Nicolas Lebel

Colonel Nicolas Lebel (August 18, 1838– May 6, 1891), after whom the French military's Lebel rifle was named.

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... Nicolas Lebel was born in Saint-Mihiel (Meuse) near Verdun ... by general Tramond and included Colonel Basile Gras, Colonel Bonnet, Lt-Colonel Lebel, Castan, de Tristan, Captain Desaleux and last but not least Paul Vieille, the inventor of smokeless ... Lt-colonel Lebel's direct contribution was the full-metal-jacket bullet or balle Lebel which had been formulated and extensively tested at the École Normale de Tir under his direction ...

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