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Old MG34 pics.

Article about: My daughter bought me an old German photo album - the majority of the pics are Maxim machineguns, but there was a pic of an MG34 in AA mode, as well as two pics of MG34's at the shooting ran

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    My daughter bought me an old German photo album - the majority of the pics are Maxim machineguns, but there was a pic of an MG34 in AA mode, as well as two pics of MG34's at the shooting range - on what looks like a cold day, the sheepskin coats look serious.
    The photo-album was dated 1939 - but the photos themselves were dated 1941 on the reverse.
    I know these should probably be in the photos forum, but they are of a specific and interesting enough nature i thought I would post here.

    I was looking for a reference for my MG34 set-up, the pic is pretty good.

    At Range:




    In AA config:



    Pit.
    PS. Some MG shots, for the water cooled amongst you.







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    Great pics Pit!!!

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    I like them!

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    Very nice Pitfighter, I enjoy these early MG photos as well. If you look on the shoulderstrap on that nice Camo helmet pic, there seems to be a "13 or 18"......possible unit ID?

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    Hi Bill,

    Yes, it looks like a 12 or 13.

    Here is the inscription on the inside of the cover:




    There were lot's of parade and marching out pics in the photo's my daughter and I found one of the hotel Denner, that we then found pics of on the internet, very little had changed - we thought about sending the pic of the soldiers posing out front, then decided against it.

    Then:


    Now:
    Aussenansicht des Hotels - Bild Denner Hotel Heidelberg

    I love studying these old pics -

    I have decided to add one of those big sheepskin set-ups to my uniform collection, lol!

    Pit.
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    Awesome Before and After comparisons! I know, some people miss important things in the background in pics...which can really tell you a lot. And yeah, tough call on sending the photo....some people might not accept it as a scene of history, as we would sadly.
    Those big coats were popular in Poland, as I have some pics of them in wear there. Would make a cool display with an M35 helmet and winter boots. They had white and brown/black colors too! lol

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    These pics are very small in person.
    I didn't really notice until looking over these enlargements.
    But, it looks like the fusee cover and water cooling end cap are polished brass on the MG08/15.
    What are the thoughts on this?
    Strange practice if they are, especially considering the effort made with the camouflage.
    *It looks like the same three soldiers in both pics, so perhaps they're just taking training photos.

    Thoughts?

    Pit.

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    Yes, certainly training photos Pit. They are always very nice images too IMO.

    Here is the unit info from Lexicon:
    Gliederung MG-Bataillone
    Seems that in Jan 1941, they were one of the first battalions sent to Libya! Later companies 1-4 were integrated into the Schutzen regiment for 15 panzer division. Very cool

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    Cool photos! First post, first photo : A visor hat wearing officer shooting an MG34!!!! COOL
    second from the end photo : Nice camouflage job... I love seeing camouflaged soldiers in period pictures!

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    Cracking pictures, I zoomed up the picture of the Mg34 AA set up (3rd pic) it's an early one, 4 hole barrel jacket with a machined top cover.
    What I spotted and haven't got a clue what it is nor seen anything like it before, is there's something attached to the lower half of the pistol grip, and something else, like a silver disk above it on the receiver. Great, great pictures Pit. Jonathan.

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