"This film was produced by the War Department to familiarize American troops with the actual sound and performance of various German automatic weapons including the Schmeisser MP-40 machine pistol and the MG-34 and MG-42 machine guns. The higher rate of fire of the German weapons was cause for concern among US soldiers." Zeno,
"Automatic Weapons: American vs.German" uses a pair of memorable "shootouts" to compare the relative strengths of the US weapons with their captured German counterparts. A Thompson and an M-3 "Grease Gun" face off against the German MP-40, and then the light and heavy versions of the American Browning .30 caliber face off against the German MG-34 and MG-42. The results are fascinating, although perhaps a tad miss-leading. (Was rate of fire fully factored in?) In any case, this is a one of a kind look at key World War II firearms.