The Karabiner 98k, Kar98k, was introduced in 1935 as the standard service rifle of the German
infantryman. It's predecessor was the Gewehr 98 which was originally invented in 1898. As the Germans realized that a rifle at the length of the Gewehr 98 plus an attached bayonet is a quite long weapon. Therefore they designed a new rifle type. The Gewehr 98k, this was in late 1917. As the war was lost for Imperial Germany just one year later, nobody really cared about a re-armament of the German Army
. As the Treaty of Versailles
limited the total number of servicemen to 200.000 and the testing grounds for weaponry was very hard to get.
As the Nazis
took control of Germany
in 1930s and turned it into a dictatorship, the German Army
, the Wermacht
, needed to be rearmed for the Nazi's war. The Heereswaffenamt
gave orders for a new small arms. The Karabiner 98k was brought into service in 1935. It was constructed to chamber the 7.92 x 52mm and it could receive the Seitengewehr 98 bayonet just like the Gewehr 98.
In World War II games like Call of Duty or Medal of Honor the Kar98k is the main armament of the German soldiers. I...