Object Title

Centrefire automatic belt-fed machine gun - Captured LMG 08/15 machine gun

Centrefire automatic belt-fed machine gun - Captured LMG 08/15 machine gun

Date

1917

Object Number

XII.9415

Physical Description

Missing grip and trigger assembly, and missing internal components. Air cooled barrel jacket distorted. Left side of receiver loose. Cocking handle intact. Rusty.

Dimensions

GunWeight10.4 kg
GunWeight18 lb
Barrellength28 in.
Barrellength711 mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 9373

Calibre

7.92 x 57 mm Mauser

Inscriptions and Marks

9373 over LMG 08/15 over GwF over SPANDAU over 1917top plate of breech
stamped
Handwritingfuse cover
painted

Associations

Places Germany

Notes

Lacks breech block. This is an aircraft Spandau, based on the MG08/15 pattern and it has a modified cocking mechanism. It is aircooled, unlike the ground version which used watercooling. The barrel jacket is heavily slotted and shows signs of impact damage.