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A British soldier with Lee-Enfield No. 4 rifle on a street in Caen, France, 9 Jul 1944

Caption   A British soldier with Lee-Enfield No. 4 rifle on a street in Caen, France, 9 Jul 1944 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseImperial War Museum
Identification Code   4700-29 B 6725
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Photos on Same Day See all photos dated 9 Jul 1944
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 4 Jun 2010
Licensing  Crown Copyright / Public Domain. According to the Crown Copyright laws of the United Kingdom, copyright protection has expired for photographs created prior to 1 Jun 1957.

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
18 Sep 2011 05:21:47 PM

FESTIVAL de CANNES: HERE I AM IN CAEN FRANCE, I WANTED TO ATTEND THE FIRST FILM FESTIVAL IN SEPTEMBER 1939, BUT JERRY HAD DIFFERENT IDEAS. I'LL BE BACK FOR THE 1946 FILM FESTIVAL. Our British Tommy has been issued the new Mk.III "Turtle Helmet" It was an improvement over the older Mk.II "Tin Hat" it offered better protection from the side and rear. Uniform of the day, is standard battledress jacket and pants design were issued in the late 1930s, short canvas leggings or gaiters were bloused into the pants. Our Tommy is armed with the Lee-Enfield,SMLE No.4,.303 Caliber Rifle with a fixed box magazine, that held ten rounds. 17,000,000 rifles were produced and it was the standard infantry rifle from 1895 to 1957. Today, Canadian Rangers as of 2011 still use the Lee-Enfield No.4, the weapons have been accurized. What does SMLE mean: (Short Magazine Lee-Enfield) (Jerry) Derogatory name for the Germans

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