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Soldiers of the American 308th and 166th Infantry Regiments liberate a French town in 1918. The soldier on the left is carrying a Chauchat slung over his shoulder.
The Chauchat, named after its main contributor Colonel Louis Chauchat, was the standard machine rifle or light machine gun of the French Army during World War I (1914–18).
"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good." -Thomas Paine
A native of the Congo River basin, the Lualaba River, Lake Upemba and Lake Tanganyika in Africa, it’s the largest member of the tigerfish clan, a genus of fierce predators with protruding, daggerlike teeth.
Locals say it’s the only fish that doesn’t fear the crocodile and that it actually eats smaller ones. It’s also been known to attack humans in rare instances.