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German Automatic Rifles 1941 45

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This book explores the origins, development, combat use and lasting influence of Nazi Germany's automatic rifles, focusing on the Gew 41(W), Gew 43/Kar 43, FG 42 and MP 43/StG 44. The Blitzkrieg campaigns of 1939-40 convinced many observers that most infantry combat took place at closer ranges than the 750-1,000m for which most contemporary rifles were designed. In addition, current bolt-action rifles could not provide the rate of fire required for such engagements. From 1941 Germany's arms designers took note and produced a new series of infantry firearms that not only transformed squad firepower, but also laid the foundations for postwar assault rifle design. The Gew 43/Kar 43, fitted with a telescopic-sight rail as standard, was one of history's first semi-auto sniper rifles. The FG 42, designed specifically for airborne soldiers, had a landmark straight-in-line design and other features frequently seen in subsequent small arms, notably the US M60 machine gun. Most influential was the MP 43/StG 44, arguably the world's first true assault rifle, which delivered formidable full-auto fire from a shortened 7.92mm round. This weapon also went on to influence the design of the greatest assault rifle of all time - the AK-47. This study not only provides a detailed technical description of each weapon, but also explores how the firearms performed on the battlefields of World War II. The combat takes us from the FG 42 in the hands of Fallschirmjäger at Monte Cassino through to StG 44s being used by Waffen-SS soldiers on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. Postwar service is also studied, such as the Gew 43's adoption by the Czech Army and the StG 44's use by the Viet Cong in the Vietnam War. Setting each firearm in its tactical and historical context, and employing striking photographs and full-colour artwork, firearms expert Chris McNab sets out the absorbing story of this distinctive and influential series of weapons.

German Automatic Rifles 1941 45

Author : Chris McNab
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This book explores the origins, development, combat use and lasting influence of Nazi Germany's automatic rifles, focusing on the Gew 41(W), Gew 43/Kar 43, FG 42 and MP 43/StG 44. The Blitzkrieg campaigns of 1939–40 convinced many observers that most infantry combat took place at closer ranges than the 750–1,000m. From 1941 Germany's arms designers took note and produced a new series of infantry firearms. This study not only provides a detailed technical description of each weapon, but also explores how the firearms performed on the battlefields of World War II. The combat takes us from the FG 42 in the hands of Fallschirmjäger at Monte Cassino through to StG 44s being used by Waffen-SS soldiers on both the Eastern and Western Fronts. Postwar service is also studied, such as the Gew 43's adoption by the Czech Army and the StG 44's use by the Viet Cong in the Vietnam War. Setting each firearm in its tactical and historical context, and employing striking photographs and full-colour artwork, firearms expert Chris McNab sets out the absorbing story of this distinctive and influential series of weapons.

Soviet Semiautomatic Rifles in German Service 1941 1945

Author : J. D. Eberle
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Rare and previously unpublished photos of Soviet semiautomatic rifles including the Simonov AVS-36, Tokarev SVT-38, and Tokarev SVT-40 rifles captured and reissued to the German military during WW2 between 1941 and 1945. These photos are from the JDE WW2 Photo Archive, sourced from private photo albums of WW2 veterans, most of the photos contained in this book have never been published before.

Soviet Semiautomatic Rifles in German Service 1941 1945

Author : Lord Jd Eberle
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Rare and previously unpublished photos of Soviet semiautomatic rifles including the Simonov AVS-36, Tokarev SVT-38, and Tokarev SVT-40 rifles captured and reissued to the German military during WW2 between 1941 and 1945. These photos are from the JDE WW2 Photo Archive, sourced from private photo albums of WW2 veterans, most of the photos contained in this book have never been published before.

War in the East

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The Years of War 1941 1945

Author : Vasiliĭ Semenovich Grossman
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Adventures in My Youth

Author : Armin Scheiderbauer
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The personal memoir of a Nazi soldier, from joining the German Army in 1941 through his time as a Panzer on the Eastern Front. Originally written only for his daughter, Armin Schedierbauer’s Adventures in My Youth chronicles his time as a solider during World War II. As an infantry officer with the 252nd Infantry Division, German Army, Schedierbauer saw four years of combat on the Eastern Front. After joining his unit during the winter of 1942, he was wounded six times and had firsthand experience of the Soviet offensives in the summer of 1944 and January 1945. While fighting in East Prussia, he was captured by the Soviets and not released until 1947. Schedierbauer was only twenty-one years old when the war ended, and his memoir recollects the experiences he went through as a young man on the front.

