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Mike if i had the corrected book with me (its round my cousins) i'd write it up.

Weapons used by the British in North Africa are

Rifle no 1 mk 3* Short Magazine Lee Enfield-
used as the standard issue rifle

Rifle no 1 mk 3 SMLE-
used by rifle grenadeers for launching grenades because unlike the asterix denominated versions it still had the magazine cutoff so it was easier to chamber the blank round required to launch the rifle grenade.

Rifle no 3 mk 2 T (aka Pattern 1914MK2 (T) or Patt 14)-
Sniper rifle (T denominates teliscopic sight). uses the Pattern 1918 X3.5 optical sight large numbers of these sights where destroyed after WW1 only a few thousand where kept. It takes 5 rounds of .303 Mk VI loaded by mag chargers or as americans like to call them stripper clips. The weapons bolt action is a cross between the Lee bolt used in the SMLE and the Mauser's this made it a perfect platform for a sniper rifle having the rappid fire ability of the SMLE's lee bolt and the increased accuracy over longer ranges of the mauser.

Thompson 1928 SMG-
Mainly issued to NCO's and Royal marine commandos. you know the rest.

Sten machine carbine Mk 1 and Mk 2-
Mainly issued to tank crew commanders and NCO's. The Mk 1 was quickly fazed out because of its susseptiblity to dust.

Bren LMG-
the Breno Enfield was the standard issue LMG for infantry squads issued 1 per section (12- 16 men). Carried on service with the UK until 1990 in its rechambered form. It was the first LMG in the world to be fired from the hip and is considered more accurate than a sniper rifle in semi auto. Its design was modifed with a belt feed in 1947 to be used with the origonal NATO winning bullet the British .280 intermediate round but never saw service due to the US forcing NATO to use the US's entery wich became 7.62NATO (which didnt actually meet the requirements desired by NATO)

Vickers Maxim HMG-
the Maxim was sold in large numbers around the world being rechambered for several different bullets. It is estimated that Maxims are responsible for almost 80%-90% of the deaths in battle during WW1. It is considered the Father of machineguns because the mechanism has been modified over the years and is still in use today. the german version (MG08) was later modified to be air cooled for early war fighters (MG08-15) and later modifed back to being water cooled (MG18 fortress gun). And then back to being Air cooled again with a modified feed tray for disintergrating link and drum feed (MG34). Then improved reliability and accuracy with the MG42 and its 7.62NATO chambered coundterpart the MG3.

Boyes AT Rifle Mk 2-
The Boyes was a bitch of a rifle with a very heavy recoil. It was used to shoot out tracks and Prisms along with destroying lighter armoured tanks. It was also used by the Fins to defend against Soviet attacks.

Explosives-
Nobel 808, PE2, WP grenades.

The SAS was born in Africa in 1941 conceptualised by two Royal Marine Commado Lieutenant's David Sterling and his best friend Jock Lewes (who was killed returning from an Airfield raid by a lone Messerschmitt 110). Lewes did alot to get the unit off the ground (by stealing equipment and men) and created the HE incendery bomb that carries his name (the lewes bomb) used to destroy the airframe and systems of enemy aircraft while Sterling was doing proposals and notes on the units planning while in hospital with a broken leg after a rough landing during para training.
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