German M.G. 08/15 Light Machine Gun

Photo O-2591 Canadian officers examine a German M.G. 08/15 light machine gun, March 1918.
Photo O-2591 Canadian officers examine a German M.G. 08/15 light machine gun, March 1918.

The Maxim M.G. 08/15 was a “light” machine gun, developed from the reliable but heavy Maxim M.G. 08. The barrel was surrounded by a water cooled jacket. A cloth belt fed from a box or held in a “trommel” (drum) on the right side provided the ammunition. In World War I the Germans used thousands of machine guns and very effectively. 

 

The “O” series of photos are Canadian official “Overseas” photos and the originals are held in Library and Archives Canada. Sadly they do not index them by the original numbers. I shall add the MIKAN numbers later. 

Photo O-3351 M.G. 08/ 15 On the banks of the Canal DuNord a dead German Machine Gunner, killed by advancing Canadians.
Photo O-3351 M.G. 08/ 15 On the banks of the Canal Du Nord a dead German Machine Gunner, killed by advancing Canadians. In the left foreground are German hand grenades (nicknamed “potoato mashers” due to their shape.)
Photo O.2542 M.G. 08/15 Dead gunner. He was killed trying to stop the Canadian advance. Canal du Nord East of Arras November 1918
Photo O.3320   M.G. 08/15 Dead gunner. He was killed trying to stop the Canadian advance. Canal du Nord East of Arras November 1918. In addition the the M.G. 08/15, he had a Gewehr 98 (a Mauser Model 1898 rifle).Photo O-3542 M.G. 08/15 Gunner shot by sniper Nov 1918. Another view.

Photo O-3542 M.G. 08/15 Gunner shot by sniper Nov 1918. View  1 of 2. 

Photo O.3542 M G 08/15 Gunner shot by a Canadian sniper Nov 1918
Photo O.3556       M G 08/15 Gunner shot by a Canadian sniper Nov 1918   View 2 of 2

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