Developed in the period between the World Wars, it was part of a complete overhaul of French small arms. It was France’s first officially adopted submachine gun, rushed into service in 1940. It was basically too late to help with the defense of France, with less than a thousand delivered by June 1940. The Germans kept the gun in production, making 20-30 thousand under the designation MP722(f). During the occupation the Germans considered it a secondary arm. The '38 saw use by both the Vichy and Free French Forces.
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