Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Kalashnikov in debt to Germans

THE big omission from reports on Mikhail Kalashnikov and the AK47 (News, December 24) is the debt the Russians owe to German arms manufacturing.

The AK47 owes an enormous amount to the Wehrmacht's MP44, the world's first assault rifle, introduced in 1944. The designs, on the outside, are close to identical.

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