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Andreas
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Use of captured small arms

Post by Andreas » 22 Mar 2004 23:50

Here is a picture of my grandfather's OP section during the advance in Russia. The lMG on the truck is a French FM 24/29, or so I have been told.

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To see the full size picture (this is just the thumb), go to http://www.beobachtungsabteilung.derkessel.de

My grandfather was in a Beobachtungsabteilung, so I guess they were not the first to be issued MG34, since they were not supposed to fight as infantry.

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Post by David Lehmann » 22 Mar 2004 23:56

Hello Andreas,

Many thanks for the photo and the link, very nice I just discovered this website.
The leMG is in fact a French FM 24/29.

Fusil Mitrailleur Châtellerault FM 24/29 - German : leMG 116(f) -
Type : Light machinegun
Total length : 1080 mm
Weight (empty) : 9.8 kg
Barrell Length : 500 mm
Caliber : 7.5x54 mm
Magazine : 25 rounds magazines
Rate of fire : 600 rpm or single shot selection
V° : 820 m/s

Regards,

David

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Post by Andreas » 23 Mar 2004 00:07

David
Do you mind if I just copy the info you provided into the text on my website (attributed to you)?

Glad you like the site.

Andreas

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Post by David Lehmann » 23 Mar 2004 00:30

Sure there is absolutely no copyright or things like that when mentioning such datas ...

Wait I have looked in a book :
Stéphane Ferrard "France 1940 - l'armement terrestre" (ETAI)
and he gives slightly different numbers for several features :

Fusil Mitrailleur Châtellerault modèle 1924 modifié 1929
Total length : 1007 mm
Weight (empty) : 8.93 kg
Rate of fire : 400 rpm or single shot selection

Just quote this book, it is very good for all the French ground armament of 1940.

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David

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Post by David Lehmann » 23 Mar 2004 15:18

Here in the hand of a Corps Franc soldier :

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