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The Lee-Enfield was the main British infantry weapon in the from the 1880s through the Great War, and remained in use into the Second World War and the Korean War until it was replaced from frontline service by the L1A1 Self Loading Rifle (L1A1 SLR), a British variant of the Belgian FN FAL in 1957. It was a bolt-action rifle loaded with two five-round stripper clips and was capable of a high rate of fire with well-trained riflemen being able to fire between 15-30 aimed rounds in under one minute due to the rifle's short, "cock on closing" bolt-action.

Despite being replaced from frontline service, the Lee-Enfield is still seeing action in various regional conflicts in the present day as well as the Lee-Enfield is still used as a second-line or reserve rifle in the armed forces of numerous countries e.g. India, Pakistan, Canada. The Lee-Enfield series rifles also continued to see service as a sniper rifle in the British Army and Royal Marines until it was replaced with the Accuracy International L96 sniper rifle in the late 1980s/early 1990s.

Lee-Enfield in "Black Tulip"Edit

Abdul Satar Ahmedi first fought the invading Soviets with his great-great grandfather's Lee-Enfield.

Lee-Enfield in The Hot WarEdit

Lt. Cade Curtis picked up the bayonet from a dead Tommy's Lee-Enfield as he made his way back to American lines from the disaster by Chosin Reservoir. He used it to quietly kill a Chinese soldier and scavenge his winter gear, food and submachine gun.[1]

Lee-Enfield in Southern VictoryEdit

The Lee-Enfield was the standard rifle of the British Empire during both Great Wars. The Confederate States Tredegar rifle was modeled on the weapon.

Lee-Enfield in The Two GeorgesEdit

The Lee-Enfield with a five-round external magazine remained the main long arm of the Royal North American Army and the Royal Marines well into the mid-1990s.[2] It was comparable to the Russian Nagant.

Lee-Enfield in The War That Came EarlyEdit

The Lee-Enfield was the main rifle of the British Army, and Empire Forces when war broke out in 1938.

Lee-Enfield in WorldwarEdit

The Lee-Enfield was in use by all British Armed Forces (and the armed forces of the British Commonwealth countries) when the Race invaded in mid 1942. It still performed admirably on all fronts.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Bombs Away, pgs. 32-33, HC.
  2. The Two Georges, pg. 191, MPB.

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