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here's some of the basic firearms issued to German troops, from the second Franco-Prussian war in 1913 to the current year of 1920.

1. German Light Infantryman
here we have a German soldier circa early 1914, wearing an armored face-plate which was starting to be issued that year. it was basically a modified welding mask made to fit in conjunction with a helmet.

weapon names that end with a * are marked as fictional.

A. Gewehr 98
the standard issue primary weapon for the Germans, and a rifle that's seen all over the world. (basically the AK of its time)

B. Gewehr 14*
made in 1914 it was an improvement from the M96 Kavallerie Karabiner which quickly fell out of favor amongst the troops during the opening stages of the war. it's basically the Mauser C96's firing mechanism sized up to fit onto a rifle chassis and shoot 7.9257mm Gewehr 98 rounds, it hold 8 bullets in its internal magazine.

C. M96 Kavallerie Karabiner
a Mauser C96 variant meant to play as a carbine, it had a permanently affixed wooden stock, forend, and an elongated barrel. it quickly grew unpopular as it just couldn't fulfill its role as carbine, it was phased out of military service by late 1913, and replaced by the Gewehr 14 the year later.

D. MP-13*
made just before the war, it was basically a trimmed down, and downsized MG-08. in comparison to the future MP-18, the MP-13 is heavy, and a little too big but that was good enough at the time, and it was a welcome piece of kit in trench fighting. for others though, its size and weight made other machine-pistols, like the Mauser Schnellfeuer, or Lange Pistole 08, still viable. by mid 1917 Germany sold most of its stock of Mp-13s to the Americas.
it also contributed to the development of the MG-08/15 light machine-gun in 1915 upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia….

E. MP-18
the first submachinegun that fit the bill quite alright.

F. Mauser C96
just like the Gewehr 98, the Mauser C96 and its many variants enjoy popularity all over the world.

G. Luger P08
the iconic pistol of the German army.

UPDATE
- just added a few more bits and pieces, and fixed it up a bit more to have it on par with another drawing of the same make.
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PetervonHesse Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
Great work on this
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OberstJurten Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that's very cool!!!
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Kmon13 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Artist
Interesting designs .... I'll keep looking. 
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OneClickMouse Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is awesome ^^
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menapia Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Great design and alt hist timeline, is this for a computer game and if so please when is it coming out?
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
well it was quite an ambitious idea i had a while back to make it into a video game, but then that flopped. so i'm aiming a bit lower for now, i'm working with some people to make into a paper rpg.
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menapia Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Pity about that I enjoyed that other Alt history video game Iron Storm about WW1.  You had an original idea best of luck man.
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Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Could you possibly mean Iron Storm: World War Zero and its depiction of WW1 dragged into the 60s? I loved that game!
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menapia Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014
Brilliant game also one of the game characters Baron Von Ugenberg in the stroryline was based on Baron Roman Nikolai Maximilian von Ungern-Sternberg a general who actually existed. 

I came across a book from the 1920's by Ossendowski that mentions him.  This guy served in the White Army (anti-Bolshevik) forces during the Russian Civil War he was one of the few people who made the communists piss themselves in terror, Lenin called him the "Bloody Baron". 

The Baron ended up travelling in Mongolia and Tibet and while there went completely native becoming a Buddist shaman, he recruited Mongol warriors to fight for him and his ambition was to kick the communists out of Russia and then conquer everything from the borders of China in the east to Hungary and Austria in the west. He ended up in front of a Red Army firing squad.
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Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
Ah yes, I remember reading up on him after completing the game, to see what served as the inspiration for Ugenberg - the dude was a complete nutter, even for a time of total societal collapse and chaos. Hell, he was mad even for Russian nobility in those dying days of the empire! I mean, he believed himself a new Khan and wanted to carve out his own independent empire *and* was one of more viciously and ruthless White commanders (at least, back when he was still on their side).
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Herr-Crouch Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome
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TheSpikeAndKey Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this looks cool
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The-King-in-Grey Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
aww what a shame, should've added the luger self loading rifle
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
now that's and interesting gun! it's funny how it also uses a sized-up pistol's mechanism heh.

i'll be sure to add it in an update, sounds too cool to miss out, though i have read it jams a bit often.
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ZombieRaccoon5 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gotta love the c96...
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Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
:D Awesome stuff as usual, can't get enough of that feldgrau and mask combo! 

A) I had an idea for establishing the MP-18 as the AK of the world at this time in the American stories (e.g. having US Marines talking about the Confederates being armed with "Freedom guns", cheap, easily maintained copies of the MP-18 that filtered throughout the world from German colonies in Africa) but I suppose that would have diminished the archaic feel of warfare somewhat if automatic weapons were easily available. So I think your description for the G98 works very well, especially given how successful the Mauser bolt-action design was.

