(I) DUAL PURPOSE MG (MG34) (II) DUAL PURPOSE MG (MG42)
ISSUED BY H.Q. 21 ARMY GROUP, 1944
A very rare original WW2 booklet, issued by H.Q. 21st Army Group in March 1944 during the preparations for the D-Day landings. Intended as a concise practical guide to the use of captured German weapons in an emergency. It includes details of the MG 34 and MG 42 machine guns. Illustrated with line drawings, this booklet was intended to provide any allied soldier with the basic information needed to use these weapons. With stripping, cleaning and firing instructions for each of the weapons covered.
21st Army Group: was a WW2 British headquarters formation, in command of two field armies and other supporting units, consisting primarily of theBritish Second Army and the First Canadian Army. Established in London during July 1943, under the command of Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), it was assigned to Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Europe, and was an important force in the European Theatre. At various times during its existence, the 21st Army Group had additional British, Canadian, American and Polish Field Corps attached to it. The 21st Army Group operated in Northern France, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany from June 1944 until August 1945, when it was renamed the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR).
Commanded by General Montgomery, 21st Army Group initially controlled all ground forces in Operation Overlord. When sufficient American forces had landed, their own 12th Army Group was activated, under General Bradley, and the 21st Army Group was left with the British Second Army and the newly activated First Canadian Army which, despite its title, also contained many British and Polish troops. Normandy was a battle of attrition for the British and Canadian troops, drawing in most of the available German reinforcements, especially armoured divisions, around Caen. These operations left the Germans unable to prevent the American breakout at the western end of the Normandy beachhead in early August 1944. Following the American breakout and an advance by the 21st Army Group, the German armed forces in Normandy were surrounded in the Falaise Pocket and subsequently routed, retreating towards the Low Countries
In fair to good condition. The paper cover is in fair to good condition, with general signs of use, wear, some marks, and ring binder holes punched at the spine. The stapled binding is secure - the original staples had rusted away and have been replaced. The text and illustrations are in fair to good condition, with some rust marks near the staples, wear at the edges and corners, some marks, and ring binder punched holes. Marked '2 I/C' in blue pencil on the front cover.
Published: 1944 Illustrated with line drawings Illustrated paper cover with black/red/ white titling. Dimensions: 120mm x 180mm Pages: 7