Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Volksgewehr VG-1 rifle.

One of the final weapons designed and developed by the Nazis in World War II, the VG1 was one of the "People's Weapons", last-ditch small arms produced by an industrial complex surrounded on all sides while being beaten to death by Allied strategic bombers. These weapons were intended to be used by the "Volksturm" which translates literally as "People's Storm" or "People's Assault" and more practically as "anyone we could find". In essence, the VG1 is a successor of the Mauser 98k, stripped to the bone with as many simplified or repurposed parts as possible in the name of getting a working rifle out the door ASAP. Fitted with a barrel originally meant for a machine gun, a magazine for a K43 rifle, a smooth pistol grip stock, with a fixed wire sling loop and a flat sheet metal buttplate.

The red/white/black armband, "DEUTCHERVOLKSTURM/WEHRMACHT", would likely have been issued along with the rifle and considered the bare minimum "uniform" for the assorted boys and old men pressed into service in the dying days of the Third Reich.