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by John S. Weeks


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McDonald Publishing and the Imperial War Museum teamed up back in the late 1960s and early 1970s to publish this tight series of illustrated paperbacks on the history of World War I, World War II (and a few other conflicts of the 20th century), which were picked up by Ballantine in the United States.

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*****It is the soldier's personal weapon, - rifle, carbine, pistol, machine-gun - which ultimately decides the outcome of battle. Never before the Second World War had the infantryman been required to handle so large or sophisticated an armory. But never before had he been expected to shoot down an aeroplane or knock out a tank.*****.

Comments: (4)

Vutaur
I loved this book as a kid and picked it up recently. It holds up. Apart from the missing grenades and rocket launchers mentioned by another reviewer, this is missing the M1 Carbine. This was issued in greater quantity to US troops than the M1 Garand, so it's a pretty major oversight, I think. Not enough to dock a star.
Thozius
McDonald Publishing and the Imperial War Museum teamed up back in the late 1960s and early 1970s to publish this tight series of illustrated paperbacks on the history of World War I, World War II (and a few other conflicts of the 20th century), which were picked up by Ballantine in the United States. They were all divided into subjects: battles, campaigns, weapons, war leaders, politics in action, human conflict, and regalia, by color bands on the bottom, enjoying common editing and artwork, and a fairly common collection of well-known historians. They cost $1 at the time (a good deal of money) and a lot more now (being out of print).

The series as a whole is slightly outdated by the disclosures from Allied codebreaking, and suffered from being whipped together in a hurry, but they remain then and now a fine introduction to conflict in the 20th century -- if you can find them.

This was probably one of the most popular volumes of this series, as it appeals to one of the two most common interests of the average World War II buff -- infantry weapons. The other common interest seems to be heraldry -- patches, belt buckles, armbands, uniforms, and the like.

Infantry weapons have a great fascination for the average military buff, for obvious reasons -- they are handled by the average soldier or average military buff, whether in service, on a range, while hunting, or in the collectors' den. They spend much time discussing (and sadly, arguing) over the merits of the M-1, the SMLE, the KAR 98K, the Arisaka rifle, and the Nagant. Pistols are always prized, for their mystique, submachine-guns for their high rate of killing power, and heavier machine-guns for their even higher rate of killing power.

John Weeks, a British Army firearms instructor, lays out the technical specifications, development, uses, and strengths and weaknesses of the major weaponry of the major powers in World War II, divided by chapters. Despite his British birth and training, he is fair and objective on the subject, addressing the weaponry with an immense amount of knowledge and a good deal of humor.

Grenades, mortars, and anti-tank projectors are not in the book. That's because Ian V.Hogg covered them in a later volume in the series, simply entitled, "Grenades and Mortars." The omission is far from fatal. The book is well-illustrated with photographs and detailed drawings of the various pieces of ordnance, including cross-sections of automatics, showing how they eject spent shells.

There isn't much information about the Sten gun, the Colt automatic, the Luger, or the MG42 that has changed since the book was written in the late 1960s -- James Holland's new books on World War II have some additional points about the maintenance problems these weapons suffered from, but that does not detract from Mr. Weeks's writing. Forty years later, this book still stands up as a rapid-fire, crisply-written introduction to the various infantry weapons that defined so many battles and ended so many lives in World War II.
Zan
Many years ago, I read this good book, here in Brazil. And this book is about pistols, rifles, submachine guns and machine guns used by all sides in World War II.
As an introduction about infantry weapons in World War II, this book is good, because:
1- This book is very small and concise.
2- About half of this book are its photos. Except on cover, all photos are black & white photos. Even more, there's no photoshop or useless truks in the photos of this book. Photos are original ones.
3- This book is unbiased, about the infantry weapons used in World War II. Their qualities and defects are very well covered.
4- This book was made when persons that used infantry weapons in World War II were still alive. This book is first historical source, about this subject.
5- At the end, this book makes a good conclusion about infantry weapons in World War II used in World War II.
In a simple sentence, this book is good, but it hasn't a chapter about hand grenades and bazookas. Flamethrowers and land mines also don't have any space, in this good book.
Kann
Col. Weeks has done an excellent job considering the constraits of the Ballantine Series. Looking over the vast scale of the Subject, it is very well organized, informative and well illustrated book. The Author also tells of the overall thought and priorites of small arms developement during the great unpleasantries.

When the war started off almost everyone started with basically WWI Rifles with the notable exceptions of the US Army's excellent M1 Garand. I.E. very well built almost hand made rifles that had probadly had seen service in WWI. But with the ever growing demand by the troops for things that go bang. The Warring nations Ordnance departments had to start cutting corners. What with the use of sheet metal, plastic and increasing tolerances. This coupled with an ever growing demand for more and more personal fire power led to a new family of weapons. Like the Sten Gun, Grease Gun, the Schmeiser and the German Assault Rifle. So if you love guns and their history this is a must have book.
Infantry Weapons (Ballantine's Illustrated History of the Violent Century) download epub
Author: John S. Weeks
ISBN: 0345023145
Category: No category
Language: English
Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (1971)
Pages: 159 pages