The greed and callousness of combat weapons designers have resulted in the deaths of many men. Nowhere else has this fact been more starkly portrayed than in the story of what may be the worst small arm ever made, the Chauchat (also called the Fusil-Mitrailleur mle 1915, or the CSRG). It was a French light machine gun designed for use at the squad level on the eve of the First World War. The story of the Chauchat reveals much about the workings of the military-industrial complex, and how that combination can work to undermine the welfare of an army.
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