German WWI Maxim Machine Gun MG 08 Trench Armor
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New Made Item: Steel construction. As pictured in Dolf Goldsmith’s book, “The Devil’s Paintbrush”, page 151, 2nd edition. Same Armor as found on “The Grim Reaper”. Consists of water jacket front shield and the cover with facial protection plate that sits on top of the water jacket. Only a small number available complete.
History of the MG08-
The Maschinengewehr 08, or MG08, was the German Army’s standard machine gun in World War I and is an adaption of Hiram S. Maxim’s original 1884 Maxim Gun. It was produced in a number of variants during the war. The MG 08 served during World War II as a heavy machine gun in many German infantry divisions, although by the end of the war it had mostly been relegated to second-rate fortress units.
The Maschinengewehr 08 (or MG08)so-named after 1908, its year of adoptionwas a development of the license made Maschinengewehr 01. It could reach a firing rate of up to 400 rounds per minute using 250-round fabric belts of 7.92x57mm ammunition, although sustained firing would lead to overheating; it was water-cooled using a jacket around the barrel that held approximately one gallon[clarification needed]. Using a separate attachment sight with range calculator for indirect fire, the MG08 could be operated from cover. Additional telescopic sights were also developed and used in quantity during the war.