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German Things by NicklausofKrieg German Things by NicklausofKrieg
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….

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.

- 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
OberstJurten Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that's very cool!!!
Kmon13 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Artist
Interesting designs .... I'll keep looking. 
OneClickMouse Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is awesome ^^
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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