The Maschinengewehr 34, or MG 34, was a German machine gun that was first produced and accepted into service in 1934, and first issued to units in 1935. It was an air-cooled machine gun firing the 7.92x57mm Mauser cartridge.
However, it was also designed to perform both as a light machine gun and in heavier roles, as an early example of a general purpose machine gun. In the light-machine gun role, it was intended to be equipped with a bipod and 50-round ammunition belt contained in a drum-shaped magazine attached to the receiver. In the heavier role, it was mounted on a larger tripod and was belt-fed. In practice, the infantry relied mainly on belt-cartridge ammunition for the bipod version, functioning as a classic medium support infantry weapon.
Maschinengewehr 34 in "Must and Shall"Edit
Maschinengewehr 34 in The War That Came EarlyEdit
The MG-34 was used in the German Army during their assaults into Czechoslovakia, the Low Countries, France and even Russia. Many soldiers on the other side envied the light weight and quick firing rate of the air-cooled machine gun.
As 1942 began, it was slowly phased out in favour of the MG-42.