7.5.2004


ENLARGE THE PHOTO


"Storm Rifle"
U.S. Army Signal Corps photo, dated November 13, 1944

Sgt. Oakley M. Ruth of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania poses in Salzburgen (German name of Château-Salins, France) holding a captured Sturmgewehr 44 machine gun, the world's first assault weapon (which influenced the design for the Russian AK-47). The web holster for ammo clips hanging from his waist belt is special for the Sturmgewehr and was liberated by Ruth as well. On the wall behind Ruth is a sign indicating the building that housed the German administration for the district of Salzburgen. The town was taken by the Americans three days before this photo was snapped.

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