Japan_s famous steel-making techniques and the challenges from contemporary warfare. Together with...

          Mauser Military Rifles, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN39
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            About this Osprey Publishing BookThis volume offers an insight into the iconic Mauser family of German bolt-action rifles. Drawing on first-hand accounts of the weapons in combat and primary sources regarding their mechanical performance, this fully illustrated study charts the Mauser's origins, combat record and lasting influence. It explores the full range of Mauser rifles, beginning with the hugely successful Gew 98, which entered service in the time of the Kaiser, provided the basis for...

            Medieval Handgonnes: The First Black Powder Infantry Weapons, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN3
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              Author: Sean McLachlanIllustrators: Gerry Embleton Sam EmbletonAbout this bookIn the early 14th century, a new weapon entered the arsenals of European armies. This first generation of black powder weapons put fear into the heart of the enemy and in 1453 Ottoman cannon succeeded in pummelling the once-impregnable walls of Constantinople. But cannons, which are both slow and cumbersome, were difficult to use and often proved inaccurate. The first handgonnes were the answer. Easily dismissed by...

              MG 34 and MG 42 Machine Guns, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN21
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                Author: Chris McNabIllustrators: Ramiro Bujeiro Alan GillilandAbout this bookWith the MG 34, the German Wehrmacht introduced an entirely new concept in automatic firepower _ the general-purpose machine gun (GPMG). In itself the MG 34 was an excellent weapon: an air-cooled, recoil-operated machine gun that could deliver killing firepower at ranges of more than 1,000m. Yet simply by changing its mount and feed mechanism, the operator could radically transform its function. On its standard bipod...

                Mp 38 & Mp 40 Submachine Guns, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN31
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                  About this Osprey Publishing BookNazi Germany's MP 38 and MP 40 submachine guns are among World War II's most recognizable weapons. Portable and with folding stocks, both were widely issued to airborne troops and became the hallmark of Germany's infantry section and platoon leaders. A million were produced during the conflict - and many found their ways into the hands of paramilitary and irregular forces from Israel to Vietnam after the war. Featuring specially commissioned full-color artwork...

                  Panzerfaust And Panzerschreck, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN36
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                    About this Osprey Publishing BookTwo of World War II's most distinctive weapons, the Panzerfaust and Panzerschreck offered German and other infantrymen the ability to destroy enemy tanks singlehandedly at close ranges. While the Panzerschreck owed its origins largely to the US bazooka, the Panzerfaust was a revolutionary design that was unlike any previous weapon, and went on to influence anti-tank technology and tactics for decades after World War II. Allied troops, notably Soviet forces,...

                    Sniper Rifles: From The 19Th To The 21St Century, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN6
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                      Author: Martin PeglerIllustrator: Peter DennisAbout this bookA technical outline of the history of the sniper rifle, from its introduction in warfare during the Napoleonic wars, through the US Civil War to its current apogee as the most frequently used combat rifle in Iraq and Afghanistan. This book details the development of ammunition, different weapons types including single shot, magazine loading and semi-automatic, as well as the introduction and use of optical sights. Martin Pegler, a...

                      SnipingRifles EstrnFrnt1939-45 by Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN67
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                        The Soviet Union had developed a significant sniping force by 1939, but the extraordinary skill and cunning displayed by Finnish snipers during the Winter War forced the Soviets to innovate. On the other side, German sniping suffered from a lack of standardization of weapons and a lack of marksmen deployed at the start of the Great Patriotic War (1941-45). There were few heroes in the conflict, but on both sides, the snipers were idolized - especially on the Soviet side, gaining almost...

                        Soviet Submachine Guns of World War II, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN33
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                          About this Osprey Publishing BookThe submachine gun (SMG) came to be the embodiment of the Soviet fighting spirit during World War II. From 1943 the Red Army's preference for close-quarters combat resulted in entire infantry units being equipped with nothing but SMGs. By deploying multiple SMG-armed companies and battalions, the Red Army was able to develop ferocious firepower in urban warfare and position assaults, the soldiers keeping within the SMG's effective range of about 150m to nullify...

