|Full name||SturmGewehr 1944 (Assault Rifle/Gun 1944)|
|Country of origin||Nazi Germany|
|Manufacturer||C. G. Haenel Waffen und Fahrradfabrik, CITEFA (post war), Steyr-Daimler-Puch|
|Faction||Griffin & Kryuger|
|Voice actor||Kayano Ai|
|Released on||CN, TW, KR, EN, JP|
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How to obtain
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DROP Can be obtained from many battle stages from Chapter 2-4 onward.
REWARD Obtained as a career quest reward for clearing 2-5. This AR StG44StG44 will be Lv.20 and at 2x Dummy Links.
Stats / Data
The Sturmgewehr 44 (commonly known as StG44) is a gas-operated automatic rifle made by Nazi Germany, and considered the first mass-produced assault rifle in history (an assault rifle is a select-fire infantry weapon that uses intermediate rifle cartridges). It is chambered for the 7.92x33mm Kurz cartridge, a shorter version of the the 7.92×57mm Mauser rifle cartridge. It has a magazine capacity of 30 rounds and is relatively heavy, weighing around 5kg loaded. It also has a fairly slow rate of fire of about 500 rounds per minute, which made the gun controllable in full-auto. It had a cross bolt switch for fully automatic and semi-automatic modes.
The StG44 was developed in the latter years of World War II as a response to the overwhelming firepower of the PPSh-41 submachine guns and SVT-40 semi-automatic rifles fielded by the Soviet Red Army. The StG has a longer range than the MP40 submachine gun, while being more effective in close combat than the bolt-action Kar98K. By supplementing the Kar98K and MP40, soldiers were able to function better in many battlefield situations. It was also capable of suppresive fire, thus lessning the burden on MG34 and MG42 machinegunners.
After developing the MKb 42 prototype, the finalized design was manufactured in 1943 under the designation MP43, then in 1944 as the MP44 (Maschinenpistole 1943 and 1944). It was named this way to hide the project from Germany's leader Adolf Hitler who did not approve of the concept due to logistical reasons, though he found out later and kept it in production after heeding requests for a new infantry weapon. Hitler had a change of heart after witnessing a demonstration of the MP44 and had the weapon renamed as the "Sturmgewehr 44" (Storm/Assault Rifle 1944) for intimidation purposes.
StG44 rifles were mainly given to upper hierarchical units of the Wehrmacht such as the Panzergrenadier (Mobile Infantry) and Fallschirmjäger (Paratrooper). It was also widely distributed to various Waffen-SS divisions. The rifles proved especially effective in the Eastern Front.
The introduction of the StG44 and new infantry doctrines were too late to have an effect on the war itself, as by 1944 it was clear the defeat of the Nazi regime was imminent. Stockpiles of StG44 rifles recovered after the war inspired other nations to develop similar arms, a trend made evident by Mikhail Kalashnikov's AK rifle and Eugene Stoner's AR-15 rifle. A small batch of StG44s were produced post-WWII, and together with other surplus guns they briefly served the East German army as the Iron Curtains of the USSR fell across Eastern Europe.
Her outfit suggests a strong pride in her country of origin, but her reason for wearing it is almost entirely based on cosmetics — she likes how it looks, and her quotes indicate she works hard to maintain her flashy uniform and gear, so as to always present a professional angle to her fellow T-Dolls.
The doll is dressed in a similar manner to a general of the German Luftwaffe, the air force branch of the German military during World War 2. Her rank as a general is indicated by the golden color of her insignia, aiguillette, buttons, and the braided chinstrap on her peaked cap. Her affiliation to the Luftwaffe can be seen in the dark-blue colors of the whole uniform and her coat, which is inspired by a Luftwaffe general's overcoat with its distinctive openly worn white lapels. It is also not uncommon for the peaked caps of the Luftwaffe to have comparable winged insignia to hers. Visual similarities as a whole could also be drawn to the Allgemeine-SS or the Kriegsmarine, but altogether are much more unlikely when the details are compared.
Her winged parachute insignia makes it possible that she is a Fallschirmjäger, as several nations use this combination of symbols to distinquish their airborne troops. Historically, the German Fallschirmjäger were not solely dropped by plane, but were also used as a kind of elite infantry. Their usage of the StG44 is also well documented, but not typical to see on photos.
Interestingly (or perhaps unsurprisingly), her uniform completely lacks any Nazi iconography, replacing it with German flag designs and GK symbols. It is likely that the submitted design of artist 八才 had undergone censorship.
Gallery consisting of artworks used primarily in-game.
- StG44's grenade launcher skill in-game is based on the grenade launcher attachment for the StG44, called the "Schiessbecher" or "Gewehrgranatengerät" (shooting cup/rifle grenade device). This device used various 30mm grenade rounds, and was able to be equipped on the Kar98K, StG 44, G98/40, and FG 42. There's also a Japanese copy of the "Schiessbecher", the Type 2, that was used with the Type 99 and Type 38 Arisaka rifles, although the barrel was shorter on the Japanese version.
- The "Krummlauf" was an optional attachment for the StG44, featuring a 30° or 45° curved barrel and appropriate sights for firing behind cover. However, their durability is unreliable; 300 rounds for the 30° barrel, and 160 rounds for the 45° barrel. In addition, the device made bullets shatter and fragment while exiting the barrel, worsening the rifle's accuracy. The "Krummlauf" had an infantry version (I) and an (F) variant for tank crew use in close-range fighting. It was a main influence for the modern era Corner-shot device.
- Syrian rebel troops modified the StG44 to be fired remotely by using a connected wired joystick to control the gun and a modified scope with CMOS camera with support of video output components mounted behind the scope.
- It should be noted that a weapons cache containing 5000 StG44 rifles was captured from Syrian rebels. The source of these weapons is still unclear, but the Soviet Union or Yugoslavia are possible sources as they sold their stock of StG44s to friendly regimes, mainly Communist-backed African regions and the Middle-East during the Cold War era. The Soviets also sent aid to Syria during the Suez Crisis in 1956.
- Many people cite that the AK-47 was heavily influenced by the StG44, a claim that holds some merit when looking at the long stroke piston system both guns use, the use of an intermediate cartridge, and the fact the Hugo Schmeisser (the designer of the StG44) worked in the Soviet weapons industry after WWII.
- Unknown to a lot of people, the AR-15/M16 was also influenced by the StG44. Similarities include the spring loaded buttstock, the location of the thumb safety, and the location of the magazine release.
- Wikipedia entry on the StG44
- Reference material on the usage of golden insignia for generals
- Reference material on a Luftwaffe general's overcoat
- Luftwaffe-General Gustav Kastner-Kirdorf with winged cap insignia and the aforementioned overcoat
- Photo of a Fallschirmjäger with their StG44
- Wikipedia entry on Schiessbecher
- Wikipedia entry on Krummlauf
- Article on the use of remote controlled STG-44s in Syria
- Syrian StG44 stockpile article
- AR-15/AR-10 VS the STG44
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