German Infantry Weapons

The famous Pistole P 08 (Luger) started serving the German Army since World War I. It was a very effective combat pistol and welcomed by soldiers and collectors alike. The P 08 was also used in a large extent even though attempts were made to replace it.
The Walther PP (Polizei Pistole) and PPK (K=kurz, or short) were originally designed for civilian police service. However, they were later chosen to serve with the military and were used by many officers.
The Walther P 38 was supposed to replace the excellent but expensive and elaborate Luger P 08. The P 38 was superb design but was only able to supplement the P 08 due to inadequate production.
The Gewehr 41(W) and its later model, Gewehr 43, were the standard infantry rifles of the German army during World War II. They were very effective weapons and many were produced in different varieties.
The Fallschirmjägergewehr 42 was one of the most innovative weapons of the war, and became the forerunner of the modern assault rifle. It was, however, too sophisticated and only a small number was produced.
The Maschinenpistole 43/Sturmgewehr 44 was one of the main reasons behind the impressive combat power of the German infantry. It was an extremely powerful weapon and combined the virtues of rapid fire and mobility.
The Maschinengewehr 34 was the mainstream machine-gun used by the German army. It was a superb design and the first general-purpose machine-gun. The MG 34 could serve many purposes and was in very large demand.
The Maschinengewehr 42 designed to replace the efficient but delicate MG 34. The MG 42 was better than its predecessor in almost every aspect but the Germans never produced enough to replace the MG 34.

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