Hello friends, All WWII armies realized the benefits of rapid firing weapons, from automatic cannons to semi-automatic rifles for the average infantryman. In the latter case especially, the advantages are many and obvious. A soldier whose rifle is manually worked is at a sharp disadvantage to a soldier carrying a self-loading rifle. No one capitalized on this fact more than the Americans and their M1 Garand and M1 Carbine. The Russians introduced the SVT-40, which never materialized on the scale of the Garand, and the Germans produced the complicated and tempermental G41/43. Accounts and front-line photos of German troops carrying russian semi-auto rifles are relatively common, but information on the German use of the American Garand is, apparently, much more scarce. Perhaps some of you omniscient members can help me when I ask, what were the Germans' feelings towards the Garand and did German soldiers pick one up whenever they could? The Garand was, and is, a wonderful weapon, a little heavy, but presumably much more desireable than the K98, at least in a soldier's point of view. Thank you very much.