Soviet Submachine Guns of World War II: PPD-40, PPSh-41 and PPS Weapon

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Osprey Publishing #ad - The story of the soviet wartime smg is completed by the PPS, designed for even cheaper and faster production, first put into small-scale production inside the besieged city of Leningrad in 1942. First came the ppd-40, a weapon initially designed in the 1930s but rationalized for more efficient production in 1940

This remarkable weapon never replaced the PPSh-41, however, possibly as much because of political as production considerations. This 7. 62mm firearm, was in production until 1941, with a cyclic rate of 800rpm, when it was replaced by the defining Soviet SMG of the war - the PPSh-41. It gives particular focus to the tactical applications of these weapons in combat, and how they compared to firearms wielded by their German opponents.

With numerous first-hand combat accounts, and detailed technical explanations, this book is ideal for both the general reader and the firearms enthusiast. The submachine gun smg came to be the embodiment of the Soviet fighting spirit during World War II. Both the ppsh-41 and pps went on to post-war service with various communist states, seeing combat in the Korean War, the Indochina and Vietnam Wars and various colonial insurgencies in Africa and Asia.

Soviet Submachine Guns of World War II: PPD-40, PPSh-41 and PPS Weapon #ad - The russian ppd-40, ppsh-41, and pps family of smgs were a key part of Soviet infantry assault doctrine in World War II and beyond. Featuring expert analysis and an array of specially commissioned full-color artwork, this engaging study explains the history, use and development of Soviet wartime SMGs in detail.

It was rugged, cheap to produce, simple to operate and delivered devastating close-quarters firepower.

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MP 38 and MP 40 Submachine Guns Weapon

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Osprey Publishing #ad - Even during the war geipel and vollmer's designs, mistakenly attributed to the rival designer Hugo Schmeisser by the Allies, profoundly influenced the British Sten and the US M3 "grease gun" as well as postwar weapons such as the Spanish Star Modelo Z-45 and the Yugoslav M56. The massively influential bergmann mp 18, although the treaty of versailles banned the study and manufacture of light automatic weapons in Germany, the world's first purpose-built 'machine pistol' submachine gun, spearheaded the German assaults of 1918 and, weapons designers like Berthold Geipel and Heinrich Vollmer of Erfurter Maschinenfabrik Erma covertly continued to innovate in this field.

An open-bolt, geipel and vollmer's mp 38 drew upon earlier prototypes such as the vmp 1930 and mp 36, as well as the EMP 35, blowback-operated weapon with a single-feed 32-round magazine offering fully automatic fire only and a patented telescoping return spring guide that served as a pneumatic recoil buffer, another Erma design that was widely exported and saw combat in the Spanish Civil War.

Nazi germany's mp 38 and mp 40 submachine guns are among world war ii's most iconic weapons, but it is often forgotten that they continued in use all over the world for many decades after 1945, even being seen during the fighting in Libya in 2011. It was rapidly adopted by Germany's armed forces and first saw combat during the invasion of Poland in 1939.

The submachine-gun concept had its origins in the trenches of World War I, as German designers sought to develop a new weapon that utilized pistol ammunition to deliver devastating bursts of automatic fire at close ranges. Widely issued to fallschirmjäger parachute infantry owing to their portability and folding stocks, the MP 38 and MP 40 became the hallmarks of Germany's infantry section and platoon leaders; by the war's end the Germans were following the Soviet practice of issuing entire assault platoons with submachine guns.

MP 38 and MP 40 Submachine Guns Weapon #ad - The mp 38 was one of the first of the lighter, utilizing stamped-steel and plastic components that made it easier to produce than earlier types such as the M1928 Thompson and the MP 18, more compact "second generation" of submachine guns, which featured wooden stocks and employed machined-steel parts.

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German Automatic Rifles 1941-45: Gew 41, Gew 43, FG 42 and StG 44 Weapon

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Osprey Publishing #ad - 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. 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.

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. This book explores the origins, development, combat use and lasting influence of Nazi Germany's automatic rifles, Gew 43/Kar 43, focusing on the Gew 41W, FG 42 and MP 43/StG 44.

German Automatic Rifles 1941-45: Gew 41, Gew 43, FG 42 and StG 44 Weapon #ad - 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. 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.

In addition, current bolt-action rifles could not provide the rate of fire required for such engagements. The fg 42, had a landmark straight-in-line design and other features frequently seen in subsequent small arms, designed specifically for airborne soldiers, notably the US M60 machine gun. 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.

