MP41 submachinegun, blowback, replaceable box magazine, SMG & sling, 8.5cm finger groove in left side of stock
The MP41 submachine-gun was produced during the Second World War as a commercial venture by the Haenel firearms company of Suhl in Germany. Haenel were already engaged in production of the MP40 submachine-gun for German Army. Their chief designer, Hugo Schmeisser, created a new weapon by mating the barrel and action of the MP40 with a conventional wooden stock and adding the selector button (to allow single-shot fire) from his own, earlier, MP28 SMG. However, the MP41 was to see only limited production before rival firm Erma, the developers of the MP40, sued Haenel for patent infringement. Some MP41s were sold to Germany's ally Romania, but most were acquired by the SS. They appear to have been used almost exclusively by field units of the Sicherheitdienst (SD).
Stamped on left of receiver
Stamped on left of receiver, on left of barrel, on left of trigger guard and on left of trigger
German proof marks
Stamped on left of barrel
Stamped on top of receiver
M.P.41 over PATENT SCHMEISSER over C.G.HAENEL,SUHL
This unpleasant-looking character is called the Squander Bug, and it was created during the Second World War by artist Phillip Boydell, an employee of the National Savings Committee. The cartoon bug appeared in press adverts and poster campaigns as a menace who encouraged shoppers to waste money rather than buy war savings certificates.
American troops and locals at the Dove Inn, Burton Bradstock, in Dorset, 1944.
In 1942, the first of over 1.5 million American servicemen arrived on British shores in preparation for the Allied offensives against Germany during the Second World War. That year, the United States' War Department published Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain to help soldiers, sailors and airmen – many of whom had never travelled abroad before – adjust to life in a new country.