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English: Logo of the 1970's German underground organisation Red Army Faction (RAF) - a red star (similar to that of the Red Army of the Soviet Union) and a submachine gun Heckler & Koch MP5. Sometimes, people get confused because on most pictures available today, the MP5 has a curved magazine, whereas the weapon in the logo has a straight magazine. However, the MP5 had a straight magazine until it was changed to curved in 1976 due to technical reasons, so this is no contradiction. The MP5 was at the time (and is until today) one of the standard submachine guns of the German police. The logo designer, a young design student, apparently did not know this when choosing the weapon.
Deutsch: Das Logo der Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF) zeigt die Buchstaben vor einem roten Stern (ähnlich dem Symbol der Roten Armee der Sowjetunion) und einer Maschinenpistole Heckler & Koch MP5. Es wird manchmal gefragt, warum die Waffe in dem Logo ein gerades Magazin hat, während die meisten heutigen Bilder der MP5 ein gebogenes Magazin zeigen. Dies liegt daran, dass die MP5 bis 1976 tatsächlich ein gerades Magazin hatte, erst danach wurde es aus technischen Gründen durch ein gebogenes ersetzt. Der Logo-Zeichner, ein junger Grafikstudent, wusste vermutlich nicht, dass diese Waffe die Standard-MP der deutschen Polizei war (und bis heute ist).
Polski: Logo Czerwonej Armii Frakcji
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