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Author Topic: WWII German Small arms Machine Gun 08/15  (Read 4559 times)
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« on: 3 September 2009, 05:27:57 »
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In English, 'SMG' would be 'sub-machine gun'; is that what this means, too?  (schiesst scharf='shoots sharply')
Anyway, a nice real photo postcard picture showing the base, ammo box to the side and crew of 3.  This postcard was mailed April 29, 1939.
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« Reply #1 on: 3 September 2009, 08:54:57 »
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The "S" here is for "schwer" (= heavy), so SMG is "Heavy Machine Gun".

No clue what weapo your card shows, as it is water cooled I guess it is pre-war, probably the MG 08 (MG 34 being the standard MG at war start, replaced later by the MG 42), but this would qualify it as LMG (light machine gun)

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« Reply #2 on: 3 September 2009, 15:51:31 »
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I wonder what is the purpose of the round disk, just behind the muzzle?
Could it be flash or blast protection for the crew?
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« Reply #3 on: 3 September 2009, 15:53:06 »
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The "S" here is for "schwer" (= heavy), so SMG is "Heavy Machine Gun".

No clue what weapo your card shows, as it is water cooled I guess it is pre-war, probably the MG 08 (MG 34 being the standard MG at war start, replaced later by the MG 42), but this would qualify it as LMG (light machine gun)

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I believe you are right based on this picture.  http://www.warandtactics.com/smf/miscellaneous/ss-in-warsaw-mg08-heavy-machinegun/
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