The M1911 predictably appears as the service pistol for both US squads, as well as a possible choice for Canadian assault leaders. This is accurate, since during both World Wars Canadian officers could privately purchase their own sidearms and the M1911 was a popular choice. (Back in the day trigger discipline was not a thing) The M1900, the first production pistol to use a slide, appears as the service pistol for the Belgians. The Stop appears as a possible choice for Austro-Hungarian troops. In reality, the Stop was a Hungarian pistol used by the Hungarian army during both World Wars. The Luger correctly appears as the most used pistol for all German squads, on both Western and Eastern front. 1. The player doesn’t press the magazine release. The “Artillery Luger” appears in the game being used by the Musketier class of the German Pioniere. In reality, the LP08 was mainly used by artillery crews and the Stoßtruppen. 1. The player doesn’t press the magazine release. The Reichsrevolver is an option for all German squads save for the Stoßtruppen. Although the design was dated, the weapon was extremely robust, and they were still used through World War I. The C96 is an option for all German squads save for the Alpenjäger. The C96 was a really popular weapon, and this specific variant in 9mm was built to offset the slow production of the Luger P08. The Mle 1892 appears as the standard service revolver for all French officers. It is also used by the Roumanians. This is not wrong, Romania purchased 11,189 Mle 1892s during WW1. The Nagant revolver correctly appears as the standard service handgun for both Russian squads. It also correctly appears as a choice for the Bulgarian squad. The Rast & Gasser appears as a handgun choice for Austria-Hungary. Though planned to be replaced by the Steyr-Hahn and the Roth-Steyr, production of these newer pistols was not sufficient and the revolver continued in service during WW1. The Roth-Steyr also accurately appears as a possible handgun for the K.u.K. Trupp. 1. The bolt should lock back automatically on the last shot. The Steyr-Hahn also appears as a possible choice for the Austro-Hungarians. It can be used by the Roumanians as well, who in real life purchased 56,000 examples. The S&W No. 3 is used by most Russian roles on both squads. In real life, S&W produced large numbers of these revolvers for the Russian army by special order. The Spanish Ruby pistol is used by all French squads as well as by the Belgians. In real life, Spain mass-produced these pistols for the French military in 1914, and also exported them to other nations such as Belgium. The Webley predictably appears as the main handgun used by all Commonwealth squads. The peculiar Webley-Fosbery appears as a possible choice for the ANZAC squad. Although not many of these were produced and they were never officially adopted by the military, some British officers used privately purchased examples. Webley’s first autoloading pistol can be used by Tommy officers. This is accurate since, although it was never officially adopted, they were used as personal or substitute-standard weapons by Commonwealth forces. 1. The slide should be locked open. The MP18 is accurately used by the Stoßtruppen. The MP18 is widely considered to be the first submachine gun ever used in combat. At least 5,000 of these were issued during the last months of WW1. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1918. The Arisaka can be used by the Russian Frontovik squad. Although it may sound weird, this is correct. Because of their arms shortage, the Russian Empire got at least 600,000 Arisakas – some probably captured from the Russo-Japanese War, some lent by Britain and many directly purchased from Japan. The Berthier mousqueton is used by many roles of all French squads. Berthier carbines were used as partial replacements for the Lebel, mainly in artillery and cavalry corps. The Berthier M16, a 5-round evolution of the Berthier carbine, appears as a choice for the Chasseurs Alpins and the Tirailleurs Sénégalais. Though well received, they didn’t actually appear on the frontline until the summer of 1918. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1918. The Fusil Mle 1907 is used by the Senegalese Tirailleurs. In real life, the Berthier was kind of the service rifle for the French colonial troops (the Senegalese being issued the Mle 1907 variant). The simplified variant of the Berthier 1907 is used by many roles within the French squads. Though at first issued to colonial troops and the French Foreign Legion, by 1916 it started being issued to some regular infantry regiments.
