Our good friend Trev Weston sent us this photo. I love the expression of the guy holding the tripod steady!

The machine gun looks to be, at least to my untrained eye, a MG34. It has anti-aircraft “spider web” sights mounted at the front with rear anti-aircraft sights mounted in front of the feeding mechanism. The tripod was designed specifically for anti-air use. It would normally have sandbags weighing it down, or the gunners assistant would be sitting underneath it and using a strap (visible in the photo) to hold it down with his weight … not clambering all over it like a fool!

This US Army training videos shows how it was supposed to be used …

Hat Tip War History Online.



  • Don Ward

    It’s German and you know they make good stuff.

    • Giolli Joker

      Bought a TDI?

      • David W.

        They’re still good, they just don’t pass inspection.

        • TVOrZ6dw

          Well, for a few years they were so good they passed even when they didn’t. I sure hope the poor, deceived VW management finds the handful of line workers that perpetrated this on them.

          • CTFish

            Tongue in cheek. Must be the interwebs!

        • Giolli Joker

          I know, but I can’t lose a change to poke fun at (arrogant) German engineering.

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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Ah the famous Nazi comedy duo of Reichslegg and Neidhauser.

    “The Koncentration Kamp Kut-Ups!”

    • ostiariusalpha

      It was only Neidhauser that knew how Reichslegg like to use the noise of the Maschinengewehre to cover up the sounds of his extreme flatulence.
      “Scheiße! You ist gassing der wrong side, Dummer Kopf!”

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Sadly they disappeared during their tour of Leningrad.

        • ostiariusalpha

          It was a tough crowd. In retrospect, Reichslegg probably shouldn’t have countered with the “Maybe you all are homosexuals too!” line when they didn’t respond well to the jokes.

        • long time

          And the Marxists now rule over you- happy now j#w boy?

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Look everybody, we’ve got another contestant on “Who Wants To Be A Redneck Nazi As-wipe?”
            You really shouldn’t be posting while working the drive-thru window. You might get the orders mixed up and end up back on welfare with me supporting you.

          • Secundius

            @ TheNotoriousIUD.

            You’d be Surprised, I run into them More often NOW, then I did before. It’s almost like a Recruiting Drive or Old Fashion Press Gang mentality…

    • long time

      Yes- KZ camps were hilarious until they were shut down

  • andrey kireev

    I think they are using the bottom guy as a brass catcher….

  • TVOrZ6dw

    From the angle of aim, must be a paratrooper stuck on the clock tower…
    I’m so glad we beat these nazi terds!

    • long time

      Yeah- so now the j#w# rule over you

  • It appears the Germans tried to personify the term ‘sandbagging’ literally.

  • skusmc


  • sage419

    Never know what will happen when you’re not “strapped”.

  • Major Tom

    “You see Fritz, when firing masheen gun like this, you always shoot the accurate for fear of shooting off Johan’s toeses.”

  • Brett

    I think I know which one is the boot.

  • Mrdakka

    The ground is lava!

  • ZF

    That expression just cracks me up. Not the guy holding the bipod like a fool but the people in background. One guy in the back has this goofy smile of “Yup, this is happening” while another man is pointing something to his wife (?). I’d like to imagine it’s along the lines of “And see, dear, this is true love of the fatherland”.

  • Jeff Smith

    Looks odd, but it would make sense if you wanted to quickly deploy the bipod and needed to weigh it down quickly.

  • Secundius

    Because their using another person as a Counterweight on a Lightweight Tripod for the Recoil Machine Gun. The Picture looks like a MG-15 Aircraft Machine Gun…

  • Matt Shermer