The MG42 (German: Maschinengewehr 42; English: Machine Gun 42) is a German general purpose machine gun designed in 1942. It fired the 7.92x57mm Mauser round. It went into service with the Wehrmacht from 1942 to 1945. It was infamous for its extremely high rate of fire of approximately 1200 rpm to 1500 rpm. It proved to be one of the most effective machine guns of World War II. Since its original iteration, the MG42 was improved multiple times resulting in the M53, MG3 and MG74.
The gun's infamous reputation in World War II led to the gun being nicknamed "Hitler's Buzzsaw" by Allied troops.
The MG42 is a weapon featured in Battlefield 1942 as the is the main mounted machine gun for the Axis Force and one of the Red Army's mounted machine guns. It is commonly found on sandbags and tripods near Axis controlled flags, on Axis APCs, and on Axis/Soviet aircraft and tanks. It has a moderate rate of fire, high damage, moderate accuracy and, because it is mounted, is completely void of recoil. It is very effective at defending a position;however, it overheats quickly and causes the user to be immobile and unprotected allowing for easy flanking or sniper fire.
The Allied equivalent is the M2 Browning.
The Road to Rome expansion displays the MG42 is the main mounted machine gun for the Italian forces. The Secret Weapons of WWII expansion added the MG42 to SS Kubelwagen and Schwimmwagen light vehicles.