                          The AK-47: Kalashnikov-Series Assault Rifles, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN8
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                            Author: Gordon L RottmanIllustrator: Johnny ShumateAbout this bookThe Kalashnikov AK-47 is the most ubiquitous assault rifle in the world, with more AK-47s and its variants in use than any other individual small arm. Created by Senior Sergeant Mikhail Kalashnikov, and first adopted by the USSR soon after World War II, its production continues to this day, with an estimated 75 million produced worldwide. This book takes a look at the complete history of the weapon, discussing its design,...

                            The Bazooka, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN18
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                              Author: Gordon L RottmanIllustrator: Johnny ShumateAbout this bookMost belligerents entering World War II armed their infantry with bulky and ineffectual anti-tank rifles as their primary means of combating tanks. US planners realized that what infantrymen needed was a relatively lightweight, man-portable anti-tank weapon that was simple to operate, accurate, and capable of knocking out the average tank at a reasonable range, while also being effective against fortified buildings, pillboxes,...

                              The Broomhandle Mauser, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN58
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                                The C 96 was the first semi-automatic pistol to see combat, arming both sides in the Second Anglo-Boer War, and seeing service with the German, Russian, Chinese and other militaries. Widely purchased commercially, it was carried by none other than Winston Churchill in the Sudan and South Africa, became prized by the Irish Republican Army and Soviet revolutionaries, and even armed Han Solo in the ? Star Wars' movies. Featuring full-colour artwork and an array of revealing photographs, this is...

                                The Browning Automatic Rifle, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN15
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                                  Author: Robert R. HodgesIllustrator: Johnny ShumateAbout this bookFor nearly fifty years the hard-hitting, mobile Browning Automatic Rifle, or BAR, served in US infantry units as a light squad automatic _base of fire_ weapon, providing quick bursts of concentrated fire. Designed in World War One, it didn_t reach the front until September 1918. In the interwar years US forces used the BAR across the world, from China to Nicaragua. It also became a favorite of notorious gangsters like Clyde...

                                  The Colt 1911 Pistol, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN9
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                                    Author: Leroy ThompsonIllustrator: Peter DennisAbout this bookFirst used in combat during the Punitive Expedition into Mexico and then extensively during the world wars, the Colt Government Model (1911) pistol remained the standard issue handgun in the US armed forces for nearly 80 years and has continued in service with some units to this day. In fact, the M1911 has seen a resurgence amongst US Special Operations units as US Marine MARSOC and MEUSOC personnel are issued current generation...

                                    The Flamethrower, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN41
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                                      About this Osprey Publishing BookThe focus of this book is a weapon that has literally placed the power of fire in human hands - the man-portable flamethrower. This formidable weapon first saw battlefield use in the hands of German troops during World War I, and went on to arm the forces of many countries in World War II and beyond. Capable of inflicting horrific injuries - or of using up the oxygen supply inside a building, causing the occupants to suffocate - it projected a stream of...

                                      The Flintlock Musket (Brown Bess and Charleville 1715-1865), Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN44
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                                        The Flintlock Musket (Brown Bess and Charleville 1715-1865) from Osprey Publishing Item Number:OSPWPN44 Author: Stuart Reid Illustrator: Steve Noon, Alan Gilliland Short code: WPN 44 Publication Date: 20 Jan 2016 Number of Pages: 80History:The flintlock or firelock musket is one of the most iconic weapons in history: first used on the battlefields of the Thirty Years' War and the English Civil War, it was carried by both sides at Bunker Hill, Waterloo and the Alamo, and dominated warfare for...

                                        The Fn Fal Battle Rifle, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN27
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                                          About this Osprey Publishing BookOf all the infantry small arms developed during World War II, one that generated the most interest was the German -assault rifle', the StG 44 Sturmgewehr. This innovative weapon inspired the Soviet AK-47 in 7.62x39mm calibre. In the West, the NATO countries looked hard at new weapons to upgrade their own infantry arsenals and counter the AK-47, resulting in the design of the Fusil Automatique L_ger or FAL. It proved to be a successful battle rifle and was soon...

