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.
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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 »
British tankers made a courageous, but ultimately futile, attempt to foil the German blitzkrieg in France on May 21, 1940.
With Richmond in flames behind them, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, his family, and high-ranking government officials began a desperate dash southward. Their ultimate destination was Mexico.