MG 42 machinegun history
in 1942 by the German firm Grossfuss Johannes AG, this heavy machine
gun was a successor to the MG
34. The MG 42 has the fastest rate of fire of all the World
War II machine guns (up to 1800 rounds/min for some versions).
It was requested by the German military authorities, who wanted
to reduce the time and cost of production of the MG 34 machine
guns. Thus, the production time of this weapon is, compared to
the manufacturing time of the MG 34, divided by two, or 45 hours.
An improved version of the MG 42, MG 42V, was used for the first
time during the Battle of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Its weight
was reduced to only 9 kg.
The MG 42 is regarded by experts as the best heavy machine gun
of World War II, and even of all time: the modern German military
forces are still using a heavy machine gun based on the MG 42,
and many armies in the world have adopted it. The American M-60
machine gun is inspired by this weapon.