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The Fusil Mle 1886 M93 "Lebel" is an 8mm bolt action infantry rifle which entered service in the French Army in April of 1887. It is a repeating rifle that can hold eight rounds in its forestock tube magazine plus one round in the transporter.
– Official Verdun Weapons Guide[2]

The Lebel, or 1886 Lebel, was a revolutionary bolt-action rifle developed by the French shortly after the Franco-Prussian war. It was the first widely issued smokeless powder rifle, which revolutionised small arms tactics – no longer would your fire at obscure targets of the enemy and with hotter and more powerful propellants, the range of small arms fire greatly increased.[3]

The depiction of the weapon in Verdun is realistic, in that it shows many of the problems of the Lebel's early and compromising design. With a tube magazine, it can only be loaded one round at a time, though it has a capacity of eight rounds. Its bolt action is also relatively slow compared to many of the carbines and short rifles that would come later.


Rifles and carbines Central Powers Gew. 88/05Gew. 98Kar. 88Kar. 98AZ
Entente BerthierGew. 89Kar. 89LebelMLEMousqueton (M16) • P14P17RossSMLE (Sawn-Off) • SpringfieldRSC 17RSC 18
Machine guns Central Powers MadsenMG08/15MG08/18MP18i
Entente BARChauchat (CSRG M18) • HotchkissLewis
Handguns Central Powers C96Luger (Artillery) • Reichsrevolver
Entente FN1900M1892M1911RubyWebleyWebley-Scott
Melee and grenades Central Powers Boker KnifeEierhandgranateFeldspatenGeballte Ladung 6xGeballte Ladung 9xM15M17
Entente F1MillsTrenchclubVenguer KnifeEgg Grenade
Other WexM1897TankGewehrBinocs
Call-ins ArtilleryPlaneGasHeavy mortarSmokescreen