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Feature Friday: The MG 34 Mounted Machine Gun

Achtung history nerds! You will be pleased to learn that the infamous Maschinengewehr 34 will be making its appearance in the upcoming Manstein build, replacing the MG 42 as the standard mounted machine gun for all German vehicles.

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The MG 34 was developed in 1934 by Heinrich Vollmer of Mauser Industries and adopted by the Wehrmacht as a main support weapon in 1936, when Hitler decided it was a good time to stop pretending to respect the Versailles Treaty (which specifically forbade Germans to sit on a huge pile of machine guns). One of the first truly portable machine guns, it had both a very high rate of fire (800-900 rounds/min) and a long range (up to 2000 m).

It first proved its deadly efficiency in the Spanish Civil War, where German volunteers of the Condor Legion lended support to Franco’s Nationalists. At the time of its introduction, the MG 34 was widely seen as the best machine gun in existence, but its costly precision engineering and slow production rate could not keep up with the demands of the rapidly expanding German forces and as a result it was eventually replaced by the cheaper MG 42, which used less time and less materials.

You will find mounted MG 34s on the StuG III, the Kübelwagen and the R75 motorcycle with sidecar as soon as Manstein hits the servers!

  1. avatarMaulincio10-04-2013

    Please adjust the DC-3 and US Paratrooper.

    • avatarnespresso.10-20-2013

      no

  2. avatarRaul10-04-2013

    This is great, can’t wait to see it in action :D. Especially the R75 MG34.

    • avatarSurrakorules10-23-2013

      yeah that mg34 in the bike some serious cheese!

  3. avatarwestwick10-04-2013

    Cool screenshot compositions as usual!

    The new MG and it’s mount look awesome, just a shame they can’t be as effective in-game as their reputation demands.

  4. avatarMasterTanker10-04-2013

    WOW! THANKS RETO!!! THE BIKES WILL BE DEADLY!!

    Ive noticed what the worst lag and framedropping occurs in matches with many players, please fix the networking problems and this game will be legendary.

    H&G could learn some things from Mount & Blade, like the map.

  5. avatarThompson15310-05-2013

    So that gun mount on the R75 is actually going to be used… Interesting!

  6. avatarChlodovech10-05-2013

    Why? How is this more important than giving the existent machine guns bipods/tripods first? Does it actualy do something or is it just a useless appearance change compared to the previous mounted mg42? Will this eventualy lead to the mg42 to be an upgrade heroes or assault teams? The most important part is missing in this post, the actual difference between the new and old mg.

    • avatarReto.Robotron300010-09-2013

      It is not more important than bipods, but it is equally important to add new weapons and it is much easier to do. AND it is a different person doing it. :-)

      • avatarSurrakorules10-23-2013

        maybe you should replace the mg42 taht the infantry uses with this one…cause this oen is an lmg…it is portable while the mg42 not!

  7. avatarfubarworkz10-05-2013

    A shame you don’t replace the infantry default MG with this as well.. MG42 is of course nice to have in the game but shouldn’t be there from start. Drum mags for inf would be a nice addition as well, this Rambo shit has been annoying me for a long time now. :D

  8. avatarGrDHanibal10-17-2013

    wow yeah lets give one side new guns and mounts on vehics. Screw the other side right. Come on there is more needed fixes then mg on sidecar. Why can we not get fixed hit boxes on trees, lean, toggle crouch/aim, more inf weapons, diff planes, bombers, better f.p.s. Come on reto why is it axis that always gets new stuff. Only thing allies have gotten in 10 builds is the pershing. Camo was give germs first and only amended to allies to apease the masses and save the rage posts.

    • avatarSurrakorules10-23-2013

      agreed!and that mg34 on the sidecar is gonna eb soem cheese!i mean…REALLY!now teh germans can camp with fucking bikes and shoot ya with taht fucking thing!and thing is that they should replace teh mg42 taht inf uses with that cause the mg42 is a fucking mg while mg34 is lmg!

  9. avatarhalvadakis201210-30-2013

    Well i need to get my ”PRESIOUS” back from that nasty little hobbit to make me dissapear.Oops wrong game!!!lol

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