Know Your WW1 Weapons: Germany’s MG08 Heavy Machine Gun

Germany’s Heavy Machine Gun of WWI: The MG08

 

All you former infantryman out there might find this fact jaw dropping:

“The MG08 machine gun itself weighed approximately 60 pounds. Combined with its “Sled” (or Sledge) mount that used four legs, the whole affair weighed around 140 pounds, excluding the water can and ammunition supply. Along with the sled mount were extra barrels, tools, and oil containers, all attached to the sled. A team of four soldiers was required to move the entire gun and accessories.”

This BEAST weighed in at 140 pounds, not inclduing the water can, sled and ammo!!

This thing earned it’s name as a HEAVY machine Gun for sure.

 

Know Your Weapons: The Mauser — 15 Assorted Facts And Tidbits

The Mauser — 15 Assorted Facts And Tidbits

 

One of the first Curio and Relic Guns I bought when I got my license many years back was a very nice K98 with an authentic leather sling and a bag of stripper clips.

Soon after that I obtained a Yugo Mauser.

To this day Mausers remain one of my favorite military bolt-actions to shoot, that 8mm is a BEAST of a round.

Know Your Military Weapons History: MANPADS

 

Like alot of Modern Weapons Systems in use today MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense System) owes it’s origins to Nazi Germany.

Know Your Naval History: Dinosaurs of the Deep Blue Sea

Dinosaurs of the Deep Blue Sea

 

Thought provoking essay on the current state of American Naval Technology, Strategy and Readiness.

Though some might argue it is a bit dated compared to other WW3 novels,  I still say Ghost Fleet is one of the most realistic novels at a plausible WW3 scenario.

 

Know Your History: The Devil’s Brigade and the Johnson M1941 LMG

DEVIL’S BRIGADE SECRET WEAPON: THE JOHNSON M1941 LMG

 

For those not familiar with the history of the 1st Special Service Force.

Though deemed not as reliable as other Standard issue LMG’s of the period, the Johnson M1941 had it’s perks.