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Old April 21, 2012, 07:38 PM   #9
James K
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In the WWI context the whole idea of an "assault rifle" was close to insane. The idea that well entrenched veteran troops will duck down and let themselves be overrun just because the advancing enemy is shooting must have been some general's pipe dream. The silliest result was the Pedersen device, firing a round of such low power that an enemy would not even know he was being fired on.

"Marching fire" might have worked in the Civil War era against rifle-muskets if there was no defensive artillery support, but when it was tried in WWI, the advancing troops were slaughtered by entrenched machinegunners.

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