Short Magazine Lee-Enfield .303 in No 1 Mk III bolt action rifle, .303 in calibre, 1913
Experiments with new smokeless cartridges, bolt-actions and magazine loading had resulted in the introduction, in 1903, of the Short Magazine Lee-Enfield, the rifle which would arm the British Army for two World Wars. Firing a small-calibre bullet to a maximum range of 2,800 yards, the Short Magazine Lee-Enfield was the infantryman's definitive weapon. In the initial battles of the World War the German troops believed that they were facing machine guns rather than rapid rifle fire.
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