Community News & Information Vol. 107
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Weapons of Wolfenstein – Part 15 – The FG42
In Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, the Covert Ops class has the coolest
weapons. They use the Sten, silenced handguns, scoped sniper rifles,
satchel charges, and the subject of this month’s edition of the
Weapons of Wolfenstein series, the FG42.
The FG42 was a mid-war development, to provide firepower for the
Fallschirmjager (German paratroops). Previous to the FG42, German
airborne troops could not carry anything other than handguns and
grenades when parachuting into enemy territory. The existing larger
weapons were too big and cumbersome. Landing with them would result
in damage to the weapons, or injuries to the troopers. Therefore, large
weapons had to be dropped in separate boxes. Upon landing, the
paratroops had to locate the boxes, and open them to retrieve their
weaponry. This was inconvenient and it resulted in unnecessary
casualties when the drop zone was right on top of enemy positions.
The danger of this situation was shown during the German airborne
assault on the island of Crete in 1941. In the early going, German
paratroops were cut to pieces by enemy heavy arms fire – mainly by the
New Zealander defenders of Crete – before the Germans could retrieve
their own heavy weapons from their separately-dropped boxes. This
lesson accelerated the development of the FG42.
The FG42 was a compact assault rifle with the characteristics of
a light machine gun. Its calibre was 7.92 mm, and it had multiple
fire formats. Just like in Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, the user
could select either automatic or single-shot fire.
Originally built with solid cast metal components, like many other
wartime weapons the production was later shifted towards the use of
stamped metal parts. Different metals were used depending on supply
and the requirements of other wartime industries. Some versions also
had a flip-out bayonet for close-quarters fighting.
The FG42 was first used in combat during the 1943 rescue mission for
Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini. The big guy had been
imprisoned after losing power that year. Italy then made peace with the Allies
and the Germans seized Rome and took defensive positions against
Allied invasions. A daring raid by German special forces armed with
FG42s carried off Mussolini so he would not be captured by the
An Allied wartime intelligence publication reported that the FG42 was
a first-class weapon: “The Germans have struck a balance between the
weight limitations of the machine carbine and the power and pressure
requirements of the rifle or light machine gun.”
Indeed, the FG42’s high rate of fire makes it a formidable weapon in
the world of Wolfenstein, even though its use seems to be rare among
|>B<| 4nGel joined the Bunker Community around the same time I did, in the fall of 2007. She is one of our few, but cherished female members. I asked her what the significance of her name was and she answered... " the "4" of my name stands for an unfinished A and I took the name 4nGel because I want to cover and guard all of my team-mates."
Q: Where do you live and are you married with a family?
A: I live in South-Germany, 11 km away from “Lake of Constanze”. My hometown is called “Tettnang.” I was married and have three kids. They live with me.
S: If yes, tell us a little more about that.
A: I was married a couple of years ago. I have three kids. The oldest is 23 years (also known as “Catwoman” ;-) ),
a younger daughter who is 17 years old,
and a son who is 14 years old.
Q: Do you have a job and if yes, what do you do?
A: Yes. I work for a big firm that produces driveline and chassis technologies for all kinds of vehicles. (except aircraft.)
I’m the Assistant to our Key accountant and Sales-Manager.
Q: Have you always had an interest in video games? Tell us what games you like and when you discovered Wolfenstein.
A: I started to play “tomb raider” but it wasn't my type of game. I also played “moorhuhn” a funny game with a chicken. In the year 2004 I started to play ET.
Q: There are a lot of Wolfenstein ET servers out there... how did you find the Bunker Community?
A: I was searching for a Server that had lots players. I went to splatterladder to search and found it. So I joined the server and found the players to be nice and friendly. If I had any problems the members were very helpful so I stayed.
Q: Is Wolfenstein ET your favorite online game? If not, what is?
A: Yes, Wolfenstein is the best game ever.
Q: Do you have any hobbies or other interests that you would like to tell your Bunker friends about?
