MG 34 and MG 42 Machine Guns (Weapon)

MG 34 and MG 42 Machine Guns (Weapon)


With the MG 34, the German Wehrmacht brought a wholly new suggestion in automated firepower - the general-purpose desktop gun (GPMG). In itself the MG 34 was once a very good weapon: an air-cooled, recoil-operated computer gun that may run via belts of 7.92mm ammunition at a cost of 850rpm, offering killing firepower at levels of greater than 1,000m. but just by altering its mount and feed mechanism, the operator may possibly greatly rework its functionality. On its common bipod it was once a gentle computer gun, excellent for infantry attacks; on a tripod it could possibly function a sustained-fire medium computing device gun; plane or vehicular mounts became it into an air defence weapon; and it additionally served because the coaxial computing device gun on quite a few tanks.

During international struggle II, the MG 34 used to be outmoded (although it remained in strive against use) via a brand new GPMG - the MG forty two. The MG forty two used to be extra effective to fabricate and extra strong, and had a blistering 1,200rpm price of fireside. Nicknamed 'Hitler's buzzsaw' through Allied troops, it used to be arguably the best all-round GPMG ever produced, and along the MG 34 it inflicted heavy casualties on Allied infantrymen on all ecu and North African fronts. Such have been its features of firepower and value that it turned the root of a complete sequence of postwar desktop weapons, together with the MG 1 and MG three - the latter remains to be in creation and repair to this day.

Featuring specifically commissioned full-colour paintings and drawing upon a variety of technical manuals and first-hand debts, this examine explores the technological improvement, assorted roles and lasting impact of the innovative MG 34 and MG forty two laptop weapons and their postwar successors.

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