Weapons of War - II
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Assault boats of the 10th Engineers patrol the
Kleiner Rhine in Strasbourg.
emplacement with 50 cal. Heavy Machine Gun in France. The 50 was guarding the
the business end of an 8" Howitzer in the background.
The correct name is SturmGewehr '43, which means Attack Rifle, model (19)43. This was one of the innovated weapons, along with the "Fallschirmjagergewehr" which was an automatic rifle specially designed for Paratroopers (Parachutistgun). Once again the German's got there first with it. Only very limited numbers were produced so it's not that well known anyway, not officially a "Burp" gun.
Thanks to Rob Plas for this description.
Schultz recounted to me that GI's in their quest for souvenirs, would pick up the
"Burp" guns. They never used them while out on patrol, because of the
sound of the gun.
Me 262, German Jet, knocked out of action. This was the first truly operational jet fighter used in World War 2. Had Hitler
listened to his Generals, this jet might have lengthened the war by several years. The USAAF had only the propeller driven P-38 Lightning and P-47 Thunderbolt which were 120mph
slower than this Jet. The Allies jet fighter program was still in its infancy, and
only prototypes were being tested.
Swedish designed Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft gun, used by allies near St. Marie, France-1944. The Allies used several European designed armaments during the war, until US industry came online. The caption on the back of this photo describes this gun as a French 90).
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