MG 08 machine gun file photo [23695]

MG 08 Machine Gun

Country of OriginGermany
TypeMachine Gun
Caliber8.000 mm
Capacity250 rounds
Length1,175.000 mm
Barrel Length721.000 mm
Weight26.500 kg
Rate of Fire500 rounds/min
Range2,500 m
Muzzle Velocity900 m/s


ww2dbaseThe Maschinengewehr 08, or MG 08, machine guns were the standard machine guns of the German Army in WW1. Their design evolved from that of Hiram Maxim's original Maxim gun design of 1884. They made use of fabric belts each holding 250 rounds of ammunition, and they each required a crew of four men. They were manufactured in great numbers, a total of 12,000 being available in Aug 1914, and by 1916 German arsenals were building 14,400 examples each month. During the 1930s, thousands of surplus MG 08 machine guns were exported to China, along with the license to build additional units (most of them at the Hanyang Arsenal in Hubei Province, China) which were designated Type 24 by the Chinese; they were the standard machine guns for Nationalist, Communist, and local warlord forces in the early years of war against the Japanese. A number of them saw action in the European War, despite their age, with forces of Finland and Poland. In Germany, despite the availability of far superior machine guns, the demands of war meant MG 08 machine guns would remain in service, although largely with training and static defense units only. After WW2, MG 08 and Type 24 weapons would see further action in the Chinese Civil War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

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Last Major Revision: Jun 2015


Captured German MG 08 machine gun in US possession, date unknownChinese Army machine gun crew, Shanghai, China, 1932, photo 1 of 2Chinese Army machine gun crew, Shanghai, China, 1932, photo 2 of 2Chinese Central Military Academy cadet Sun Chengxin (Wade-Giles: Sun Chung Hsin) with a Type 24 machine gun, Nanjing, China, Jul 1935
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16 Oct 2019 08:33:49 PM

I will love to have a map of where this gun has been used

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