The German WW2 Sturmgewehr Assault Rifle (Watch)

After several years of rejecting the idea of a new automatic or semi-automatic weapon, Hitler asked his top commanders on the Eastern Front what they needed – and their answer was that they needed this type of firearm.

So the Germans developed the Sturmgewehr 44, better known as the StG 44, in the early 1940s and began mass production in 1944.

In one of their final attempts to turn the tide of the War back to their favor, the Wehrmacht mass-produced over 425,000 StG 44s.

The Sturmgewehr or storm rifle (assault rifle) in English, was the first custom made and a mass-produced assault rifle.

This rifle drastically changed warfare forever, although that change didn’t come in time for the German Wehrmacht.

German soldier firing a StG 44. Photo Credit

The Firearms Blog takes a closer look at the Sturmgewehr in another amazing video:

The German Sturmgewehr ‘storm rifle’ is one that needs no introduction. It is an automatic firearm with a historical mystique.

These weapons are highly sought-after among collectors, but they are still effective firearms in their own right. In this video, we do some actual shooting with an old MP43.

Joris Nieuwint

Joris Nieuwint is a battlefield guide for the Operation Market Garden area. His primary focus is on the Allied operations from September 17th, 1944 onwards. Having lived in the Market Garden area for 25 years, he has been studying the events for nearly as long. He has a deep understanding of the history and a passion for sharing the stories of the men who are no longer with us.