MG34 in Romanian Army?

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MG34 in Romanian Army?

Post by Mait » 13 Jul 2002 06:10

I have read that Romanians received large numbers of MG34 machineguns from Germany in 1943 or 1944. Can anyone in the forum tell me when the first of these were received?

Also - was the ZB model 1937 heavy machinegun produced in Romania?

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Post by Victor » 13 Jul 2002 10:18

The first MG-34s arrived in 1943, along with large quantities of Panzerfausts.

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Post by Andy H » 13 Jul 2002 11:49

Hi Mait

The CMC small arms factory was set up by the Czech Zbrojovka factory, and came into full production at Cugir in 1938. By June 1941 the Czechs had delivered more than 18,000 ZB30 LMG's and CMC at least 5,000. It was intended to licence -build the ZB37 HMG at CMC from July 1940, but the Germans cancelled the deal because they needed the machine tools to supply their own units with the weapon. Instead 3,500 were imported by June 1941 and another 2,000 by mid 1943.

In addition 700,000 ZB24 rifles were ordered but by mid 1943 only 445,640 had been recieved and planned local production failed to start.

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Post by Mait » 13 Jul 2002 12:15

Victor wrote:The first MG-34s arrived in 1943, along with large quantities of Panzerfausts.


Before of after the Battle of Kursk?

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Post by Victor » 13 Jul 2002 20:41

About 440 MG-42s were imported and given to the Cavalry Corps and to the Mountain Corps in the spring ans summer of 1943.

I do not know if the MG-34s arrived after of before Kursk.

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Post by Mait » 15 Jul 2002 01:31

I understand that the Russian Maxim machineguns were used by Romanian Army during WW2. Can someone enlighten me in that? When they entered service? Were they rebored to 7,92mm?

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Post by Victor » 15 Jul 2002 14:10

No, the Maxim was left with the original 7.62 mm caliber. They were probably in use during WWII in less important units (training divisions etc.).

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Post by Mait » 18 Jul 2002 15:16

What about captured Soviet LMG-s? Were they used? Or rebored? And their numbers in Romanian service?

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Post by Victor » 18 Jul 2002 20:23

I do not have the numbers on Soviet LMGs captured. They were used especially by the cavalry I think. Look at the link I gave you in the other discussions.

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Post by Xanthro » 18 Jul 2002 20:49

Mait wrote:
Victor wrote:The first MG-34s arrived in 1943, along with large quantities of Panzerfausts.


Before of after the Battle of Kursk?


Large quantities of Panzerfausts weren't available for anyone until after the Battle of Kursk.

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Post by Andy H » 19 Jul 2002 20:40

I have a figure of around 8,000 LMGS in service in April'43 though not sure how accurate this is :cry:

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Post by Victor » 20 Jul 2002 07:16

Where is it from?

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Post by Andy H » 20 Jul 2002 11:09

Victor,

That's the problem, it's a hand written note from many years back with no further detail as to where that info came from.

I'm better nowadays at doing that :lol:

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