what would be the side arm of a mg34 /42 gunner

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what would be the side arm of a mg34 /42 gunner

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I have been looking at a number of photos and books etc it seems some MG34/42 gunners carried a side arm and some didnt was it regulation for a side arm to be carried and would it have been a P38 or was any of the german pistols an option
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Yes, it was standard issue to have a pistol. It was the only weapon that you could use for self defence, if need be. It was standard 9mm issue, mainly P08 Luger or P38.
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They also used the browning hp
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yes, pistols produced under occupation or captured were put into service. But always 9x19 due to supply reasons.
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If you served in the German army of the period your 'side arm' was your bayonet?

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SplinterA wrote:If you served in the German army of the period your 'side arm' was your bayonet?
or a p38...............when part of the mg company
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Forget this P08 Luger rubbish, standard issue for the Wehrmacht was the P38 plain and simple.
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I know a Hermann Goring vet who was an MG42 gunner & fought on the Ostfront and both he and his Asst.gunner carried the P-38

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slightly off topic, i fired p07, p38 and ppk in berlin 2005, most stable was the p38, and less likely to jam.
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Schutze 1 and 2 carry a pistol, schutze 3 carries ammo and a rifle.

All sorts of weapons where issued. Most likely the P38. On second place come the P08 and P35(b) which I prefer most of my guns. A 14 round magazine is a good bet when you're having close encounters with others...
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