Norwegians who served with the Waffen SS on the Eastern Front were equipped with standard German weapons including the Mauser Karabiner 98k, Sturmgewehr
44, Maschinengewehr 34 and 42, Maschinenpistole 40 and various 9mm and 7,65mm pistols.
In a book review, it's impossible to even scratch the surface of the fascinating weapons developments Von Lossnitzer discusses in his memoir, which range from temperature regulating progressive rifling forms to tapered bore guns to the development of the MG213 aircraft revolving cannon and the roller-locking Sturmgewehr
62x51 CETME rifle, it was an evolution of a World War II German design designated Sturmgewehr
45 (M) developed by Mauser's Light Weapons Development Group.
92x33mm Kurz Sturmgewehr
had proven highly effective, the German Heereswaffenamt came to desire a design which was simpler and cheaper to mass produce.
95), which covers the history and development of an assault weapon created in response to the innovative German StG 44 Sturmgewehr
, a compact, lightweight weapon which could fire a cartridge much further than its competitors.
Chivers also makes it clear that the German late war StG-44 Sturmgewehr
assault rifle was the inspiration for the Soviet Army's 1947 competition to design a new automatic rifle for its troops.
Besides the well known 550 series which builds on the proven Swiss Army rifle adopted in 1990 and known as the Sturmgewehr
90, Sig Sauer markets the 516/716 AR rifles respectively in 5.
22LR STG-44 imitates the WWII Sturmgewehr
, and features a 17-inch barrel, an overall length of 37 inches and solid wood furniture, with a weight of 9 1/2 lbs.
Many historians consider the German WWII Sturmgewehr
44 (StG 44) as the pioneer of all assault rifles.
Why the WSLs weren't the toast of trench fighters is open to discussion, but by the time the concept of a short and handy (if a bit heavy) semiautomatic carbine with medium range and intermediate power could be realized, the Sturmgewehr
had taken the world by storm.
If military technology, the magnitude of destruction levied, and the hostile body count were the critical factors for victory, then the nation fielding the Me-262 aircraft, the Tiger tank, the Sturmgewehr
44 assault rifle, the Type XXIII U-boat, and the concentration camps' gas chambers should have won World War II hands down.
In 1944, Adolf Hitler is said to have invented the term "assault rifle" to describe the latest super-weapon developed by Nazi engineers, the StG44, or SturmGewehr