Maxim MG08/15 Light Machine Gun : Sergeant S R McDougall VC, 47 Battalion, AIF

Accession Number RELAWM00771.001
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm
Physical description Metal
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1918: Dernacourt
Place made Germany
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

The MG 08/15 Maxim machine gun is a short recoil operated, water cooled, full automatic, belt fed weapon. The operating system uses a two part toggle lock connected by a hinge which is located between the breech block and a barrel extension. The entire barrel extension and breech block recoil inside receiver against the tension of a spring located under the separate cover outside of the left receiver wall. The cocking handle is located on the rear axis of the toggle lock and serves as both an unlocking member and a breech block accelerator. The feed system uses non disintegrating belts made from cloth or tarpaulin with metallic alignment struts. Ammunition feed is from the right side. The MG08/15 is usually attached to a bipod. The Maxim gun fires from closed bolt toggle lock action. Top breech cover stamped with the serial number, M.G.08/15 GWF SPANDAU 1917. In yellow paint on the right side is 'Captured by 47 BN A.I.F. at Dernancourt 28.3.18.' The breech block is stamped 4306, butt 4898, feed mechanism 4005 and ammunition box bracket 9120. This weapon is complete with all parts including a bipod and top water jacket condenser hose clip.

History / Summary

This machine gun was captured by Sgt Stanley Robert McDougall after a German attack on the 47th Battalion AIF, at Dernancourt on the 28th March 1918. For this action, Sgt McDougall was awarded the Victoria Cross.