Monday, May 30, 2011

Desperate Measures

Just when you think you know everything there is to know about the WWII German army, this book comes along with new information. This book is filled with descriptions and photographs of WWII German weapons I never knew existed.

Desperate Measures, The Last-Ditch Weapons of the Nazi Volkssturm by W. Darrin Weaver, published by Collector Grade Books, 2005. Not only does he list guns manufactured just for the VS but also how many, when and were they were made. The also discusses captured weapons used by the VS. The book as loads of photos many are close up details showing serial numbers, markings and unique characteristics of specific models of guns. He also includes many film stills that are familar but provides an analysis of the weapons being used by the VS. Very good book.


Karcuss said...


I think it is on the list?

And if you want 'the If you thought this was the last book on WW2 Germany' or any other matter WW1 WW2
they just keep coming

Bunkermeister said...

Yes, every month I learn something about WWII I never heard of before.

laboratore said...

do you have information about US weapons in the Volksturm arsenal?

I know soviet ppsh in the german hands and the US M-1 carbine...

Thanks in advance

Bunkermeister said...

The Volkssturm received weapons that were available after November 1944. There were few opportunities for the Germans to capture many US weapons. Kasserine Pass in 1943 saw a number of US weapons captured by the Germans but few would have made it out of Africa. The Germans liked the M1 carbine, it was almost an assault rifle. They liked the Thompson and the Colt .45 but few were captured. The FN factory in Belgium continued to make the Browning Hi Power in 9mm and they were in German service but again few made it to the VS. The British had some Thompsons at Dieppe, and the Polish had the BAR and I think the Browning .30 MG. VS probably got some of those, but not many. Many US weapons would have been saved for commandos to use in the Battle of the Bulge.