The rifle was the result of the work of Canadian-born John Cantius Garand. Among a huge number of inventors at the time, he was the one who was quickly employed by the US because of his ingenuity in creating a mechanism that made use of propellant gases from a fired bullet to cycle the rifle.
This meant that finally, a rifle mechanism was created such that expelling a spent cartridge from a firearm and subsequently loading a fresh round became automatic. This was a huge advantage, because the gun no longer needed to be manually reloaded after every shot.
In war, a split second advantage makes a world of difference, especially when the enemy combatant is out to exterminate you as a threat.
From there, the M1 Garand has solidified its role in saving as well as claiming lives. In WW II, it was the most basic requisite arm provided to the ground troops. When bullets were no longer available, it was even light enough to sport a bayonet, to be used conveniently in close combat situations.
The M1 Garand may not be the best rifle of all time. But it was because of its ingenuity that other players tried to outdo it, making the most dominant rifle today undoubtedly a result of what the M1 started.
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A lot of movies have been made about World War 2. Most of them have been classics, while very few have been… *cough* Pearl Harbor *cough* …horrible. Amidst the classics, there have been a few historical films that have broken the mold. These films were still set in World War 2, but were not of the war movie genre.
Possibly one of the greatest Hollywood romantic dramas of all-time, Casablanca had the tragic love story between Rick and Ilsa at its core, and World War 2 all around them. What makes Casablanca great is that it still resonates today ,with many of its great lines still being quoted. No other movie has more quotable lines than Casablanca.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
The third and arguably the best of the trilogy (the fourth movie doesn’t count), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade had Indy, Henry Sr., and their friends racing against the Nazis in search of the Holy Grail. Nobody does adventure like the Joneses.
From the makers of Airplane! and The Naked Gun, Top Secret is one of the most clever slapstick movies of all-time. It centers around a young rock icon named Nick Rivers who travels across Europe during World War 2. Hilarity ensues as he tries to get away from German soldiers and ends up with the resistance.
World War II devastated half of the world. World powers worked to develop firearms that change the tide of warfare, from sub machine guns to nuclear weapons. World War II saw the introduction of many weapon designs that would serve beyond the days of the colossal conflict. The following are some of the most popular guns that emerged during World War II.
Thompson Submachine Gun
Caliber: .45 ACP
Barrel: 10.5 Inches
OA Length: 32 inches
Weight: 10.6 pounds (empty)
Sights: Front blade, adjustable or fixed rear
Action: Select fire or full-auto
Capacity: 20+1, 30+1
Rate of Fire: 600-800 rpm
Model 1921 Thompson .45 ACP was first used by U.S. Marines in Nicaragua during The Banana Wars. The M1 assault rifle was modeled after this submachine gun. Approximately 1.5 Million Thompson Submachine guns were manufactured during the war.
The submachine gun was issued to the U.S. and certain Allied Troops. The M3 got its design from the British Sten gun. The M3 was cheaper and simpler than the Thompson Submachine gun. Over 600,000 M3s were produced during the WWII.
Reising m50 & M55
Caliber: .45 ACP
Barrel: 11 Inches
OA Length: 31-38 inches
Weight: 6.2-6.8 pounds (empty)
Action: Select fire
Capacity: 12+1, 20+1
Rate of Fire: 500-550 rpm
The Reising M50 was adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps because there was a shortage of standard-issue Thompson submachine guns. At first, the Reising appeared to be worthwhile because it was lighter and more compact than the Thompsons, and very accurate when fired on semi-auto. But maintenance problems relating to corrosion surfaced when the Reising M50 was exposed in sand and water.
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American veterans gave their lives to serve and protect our country. They have done all that were asked of them in their missions. We may never understand what they’ve gone through unless we were there, the least we can do is to honor them and let them know how much their service means to us.
Here are just some of the things you can do to honor our veterans.
Give them opportunities to tell their stories and be genuinely interested.
Thank them when you have a chance.
Visit a veteran at the hospital.
Attend a Veteran’s day event.
Be sensitive to what the veteran and his family, and be ready to listen to what they may share about the situation they’re dealing with.
Almost, if not all veterans are kind-hearted, be honest and sincere around them.
If you have a veteran co-worker, take the time to thank him.
My father was a WW2 veteran; he was my hero. I’m sure all veterans out there deserve our deepest and most sincere gratitude. After all, it feels good to express gratitude for someone.
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The St. Louis Cardinals have had a glorious history in American baseball. The franchise has had formidable teams over the decades, with dozens of legends wearing the team colors. Here are the three greatest Cardinals in history.
Stan Musial: Stan the Man, as he was called, is the greatest of all Cardinals. He won three World Series with the team, the Most Valuable Player awards, and a staggering 24 all-star nods. When it comes to all-time statistics, he leads in hits, doubles, triples, runs scored, home runs, RBIs, and walks. He is by far, the face of the franchise, for all time.
Bob Gibson: When it comes to pitchers, no other Cardinal is more revered by peers and fans alike than Bob Gibson. He was a big part in the World Series victories of the Cardinals in ’64 and ’67. His stats are nothing short of stellar. Gibson’s won 251 games with a career ERA of 2.91. He won Cy Young twice, the ’68 MVP, nine Gold Gloves, and pitched a no-hitter back in ’71.
Albert Pujols: Pujols lead the Cardinals to two World Series victories (’06 and ’11), and was awarded the MVP thrice. He had 445 homers in 11 seasons as a Redbird. And although his legacy will be forever tainted by how he exited the franchise, people can never deny Pujol’s greatness.
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When football experts and historians talk about the greatest footballers of all-time, very few names are mentioned. You have the magical figure of Brazil’s Pele, the unparalleled talents of Argentina’s Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi, the mercurial skills of France’s Zinedine Zidane, the stonewall defense of Italy’s Paolo Maldini, and of course, the cutting-edge leadership of West Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer.
Beckenbauer is often credited with changing the game forever through his innovative play as a central defender. He was ahead of his time so much so that a new position, that of the sweeper was created because of his play.
Beckenbauer’s football genius earned him the European Football Player of the Year two times. He played in three World Cups and won one as a player. He would go on to win another one as a manager, being one of two people in history to do so. Beckenbauer was also the first captain to win the World Cup and European Championship (international competition), and European Cup (club level).
More recently in 1998, Beckenbauer was included in the World Team of the 20th Century. In 2002, he was part of the FIFA World Cup Dream Team, and two years later, he was included in the FIFA 100 list of world’s greatest living players.
For most of us, Anne Frank’s diary was a required reading in school as we learned about literature or journal writing. But for those whose families were greatly affected by the Holocaust, this young girl’s diary serves as an enlightenment to the sufferings of the Jews.
Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany on 12 June 1929. Her family moved to Amsterdam in the 30’s because of the rising anti-Semitism move (eventually called the Holocaust) in her home country. Adolf Hitler initiated the move, as he intended to kill anyone considered Jewish. She spent her formative years in Amsterdam, but the move against Jews rose there as well. For her 13th birthday, Anne received a diary. In her journal, she wrote about her family’s daily activities as they struggled to get away from deportation to Nazi concentration camps.
When her older sister Margot was sent to a Nazi work camp, Anne’s family members and some friends hid in an annex located above her father’s business for two years. To keep herself occupied, she spent time writing her daily musings on her diary.
The Holocaust, which overlapped with World War II, saw the deaths of millions of Jews including Anne and some members of her family. Anne was only 15 when she of typhus in 1945 at a concentration camp. Her father found her diary after the war, and had it published in 1947.