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M1 Garand

Rifle

The Firma Krupp 1939 Model, known as the FK-39, was a rifle used by the Wehrmacht during World War II. Krupp created the rifle, based on the FK-33, a relatively-new rifle.

History Edit

The FK-33 was a bolt-action rifle which had a cartridge of 5 shots. Herr Krupp wanted to create a new weapon, a rapid-firing rifle, and got inspiration from the M1 Garand. He designed the rifle to be lightweight, yet hold a magazine of 11 shots. He wanted his weapon to outsell the M1 Garand as a part of Nazi propaganda. The FK-39 was released in 1939, distributed to the German Home Guard, a predecessor to the Volkssturm. It was also used in training camps for the Wehrmacht, and was used in the Invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. The FK-39 was used commonly, but Krupp Industries stopped production due to the high cost of manufacturing wooden rifles, and many soldiers preferred to use the MP40 or sub-machine guns. The FK-39's last known use was by Polish partisans who raided German barracks and stole weapons. Arkadiusz Gulczynski, a partisan in the Polish Home Army, used the rifle and repainted it, etching the Star of David into the butt of the rifle and passing it off as the AK-43 (Armia Krajowa {Home Army}, not Automatic Kalashnikov), and the term was used until the end of the war, when the last rifles were put into museums as M1 Garands, not FK-39s.

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