MG42 rounds from Falaise..?
Posted 05 April 2008 - 06:42 PM
...and we picked up several each. Unfired casings can be easily found in the Falaise Gap - the German troops discarded so much materiel. But these were unusual - they had all been fired, and were all from the same, 1938-dated batch.
It wasn't until I cleaned them up that evening that I realised there was something else.....
..the mouths of the casings all have a 'half-moon' look, characteristic of having been fired from an MG42. Due to the very high cyclic rate-of-fire of the weapon, the ejector marked the casings in this way ( unlike the MG34, for instance ).
Later in the war, MG42s were most often firing steel-cased ammo which by now will have long since rusted to nothing. These older cartridges are brass and have survived - quite a rare sight.
And it's reasonable to assume that the Germans down near Moissy Ford were fighting back - these bullets were probably aimed at the US/Polish forces in Chambois, just 400/500 yards from where we found the cartridges.
Anyhow, that's my theory.....
Posted 05 April 2008 - 07:39 PM
Posted 05 April 2008 - 07:56 PM
Posted 28 July 2008 - 03:01 AM
I made a bumper from a piece of rubber hose and mounted it on my MG42 so that I could reload brass shells. It keeps the mouth of the cartridge from being deformed by the impact - works perfectly.
Posted 28 July 2008 - 06:55 AM
The 'ejector theory' has been raised in various books and I guess it's easy to believe. At least, the shells are still definitely from that weapon....
Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:08 AM
... und mear.......
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