From the humorous to the poignant, this incredible collection of wartime images reveals ordinary GIs on the frontline. From the deserts of North Africa to Normandy and from Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima, every theater of war is covered and each image details the small arms that the average GI carried with him to wage war and win an historic victory. All the key small arms, from the commonplace ³Grease Gun² to the rare Johnson rifle, and including pistols, rifles, carbines, combat shotguns, automatic rifles and machine guns are included. Tom Laemlein has created a unique photo study that draws together a rare collection of classic images (many never before seen). These images together with a short introduction to each weapon tells the combat story of the US Army at war.
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The son of a US 8th Infantry Division veteran who fought in Normandy, Brittany and Germany, Tom Laemlein has always been fascinated by weaponry. However, it wasn't until his thirties that he purchased his first carbine which was the start of his collecting career. It also set him on his path as a publisher of specialist titles aimed at weapon collectors and enthusiasts through the creation of Armor Plate Press. His most recent publishing successes have included the highly successful American Firepower Series.Review:
“This superior new work is a classic photographic portrait of the US Army at war, including many previously unpublished black and white images of American small arms in the Second World War ... a must readfor anyone interested in the US part in The Big One!” ―Blaine Taylor, The Military Advisor (Summer 2012)
“...provides a fine photographic portrait of any army at war, features rare images of American small arms in the second World War, and is a 'must' acquisition for any collection strong in vintage guns and military history...” ―The Midwest Book Review (July 2011)
“...an excellent photo book and one that I know will bring hours of enjoyable browsing. Very much recommended.” ―Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness
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