My adopted sister has a classic 1938 that is still in working order. We take that thing out all the time to go shooting. I was surprised how much power even the earlier ones produced without the same amount of recoil.
Oh hell yes! They were one of the first ones in the world to both have a working submarine and jet engines. America might have made a big bomb, but they had to use a propeller-propelled craft to get it anywhere. And certainly Americans might have perfected the jet engine after the war, but it was the Germans who brought it up first. Their Panzer divisions were even forces to be reckoned with.