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ALLIED RIFLE CONTRACTS IN AMERICA: 1914-1918
Author: Luke Mercaldo
Publisher: WET DOG PUBLICATIONS, Jul 2011
Mosin-Nagant, Mauser, Enfield, Berthier, Remington, Savage, Winchester. The first work to fully explore American production of foreign military rifles for the Allies during the First World War. 440+ photos; 8x11 inches, 224 pgs.
The demands of the war caused a number of Allied governments to enter into contracts with American industry. These contracts resulted in the production of a number of different rifles. Featured are the histories of the Mosin-Nagant and Winchester Model 1895, which were produced for Imperial Russia, the Model 1889 Mauser, made for Belgium and the Pattern 1914 which was built for the United Kingdom. Additionally the book provides rare insight into lesser- known contracts for Berthier and Rolling Block with France, and the Savage Model 1899 with Canada.
The historical circumstances of these contracts are presented for the first time. Primary source materials and original period documentation were used to recreate the timelines of the various contracts, delving into issues including financing, production limitations, labor problems, factory expansions, corruption, and the foreign military personnel who worked in the United States. The work sheds new light on the degree to which American business was involved with the Allied war effort prior to the American entry into the war in 1917. Readers gain a multifaceted insight into the hurdles that faced the Allied purchasing commissions and American manufacturers.
In addition to the in depth historical perspective, the book offers a detailed description of each rifle intended as a guide for the arms collector. This analysis covers features, specifications, markings and accessories to assist collectors in determining correct period pieces and understanding the fascinating history behind the artifacts.
Allied Rifle Contracts in America is a fascinating blend of history, economics, technology and esoterica that is an essential part of any historian?s or collector?s library.