The 7.92mm MG 42 was one of the finest general purpose machine guns of World War II. Entering service with the German Army in 1942, the MG 42 was capable of a rate of fire up to 1,200 rounds per minute and weighed slightly more than 25 pounds. More than 400,000 were produced during the war years.
One of the most iconic British WW2 weapons today, the Bren Gun was in short supply in 1939 but quickly became the backbone of the British infantry. More »
American soldiers satisfied their curiosity about German equipment by examining captured enemy weapons, sometimes turning them on their former owners. More »
Luxembourg’s privately run Hoffmann Museum houses a unique collection of WWII weapons, uniforms, and memorabilia. More »
Nicknamed “Hitler’s Zipper,” the MG 42’s ominous and terrifying “ripping cloth report” announced to all the presence of the best machine gun available. More »
The Industrial Age combined with American ingenuity to form special units during the Civil War. Horse artillery, sharpshooters, sappers, and miners were used for specialized duties during the war.
Led by the impetuous General Nathaniel Lyon, Union forces pursued retreating Confederates across southwestern Missouri in the summer of 1861. At Wilson’s Creek, Lyon caught up with the enemy on aptly named Bloody Hill.