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The Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) was equipped with the Ross as they embarked for the western front in 1915. Canadian soldiers soon discovered that the Ross, an excellent and accurate rifle, was very much unsuited for trench conditions. Many marksmen kept their Ross after its replacement for its superb sharpshooting ability.
– Verdun Official Weapon Guide[2]

The Ross rifle is a Canadian straight-pull bolt action rifle holding five rounds, reloaded by a 5 round stripper clip.

During service its extremely fault intolerant design proved incapable of dealing with trench conditions. Furthermore, issues emerged with the bolt reassembly and the possibility of an igniting round throwing the bolt back into the shooter's face. These issues mounted into 1916 before the Canadian government withdrew the rifle from service and replaced it with the British Empire standard rifle, the SMLE.[3]

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Weapons
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

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