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Although the Finns asked for 6 divisions, the help given by the Germans was enough for the Soviets to to negotiate a peace favorable to them, while allowing the Finns to remain free (a huge win for the Finns who Stalin grudgingly respected). During the month the before the peace treaty the Russians made no real progress against the stubborn Finns, who now had weapons to counter the massed T-34's and KV2's thrown against them.
It would seem somewhat logical that the Germans would have brought some StG44s with them as they were just then being manufactured in number.. I would doubt that any of these were given directly to the Finns, as small arms were not what they were asking for. They needed help in killing Russian tanks.
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No, it seems that the Germans never gave StG-44 to the Finns. At least Finnish books about the subject and documents of Ordance Department (part of Finnish Armed Forces GHQ) never suggest such a thing. Finnish Army had heard German projects resulting first assault rifles first already in 1942, but that was just about all. What I remember Markku Palokangas in his excellent "Military Small Arms in Finland 1918 - 1988" concluded that German troops serving in Finnish area also had only a very small number sturmgewehr with them.DragunovSVD wrote:hey all,
was the StG44 ever given to the Finns? i've seen a pic of an StG in a Finnish museum and i had to wonder.
greetings to Tom and Tero... if they see this......
However you might be interested to know that designer of Suomi-submachinegun, Aimo Lahti, also designed assault-rifle-like AL-43 in 1943-1944. While this weapon didn't reach mass-production it makes interesting comparison. Some info in my website:
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According to Ahto's article Saksalaisten joukkojen sopivuus sodankäyntiin Pohjois-Suomessa vv 1941 - 1945, (Geb.) AOK 20 had 20 assault rifles at Lapland during August 1944.