There's that too, but also:I think he is talking about the Browning Automatic Rifle. It wasn't an LMG in 1918 but an Automatic Rifle that just weight way too much.
Which seems to indicate that the US is looking at a general adoption of semiautomatic rifles to supplement the BAR. Perhaps the .30-06 Chauchat colored their thinking somewhat.…The lull in fighting over the winter of 1918 saw a massive shift in doctrine and equipment among the Entente. New aircraft were reaching the front with better performance than anything the Germans had, presuming that they could muster enough fuel to sortie. New tanks were arriving in greater numbers, with the speed and reliability to do more than crawl to static trench lines. The US army adopted increasing numbers of automatic rifles, submachine guns and semi-automatic conversion kits for their bolt action rifles, the French adopted a semi-automatic rifle and the Italians a proper machine gun. New types of gas were being synthesized, that made the ersatz material based German protective gear almost useless. In a material sense the battles of 1919 would be as unlike 1918 as 1915 was 1914.
The Beretta Model 1918?That's what I get for editing after miller time, I meant submachine gun