This book, while essentially an historical hand book for gun enthusiasts and for the millions of soldiers who possess European Mauser rifles as trophies, also has a secondary purpose. That secondary purpose is to present a detailed study of the advance of German small arms development through the years, so politicians and economists and statesman will have available an integrated study of one facet of militaristic evolution which has never before been presented.
This book is confined entirely to the facts of the Mauser history and of the arms Mauser developed; but its implications in world affairs are there for any analysts who are in a position to use them.
As a history of the rise and development of the Mauser line of weapons, this work is intended to satisfy all except the ultra-technical.
Very few people in civil life have any realization of the tremendous part the Mauser organization played in world affairs from the date of its inception in 1871 to the close of World War II.
As a result of a planned German military policy, a policy which began with the very founding in 1864 of Germany as the Nation we knew in the Twentieth Century, the Mauser organization was used internationally to disseminate German ideas and German ideologies.
Germany infiltrated the entire South American continent and much of China by recognizing the elementary fact that whoever armed the police and military organizations of those countries, automatically exercised considerable control over their politics and policies. In world areas where police and military groups dominate, those who are in a position to provide arms and equipment and new military techniques have always been able to achieve a measure of power entirely out of relation to either the number of agents employed or the extent of the business they have done with those countries.
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