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To: GOP_Party_Animal
During WWI we were saddled with a French piece of crap called the Chauchat. Only because Wilson wanted to make our French allies happy.



We already had the BAR, but the War Department was afraid such a superior weapon would fall into German hands and be copied.....
10 posted on 04/23/2008 1:28:35 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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12 posted on 04/23/2008 1:29:20 PM PDT by Perdogg (Reagan would have never said "She's my girl")
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To: Emperor Palpatine

Exactly right, all for PC crap, which existed then too! At the Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning, I always stop by the display case with the Chauchat for a good laugh. One time there were some local HS boys and let me tell you, those kids knew their military history. It was great listening to 16-17 year olds talk about the Chauchat and they brought up the Browning (BAR) issue as well as the .303 Lewis gun, also not used properly because of politics rather than good common sense.

Even more delightful was when one of them brought up the fact about Al Gore being against every successful weapon’s development (Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Abrams M1 tank, body armor—the list is long), great kids!


25 posted on 04/23/2008 2:19:50 PM PDT by brushcop (B-Co. 2/69 3rd Infantry Div., "Sledgehammer!" ...and keep hammering 'em!)
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