First World War, 1914-1918
Maxim MG08 Heavy Machine Gun
German Maxim MG08 Heavy Machine Gun. Rectangular box section receiver with a water cooled jacket covering the barrel and has an armoured shield plate behind the cone muzzle. The top cover is marked with the serial number over MG08 Gwf SPANDAU 1917 and the fuzzee spring cover is not marked. It is missing the breech block, ammunition feed mechanism, both oil brushes from the grips and condenser pipe outlets.
This gun was captured by 16th Battalion AIF during operations against Vaire and Hamel Woods on the morning of 4th July 1918.