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yabint wrote:No, first recorded action of the MKb.42 was in limited combat trials in April 1943. The story of them being droped into the Cholm pocket and used during the sucessful breakout is most likely just that; a story.
Also the rifle in the photo posted in Russ's thread above is clearly a MP.43/44/StG.44 not a MKb.42
yabint wrote:Pg 157 of "Sturmgewehr from Firepower to Striking Power" by Hans - Dieter Handrich. Also read this thread: http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=71&t=105168
Also this photo: (pictured in the Tripwire discussion)
Appears in "The MKb 42, MP43, MP44 and the Sturmgewehr 44" book from the Propaganda Photo series Pg. 65. It is describes as Northern Russia, Summer of 1943. (Bundesarchiv Kolblenz No. 698/49/27A)
Berthier92 wrote:i will find this link again but i read at some stage that as a battlefield trial of the weapon a handful of MKB42s were issued to Veterans in areas of heavy fighting in late '42 on the eastern front. Stalingrad included. the survivors were later brought back to Germany to convince Hitler to allow production of the weapon (remember that when the Mkb42 was created, Hitler was sceptical, but his decision was changed when officials sent him veterans who testimoned to him how well the weapon worked. afterwards an improved version (MP43) was produced )
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