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#1 MG1918

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Posted 05 July 2020 - 02:22 PM

I am not quite in the same league as Bob and others but I hope to add value to this web site. I do study all aspects of German WWI usage and of course collect too. To kick off a thread on MG training here are my 3 wooden 08/15s.  They have some stamps/markings from the WWI German MG school. They function in that they simulate stoppage and loading drills and are I guess reasonably rare. The Imperial War Museum in London and the Brussels Military Museum have other examples. I am not aware of any others.

 

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Posted 06 July 2020 - 06:33 AM

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 05:58 AM

They are a nice find. Condition is excellent. Where did you find them?


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Posted 08 July 2020 - 02:55 PM

Timkel thanks for the reply.  Many many years ago some museums (and dependant upon the personalities involved) had the mission of building upon and improving their collections. I am sure there are still some museums who choose to maintain what they have and not evolve and that is fine, but for me under certain conditions museums should develop. I was lucky then in those days to have some very desirable vickers, Lewis and hotchkiss accessories and therefore in controlled conditions I obtained these 3 as trades.  The museum still has examples like this and 08 so therefore it was a win win for them, which realistically is the only way any decent museum would operate! 
Nowadays it is so much harder to do this due to Govt legislation following abuses so as ever a minority spoil it for the majority. I know for a fact many private collectors could add significant value to recognised collections/museums and concurrently enhance their own collections  but really whichever country you are in it is next to impossible. So a long reply, and now to find some period imagery of these items in action!


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Posted 08 July 2020 - 05:11 PM

That was a great trade. They will make nice display pieces. It's all about keeping history alive.


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Posted 10 July 2020 - 04:11 AM

Wooden MGs:

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Posted 18 July 2020 - 12:55 PM

Rare MG08 ‘action’ cover. From the person I bought it from says this has a dual purpose. It is part of the covering when on the horse driven MG cart, but also used when in position requiring some weather protection.  With a belt in it is still immediately usable in an emergency. 
 

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Posted 02 August 2020 - 12:31 PM

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Posted 02 August 2020 - 12:54 PM

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Posted 08 October 2020 - 08:20 AM

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Posted 11 October 2020 - 11:15 PM

MG08/15 crews in action

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Posted 20 October 2020 - 09:57 PM

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Posted 10 November 2020 - 11:59 PM

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 12:03 AM

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Posted 11 November 2020 - 12:05 AM

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Posted 29 November 2020 - 12:47 PM

Note battle damage to the main gun.

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Posted 29 November 2020 - 11:07 PM

Germans with a sense of humour?

 

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