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1914-1918: The History of the First World War by David Stevenson

By David Stevenson

In the summertime of 1914 Europe exploded right into a frenzy of mass violence. The warfare that had international repercussions, destroying 4 empires and costing thousands of lives. Even the effective international locations have been scarred for a new release, and we nonetheless this present day stay in the conflict's shadow. during this significant new research, released a few 90 years after the 1st global warfare started, David Stevenson re-examines the factors, direction and impression of this 'war to finish war', putting it within the context of its period and exposing its underlying dynamics. His e-book offers a wide-ranging foreign background, drawing on insights from the newest learn. It deals compelling solutions to the major questions about how this poor fight spread out: questions that stay disturbingly suitable for our personal time.

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6 Soviet/Russian equipment design philosophy preferred new weapons that operated similarly to earlier models so that mobilized reservists could quickly learn to operate new models. For example, reservists trained on the AK-47 or AKM could transition to the AK-74 with just a few hours’ training. com 31 ABOVE The AK-74 rifle is a development of the celebrated AK-47. The introduction of the M16 rifle into American service, chambered for a high-velocity, small-calibre cartridge, prompted the USSR to develop an equivalent weapon system.

The reality was (and is) very different owing to variances in terrain, and in the tactics, preferences, and extent of training both of the soldiers themselves and of their enemy, as well as other intangible factors. Most lower-level combatants, insurgents, narco-guerrillas, militiamen, terrorists, child soldiers, gangsters, and so on are not all that proficient. There are exceptions of course, but for the most part their AKs are not effectively zeroed, if at all, and their maintenance care runs from adequate to negligent.

The AK-74N had a mounting rail for the 1PN34 night vision sight. There was also an AK74N3 capable of mounting the 1PN51 night sight. The paratrooper’s AKS-74 had a very different type of folding stock than the under-fold type used on earlier AKs. 62mm PMKM was a modified AKM and could mount a modified AKM. The AMP-69 was fitted with an integral spigot-type the 40mm Kbk-g Wz 1974 grenade launcher, which required a grenade launcher. modified forearm. 62mm AIMS was a modified AIM, an AKM variant. 45mm MPi-AKS-74NK of 1987 was a shortened It had the AKMS’s folding stock and an unusual forward pistol grip.

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