The Berthier is also correctly used by the Roumanians. At least 9,982 Berthiers were supplied by France to Romania during WW1. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1915. The Lebel correctly appears as the service rifle for French troops. It is also used by the Roumanians as part of the French aid to Romania during WW1. 1. There actually isn’t a round in the chamber. You are supposed to insert all 8 rounds in the tube magazine (which the player does) and then cycle the bolt twice to put a round in the transporter and chamber it. Use the Battlefield 1 Lebel animation for reference. Probably the only semi-automatic rifle widely issued during World War I, the RSC-17 can be used by Poilu riflemen. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1917. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1918. Even still, production of the RSC-18 began in November 1918, so it probably didn’t see any combat during WW1 anyways. Luckily, it isn’t issued by any squads. 2. The bolt should lock back automatically on the last shot. The Gewehr 1888/05 (modified to use stripper clips instead of en-blocs) appears as the main rifle used by the Schützen squad, owing to their rear-line and static nature. It is also used by the Germans in the Eastern front, to a certain extent. Same as the Gew. 88/05, the Kar. 88 is used by the rear-line Schützen and the Eastern front Infanterie. The Belgian Mauser rather obviously appears as the main service rifle used by the Belgian squad. The carbine version of the Belgian Mauser is also used by the Belgians. The Gewehr 98 appears as the main rifle used by all German squads. The carbine version of the Gewehr 98 is also predictably used by all German squads. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1918. Luckily, the T-Gewehr isn’t issued by any squad. The first version of the Lee-Enfield, the MLE, is used by some classes of the Highlander squad. Though already outdated for WW1, the MLE was still used in some extent. The shortened and simplified variant of the MLE, the SMLE Mk III*, appears as the main service rifle for all Commonwealth squads. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1915. This sawn-off version of the Lee-Enfield is used by some Canadian and ANZAC classes, owing to their assault and digger nature, respectively. 1. You usually don’t reload a Lee-Enfield by swapping out the magazine… But then again, this is a sawn-off version, maybe it’s easier to just do this while inside a tunnel. The Berdan II can be used by Russian riflemen. Although replaced by the Mosin-Nagant in 1891, the Berdan was still used by some second line, training and service units during WW1. It is also accurately used by Bulgaria. The Mosin-Nagant appears as the main service rifle for both Russian squads. It is also used by the Roumanians. The Dragoon rifle is only used by the Russian Cossacks. In reality, the Cossacks had their own Mosin variant, but it was almost identical to the Dragoon variant (just sighted for use without a bayonet). The M1907 carbine is used by the Frontovik. This model was excellent for cavalry, engineers, signalers, and artillerymen; and it did not take a bayonet. The Springfield, being their service rifle at the time, is used by both US squads, but mostly by the US Marines. The P14 is used by the ANZACs, Highlanders and Tommies as a second-line or sniper rifle, like in real life. The American variant of the P14, the M1917 Enfield, appears being used by both US squads, but mainly by the US Doughboys. In reality, this was the most used rifle by the American Expeditionary Force during WW1. The M1888-90 appears as a possible choice for Austro-Hungarian riflemen. It was replaced by the M95 in 1895, but it remained in use during WW1. The M90 Carbine (not to be confused with the M90 rifle) is a shorter alternative to the M88-90, and it appears being used by the Bulgarians. Interestingly enough, the Austro-Hungarians can’t use it. The Mannlicher M93 correctly appears as the service rifle for the Roumanian squad. Every army has a carbine variant of their service rifle, and the Roumanians can’t be less. The M95 correctly appears as the main service rifle used by Austria-Hungary. It is also used by Bulgaria, who, starting from 1898, imported approx. 83,000 long rifles and 2,000 carbines. The Stutzen or short rifle is also used by Austro-Hungarian troops. This rather scarce variant of the Martini-Henry built by Steyr and adopted by Romania in 1879 is curiously enough used by Bulgaria in-game. They are probably supposed to be captured examples from the Balkan Wars. The Ross rifle is exclusively used by the Canadians. In real life, this was the main rifle of the Canadian Expeditionary Force when they first arrived in France until it was replaced by the SMLE shortly after in 1915. The Werndl-Holub rifle can be used by Austro-Hungarian riflemen. In spite of the Werndl being long obsolete by World War I, the Austro-Hungarian forces issued Werndl rifles to rear-echelon units to free up more modern rifles for use by front-line troops. The Winchester M1895 can be used by both Russian squads. Between 1915 and 1917, approximately 300,000 M1895’s were manufactured for the army of the Russian Empire. These rifles came with a charger guide, allowing the rifle to be reloaded using Mosin-Nagant clips. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1915. The M1897 is only used by the Specialist US Marine class. Funnily enough, although the weapon was very popular with American troops, the Germans wanted to ban it for being “too brutal for war”. The MG15nA is used by the Schützen squad. In real life, the MG15nA was used extensively, mostly in the Eastern and Palestinian fronts, but also in the Western front, especially after the Battle of the Somme. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1916. The infamous Chauchat is used by the French Poilus and the US Doughboys, who bought many Chauchats in order to combat their lack of automatic weaponry. 1. (Kind of) anachronistic for any maps set pre-1915. The .30-06 Chauchat is the American-made variant of the French Chauchat. It was an abysmal weapon in general. In-game, it is only used by the US Marines. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1918. In reality, very few of these were issued, and even then, it was not uncommon for US soldiers to discard them in favour of a Springfield. It’s a miracle this thing is firing at all. The Hotchkiss M1909 is accurately used by the British Tommies and the Belgians. 1. This is actually the British-made variant of the M1909, as noted by its peculiar stock. Therefore, its use by the Belgians would be somewhat inaccurate. The Lewis Gun is appropiately used by British machine gunners. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1915. The British army officially adopted the Lewis in October 1915. 2. The player doesn’t press the magazine release. The BAR is only used by the US Doughboys. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-September 1918. 2. The charging handle isn’t spring-loaded, which means you have to push it forward manually. The Madsen gun is only used by the Musketier class of the German Pioniere. In reality, the German army did field the Madsen during WW1, despite Denmark being a neutral country. 1. The charging handle isn’t spring-loaded, which means you have to push it forward manually. The MG08/15, a man-portable version of the MG08, is used by the Landser and the Schützen. It was the most common German machine gun of the war. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1915. The MG08/18, an air-cooled and thus water-free version of the 08/15, is only used by the Landser. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1918. Even still, the MG08/18 was tested in very small numbers during the last months of the war. One of a few flamethrowers designed by the Germans during WW1, it’s used by the Pioniere, who have their own dedicated Flammenwerfer class. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1917. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1915. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1915. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1917. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1917. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1917. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1915. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1917. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1915. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1915. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1916. 1. Anachronistic for any maps set pre-1915.