The MP40

Heinrich Vollmer was the genius behind the MP40. Based on the MP38, the MP40 was a simplified version which could be produced more quickly than its predecessor, due to utilising pressed steel as opposed to machined components. The Allies often referred to it as the Schmeisser, although Hugo Schmeisser had no involvement in the development of either gun.


The MP40 was issued in the 1939-1940 period only to NCO's and junior officers. Later in the war, they were used by other ranks. Over the course of the war, just over one million were produced. The example shown here is a relic, which was dug up in the area of where the Channel Tunnel terminal now stands; this would perfectly fit the scenario of being used in part of the assault against Fort Lapin. However, despite a clear date of 1940, it cannot be discounted as having been lost in the battles around Calais, which raged in 1944


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