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Volkssturmgewehr: The German VG1-5 'People's Storm Rifle'

While many are familiar with more widely known examples of late World War II German small arms like the MP44 and Gewehr 43, few know of the simplistic "People's Storm Rifle" designed and built specifically for use by the conscripted Volkssturm, the VG1-5 Volkssturmgewehr.

Gallery: D-Day +70: The Men and Guns of the Battle for Normandy

As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, we look back at the infantry arms-both well known and forgotten-used on this pivotal "Day of Days" in American history. (Photos courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration/U.S. Army Signal Corps)

Gallery: D-Day +70: The Men and Guns of the Battle for Normandy

As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, we look back at the infantry arms-both well known and forgotten-used on this pivotal "Day of Days" in American history. (Photos courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration/U.S. Army Signal Corps)

Gallery: Guns of Operation Market Garden

In September 1944, American and British airborne troops jumped into Nazi-occupied Holland in a desperate gamble to end the Second World War by Christmas.

A Bad Investment: S&W Model 1940 Light Rifle

The S&W Model 1940 Light Rifles were obsolete before they were even delivered.

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