by Tom Laemlein
Lost in the shuffle of Germany’s automatic weapons of the World War II era is the Louis Stange-designed MG 30. Rejected by the Reichswehr, the MG 30 ended up in licensed production by Solothurn in Switzerland (as the S2-100) and also by Steyr in Austria.
MG30 side [...]
Plane’s broken, but the Maxim guns will still work! (photo from SA-Kuva)
Finnish troops salvaging Maxim guns from a downed Russian Polikarpov R5 bomber shot down near Suistamo, Finland.
Pup with ammo, coming through! (photo courtesy IWM)
Mark (a dog ammunition carrier) delivers ammo to a Bren gun team, Eastern Command 20 August 1941.
Finnish soldier with an LS-26 light machine gun, 1940.
I got two warheads, one for each of ya’!
This contraption is a Hungarian M1944 (1944 Mintá = 44M) double AT Projector (dupla páncéltörövetö) aka the Buzogányvető (= the Mace). Only 700 units were made, and they served as HE/AT weapona. The warheads each hold 4.21 kg (9.27 lb) of high explosive, and [...]
This rifle is too light and svelte. Let’s wait 50 years until it gets popular again with a couple pounds more rail.
West German soldier test firing a Dutch-made Armalite AR-10 (designated G4) during trial at Meppen in 1957. It lost out to the G1 FAL, which in turn was replaced by the H&K [...]
Some of the very few Japanese troops to be issued submachine guns.
Japanese SNLF marines Chinese troops with SIG M1920 submachine guns. The SIG M1920 was a licensed copy of the German MP18/I, and SIG sold them to Japan in 7.63mm Mauser caliber. They were used by the Special Naval Landing Forces, as well [...]
I bet they’re pretty cold even under those fur coats (click to enlarge)
Bulgarian troops in the First World War, with fixed bayonets on a Steyr M95 rifle and carbine.
He has to stay on guard duty, so his mates came to him for the group photo (picture from Drake Goodman – click to enlarge)
German sentry in the trenches during September 1916 with a periscope and a Gewehr 98 equipped with an extended 20-round trench magazine.
Is the beard an extension of the hat, or is the hat an extension of the beard? We will never know.
Momčilo Đujić, Chetnik commander during WWII – armed with a Yugoslav-contract ZB-30J light machine gun. (photo from Last Stand on Zombie Island)