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German and American Automatic Weapons in World War 2
Still photo taken from the Wold War 2 training film "Automatic Weapons: American vs. German featuring a variety of American and German automatic weapons in a head-to head contest.

German and American Automatic Weapons
in World War 2

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German and American Automatic Weapons
in World War 2 DVD

Automatic Weapons: American vs. German (B&W, 1944, 10:00) This film was produced by the War Department to familiarize American troops with the actual sound and performance of various German automatic weapons including the
Schmeisser MP-40 machine pistol
and the MG-34 and MG-42 machine guns. The higher rate of fire of the German weapons was cause for concern. The film uses a pair of memorable "shoot outs" to compare the relative strengths of the US weapons with their captured German counterparts. A Thompson and an M-3 "Grease Gun" face off against the German MP-40, and then the light and heavy versions of the American Browning .30 caliber face off against the German MG-34 and MG-42. The results are fascinating, although perhaps a tad miss-leading. (Was rate of fire fully factored in?) In any case, this is a one of a kind look at key World War II firearms.
Enemy Weapons: German infantry Small Arms (B&W, 1944, 13:00) Captured German weapons are used to familiarize American troops with the weapons of their enemy. The 9mm Schmeisser MP-40 machine pistol, the 7.92mm MG-34 machine gun, 7.92mm MG 42 machine gun and the 7.92 1898K Mauser rifle are all demonstrated. That includes a demonstration of features, field stripping, and firing of each weapon. Various tripod mounts are demonstrated for the machine guns along with different magazines.
Employment of Heavy Machine Guns in the Attack (B&W, 1944, 24:00) In the popular mind, the machine gun is usually thought of as a supremely effective defensive weapon. This film shows tactics that can be used to make it a potent part of offensive operations. The featured weapon in the film is the Browning M-1917 water-cooled .30 caliber "heavy" machine gun, perhaps selected with the idea that if the big Browning could be lugged forward in an offensive, anything could be. (There is a good reason why those machine gunners are big, strong fellows) The film covers all aspects of offensive machine gun tactics through live action and illustrations, including enfilade and defilade fire, moving and placing your weapon in relation to the line of advance, and using a machine gun for indirect support fire. You'll also get a look at how a heavy machine gun platoon was organized and the different ways the Browning could be set up for different missions.
Rifle, Automatic Cal. .30 Browning M1918A2: Principles of Operation (B&W, 1944, 16:00) The "BAR" is one of the legendary weapons of the Twentieth Century. First introduced at the end of World War I, it served in all theaters of World War II, and was widely used in Korea, and was not fully phased out of the US arsenal until the 1970. Used as both an automatic rifle and light machine gun, it added extra punch down to the squad level, where every man was trained in its use in case "the BAR man" was put out of action. This film gives a through introduction to the operation of the BAR, including operational features, magazines and tripods, and a detailed strip down using live action and animated illustrations.
Includes two manuals: a 94 page Browning .30 cal , M1919A4 air cooled machine gun manual and a 57 page
.30 Cal Browning M1918A2 automatic rifle manual in Adobe Acrobat .pdf file format. Manual viewable on computer DVD player. Don't have a DVD player on your computer? We can put the manual on a separate CD-ROM! (Click here for info,)

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