                                          The Gatling Gun, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN40
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                                            A unique chapter in the history of firearms, the multibarrel, hand-cranked Gatling gun was one of the first practical rapid-fire weapons ever to be used in battle. It changed warfare by introducing the capability to project deadly, high-intensity fire on the battlefield, and portended the devastation that automatic weapons would wreak in World War I. During its 50-year career, it saw widespread service with US, British, and other forces on a host of battlefields through conflicts in Zululand...

                                            A-3 Skywarrior Units of the Vietnam War, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN38
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                                              About this Osprey Publishing BookAllowing the user to inflict damage on his opponent within throwing range without leaving cover, the portable, lethally efficient hand grenade is a ubiquitous weapon of modern warfare, and has now found its way into law-enforcement arsenals too. Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork and an array of revealing photographs of grenades in use and in close-up, this engaging study explores and assesses the origins, development, combat use, and lasting...

                                              The Lee-Enfield Rifle, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN17
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                                                Author: Martin PeglerIllustrator: Peter DennisAbout this bookThe Lee-Enfield is one of the 20th century_s most recognisable and longest-serving military rifles. It was adopted by the British Army in 1895 and only replaced by the L1A1 SLR in 1957. It saw combat from the Boer War onwards, and thousands are still in use today; it is estimated that 17 million have been produced. Soldier_s recollections of the rifle are overwhelmingly affectionate (it was known as the Smellie); today it remains a...

                                                The Longbow, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN30
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                                                  About this Osprey Publishing BookAn iconic medieval missile weapon, the deadly longbow made possible the English victories at Crecy and Poitiers at the height of the Hundred Years' War. The longbow was the weapon at the heart of the English military ascendancy in the century after 1340. Capable of subjecting the enemy to a hail of deadly projectiles, the longbow in the hands of massed archers made possible the extraordinary victories enjoyed by English forces over superior numbers at Cr_cy and...

                                                  The M1 Garand, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN16
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                                                    Author: Leroy ThompsonIllustrator: Peter DennisAbout this bookThe M1 Garand gave the US infantryman a marked edge during World War II. It shot faster and further than enemy infantry rifles and hit harder. No less an authority on killing the enemy than General George S. Patton called the Garand, _The greatest battle implement ever devised._ At a time when opposing forces were armed with bolt-action rifles, US troops had a highly reliable self-loader. The eight-round clips which were used to...

                                                    The M14 Battle Rifle, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN37
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                                                      About this Osprey Publishing BookThe M14 may have only been the primary US service rifle for a little over a decade before being replaced by the M16, but it is still considered by many experts to be the best rifle to ever see US service. Primarily designed for a war in Europe, where it would take its place alongside the other battle rifles like the FN FAL, the M14 saw most of its combat use in the early days of the Vietnam War. Maintained until 1970 for compatibility with NATO forces the M14...

                                                      The M16, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN14
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                                                        Author: Gordon L RottmanIllustrators: Alan Gilliland Johnny ShumateAbout this bookThe M16 was first introduced in 1958 and was revolutionary for its time as it was made of lightweight materials including special aluminum and plastics. It was first adopted by US Special Forces and airborne troops in 1962 before it was issued to Army and Marine units serving in Vietnam. Its use spread throughout the following decades and a number of variants including submachine and carbine versions were also...

                                                        The M1903 Springfield Rifle, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN23
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                                                          About this bookDeveloped to replace the Model 1892 Krag-Jorgensen rifle, the Model 1903 Springfield was a five-shot bolt-action rifle that introduced the .30-06 cartridge - the standard US round until the introduction of the 7.62mm NATO cartridge - and gave the US infantryman a durable, magazine-fed weapon so renowned for its accuracy that it remained in service as a sniping rifle for decades after it was superseded by the M1 Garand in 1937. Extensively used in World War I, the M1903...

                                                          The M3 "Grease Gun", Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN46
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                                                            Influenced by the German MP 40 and the British Sten, the .45-caliber M3 "Grease Gun ? ? _ ? ? __ ? ? _ ? ? ___ ? ? _ ? ? __ ? ? _ ? ? ____ served as the primary US submachine gun for almost a half-century. Designed to replace the expensive Thompson SMG, the M3 was issued to airborne troops and others during World War II thanks to its compact design with sliding wire stock. An improved variant, the M3A1, was favored by armored crews right up to the beginning of the 1990s, seeing service in...

