Machine gun MG.08

German Reichswehr after the defeat of the Allies had to pass about 25 thousand machine guns. A huge amount of manual and machine-MG.08/15 MG.08 allies passed Holland, Poland, Belgium, Yugoslavia, part machine guns were purchased in small quantities in other countries. In 1939, the Poles used outdated MG.08/15 against the Wehrmacht. Captured guns and MG.08/15 MG.08 in Russian Union at baseline were at the WWII militia.

Machine gun MG.08
MG.08 the machine Dreifuss 16 anti-aircraft stand on the teachings of the Wehrmacht in 1935

Versailles Treaty 100000th Reichswehr was allowed to have 1,134 and 792 hand-held machine guns. Office of the arms Reichswehr was developed programm modernization. MG.08 had lightened castle (eventually increased the rate of fire of 600 rounds per minute), have changed the trigger, streamlined appeal to him. Machine gun model "08" and "16" had a removable anti-aircraft stand. Gun MG.08 was sliding and anti-aircraft tripod AA sight. At the zenith of machine gun fire reinforced shoulder rest. Nutrition and machine guns MG.08 MG.08/15 produced from linen or from iron belt — the receiver had a switch allowing you to select the type of tape.

Machine gun MG.08
The Red Army study trophies, occupied during the campaign in Western Belarus: anti-aircraft guns, bombs, machine guns MG-08 (German version of the machine gun "Maxim")

Lightweight fry MG.08/15 moved to guard in front of it, improve accuracy has given an opportunity to increment the sighting range of up to 1200 meters (from 900). At the beginning of a Wehrmacht second world had machine guns 42722 MG.08 on the tripod and sled machines and MG.08/15 (for comparison: there were 84078 MG.34, machine guns and 450436 zabugornogo production). In the 40th year in service with the German divisions second wave had 112 MG.08 heavy machine guns and hand-13243 MG.08/15. Then the guns were preserved in security and spare parts, in fortified areas on fixed installations. Gun MG.08/15 with machine guns MG.34 could be met as the zenith on the cars. The last "loud affair" machine gun MG.08 be referred to the fighting in June of '44 on the coast of Normandy. When a captured German gun after the second world was handed regimes of the "third world", in the middle of it and there were guns MG.08 MG.08/15. These "veterans" like the English "Vickers" and Russian "Maxims", even to war.

Machine gun MG.08

German soldiers after the battle in the Polish positions. Here we litsezreem Germans, inspects the clash. On the frontal plane and the gunner killed Polish German version of the machine gun "Maxim» MG.08 (Maschinengewehr 08) on a sled machine in position for shooting prone

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