ZB vz. 26 Machine Gun
|Country of Origin||Czechoslovakia|
|Barrel Length||672.000 mm|
|Rate of Fire||500 rounds/min|
|Muzzle Velocity||744 m/s|
Contributor: C. Peter Chenww2dbaseThe ZB vz. 26 light machine guns were developed by the Czechoslovakian firm Zbrojovka Brno starting in 1923, with the research project headed by VÃ¡clav Holek. After production began, they equipped the Czechoslovakian Army. The design was sold to other nations, including 30,249 weapons to China, whose troops used them against Japanese attacks as early as 1932. After Germany annexed Czechoslovakia, these weapons continued production under the new designation MG 26(t), and were widely used by German Waffen-SS troops early in the war. Only a small number of them were assigned to German Army units. The direct successor design, ZB vz. 30 machine guns, were produced under the German designation of MG 30(t). Of the ZB machine guns built during the war in German-occupied Czechoslovakia, 20,000 of them were exported to Axis-friendly Spain.
The ZB vz. 26 design was exported to Britain in the 1930s as the basis for the Bren gun. While ZB and Bren weapons fired different ammunition, these two weapons were otherwise nearly identical.
During the Korean War, Chinese communist forces used many captured ZB vz. 26 light machine guns against forces of the United Nations. In the Vietnam War, Communist China provided a number of them to North Vietnamese forces.
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