Death from Above
By Thomas B Dugelby and R Blake Stevens
The German FG42 Paratroop Rifle
The First Edition of this ground-breaking study of the Fallschirmjägergewehr
42 (FG42) was published in 1990. Now long out of print, it contained
160 pages and 156 illustrations.
When a re-issue was first contemplated, the intention was to simply
reprint the book as it had originally appeared. Luckily, however, a
great deal of important new information has recently come to light.
Hence this New Expanded Edition, which includes everything from before
plus an Addendum containing 68 more pages and 122 new illustrations.
This book depicts and describes seven basic models of the FG42,
from the earliest prototype (the Type `A') through the first or `early'
production series (the Type `E') with its distinctively swept-back handgrip
and intricately machined receiver, then the initial Rheinmetall redesign
utilising a stamped receiver (the Type `F'), followed by the ultimate
if extremely short-lived final series-production model, the Type `G'.
Amazingly, virtually none of the Type `G' components will interchange
with their lookalike Type `F' counterparts. This includes magazines.
The 2007 Addendum challenges everything previously known or assumed
about the timetable of FG42 development, thus solving some long-standing
dilemmas but introducing even more new questions about these fascinating
arms. It also includes a comprehensive, up-to-date listing of the serial
numbers of every FG42 known to exist all over the world.
Hard cover, 8.5" x 11",228 pages, 278 illustrations.