B) Cool! I like how this is pretty much just a scaled up C96 (one of my favourite weapons) and imagine that it and the MP-18 would be very popular with the Stormtroopers.

C) Cool, cool, a very piddly looking carbine: no wonder they stuck to the G98 in real-life and just sawed it down to size.

D) :D Do I detect a whiff of Bioshock Infinite's Repeater here? Very over-sized for 9mm ammunition: I like it, really reinforces the idea of experimental weaponry at the time.

E/F/G) Well we all know what these are don't we? Beautiful German guns. ;)
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
thanks, i too quite like the new mask design i thought up of, it kinda keeps me from always drawing gasmasks all the time.

A) i tell you, there was time when almost everyone use German bolt-action rifles until they were able to come up with their own or reverse-engineer them. if you want some German SMGs in confederate hands then the MP-13 is the way to go, as mentioned, due to the advent of the MP-18 Germany sold most of their 13s overseas especially to the Americas. the confederates should make use of them to supplement their limited stock of captured thompsons.

B) this is one case in which i made a fictional gun to level the playing field, i made the Gewehr 14 as a German counterpart of the American Remington 8. and of course i guess scaling up a Mauser C96's mechanism was pretty my way of remedying the Kavallerie Karabiner's shortcomings.

C) some might even say it's not a carbine at all. i mean, it still shoot pistol rounds after all.

D) heh, here we go again... well i'd say it's just the perforated cooling jacket that would make people think that. but really, it's just a smaller MG08/15 i decided to change the water tank to a perforated jacket, because a water tank would just make it heavier than it has to be, plus to make it look more like the MP-18 to show some sort of a connection.

E/F/G) this list would be way longer if i decided to add in their variants. to be honest, i was quite tempted to do just that.
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Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
I think it would be quite cool for those masks (which I'm sure were inspired by the ones from the new Wolfenstein ;) ) to have customized etchings: Iron Crosses, regimental mottoes, stuff like that.

A) I know, I've read about how popular Mausers were in the early 1900s: you want the best quality weapons, you take German guns! Don't worry, that's what I'm going to have for Confederate storm squads.

B) Well it's a damn cool weapon design, well scaled for a carbine's dimensions.

C) Good point, it really strikes one as the sort of weapon a nobleman might use for small game hunting. Or perhaps an Inquisitor's personal custom sidearm.

D) :D That is the strongest resemblance I'd say, plus it's bulky look in general. I understand the reasons behind that design of course and like it, a water jacketed SMG would be impractical to say the least and reverse-engineering the MG08/15 to make an SMG in the first place is a good explanation for the first machine pistols.

E/F/G) It's not hard to see why, German weapons look as good as they are effective.
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
now that's a cool idea, some nice personalization. (well actually it was based off of the welding mask seen near the end of the Tiger Ace campaign's intro from CoH:ToV www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_T4A-… but that does remind me to go check out what i can pull out Wolfenstein's concepts too.)

B) i think i might've drawn it a bit too fat and thick this time around, though there's always next time.

C) and that's exactly what happened to it; in reality, it never even reached military use, just small game hunting. a cool looking gun though, and it kinda alleviated the mauser's inaccuracy.

D) upon closer inspection, Bioshock's "Triple R"s do seem rather bulky. almost rifle/assault rifle sized, whereas the gun it was based off of (the MP-18) was rather compact.
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Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
:D Thanks. (Ah yes, the cut-scene intro that further cemented my cool impressions of military industry first created by Helghan in Killzone 2 - it is a damn cool looking mask. Man, what a ridiculously unbalanced campaign that Tiger Ace one was.... ). Incidentally, seen the Company of Heroes 1918 mod? www.moddb.com/mods/the-great-w…

B) I think it works, handguards tend to be rather robust and weighty looking.

C) Interesting.

D) I think that was a deliberate design feature on the game developer's part, to further reinforce the "retro-future/present" theme of Infinite: yeah the armaments industry of Columbia has access to blueprints from decades into the future but their own interpretation of the designs still reflects the ideas and materials of the early 1900s, so big bulky "sub-machineguns" are in order.
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tarvitiz Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Kaiser's pride
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KolmeNoitaa Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this. Thanks for making it!
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thunderhead56 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Your work is just gorgeous. Excellent weapons and your art makes it even better!
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COFindus Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Hmm, sweet weapons. Still waiting for more Krieg art though. (I will keep bringing it up until you make new art!)
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Wolfenstein2552 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Sweet! Great job on this, especially with the weapons. 
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
I like how the German soldier helps show the scale of the various firearms. Excellent work as always :)
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