WW2 LMG 1908/15

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Ardee
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WW2 LMG 1908/15

Post by Ardee » 14 Jun 2023 07:35

Hi all, I read somewhere/somewhen that ALL the units invading the Neatherlands in 1940 were equipped with the MG 1908/15 instead of the MG 34. I've been trying to confirm that, but the closest I've come is that the MG08-15 was "used" by Germany in the Campaigns for Poland, Norway, and the Lowlands. Anybody have more information about this?

Thanks for reading!

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Re: WW2 LMG 1908/15

Post by ThatZenoGuy » 14 Jun 2023 10:34

I don't have any sources on hand but the Germans in general used non-fancy machineguns all over the place. The MG08 could spray 500 rifle rounds a minute. It's no MG42 but it can fire basically forever as long as it has water.

The 34 was a very expensive gun, and it even at the end of the war, not every machinegunner had one.

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Re: WW2 LMG 1908/15

Post by LineDoggie » 14 Jun 2023 21:26

Ardee wrote:
14 Jun 2023 07:35
Hi all, I read somewhere/somewhen that ALL the units invading the Neatherlands in 1940 were equipped with the MG 1908/15 instead of the MG 34. I've been trying to confirm that, but the closest I've come is that the MG08-15 was "used" by Germany in the Campaigns for Poland, Norway, and the Lowlands. Anybody have more information about this?

Thanks for reading!
The Fallschirmjager didn't have MG08/15 when they jumped. film evidence shows MG-34's
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ1Egzh ... osWarbirds
"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

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Re: WW2 LMG 1908/15

Post by Ardee » 15 Jun 2023 00:10

Thank you both. Yes, I kow the Germans used a vast number of MGs (and everything else, it would seem). And it's a good point about the Fallschirmjager. Maybe what I read was only refering to the Heer? I'm still open to info if someone's got it!

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Re: WW2 LMG 1908/15

Post by ThatZenoGuy » 15 Jun 2023 05:34

LineDoggie wrote:
14 Jun 2023 21:26
Ardee wrote:
14 Jun 2023 07:35
Hi all, I read somewhere/somewhen that ALL the units invading the Neatherlands in 1940 were equipped with the MG 1908/15 instead of the MG 34. I've been trying to confirm that, but the closest I've come is that the MG08-15 was "used" by Germany in the Campaigns for Poland, Norway, and the Lowlands. Anybody have more information about this?

Thanks for reading!
The Fallschirmjager didn't have MG08/15 when they jumped. film evidence shows MG-34's
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ1Egzh ... osWarbirds
Specifically they didn't 'drop' with any machineguns in hand, heavy weapons were dropped in crates alongside the paratropers. Which was quite troublesome when the boxes landed away from the soldiers themselves.

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Re: WW2 LMG 1908/15

Post by LineDoggie » 18 Jun 2023 00:51

ThatZenoGuy wrote:
15 Jun 2023 05:34
LineDoggie wrote:
14 Jun 2023 21:26
Ardee wrote:
14 Jun 2023 07:35
Hi all, I read somewhere/somewhen that ALL the units invading the Neatherlands in 1940 were equipped with the MG 1908/15 instead of the MG 34. I've been trying to confirm that, but the closest I've come is that the MG08-15 was "used" by Germany in the Campaigns for Poland, Norway, and the Lowlands. Anybody have more information about this?

Thanks for reading!
The Fallschirmjager didn't have MG08/15 when they jumped. film evidence shows MG-34's
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ1Egzh ... osWarbirds
Specifically they didn't 'drop' with any machineguns in hand, heavy weapons were dropped in crates alongside the paratropers. Which was quite troublesome when the boxes landed away from the soldiers themselves.
They also didn't physically have Maxim 08/15's at all, they had MG-34's which I had thought was a plain enough answer the first time

Apparent not
"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

Ardee
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Re: WW2 LMG 1908/15

Post by Ardee » 18 Jun 2023 03:28

Again, thanks for the input guys. Don't get cross at each other! :)

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Re: WW2 LMG 1908/15

Post by ThatZenoGuy » 18 Jun 2023 08:42

LineDoggie wrote:
18 Jun 2023 00:51
ThatZenoGuy wrote:
15 Jun 2023 05:34
LineDoggie wrote:
14 Jun 2023 21:26
Ardee wrote:
14 Jun 2023 07:35
Hi all, I read somewhere/somewhen that ALL the units invading the Neatherlands in 1940 were equipped with the MG 1908/15 instead of the MG 34. I've been trying to confirm that, but the closest I've come is that the MG08-15 was "used" by Germany in the Campaigns for Poland, Norway, and the Lowlands. Anybody have more information about this?

Thanks for reading!
The Fallschirmjager didn't have MG08/15 when they jumped. film evidence shows MG-34's
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ1Egzh ... osWarbirds
Specifically they didn't 'drop' with any machineguns in hand, heavy weapons were dropped in crates alongside the paratropers. Which was quite troublesome when the boxes landed away from the soldiers themselves.
They also didn't physically have Maxim 08/15's at all, they had MG-34's which I had thought was a plain enough answer the first time

Apparent not
Yeah the Paratroopers got all the special toys before the rank and file grunts. MG-34's was theirs first. <;D

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