The Maschinengewehr 42 ("machine gun 42"), commonly known as the MG-42, is a 7.92mm universal machine gun that was developed in NaziGermany and entered service with the Wehrmacht in 1942. It supplemented and in some instances, replaced the MG-34 general purpose machine gun in all branches of the German Armed Forces, though both weapons were manufactured and used until the end of the war.
Fighting somewhere between Frankenberg and Arnsberg, Gustav Hozzel heard a familiar sound, that of a giant tearing heavy canvas, which only an MG-42 made. He crawled towards the sound expecting some German Emergency Militiamen servicing the gun but found American soldiers doing a professional job with it. The Americans had found it in a warehouse along with crates of ammunition and put it to good use. This, and an American .50 caliber machine gun, managed to break a Soviet attack.
General Fedor Tolbukhin thought the MG-42 an extremely powerful weapon and preferred to be on the firing end rather than the receiving. Soldiers of the Fourth Ukrainian Front would often capture these weapons and use them against the Germans.
In 1942-3 the Wehrmacht introduced a new machine gun, the MG-42. It made the MG-34 seem "retarded" what with its higher rate of fire. This quickly heated the barrel to red-hot but it was removable and replaceable in seconds.
The MG-42 was the standard issue heavy machine gun of the Wehrmacht during World War II, and during the RaceInvasion of Earth. Though not on par with the technology of the Race, it helped ensure the healthy respect which the infantrymales of the Race felt towards the Deutsche.