The MG 08/15 was a development of the MG 08, the German derivate of the famous and ubiquitous Maxim machine gun. The MG 08/15 was intended to be used in a light machine gun role like the British Lewis gun. But unlike its British counter part it was still relatively heavy, weighing in at 19,5 kg and thus barely suited for its intended role. Still about 130.000 pieces were produced during the Great War making it the most numerous German made automatic weapon by then. In fact it was regarded as so ubiquitous an item that even today we Germans tend to say something is "0815" (spoken as nullachtfuenfzehn) when we think it's absolutely ordinary.
After the war the MG 08/15 was also used by Reichswehr and the Wehrmacht. It was gradually replaced in active units with the beginning of the arrival of the MG 34 in 1936. I've not come across any sources indicating their use during the Polish campaign but it definitely saw service during the 1940 Blitzkrieg in France. It was used mostly by lower quality troops as well as static troops on the Westwall. But even in 1941 there were several reserve units on the Eastern Front still equipped with the MG 08/15. Also late in 1944, early '45 it was dragged out of storage again to equip the various Volkssturm formations during the Reichs last death throws.
A figure I wanted to paint for a while now was the "limited" Para figure which came with the first version of the Bolt Action rulebook when ordering directly from Warlord Games. It's modeled by that absolute genius Mr. Hicks and it was only recently I was able to track one down. Actually is was gifted to me by a member of the German Sweetwater Forum. I haven't done much work on my Para force lately but with a Arnhem supplement for Chain of Command on the horizon I might actually rectify this sad state of affairs. I certainly enjoyed painting these little fellas quite a bit.
Thanks for popping by and till next time!
Lovely units, great details!ReplyDelete
Awesome work as always!ReplyDelete
Superbly done, nice to see a bit of obsolete kit being fielded.ReplyDelete
love the early war MG and your painting is always outstandingReplyDelete
Always incredible brushwork Nick. Great work!!ReplyDelete
Great stuff, I am nowhere near your standard, but I still find it inspirational.ReplyDelete
Fantastic work once again! I love those conversions on the germans, really adds a special flavour and a bit of variety! Painting is excellent as usual with very nice colours!ReplyDelete
Lovely work on the MG.08/15 teams and Denis-on.ReplyDelete
I was thinking myself how to do MG.08/15 as I've already done a load of the Great War WWI figures with them.
Excellent Stuff! Beautiful paintingReplyDelete
Splendid... I really like the Para’sReplyDelete
All the best. Aly
Despite it being a simple conversion - by your own high standards - these still look stunningly good.ReplyDelete
Fantastic painting. The MG is a nice conversion.ReplyDelete
Excellent Nick! Those small conversions worked out perfect! I am looking forward to the release of Market Garden which should be fun to play.ReplyDelete
Lovely pair of paras but the heavy/ light machine gun is ace,it looks like a light machine gun designed by GW!ReplyDelete
Beautiful work as always. I hope the following will be of help for future work.ReplyDelete
From 1930 the Reichswehr had the magazine-fed MG13 as the standard light machine gun, until its replacement by the MG34. I was surprised that it was omitted from the 1940 book for reserve and 'new' units.
The expansion of the Army after 1934 did lead to older weapons being pressed into service; but even the 1916 Stahlhelm features in photos, worn with the new uniform and with 'long' Mausers carried.
Thanks for the info Harlequin! While I was aware of the MG 13 I didn‘t realize it was in such widespread use. I always thought it was more or less restricted to the cavalry as replacements for the MG 08/15‘s they had on „loan“ from the infantry.Delete
Actually it should be quite easy to kitbash as well. Marrying the main body of a MG 34 with the stock of either a Panzerbüchse or a Boys. Only the magazine would require a little more thought I guess.
You're very welcome. If it were me, I think I'd be looking at using a Bren Magazine, with any detail smoothed down flat, on the top surface at least. I'm pretty sure the very fine corrugated surface wouldn't show up well even in 28mm.Delete
There were a lot of MG13s sent to the Nationalists in Spain apparently.
Love the inclusion of the 08/15! What a hulking beast. The Para vignette is stunning.ReplyDelete
Stunning brushwork again, Nick!ReplyDelete
Sorry Nick, I thought I had previously left a comment but having just come back for another visit, I can see that I haven't.ReplyDelete
I never considered Renegade Miniatures as I thought they were on the large side and not compatible but I can see now that I was mistaken, as they look perfect with your excellent conversion work carried out on them.
An informative post once again Nick and a very inspirational early war collection.