Spandau MG 08 – World War I German Heavy Machine Gun Team

MG 08

The Spandau MG 08 (Maschinengewehr 08) was the standard heavy machine gun adopted by the German army prior to World War I (Spandau refers to the Spandau Armory, of the common manufacturers, and 08 is the year it was first issued to the German Army). The MG 08 was based on Hiram Maxim’s original 1884 Maxum Gun desing and fired a fabric belt of amunnition at the rate of 400 rounds per minute. To prevent the gun from overheating, a water jacket was added to the gun’s barrel. It was used with a sled style mount that could additionally be transported the gun like a stretcher. Over 100,000 MG 08’s were produced during the First World War, making it the predominant defensive machine gun used by the German Army. The MG 08 was also used as a defensive heavy machine gun during World War II, particularly in heavily fortified defensive zones and the desperate street fighting during the Battle of Berlin.

MG 08

We have enough parts on hand to make a single batch of this kit, so we have limited availability to just two kits per customer. Restrictions may be lifted if there is enough demand for a second batch. Click either image for more information or to order this kit.

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4 thoughts on “Spandau MG 08 – World War I German Heavy Machine Gun Team

    • That kit is from 2014. At this point in time, it wouldn’t be restocked, but would be completely reworked as a new build with streamlined instructions. As for now, however, we do not have any immediate plans for a restock/rework on this kit. Always a possibility for the future, though!

  1. Dan I was wondering if you perhaps know a reseller that has the kit instock or if you are considering restocking this kit?

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