Know Your WW2 Weapons.
The MG-42 was designed during World War II as a replacement for the multipurpose MG-34, which was less than suitable for wartime mass production and was also somewhat sensitive to fouling and mud. It was manufactured in great numbers by companies like Grossfuss, Mauser-Werke, Gustloff-Werke, Steyr-Daimler-Puch, and several others. It is estimated that more than 400,000 MG-42s were manufactured during the war, and it was undoubtedly one of the best machine guns of World War II. It was designed to be reliable and cheap to manufacture; the design was so effective that it is still in production in more or less modified form in many countries.
Although the German Army of 1939 was not an entirely mechanized force (the German infantry was still largely foot-mobile), the hallmark of the blitzkrieg was fast-moving offensive operations characterized by speed, firepower, and sudden, overwhelming force. During these types of operations, the…
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These guys know their stuff, a worthy 19 minute investment.
Really interesting piece of firearms history!
Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!
At the HBO Band of Brothers 2019 Reunion in Normandy, Capt. Dale Dye (Who played Colonel Sink in the series and is also a Military Historian and Advisor) explains how basic Military Artillery works and how the German 105 Howitzers operated at Brecourt Manor on D-Day.
Discussion begins at 2:25
To see an excellent overview of the Assault on the Brecourt Manor Guns on D-Day by Lt. Dick Winters and his Fire Team, watch HERE.