Maxim MG08 Heavy Machine Gun

Place Europe: France
Accession Number REL/10288.001
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm
Physical description Steel
Place made Germany
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

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.

History / Summary

This gun was captured by 16th Battalion AIF during operations against Vaire and Hamel Woods on the morning of 4th July 1918.