The MG08 was the principal heavy machine gun used by the Germans during World War I. It was a development of Maxim’s 1894 design licensed for manufacturing in Germany. It fired a 7.9mm cartridge at a rate of 500 rounds per minute. The sled mount was the most stable mount ever designed for the heavy Maxim gun, although the sled and gun together weighed some 62 Kgs (136 lbs).
The cylindrical water can disappeared early from the front lines to be replaced by a water container having the same dimensions as an ammunition case.
At the start of WW1, the German army used an ammunition box with two compartments each holding a 250-round belt. These were replaced in 1915 by a box holding a single 250-round belt.
Hi, I’m Rob, otherwise known as VBBSMYT.
I create the animations on my iMac using Cinema 4D, which I find very intuitive, and allows me to add smoke and flames, and then send the model to my trusty Render farm.
I make my models as accurate as possible through reference books and particularly good drawings. You may have seen my animations of early torpedoes and machine guns on YouTube. I enjoy finding out how things work and it has been fascinating to track the development from the late Victorian period up to World War 1.