AK-47: The Weapon that Changed the Face of War by Larry Kahaner

By Larry Kahaner

No unmarried weapon has unfold a lot uncooked energy to such a lot of humans in so little time—and had this sort of devastating effect—as the AK-47 attack rifle. This ebook examines the legacy of this world-changing weapon, from its production as technique of scuffling with the Nazis to its ubiquity this day in all kinds of clash, from civil wars in Africa to gang wars in L.A.

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The lights on the outskirts of Baghdad shut off, as if hit by a blackout. Then, just as mysteriously, they came back on two minutes later. S. Army pilots did not realize the lights were a signal to attack. What happened next shocked even the most seasoned combat veterans. The Apache helicopters were attacked from all directions by the world’s most prolific and effective combat weapon, a device so cheap and simple that it can be bought in many countries for less than the cost of a live chicken. This weapon, depicted on the flag and currency of several countries, waved defiantly by guerrillas and rebels around the world, has changed the geopolitical landscape of the post-cold war era.

Ordnance experts did not embrace the superiority of the intermediate round for modern combat. 30-06 cartridge (usually pronounced “thirty-aught-six”) that was used in the M1 Garand, the army’s standard issue. This view was not universally accepted, and there were intermediate-round boosters within the military establishment, but these voices were crushed by those with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo, partially because of inertia and partly because of a cozy relationship between the government and the Springfield Armory, which had held a near-monopoly position on production of the M1 since the 1930s.

Forces had heard about the power of Germany’s light automatic weapon, and now had them under the microscope, the upper echelon refused to acknowledge the innovation. Like the early Soviets, they believed in the higher-powered round shot long distances by a soldier/marksman. They continued to believe that the key to war was strategy, training, and high-tech weaponry. When they studied the Sturmgewehr, they could not get past the fact that these weapons were machine-stamped and welded, which in the United States was considered a second-class production method compared to machine milling and forging.

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