POTD: WW2 WTF

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

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.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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