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Old April 23, 2012, 08:41 AM   #12
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The Hotchkiss would certainly have been a better choice than the Chauchat at the time, but it had been severely discredited during fighting in Mexico during the Pancho Villa expedition; the troops who were expected to use it weren't trained on it, and tried to load the clips upside down while firing at night, earning this LMG the name of "the daylight gun".
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