Vintage Saturday: Early WWI Machine Gun Emplacement

German MG08 machine guns on the line early in WWI
It would not be long before this sort of blatantly visible emplacement would constitute pure suicide.

I don’t have a date or location for this photo, but it is clearly quite early in the Great War. Note the nice pickelhaube covers and the big shields on the MG08s. Those shields would quickly go from being bullet protection to being bullet magnets, and soldiers would learn to disguise their machine gun emplacements lest they become immediate focal points for all the artillery and small arms fire the enemy could muster.