"Lucky Strike" c. 1944. The United States was the only country to equip its troops with an auto-loading rifle as the standard infantry weapon of WWII. It gave their troops a tremendous advantage in firepower, and led General George Patton to call the M1 Garand, “The greatest battle implement ever devised.” (Colorized by Paul Reynolds. Historic Military Photo Colourisations)
A “Death’s Head” marked 1939 “42” code Mauser Luger, attributed to SS inspection, S/N 6119w. The right side of the receiver and the barrel bear runic “SS”/skull markings next to standard Nazi eagle acceptance and proof marks. The origin of such marks remains controversial.