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MG 34 and MG 42 Machine Guns Weapon

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Osprey Publishing #ad - The mg 42 was more efficient to manufacture and more robust, and had a blistering 1, 200rpm rate of fire. In itself the mg 34 was an excellent weapon: an air-cooled, recoil-operated machine gun that could run through belts of 7. 92mm ammunition at a rate of 850rpm, delivering killing firepower at ranges of more than 1, 000m.

Such were its qualities of firepower and usability that it became the foundation of an entire series of postwar machine guns, including the MG 1 and MG 3 - the latter is still in production and service to this day. Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork and drawing upon numerous technical manuals and first-hand accounts, this study explores the technological development, varied roles and lasting influence of the revolutionary MG 34 and MG 42 machine guns and their postwar successors.

. Yet simply by changing its mount and feed mechanism, the operator could radically transform its function. With the mg 34, the german wehrmacht introduced an entirely new concept in automatic firepower - the general-purpose machine gun GPMG. On its standard bipod it was a light machine gun, ideal for infantry assaults; on a tripod it could serve as a sustained-fire medium machine gun; aircraft or vehicular mounts turned it into an air defence weapon; and it also served as the coaxial machine gun on numerous tanks.

MG 34 and MG 42 Machine Guns Weapon #ad - During world war ii, the mg 34 was superseded although it remained in combat use by a new GPMG - the MG 42. Nicknamed 'hitler's buzzsaw' by allied troops, it was arguably the finest all-round GPMG ever produced, and alongside the MG 34 it inflicted heavy casualties on Allied soldiers on all European and North African fronts.

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Sniping Rifles on the Eastern Front 1939-45 Weapon

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Osprey Publishing #ad - 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.

Sniping Rifles on the Eastern Front 1939-45 Weapon #ad - 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. Fully illustrated, this absorbing study investigates the development of sniping weapons and techniques on World War II's Eastern Front. 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.

Offering greater firepower at the expense of long-range accuracy, such weapons would be profoundly influential in the postwar world.

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The Thompson Submachine Gun: From Prohibition Chicago to World War II Weapon

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Osprey Publishing #ad - Osprey's new weapon series provides a highly-detailed yet affordable overview of the development, use, and impact of small arms throughout history - from the sword to the machine gun. Learn the true story of one of history's most well travelled weapons. But its military career was relaunched with the outbreak of World War II 1939-1945, used by armies, commandos and resistance groups worldwide.

The Thompson Submachine Gun: From Prohibition Chicago to World War II Weapon #ad - Using expert knowledge and first-hand accounts, its legacy, this chronicle of one of the world's greatest submachine guns analyzes the Thompson's development, and the experiences of the men who used it in combat. An iconic and innovative design, the M1921 Thompson was soon adopted by Prohibition-era gangs and used ruthlessly on the streets of New York and Chicago.

Osprey Publishing UK. Developed late in world war i 1914-1918 to be a fearsome trench-warfare weapon, the Thompson submachine gun's fame and success came in unexpected quarters. Features rare photographs and original artwork by Peter Dennis.

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The Mosin-Nagant Rifle Weapon

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Osprey Publishing #ad - The mosin-nagant is the world's longest-surviving and most widely distributed military rifle, having armed the forces of Russia and many other countries for over a century. Osprey. This study covers the rifles entire combat history, from its early development through to its service in combat, and the impact it has had on modern firearms.

Dramatic battle reports and specially-commissioned artwork complement the meticulously researched examination of the Mosin-Nagant provided by author Bill Harriman as he delves into the history of one of the most iconic rifles of World War II. Osprey Publishing UK. It has seen action from world war i to the present day, but is most famous for its role during World War II, where it proved to be an excellent sniping weapon in the hands of marksmen such as Vasili Zaitsev and Simo Häyhä.

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The Luger Weapon

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Osprey Publishing #ad - Osprey Publishing UK. Osprey. Initially chambered for the 7. 65×21mm round, from 1902 the luger was designed for DWM's 9×19mm round, which even today remains the most popular military handgun cartridge. Despite being supplanted by the walther p38, the luger remained in widespread service with all arms of Nazi Germany's armed forces throughout World War II, and even equipped East Germany's Volkpolizei in the years after 1945.

