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August 01, 2012, 01:39:54 AM
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These men and women were regular civilians that decided to take up arms against the Nazis invading their country. Despite not having the clout of national militaries, they were able to play a great role in the Allies advancement, which lead to the eventual downfall of the Third Reich.  

The French Resistance may have been more successful with less causalities if its surrounding populace was well-armed. Due to local gun restrictions, the French Resistance had to rely on a scarce supply of British and American armaments.

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August 01, 2012, 01:50:38 AM
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Due to local gun restrictions, the French Resistance had to rely on a scarce supply of British and American armaments.

Like this bad boy:


Airdropped in in a cardboard box with 10 rounds of .45 ACP ammunition, a wooden dowel to remove the empty cartridge case, and an instruction sheet in comic strip form showing how to load and fire the weapon.

Gotta love it.

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August 01, 2012, 01:57:36 AM
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Due to local gun restrictions, the French Resistance had to rely on a scarce supply of British and American armaments.

Like this bad boy:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/15/M1942_liberator.jpg/300px-M1942_liberator.jpg

Airdropped in in a cardboard box with 10 rounds of .45 ACP ammunition, a wooden dowel to remove the empty cartridge case, and an instruction sheet in comic strip form showing how to load and fire the weapon.

Gotta love it.

Very cool. What's it called?

Edit: I see the link now. It's a M1942 liberator.

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August 01, 2012, 02:06:18 AM
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Yep. Pity they scrapped most of 'em after the war. Of course, that makes those that still exist worth a lot of money. So of you ever see something in grandad's closet that looks like a cheap, chinese-made stamped steel capgun, it might actually be worth more than that box of old records you had to move to get to it.

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August 01, 2012, 02:14:37 AM
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Yep. Pity they scrapped most of 'em after the war. Of course, that makes those that still exist worth a lot of money. So of you ever see something in grandad's closet that looks like a cheap, chinese-made stamped steel capgun, it might actually be worth more than that box of old records you had to move to get to it.

From what I am reading, they are pretty much disposable. After 50 rounds they are no longer safe to fire. They were designed to take a Nazi out so you could then take their gun.

In 1942 and accounting for inflation, they were only $26.

The originals are only good as relics. They don't make many reproductions for a reason.

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August 01, 2012, 02:44:37 AM
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Yep. Pity they scrapped most of 'em after the war. Of course, that makes those that still exist worth a lot of money. So of you ever see something in grandad's closet that looks like a cheap, chinese-made stamped steel capgun, it might actually be worth more than that box of old records you had to move to get to it.

From what I am reading, they are pretty much disposable. After 50 rounds they are no longer safe to fire. They were designed to take a Nazi out so you could then take their gun.

In 1942 and accounting for inflation, they were only $26.

The originals are only good as relics. They don't make many reproductions for a reason.

Well, yeah, if I found a Liberator, the last thing I'd want to do is run a round through it. Way more valuable as a collector/museum piece than as an actual firearm.

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August 01, 2012, 05:38:39 PM
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The originals are only good as relics.

I predict future film producers will weave this thread onto the Bitcoinica narrative, so that the primary motivator for Chen Jianhai stealing from Bitcoinica will be shown to be a desire to acquire some M1942s for his relic collection.
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August 01, 2012, 06:06:15 PM
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Army of Shadows (the film) and books by Alan Furst might be of interest to those in this thread.

The above is a non political statement.

Army of Shadows: http://www.criterion.com/films/153-army-of-shadows?q=autocomplete

Alan Furst: http://www.amazon.com/Alan-Furst/e/B000APC9TU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1343844679&sr=8-2-ent
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August 01, 2012, 07:56:36 PM
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Army of Shadows (the film) and books by Alan Furst might be of interest to those in this thread.

The above is a non political statement.

Probably the first I've ever seen you make. Wink

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