The Gewehr 43 or G43, a semi-automatic rifle, has erroneously been described as the German’s M1 Garand. However, while both were fine weapons the only thing that the two had in common was that both were semi-automatic.
When World War II began in September 1939, the armies of Europe were still largely carrying bolt action rifles that were little improved over what had been used a generation earlier during the First World War. New focus had been on machine guns...
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