The Eastern Front Day by Day 1941 45

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The warriors, the weapons, and the furious battles

Sniping Rifles on the Eastern Front 1939 45

Author : Martin Pegler
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The Soviet Union had developed a significant sniping force by 1939, but the extraordinary skill and cunning displayed by Finnish snipers during the Winter War forced the Soviets to innovate. On the other side, German sniping suffered from a lack of standardization of weapons and a lack of marksmen deployed at the start of the Great Patriotic War (1941–45). There were few heroes in the conflict, but on both sides, the snipers were idolized – especially on the Soviet side, gaining almost mythical status. As well as traditional bolt-action weapons, both sides used several types of semi-automatic rifle, such as the SVT-38 and the Gew 41. Offering greater firepower at the expense of long-range accuracy, such weapons would be profoundly influential in the postwar world. Fully illustrated, this absorbing study investigates the development of sniping weapons and techniques on World War II's Eastern Front.

Heroism Bravery in Lithuania 1941 1945

Author : Aleks Faitelson
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The English edition includes a list of 22 Nazi criminals who were directly responsible for the extermination of the Jews of Lithuania (pp. 413-415), giving their dates of birth and death, rank, and fate.

German Semiautomatic Rifles of Ww2 in Action

Author : Jd Eberle
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A collection of largely unreleased, never before seen, photographs of German semiautomatic rifles in service during WW2 1941-1945. Included are the Gewehr 41 (M) Gewehr 41 (W) Gewehr 43, and the captured/reissued Soviet made Tokarev SVT-38/40 family of rifles given the German classification Gewehr 259 (R).

War on the Eastern Front 1941 1945

Author : James Lucas
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An illustrated account of the German soldiers who invaded Russia from 1941 to 1945--chronicles their day-to-day survival in isolation, experiencing what Hitler had not anticipated

Flying Guns of the Modern Era

Author : Anthony G. Williams
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Flying Guns of The Modern Era describes the history of aircraft guns, ammunition and their installations in aircraft, from the end of WWII to the present day. This period has seen the development of guided missiles for both air-to-air and ground-attack roles. Covers aircraft installations for all nations and an evaluation of combat use, including a comprehensive table of gun installations in combat aircraft and helicopters, comparative drawings of the principal service weapons and data tables of the guns and ammunition.

Soviet Field Fortifications 1941 45

Author : Gordon L. Rottman
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From June 1941, the Soviets were forced to undertake large-scale defensive operations in the face of the overwhelming German blitzkrieg assault, operations which ran counter to their preference for highly mobile, offensive warfare. Lessons were quickly learned across a wide variety of terrain and climates, including the open steppes, dense forests, wooded swamps, cities, and in snow and ice, where the availability of construction materials differed greatly. The first to cover this topic in the English language and containing detailed information about the trenches, bunkers, observation posts and weapon positions, this book examines field fortifications built from local materials by infantrymen, as well as their use of mines, field camouflage techniques, and construction tools. It provides a first fascinating insight into Russian defensive attempts against the overwhelming might of the German Army.

German Semiautomatic Rifles of WW2 in Action

Author : J. D. Eberle
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A collection of largely unreleased, never before seen, photographs of German semiautomatic rifles in service during WW2 1941-1945. Included are the Gewehr 41 (M) Gewehr 41 (W) Gewehr 43, and the captured/reissued Soviet made Tokarev SVT-38/40 family of rifles given the German classification Gewehr 259 (R).

Extermination of the Jews in Latvia 1941 1945

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Great Soviet Encyclopedia

Author : Aleksandr Mikhaĭlovich Prokhorov
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The Red Army in Combat 1941 1945

Author : Bob Carruthers
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"We have to ensure that the offensive is not only 100% successful, but 200%!" General Zhukov, Vistula-Oder Offensive, 1945 This fascinating compilation of wartime battlefield reports drawn from Russian and German sources has been carefully selected by Emmy Award winning author and historian Bob Carruthers to produce an absorbing overview of the organisation and tactics of the Red Army in World War II. Featured topics include anti-tank measures, cavalry tactics, the development of the Red Guards, Soviet parachute battalions, mountain fighters, mortar formations, field defences and improvisations, artillery effectiveness, infantry tactics and more. Combining contemporary reports of the key characteristics of the Red Army with more obscure aspects, including tactical advice given to Soviet troops on how to attack tanks with Molotov cocktails, this excellent survey of sources builds into an absorbing account of the Red Army drawn exclusively from original wartime reports. This new compilation is essential reading for anyone interested in discovering rare and vital information on the combat experience of the Red Army from primary sources.

The New Encyclopaedia Britannica Macropaedia knowledge in depth 19 v

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Automatic Weapons of the World

Author : Melvin Maynard Johnson
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