|Full name||SturmGewehr 1944 (Assault Rifle/Gun 1944)|
|Country of origin||Nazi Germany|
|Manufacturer||C. G. Haenel Waffen und Fahrradfabrik, CITEFA (post war), Steyr-Daimler-Puch|
|Faction||Griffin & Kryuger|
|Voice actor||Kayano Ai|
|Released on||CN, TW, KR, EN, JP|
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How to obtain
NORMALHEAVY Timer 3:00:00. See T-Doll Production for details.
DROP Can be obtained from many battle stages from Chapter 2-4 onward.
REWARD Obtained as a career quest reward for clearing 2-5. This AR StG44StG44 will be Lv.20 and at 2x Dummy Links.
Stats / Data
The StG44 (Sturmgewehr 44, or Assault Rifle 44) is a select-fire automatic rifle made by Nazi Germany. It is considered as one of the first assault rifles in history (a select-fire gun that uses intermediate rifle cartridges). It was developed towards the late stage of World War II. The Wehrmacht divisions that invaded the Soviet Union during were being pushed back by the Red Army by late 1942. Many Soviet rifle companies were issued PPSh-41 submachine guns, while the trained guard troops were issued semi-automatic SVT-38 rifles, whereas the majority of the Wehrmacht divisions still relied on the bolt action Kar98k. Facing the overwhelming level of automatic firepower difference, Nazi leadership urged development of new arms and infantry doctrines.
Due to the political atmosphere at 1943, mostly attributed to Nazi Germany's leader Adolf Hitler, early StG44 models were released under the designations MP43 and MP44 (Maschinenpistole 1943 and 1944 respectively). Recognizing the weapon's performance and the new fighting doctrine's success in Eastern front of 1944, the rifle received minor improvements and was redesignated StG44. It was stated that Hitler himself renamed the MP44 to StG44 after being impressed by its performance, but this is disputed by some historians.
The StG44 was designed for a new cartridge, the 7.92x33mm Kurz (Pistolenpatrone 43), a shorter version of the the 7.92×57mm Mauser rifle cartridge. The fully automatic weapon had more range than the MP40 SMGs chambered for 9x19mm pistol cartridges, while being able to fulfill the fire suppression role of a machine gun. By replacing the bolt action Mauser Kar98k rifles with the StG44, units were able to function better in close and medium range combat. StG44 rifles were widely given to upper hierarchical units of Wehrmacht such as the Panzergrenadier (Mobile Infantry), the Fallschirmjäger (Paratrooper) and most importantly the Waffen-SS.
The rifle's automatic action is actuated by gas, which pushes back a long-stroke piston rod. It has a magazine capacity of 30 rounds and is relatively heavy, weighing around 5kg loaded. It also has a fairly slow rate of fire of 500 rounds per minute. The combination of light cartridges and low ROF made the gun relatively controllable in full auto. It had a selector switch for fully automatic and semi-automatic modes.
The introduction of the StG44 and new German infantry doctrines were too late to have an effect on the war itself, as by 1944 it was clear the defeat of the Nazi regime was imminent. Stockpiles of StG44 rifles recovered after the war had inspired the world of the weapon's concept and fighting doctrines, such was made evident by Mikhail Kalashnikov's AK rifle and later on Eugene Stoner's AR-15 rifle. A small batch of StG44s were produced post WWII, and together with surplus guns they briefly served the East Germany army as the Iron Curtains of USSR had fallen onto Europe.
Her outfit suggests a strong pride in her country of origin, but her reason for wearing it is almost entirely cosmetic—she likes how it looks, and her quotes indicate she works hard to maintain her flashy uniform and gear so as to always present a professional angle to her fellow T-Dolls.
The doll is dress in a similar manner to a general of the German Luftwaffe of World War II, the air force branch of the German military. Her rank as a general is indicated by the golden color of her insignia, aiguillette, buttons and the braided chinstrap on her peaked cap. Her affiliation to the Luftwaffe can be seen in the dark-blue colors of the whole uniform and her coat, which is inspired by a generals Luftwaffe overcoat with its distinctive openly worn white lapels. It is also distinctive for peaked caps of the Luftwaffe to have comparable winged insignia like her. Optical similarities as a whole could also be drawn to the Allgemeine-SS or the Kriegsmarine, but altogether are much more unlikely when the details are compared.
Her insignia with a winged parachute makes it possible to assume she is a Fallschirmjäger. Several nations use this combination of symbols to distinct their airborne troops. Historically, the German Fallschirmjäger were not solely dropped by plane, but were also used as a kind of elite infantry. Their usage of the StG44 is also well documented, but not typical to see on photos.
Interestingly, her uniform completely lacks any Nazi iconography, replacing it with German flag designs and GK symbols, likely the submitted artwork design of artist 八才 had undergone censorship.
Gallery consisting of artworks used primarily in-game.
- StG44's grenade launcher skill in-game is based on the grenade launcher attachment called "Schiessbecher" or Gewehrgranatengerät (shooting cup/rifle grenade device), which used various 30mm grenade rounds. It was able to be equipped on the Kar98K, StG 44, G98/40, and FG 42. There's also a Japanese copy of Schiessbecher, the Type 2 that used in Type 99 and Type 38 Arisaka Rifle although the barrel was shorter.
- The Krummlauf was an optional attachment for the StG44, featuring a 30° or 45° curved barrel and appropriate sights for firing behind cover. However their durability is unreliable; 300 rounds for 30° barrel, and 160 rounds for 45° barrel. In addition, the device made bullets shatter and fragment while exiting the barrel, worsening its accuracy. The Krummlauf had an Infantry Version(I) and (F) for tank use in close range fighting. It is a main influence for the modern era Corner-shot.
- Syrian Rebels modified the StG44 by using a connected wired joystick to control the gun and a modified scope with CMOS camera with support of video output component that mounted behind the scope.
- It should be noted that a weapons cache containing 5000 units of the StG44 was captured from the Syrian Rebels. The source of these weapons are still unclear, but the Soviet Union or Yugoslavia are possible sources as they sold their stock of StG44s to friendly regimes, mainly Communist-backed African segion and the Middle-East in the Cold War era. The Soviets also aid to Syria during the Suez Crisis in 1956.
- Many people cite that the AK-47 was heavily influenced by StG44, which is true when looking at the long stroke piston system both guns use, the concept of the Intermediate cartridge and the fact the Hugo Schmeisser worked in the Soviet weapons industry after WWII.
- Unknown to a lot of people, the AR-15/M16 was also influenced by the StG44 (Similarities include: spring loaded buttstock, the location of the Thumb safety and the magazine release). 
- Usage of golden insignia for generals
- A Luftwaffe generals overcoat
- Luftwaffe-General Gustav Kastner-Kirdorf with winged cap insignia and the mentioned overcoat
- Fallschirmjäger with StG44
- Wikipedia entry on Schiessbecher
- Wikipedia entry on Krummlauf
- The article of Remote Controlled STG-44s in Syria
- Syrian 5000 StG44 stockpile article
- AR-15/AR-10 VS to the STG44
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