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Any of various German automatic weapons designed for use by individual troops during World War II, especially either of two types of submachine gun.

[After Hugo Schmeisser, 20th-century German arms engineer (to whom this type of weapon was mistakenly attributed by Allied military men).]
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Like many of the pre-WWII armies, the Romanians did not pay much attention to submachine guns but in the 1920s and 1930s they obtained numbers of German Maschinenpistole 18/1 (Pistolul mitraliera Schmeisser Model 18 I) and Maschinenpistole 28/II Pistolul mitraliera Schmeisser Model 28 II), mainly for use by police units.
Suddenly, a German inside it opened up with a Schmeisser, and Rifleman Art Reid was shot dead.
MP40 Misnamed by its adversaries as "Schmeisser," Germany's primary submachinegun was correctly termed the Maschinenpistole 38, or MP38.
A young German weapons designer named Hugo Schmeisser then developed a full-auto machine pistol--the MP18/1.
Funke A, Berner R, Traichel B, Schmeisser D, Leititis JU, Niemeyer CM.
(37.) Schmeisser F, Vasudevan A, Verma S, Wang W, Alvarado E, Weiss C, et al.
The ones this paper have been built on are Manning, Massini and Lewin (2008), Kedia and Mukherjee (2009), Lewin, Perm-Ajchariyawong and Russell (2011), Schmeisser (2013) and Gerbl, Mclvor and Humphreys (2016).
Balinsky CA, Schmeisser H, Ganesan S, Singh K, Pierson TC, Zoon KC, et al.