Saturday, September 11, 2010


This is coolbert:

"With this sort of weapon, you cannot hide in a hole and snipe; the only way to use it effectively is to get out of the hole and go after the enemy"

Here with info on the German MP18 submachine gun from the era of World War One!

The MP18, "the first practical submachine gun used in combat", was designed specifically with trench warfare in mind, weaponry of the time not ideally suited for the task of close quarters combat between troops involved in the trench raid, etc.

In specific, widely employed by those German storm troopers during the German Spring Offensives of 1918. The "Kaiserschlacht offensives". 1 million German troops, spearheaded by the most elite of the German soldiers, physically fit, aggressive, combat-experienced, having initiative, AND EQUIPPED WITH ENORMOUS FIREPOWER AT THE PERSONAL LEVEL!!

Battalions of storm troops, having to clear trenches of allied forces, engage in close-quarters combat, possessing a weapon, the submachine gun, that gave them a marked advantage. Weaponry as used by both sides during trench raids prior to 1918 was ad hoc? What ever was useful at close-quarters and was available, use it! The MP18 - - rather - - more suited for this type of combat [trench warfare]!

[that the submachine gun was even used during World War One [WW1], much less employed in such an extensive manner, was ALL NEW TO ME!]

"The MP18-I manufactured by Theodor Bergmann . . . was the first practical submachine gun used in combat. It was introduced into service in 1918 by the German Army during World War I as the primary weapon of the Stosstruppen, assault groups specialized in trench combat."

"the MP18 primarily served in final stages of World War I in 1918, especially in the so-called Kaiserschlacht offensive. At least 5,000 MP18.1 were built and used during World War I"

The MP18, a brand new category and design of weapon - - beyond a pistol, but less than a rifle, capable of automatic fire by the individual soldier. AN OFFENSIVE WEAPON USED BY TROOPS ON THE OFFENSIVE!

An effective weapon that made A VERY BIG IMPRESSION UPON THE ALLIES!

"The firepower of this new class of weapons made such an impression on the Allies that the Treaty of Versailles specifically banned further study and manufacture of such light automatic firearms by Germany."

That says a lot, doesn't it?


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