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Inhaltsangabe: Exposing the American military's appalling failures in the arming of its infantry, an examination of the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps traces its historical obsession with accurate, slow firepower and conservative use of ammunition--often at the cost of soldiers' lives.
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Military historian Hallahan describes how, from the Revolutionary War to the present, the U.S. Army has resisted adopting appropriate and much-needed small arms. This unhappy situation is typified in his account of President Lincoln's struggle to introduce the breech-loading rifle into the Union Army despite the obstructionist tactics of his powerful chief of ordnance. The most interesting chapters deal with three armorers of genius and their campaigns to convince the Army to adopt their inventions: Hiram Maxim and his mechanically operated machine gun, John Browning and his gas-operated small arms and John Garand and his semiautomatic M1 rifle (which General Patton called the greatest battle implement ever devised). Hallahan reveals that on the eve of almost every U.S. war, the nation's armory has been so ill-prepared that no rifles were available to our troops, and he wonders if we will be caught once again in a major war with the wrong rifle, i.e., the M16A2. Arguing that superior firepower, not the best-aimed weapon, wins battles, he fears that the Army has double-crossed itself again by restricting the automatic fire of that weapon to a three-round burst. This authoritative history of Army Ordnance's bureaucratic self-sabotage should be of wide interest. Photos.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Titel: Misfire: The Story of How America's Small ...
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Buchbeschreibung Scribner, New York, London, Toronto, 1994. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. 6.25''x9.50''. Blue hardcover boards with grey spine and gilt lettering. Dust jacket has minor edge wear. Interior is clean and unmarked. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 012890
Buchbeschreibung Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good. Hardcover with DJ. Navy binding with grey spine and gold lettering on spine in very good condition, with some wear and fading on front cover. Very slightly bumped spine. Pictorial DJ present and in very good condition, still glossy, with slightly bumped spine top. 580 pages. Copyright page dated 1994. Number line is 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2. Includes an index of black and white illustrations and photographs. Binding good and tight. Pages clean and square. Buchnummer des Verkäufers Fred7-1335
Buchbeschreibung Scribner, 1994. Buchzustand: Good. First. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP7532624
Buchbeschreibung Charles Scriber's Sons, New York, 1994. HC, Boards. Buchzustand: Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine [Mylar]. First Edition. 580pp. More military, gun titles. go to abebooks> booksellers> Amber Unicorn > key word= mil, guns. Size: Sm 4to 9-1/4 x 6. Hardback. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 002392
Buchbeschreibung New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994. Hardcover. Buchzustand: As New. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: As New. 1st Edition. Octavo. B&W illustrations. As new in as new DJ. 580 pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 5644
Buchbeschreibung Scribner 1994-10-17, 1994. Hardcover. Buchzustand: good. First. 0684193590. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 499928
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Buchbeschreibung Scribner, 1994. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P020684193590
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