Product Description: This K98 Action Cover is a choice example of this rare and very desirable weapon accessory, which was intended for use with the standard Wehrmacht infantry rifle. It is made of sturdy blue canvas, which retains full original color, with no holes or damage. All of the original factory done stitching remains intact on this issue type piece. The leatherwork is complete and undamaged. This K98 action cover is well marked inside, with a Waffenamt inspection stamp, the factory maker code “lgh” and the date “1942.” The canvas is additionally stamped in white ink with the weapon designation “Mod. 98.” This action cover appears to be unused, and shows no wear or damage of any kind. There is an even, light age patina. These action covers are tough to find. This one is in excellent plus condition.
Historical Description: Learning from their experiences and defeat in the previous war, Germany would develop new strategies for warfare. The result was a hard hitting, mobile warfare, which relied on speed and coordination. It would later be known as “Blitzkrieg”. This new style of warfare would require changes to be made from how the Generals conducted operations, down to the individual soldier’s equipment. As the Third Reich began rearming Germany during the 1930’s, due to the economic situation, much of the equipment and gear the fighting forces initially received would be from the First World War. This necessary reissuing of equipment combined with the revolutionary tactics being developed forced the German military to adapt their gear and equipment to these changes. As the German economy improved and more funding was available to the military, new equipment would be developed to replace the obsolete World War One equipment. The outbreak of World War Two pushed the development and issuing of new equipment to German soldiers to new levels. New designs and manufacturing techniques were developed. As the war progressed and fortunes changed, the German Third Reich was forced to cut production time, while continuing to develop better equipment. These changes to production, combined with newer designs, produced a vast array of equipment variants. Today these variants of equipment show proof of the drastic changes made by the German Military during World War 2.
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