The Luger Weapon #ad - Featuring full-color artwork, expert analysis, this engaging study tells the story of the Luger, and archive and present-day photographs, the distinctive and deadly semi-automatic pistol that has come to symbolize Germany's armed forces in the 20th century. It was adopted by the imperial german navy in 1904, followed by the German Army in 1908, receiving the name Pistole 08.

Patented in 1898 and produced from 1900, Georg Luger's iconic semi-automatic pistol became synonymous with Germany's armed forces throughout both world wars.

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The Lewis Gun Weapon

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Osprey Publishing #ad - Even so, it won a lasting reputation and became an iconic weapon of World War I. Adopted by an array of countries from the netherlands to japan during and after world war i, the Lewis successfully served as the primary or secondary armament in armoured fighting vehicles and in both ground-based anti-aircraft and aircraft-mounted roles, being the first weapon to be used to shoot down an enemy aircraft from an aeroplane - indeed, it was the most important aircraft-mounted machine gun in virtually every air force well into the 1930s.

Fully illustrated and written by an authority on this iconic weapon, this is the fascinating story of the innovative and influential Lewis gun, from the trenches of World War I to the Libyan desert and Pacific islands of World War II and beyond. Serving on the western front and across the world, the us marine corps found on landing in France that their Lewis guns were replaced by an inferior French weapon, and was widely adopted by the Germans too; even so, the Lewis gun soon became the core of the British and Dominion infantry section, the CSRG 'Chauchat'.

The Lewis Gun Weapon #ad - Although offering significant advantages over its rivals, such as the Danish Madsen, American BAR and German MG 08/15, the Lewis was not without its faults. As a lightweight machine gun, the american designed Lewis Gun made a place for itself in World War I & World War II. Although machine guns were widely issued and used during the bloody opening months of World War I, these deadly weapons proved to be too heavy to be tactically mobile.

Although the distinctive cooling tube proved to be a very effective flash hider and the weapon's 'forced cooling' system and open-bolt design helped to limit overheating, like all fixed-barrel guns it couldn't offer true sustained fire. Osprey Publishing UK.

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The Browning Automatic Rifle Weapon

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Osprey Publishing OSPWPN015 #ad - Unfortunately, initial production difficulties and commanders' reluctance to feed the new weapon piecemeal into the front line meant it was September 1918 before the BAR saw combat. In the interwar years us forces used the BAR across the world, from China to Nicaragua; versions equipped the armed forces of Belgium, Sweden and Poland.

Designed by the renowned firearms manufacturer John M. It was developed in response to the central dilemma of infantry combat in World War I - the need for a squad-level weapon that could suppress emplaced machine-gun positions. Brigadier General S. L. A. Nevertheless, the bar saw action in every major theater of World War II and went on to be used in Korea and in the opening stages of the Vietnam War.

The Browning Automatic Rifle Weapon #ad - For nearly fifty years the hard-hitting, served in US infantry units as a light squad automatic "base of fire" weapon, mobile Browning Automatic Rifle, or BAR, providing quick bursts of concentrated fire. Osprey Publishing UK. The bar was not without its flaws; it was heavy and difficult to dismantle and reassemble, and it didn't cope well with sustained fire.

Us lawmen rapidly acquired the bar for themselves, with the Colt R 80 "Monitor" variant becoming the official fighting rifle of the FBI from 1931. At the outset of world war ii the US armed forces decided to adapt the BAR for a light machine gun role.

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The 'Broomhandle' Mauser Weapon

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Osprey Publishing #ad - This saw its ultimate expression in the first-ever select-fire handgun--the "Schnellfeuer" machine pistol, fed by a detachable magazine and offering both full-automatic and single-shot modes. At a time when most handguns were limited to six rounds, the ten-shot Mauser caught the attention of the world for its unprecedented firepower and formidable high-velocity 7.

The 'Broomhandle' Mauser Weapon #ad - 63×25mm cartridge. Widely purchased commercially, became prized by the irish Republican Army and Soviet revolutionaries, it was carried by none other than Winston Churchill in the Sudan and South Africa, and even armed Han Solo in the Star Wars movies. Featuring full-color artwork and an array of revealing photographs, this is the engrossing story of the C 96 "Broomhandle" Mauser, adventurers, the ground-breaking semi-automatic pistol that armed a generation of military personnel, and revolutionaries at the beginning of the 20th century.

Osprey. Osprey Publishing UK. The c 96 was the first semi-automatic pistol to see combat, arming both sides in the Second Anglo-Boer War, Russian, Chinese, and seeing service with the German, and other militaries.

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