Standard rifles of French Army in 1940

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Kelvin
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Standard rifles of French Army in 1940

Post by Kelvin » 08 May 2019 04:31

Hi, I know France had many types of rifles in 1940, even some old 1886 model, but I want to which type of rifles was official or standard rifles of French Army ? MAS-36 bolt action rifles or any ? Thank

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Re: Standard rifles of French Army in 1940

Post by Hoover » 22 May 2019 16:40

Hi,
official standard was the MAS36, yes, but there were only a few units already outfitted with this rifle. Most in use were the Berthier M1907/15 M16 rifle (5 cartridge clips) or the 3 shot M907/15. But especially reserve units still had a lot of M1886 Lebel. Olivier Bellec mentioned in his 2 volume book "1940 le soldat francais" even some M1874 M14 Gras rifles in use. Also the Mousqueton Berthier and some Mousqueton Lebel (Mle1886/93 R35) were in use mainly with Artillerie, Train and Fortress units.

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Re: Standard rifles of French Army in 1940

Post by Kelvin » 23 May 2019 04:21

Hi, Hoover, thank for your reply. I see many Panzer divisions like 9. and 21. Pz divisions have several hundred French Gewehre, I suppose German would use new MAS-36 Rifles as they kept producing that rifles after collapse of France.

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