A: My hobbies are: motorcycling, creative crafts, cooking, baking, renovation my apartment, and playing Wolfenstein.
Q: Which of the Bunker servers do you usually play on and why?
A: I want to be honest. I prefer Bunker 4, cause I don’t like to play against bots. This is the reason, why I very rarely join Bunker 2. Playing on Bunker 1 is difficult for me, because there is a different time zone. So when the server is full, I ‘m already asleep.
Q: You are one of a few women who are Bunker members and play ET. Why do so few women play this game?
A: I think most woman don’t like shooter-games, cause they are afraid of guns, weapons etc. Also the game is too realistic for them I think. So they keep their distance because of their own head-cinema ^^ .
Q: Have you met any Bunker members face to face? If yes, who?
A: Yes, three years ago, sickone and I were able to meet for a cup of coffee. We had a nice talk but he had to leave because he was on a trip. He was very nice and asked if he could come back for another visit.
Q: Most long time Wolfenstein ET players have specific reasons why they like the game. What are your reasons?
A: I like the strategy, and try to outwit the players. The most maps are very wonderful.
Q: Do you think you're a poor, average, good, or great Wolfenstein ET player? Why?
A: I think I’m an average player because my aim isn’t as good as I'd like it to be. My internet connection is also very bad. I have only have a 6 MBit/s line and every time I want to play, my two younger kids are online too. My telephone goes through the same cable, so it’s hard to play. I hope in February 2013 I get a new provider. Than I will get 100 MBit/s and this will be more than enough.
Q: Wolfenstein ET is aging. But there is a strong core group of players who enjoy the game and continue to be active in the Bunker Community. Do you consider yourself part of that group... and how often do you play?
A: I think I’ll play so long as I can ^^. I play between 4, 5 times a week.
Q: What kind of vehicles do you own and which is your favorite?
A: I only own a motorcycle.
Q: If you could own any vehicle in the world... what would it be?
A: I would like to have a Hummer full of chrome, or Maserati.
Q: What is your favorite dinner time meal and dessert?
A: I like beefsteak with salad and for dessert, homemade caramel and vanilla ice-cream. :-P
Q: Do you travel much... do you enjoy traveling... and if yes... how do you prefer to travel? (plane, train, car, bus, etc.)
A: At the moment it’s not possible to travel, because my kids need most of the money I earn for their leisure. I think in, perhaps, three years they will earn their own money
so I’ll start to travel again.
Q: If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go and why?
A: Years ago I was in the Dominican Republic and it was very nice. The people are kind and the weather great. I want to travel to other places in the Caribbean. I also would like to travel to the USA, rent a Harley, and drive through a few states.
Q: What is the most adventurous or dangerous thing you've ever done?
A: The greatest adventure for me occurred in the wintertime years ago. We installed a
rope to a car and I was pulled at about 60 km/h - over a full snowy road. The driver was
not thinking very clearly and he drove into a small wooden bridge with a roof. Since there was a roof there was no snow.
How fortunate that shortly before we got to the bridge I noticed that there wasn't any snow and in last second (ca. 1 m) in front of the bridge, I let go of the rope and made a full breaking with my skis.
Q: Is there anything you want to tell the Bunker Community about that I haven't asked you?
A: No, that's all I can think of right now.
S: Thank you very much for sharing a little about yourself with all the people you play with on our servers!!!
-Another Request-Shout Out-
I was very happy and excited when FunnyBunny decided to join the staff of The Bunker Times and was thrilled with his first posting. For some reason he has been absent for over two months now and has not responded to any of my messages or emails. I would like to continue offering a section in this publication that covers a wide range of today's popular video games. I am seeking someone who can write a story (once per month) to be featured in this news letter. If you think you can do this or know someone who may wish to join our staff, please contact me through the server message system. Thanks, Snoid
Edited by Snoid, 02 January 2013 - 01:35 AM.