blank cell Maxim MG08 Machine Gun
CALIBER 7.92mm Mauser
DAMAGE 2d6+4
RATE OF FIRE 20
MAGAZINE CAPACITY 250
ACTION full-automatic
LOADING canvas belt
BASE RANGE 110 yards
MALFUNCTION 98-96-75
YEAR INTRODUCED 1908
COMBAT USE: Germany, Soviet Union

In 1884, Hiram Maxim demonstrated what would be the world's first machine gun, and following some minor changes in 1885, this model would go on to become the most common design in service with virtually all military forces well into the 1930s. The Germans adopted their own version of the Maxim in 1908, and the MG08 was remained in use till 1941. With a 51 lb tripod, the heavy water-cooled MG08 was ineffective in the blitzkrieg tactics of the Wehrmacht, but remained useful in the static defense role. The German Army issued the MG08/15 to its stormtroops during the First World War, which was the MG08 fitted with a shoulder stock, pistol grip, and bipod; but, the machine gun still proved too heavy for use in quick infantry tactics. The Soviets also had Maxim guns in their arsenal when the war began, preferring to mount their Maxims on wheeled chassis (as pictured above).


DELTA GREEN 1939-1945 : EQUIPMENT : MEDIUM MACHINE GUNS