PHOTO ESSAY – ‘Ma Deuce’ turns 85 and going strong
By Patrick Albright, MCoE Command Photographer
FORT BENNING, Ga. – The M2 .50 caliber machine gun, affectionately referred to as “Ma Deuce”, was developed in 1932 as a joint effort by the U.S. Army as a heavy barrel ground gun and the U.S. Navy as a water-cooled anti-aircraft gun.
The light weight version developed for aircraft and also used on PT Boats was developed in the late 1930s.
All three versions were used during World War II by the United States and its allies. The M2 Heavy Barrel and M2 Aircraft versions have seen continued service into the 21st century.
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