Can You Match the Weapon to the War?

By: John Miller

Can You Match the Weapon to the War?
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From the American Civil War to the Gulf War, every armed conflict is marked by an evolution in weapons. Can you match these well-known weapons to the correct war?
Little Boy bomb
Russian Civil War
WWII
On August 6, 1945, America dropped the first nuclear bomb ever used in combat. It devastated much of the Japanese city of Hiroshima and changed the course of the war.
Vietnam War

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M16 rifle
Vietnam War
The M16 is the Army designation for the AR-15 rifle. The M16 was adopted in time for American troops to use it during the Vietnam War.
American Civil War
Boxer Rebellion

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Lee-Enfield rifle
Libyan Civil War
WWI
The Lee-Enfield rifle was a famous British rifle of WWI. This bolt-action staple was the army's official rifle from 1895 to 1957.
Philippine-American War

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German 88mm anti-aircraft gun
Chinese Civil War
Taiping Rebellion
WWII
The 8.8cm Flak gun, known as the "88" by Allied troops, was a feared German weapon of WWII. It was accurate and powerful, and in a pinch, it doubled as a deadly artillery gun.

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Colt Army Model 1860
Kosovo War
American Civil War
The Colt Army Model 1860 was a single-action revolver that was used by both the North and South in the American Civil War. After the conflict, many of the weapons ended up on the Old West frontier.
Gulf War

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Maxim Gun
WWI
The Maxim Gun was an early machine gun that saw widespread use by the British in WWI. The weapon weighed 60 pounds and required several men to operate it, but the payoff was a deadly concentrated firepower.
American Revolution
Philippine-American War

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M1 Garand
Napoleonic Wars
French Revolution
WWII
The M1 Garand was a famous American rifle during WWII. Its semi-automatic speed was a huge advantage over many Nazi squads still shooting with antiquated bolt action rifles.

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Brown Bess musket
Mexican-American War
Spanish-American War
American Revolution
The Brown Bess was a smoothbore musket common during the American Revolution. It could fire a single large ball or a scattering of smaller projectiles for a shotgun effect.

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Springfield rifle 1861
Korean War
Gulf War
American Civil War
The Springfield rifle 1861 was the most common rifle of the Civil War. It was a rifled musket that was slow to load but had better accuracy than older weapons.

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Thompson submachine gun
WWII
The Thompson submachine gun became famous for its carnage during Prohibition violence. But it was also widely used by Americans during WWII. The "Tommy" gun could fire more than 700 rounds per minute.
Second Congo War
American Civil War

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Hotchkiss M1914 machine gun
Vietnam War
WWI
The Hotchkiss M1914 machine gun was a famous French weapon during WWI. It weighed more than 50 pounds but it could spit up to 600 rounds per minute.
Korean War

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STEN gun
American Revolution
Spanish Civil War
WWII
The STEN gun was a submachine gun used by British forces during WWII. The gun's design was purposely simplified so that they were quick and easy to build in large numbers for the war effort.

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Mustard gas
Russian Civil War
American Civil War
WWI
In WWI, both sides deployed mustard gas, which has a hazy yellowish appearance as it unfurls across a battlefield. The gas did cause terrible casualties, but it was even more effective as a weapon of terror.

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MP 40 submachine gun
American Civil War
Vietnam War
WWII
The MP 40 submachine gun was a powerful weapon built by the Nazis for WWII. It was a full-auto weapon with no true single-shot setting.

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Model 24 grenade
Chinese Civil War
Korean War
WWII
The Germans created the Model 24 grenade in time for WWII. The "potato masher" style weapon was dreaded by Allied forces.

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Sharps rifle
American Civil War
The Sharps was a single-shot rifle common during the Civil War. These single-shot rifles were coveted for their accuracy at long distances, and many made their way onto the frontier after the war.
Gulf War
Korean War

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Fat Man bomb
WWII
Three days after Little Boy leveled Hiroshima, America dropped a second atomic bomb -- Fat Man -- on Nagasaki. Fat Man and Little Boy killed around 200,000 people and injured many more.
Spanish Civil War
American Revolution

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Pennsylvania rifles
Spanish-American War
American Revolution
Pennsylvania rifles were single-shot rifles of the American Revolution. Their rifled barrels gave them decent accuracy to about 300 yards, three times farther than a smoothbore musket.
WWII

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Ketchum grenades
American Civil War
Ketchum grenades were primitive weapons of the American Civil War. These grenades had finned tails to stabilize the device's flight, and a nose-mounted trigger started the fuse on impact.
Somali Civil War
Spanish Civil War

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Karabiner 98k
French Revolution
WWII
The Karabiner 98k was the primary service rifle for the German military during WWII. More than 14 million of these bolt-action rifles were built, and they still pop up from time to time in conflicts around the world.
Vietnam War

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Ferguson rifle
American Revolution
The British adopted the Ferguson rifle and used it as a standard rifle in the American Revolution. It was the first breech-loading rifle used in a major conflict.
Spanish Civil War
British Civil War

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Charleville musket
WWI
Vietnam War
American Revolution
When the French jumped into the American Revolution, they were often armed with Charleville muskets. Skilled soldiers could fire about two shots per minute.

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Gatling gun
Philippine-American War
French Revolution
American Civil War
The Gatling gun was an early, hand-cranked machine gun that found some use by Union forces in the Civil War. The gun was so heavy (170 pounds) that it required wheels.

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Luger P08
American Revolution
WWI
The Luger P08 was made for the German Army, which deployed them in large numbers during WWI and WWII. But it was actually first adopted by the Swiss Army in 1901.
Russian Civil War

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Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber
Vietnam War
WWII
Spanish-American War
The Model 1860 Light Cavalry Saber was used by some American forces in the Spanish-American War. But swords wouldn't be on the battlefield much longer.

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M4 Sherman
Russian Civil War
American Civil War
WWII
The M4 Sherman was an American battle tank of WWII. Both reliable and inexpensive, Americans built tens of thousands of them and rushed them to the front against the Axis.

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M14 rifle
Mexican-American War
WWI
Vietnam War
The M14 was a common American weapon during the Vietnam War. It fires .308 cartridges and is still used in shooting competitions.

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Mauser C96
WWII
Vietnam War
Spanish-American War
During the Spanish-American War, some Spanish forces used the Mauser C96, a semi-auto pistol with a huge stock. The pistol had an oddly long barrel and used powerful cartridges, two factors in its superior accuracy and penetration.

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M102 howitzer
Iran-Iraq War
American Revolution
Vietnam War
The M102 howitzer was heavily used by American forces in Vietnam. Helicopters routinely transported these large artillery pieces to remote jungle locations.

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M1 carbine
WWII
The M1 carbine (not to be confused with the M1 Garand) is another American weapon of WWII. This semi-automatic rifle was also used in the Vietnam and Korean Wars.
Hundred Years' War
Russian Civil War

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