The British WWII Swift Training Rifle
In June 1940, Great Britain stood alone against the amassed hordes of Nazi Germany. Her European Allies, France, Poland, Belgium, Norway, Denmark and Holland had all been crushed by the Blitzkrieg. Her own British Expeditionary Forces sent to the continent were almost overrun and only saved by the “Miracle of Dunkirk”.
At Dunkirk, they had been forced to leave behind a huge store of equipment and munitions. This created an acute shortage of arms for defense not to mention training of new forces. With invasion pending, the government turned to the Swift Training Rifle to help educate the nearly two million British Home Guards and the RAF ground defense forces who would repel German paratroopers expected to land at RAF airfields.
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