Paratrooper rifle FG 42.
Until a few days ago the very existence of this weapon unknown to me!
"The FG 42 (German: Fallschirmjägergewehr 42, 'paratrooper rifle 42') is a selective-fire battle rifle produced in Nazi Germany during World War II. The weapon was developed specifically for the use of the Fallschirmjäger airborne infantry in 1942 and was used in very limited numbers until the end of the war."
Fallschimrjager firing the FG 42.
ALMOST an assault rifle as that term normally, commonly and generally understood: Those attributes of the assault rifle included in the design of the FG 42 to include:
* High-capacity detachable magazine.
* Selective fire switch.
* Pistol grip stock.
But not firing that intermediate cartridge. Using the same round as the German "Kar 98k bolt-action rifle". Intermediate cartridge defined as the German 7.92 X 33 mm Kurz or the Soviet 7.62 X 39 mm AK
Another view of the FG 42. Elements of the FG 42 and the German MG 42 incorporated into the design of the post-war American machine gun M60!
German paratroopers of the Third Fallschirmjäger during those battles in the bocage in the aftermath of the D-Day landings [6 June 1944] had this weapon available to them? As rated at that exact instant of time the German paratrooper BEST light infantry in the world superior personnel wielding superior weaponry of which the FG 42 was just one example.
NO wonder that American 29th Infantry Division in Normandy had such a hard time!