                                                            The Mp5 Submachine Gun, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN35
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                                                              About this Osprey Publishing BookSince the mid-1960s the Heckler & Koch MP5 has become the most widely used submachine gun in the world, especially among counterterrorist and special-operations units. Lightweight and offering a blistering rate of fire of up to 900 rounds per minute, the MP5 quickly earned a reputation for accuracy. Fielded early by West Germany's GSG 9 counterterrorist unit it was soon adopted by the SAS. Today military and police agencies in over 80 countries from Albania to...

                                                              The Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifle, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN10
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                                                                Author: Peter SmithurstIllustrator: Peter DennisAbout this bookThe Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifle was the first rifled firearm issued to every soldier in the British Army, and gave the infantry a revolutionary increase in firepower. First issued in 1853, the Enfield proved itself worthy during both the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny, where its long range, durability, and interchangeable parts made it a perfect campaign rifle. However, it was during the American Civil War that the Enfield saw...

                                                                The Rocket Propelled Grenade, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN2
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                                                                  Author: Gordon L RottmanIllustrators: Tony Bryan Ramiro BujeiroAbout this bookThe RPG-series of weapons is the most widely used family of lightweight antitank weapons in the world today. RPGs have been used not only against their intended targets, but against personnel, fortifications, buildings, soft-skin vehicles, watercraft, and aircraft. Lightweight, relatively compact, easy to operate and maintain, they meet most of the requirements of any armed group. Like any weapon system, RPGs and...

                                                                  The Sten Gun, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN22
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                                                                    Author: Leroy ThompsonIllustrators: Alan Gilliland Mark StaceyAbout this bookThe Sten submachine gun - officially the 'Carbine, Machine, Sten' - was developed to fulfill the pressing British need for large quantities of cheaply produced weapons after Dunkirk, when German invasion was a very real possibility. Over four million were built during World War II, and the Sten was widely used by airborne troops, tankers, and others who needed a compact weapon with substantial firepower. It proved...

                                                                    The Vickers-Maxim Machine Gun, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN25
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                                                                      About this Osprey Publishing BookThe world's first self-powered machine gun, the Maxim gun became a potent symbol of Victorian colonialism in the closing years of the 19th century. It was the brainchild of Sir Hiram Maxim, the American-born firearms inventor who founded the company bearing his name with financing from Albert Vickers, who became the company's chairman; Maxim's company was absorbed by Vickers, Sons and Company in 1897. Subsequent variants in British, German and Russian service -...

                                                                      US Combat Shotguns, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN29
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                                                                        About this Osprey Publishing BookWhen a soldier must face multiple opponents at close quarters, few weapons can match the effectiveness of the shotgun. From World War I to the War on Terror, the shotgun has been a devastating weapon in the hands of US troops. For urban combat, prisoner control and shipboard operations, it remains as deadly today as it was a century ago. This book examines various types, from the early combat shotguns through to the riot gun and trench gun versions used in...

                                                                        Weapons of the Viking Warrior by Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN66
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                                                                          Between the late 8th and late 11th century Viking warriors had a massive impact not just in northern Europe, but across a huge arc from the western Mediterranean round through northern Europe and the Baltic to the Middle East and Central Asia. Their success depended in part on their skills in battle, their unique sense of strategic mobility, and on the quality of their weapons and equipment. Written by an expert on early medieval weaponry, this book examines the weapons of the typical Viking...

                                                                          Winchester Lever-Action Rifles, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN42
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                                                                            Winchester Lever-Action Rifles from Osprey Publishing Item Number:OSPWPN42 Osprey Weapon Series: In the Weapon series Osprey looks at the most important, famous and infamous weapons throughout history. Using a combination of photography and classic Osprey artwork, this series examines the full story of each weapon, beginning with its design and development, following through its operational history, and finally analyzing its impact on warfare and violence. Winchester Lever-Action Rifles:...

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