German paratroopers in France, summer 1944; note FG 42 rifle and Model 24 grenades

Caption     German paratroopers in France, summer 1944; note FG 42 rifle and Model 24 grenades ww2dbase
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Identification Code   Bild 101I-738-0289-18
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
6 Jun 2011 04:17:41 PM

The German FG-42 was developed for the German paratroops. It was a gas-operated,
air-cooled, magazine feed, selective fire semi and full automatic shoulder weapon.

It fired the full size 7.92mm round same as used in the 98k bolt action rifle and had a tremendous kick, w/muzzle flash and noise wasn't controllable on automatic fire.

The weapon should have used the 7.92 kurts round, like the later MP-44. The FG-42 was used in limited numbers until the end of the war.
Both the FG-42 and the MP-44 influenced post
war small-arms development.

The FG-42 was carried by German paratroops
during Otto Skorzeny's kommando raid to free Benito Mussolini in September 1943.

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