The MP 18 is known as the first practical submachine gun to be used in combat. It was developed in time to see use during WWI and was an effective trench-raiding weapon because of its compact size and high rate of fire. It was because of this weapon that the Allies banned German development of weapons in the Treaty of Versailles, but the MP 18 was destined to be the predecessor of the MP 28 and later the MP40. Many submachine guns that were developed between 19 20 and 1960 were modelled after it.


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