The National Socialist Third Reich is well known for fighting the Second World War with guns representing the pinnacle of engineering. While Germany certainly produced firearms designs that succeeded on the battlefield, it could not produce enough to keep up with the broad ambitions that drove the nation to war. Kriegsbeute–“war booty”--filled in the balance of the small arms firepower that brought conflict to North Africa and Europe. Rifles, pistols and machine guns from other European countries, the Soviet Union and even the United States ultimately did much of Hitler's fighting.
Speaker Martin K. A. Morgan was formerly historian in residence at the National World War II Museum, he was hired by Stephen Ambrose, is a regular on too many TV shows to list here, but you can find him on the National Geographic Channel, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, H2, the Weather Channel, Syfy, the Smithsonian Channel, and The Military Channel/The American Heroes Channel. He is a Field Editor for American Rifleman. Morgan is the author of Americans on D-Day and Down To Earth: The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Normandy.