Research : Giorgio Riboldi
Translator: Francesco Cortellini
Hugo Schmeiser was Born in Jena, Germany, on September 24th 1884. Both Hugo and his brother Hans, followed their father’s footsteps, moving to Suhl at the begining of the 20th century to learn the basis of firearms design. His work for the Bergmann industries proved to be pivotal in this respect. At the time, the Company was involved in the development of new pistol ammunitions, suitable for use with automatic weapons, the only ones whose development ad production would later be authorized to Germany after the Treaty of Versailles, and the armistice of Compiègne. During WW1, in the first months of 1918, Schmeisser took part in the effort that led to the design and manufacture of the mp18-I, a weapon that would be behind the design of most of the SMGs untill the 1960s.