nazis using US arms in ww2 ---
nazis using US arms in ww2 ---
a couple more-- can't seem to find my m1 rifle photos--
Thanks for the photos. I have read that Germans used captured US weapons along with Belgian, French, Dutch, Czech, Polish, Italian and Russian weapons too.
War material production was always Germany's weak point, especially after the allies started bombing their factories on a daily basis! Every time they would overrun and occupy a country, a priority was getting their arms plants and arsenals producing guns for the Third Reich.
Heck, they even used Norwegian 1911 .45s (the model 1914 from Kongsburg Arsenal) after they took over in 1940. IIRC, there were over 30 "substitute standrad" handguns in the German supply system towards the end of the war. Captured weapons were even better, free guns!
Remember how Sgt Shultz carried a Krag Jorgenson rifle instead of the "correct" 98 Mauser? Turns out it may not have been as incorrect as everyone thought, the same arsenal that cranked out the .45 handguns for the Reich also made Krags for them as well. Mainly issued to the Norwegian collaborators, issuing them to non-combat troops like prison guards would make sense. A few crates of rifles and several thousand rounds of ammo all fitting on one truck would supply a POW camp for the duration of the war, freeing up a like number of 98s for front line use.
We weren't above using their stuff either, my Dad's "battle station" was the 20mm German autocannon they had stolen from a Nazi fighter plane, mounted on a ring mount behind the cab of the halftrack he worked out of. And of course EVERY GI had a Luger if he could get ahold of one. Handguns of any type were usually kept by the average GI if he could get one, in WWII they generally were not issued unless you didn't carry a rifle, or were "special forces". Ya slept a bit better in your foxhole with a pistol in your lap, versus trying to get that Garand swung around when Jerry jumps into bed with ya!
i recall that lots of m1 rifles were picked up and used by the enemy in various paratroop drops.
quite a few gliders full of US arms ended up in enemy hands.
does this storm-trooper look a lot like "gommer"? --LOL
Nazi-marked Norwegian 1911s are serious collector items.
The National Socialist German Workers Party was queer for swastikas. They stamped them into everything they got their hands on. I wouldn't be particularly surprised if I came across an example of swastika-shaped breakfast cereal.
Im a little surprised anyone here would not have know the german army used all kinds of allied weapons, contracting weapons from spain, brit's from argentina it goes on and on
1911 from norway were first used by norway before the invasion as with all captured arms plants production was restarted, not all norg 1911's are waffen amt'd
i waiting for holly-weird to do
"adolf pyle" waffen SS--
i just wonder who their going to hire to do SGT Karetr?
Now we all know that both sides used what was available at the moment. Very common. Most of these pics look genuine, but the one with the Ma Deauce for some reason looks photoshopped to me. Cool pics though, thanks 427.