Original German WWII MP 38 u.40 Magazine Pouch Dated 1943 with Magazine and Loader
Original Item: Only One Available. Nice early MP38/40 pouch in Heer Green web construction. Constructed from green blended webbing material as seen on other period German WW2 field gear. Stitching is clean and solid. The back of the pouch is maker and dated on the top leather belt loops as follows:
g (waffenamt) 43
MP38 u. 40
Overall very good condition, the leather closure straps are worn at the button and one is broken.
Also included is an excellent condition original magazine and a 1942 dated original magazine loader which is fully functional.
History of the MP40:
The Maschinenpistole 40 ("Machine pistol 40") descended from its predecessor the MP 38, which was in turn based on the MP 36, a prototype made of machined steel. The MP 36 was developed independently by Erma Werke's Berthold Geipel with funding from the German Army. It took design elements from Heinrich Vollmer's VPM 1930 and EMP. Vollmer then worked on Berthold Geipel's MP 36 and in 1938 submitted a prototype to answer a request from the Heereswaffenamt (Army Weapons Office) for a new submachine gun, which was adopted as MP 38. The MP 38 was a simplification of the MP 36, and the MP 40 was a further simplification of the MP 38, with certain cost-saving alterations, most notably in the more extensive use of stamped steel rather than machined parts.
It was heavily used by infantrymen (particularly platoon and squad leaders), and by paratroopers, on the Eastern and Western Fronts. Its advanced and modern features made it a favorite among soldiers and popular in countries from various parts of the world after the war. It was often erroneously called "Schmeisser" by the Allies, despite Hugo Schmeisser's non-involvement in the weapon's design and production. From 1940 to 1945, an estimated 1.1 million were produced by Erma Werke.
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