"the new Lepage gun that the Germans had moved in"

Jean Lepage (1779-1822), a French gunsmith who worked under Louis XVI, Napoleon, and Louis XVIII, was a pioneer of modern firearms. Various carbines of the early 19th century took their name from him.

Yossarian’s description of the Lepage weapon he’s warning Colonel Korn about, a “three-hundred-and-and-forty-four-millimeter” glue gun that “glues a whole formation of planes together in mid-air,” is obviously a joke.

 

Flintlock carbine made by Jean LePage and named for Napoleon, circa 1800
GNU Free Documentation LicenseFlintlock carbine made by Jean LePage and named for Napoleon, circa 1800 - Credit: PHGCOM