Six German soldiers pose with machine gun, a mere 40 meters from the British line. The machine gun appears to be a Maschinengewehr 08, capable of firing 450-500 rounds a minute. The large cylinder is a jacket around the barrel, filled with water to cool the metal during rapid fire. The soldier at right, with gas mask canister slung over his shoulder, is peering into a periscope to get a view of enemy activity. The soldier at rear, with steel helmet, holds a "potato masher" model 24 grenade.
Germans soldiers using a captured M2 .50 heavy machine gun in a rather complex and fully 360° entrenched position, notice the addition of the MGZ sight from the MG 34/42 when set up with a tripod.
WWI German trench found in France - The tunnel, six meters underground, was built with German thoroughness, equipped with heating, telephone connections, electricity, beds and a pipe to pump out water. It had 16 exits and was big enough to hold up to 500 men in an emergency. It shows how static the fighting was for most of the war, in which both sides built vast trench systems that stretched 440 miles from the Swiss border to the North Sea.
General Friedrich von Friedeburg, Kaiser Wilhelm II and General Karl Freiherr von Plettenberg.
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Der Erste Weltkrieg
Erster Weltkrieg: Aus deutscher Sicht verläuft der Krieg gegen "Erzfeind" Frankreich zu Beginn nach Plan - dem Schlieffenplan. Dieser besagte, die starken ...