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Machine-gun Platoon (GGE714)

Includes four Maxim MG 08 HMG teams

The MG08 (or Maschinengewehr 08) was the standard machine-gun of the German Army during the First World War. Adapted from Hiram Maxim’s 1884 design, the MG08 (designating the year of it’s adopted i.e. 1908) fired the 7.92x57mm round at the rate of up to 400 rounds per minute.

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Feed by 250-round ammunition belts, any prolonged periods of sustained fire meant the gun would rapidly overheat. To prevent this, the barrel was surrounded by a water jacket which contained one gallon (3.78 litres) of water.

When deployed, the gun was fired from a sled mount that could be transported around the battlefield either on a man’s shoulders or via a cart. However, the total weight of the weapon system (gun, sled mount and water) was a whopping 69kg (152lbs) without taking ammunition into account severely limited its mobility.

Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Mike Haught

The Machine-gun Platoon

The Machine-gun Platoon in Great War
Unit cards for the Machine-gun Platoon are contained in the Great War German Unit Card pack (GGE901)…