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!