What is it?

Discussions on the Allies and the Neutral States in general and the countries that does not have sections of their own.
OldBill
Member
Posts: 183
Joined: 04 Mar 2012 09:19

What is it?

Post by OldBill » 11 Jan 2018 00:25

I found this picture online, and for the life of me, I cannot tell what the LMG the soldier on the left is using.
Link to photo:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... -WWII.html
37EABD1700000578-3772837-image-a-42_1473047866062.jpg
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

User avatar
jwsleser
Member
Posts: 1026
Joined: 13 Jun 2005 14:02
Location: Leavenworth, KS

Re: What is it?

Post by jwsleser » 11 Jan 2018 17:30

Very odd. I am thinking this was a training mock-up/dummy used in lieu of real weapons. The barrel jacket looks too small to be an effective water jacket and there are no holes for cooling. No indication of ammunition (belt or magazine). Tripod/Bipod appears too light be be functional. Possibly a 303 barrel for firing something during training.

But this is only speculation.

Pista! Jeff
battaglione Alpini sciatori Monte Cervino (Reenacted)
5th Greek Regiment
9th reggimento bersaglieri

LineDoggie
Member
Posts: 337
Joined: 03 Oct 2008 20:06

Re: What is it?

Post by LineDoggie » 11 Jan 2018 21:06

I wonder if it might be a Maxim demonstrator model or a Light maxim pressed into a training gun for piccies
"There are two kinds of people who are staying on this beach: those who are dead and those who are going to die. Now let’s get the hell out of here".
Col. George Taylor, 16th Infantry Regiment, Omaha Beach

User avatar
Max
Member
Posts: 2264
Joined: 16 Mar 2002 14:08
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: What is it?

Post by Max » 21 Apr 2019 14:15

LineDoggie wrote:
11 Jan 2018 21:06
I wonder if it might be a Maxim demonstrator model or a Light maxim pressed into a training gun for piccies
You may well be right.

Image
https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Maxim_gun
BTW
The weapon on the right of O/B's pic is the Australian designed and manufactured Owen Gun [Owen Machine Carbine]
When tested, the Owen gun was able to continue firing despite being dipped in mud and drenched with sand, while a Sten gun and a Thompson also tested stopped functioning at once.[7] In jungle warfare, where both mud and sand were frequent problems, the Owen gun was highly regarded by the soldiers.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owen_Gun
Greetings from the Wide Brown.

OldBill
Member
Posts: 183
Joined: 04 Mar 2012 09:19

Re: What is it?

Post by OldBill » 21 Apr 2019 21:09

Thank You Max!

Return to “The Allies and the Neutral States in general”