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Tactical employment of the infantry support weapons.
The German Infantry Regiment and their supports.
There were two different tripods used for mounting the MG-34 for the heavy machine gun role: the Dreibein 34 and the more complicated MG-Lafette 34. The Dreibein 34 was a lighter and less complex design than the MG-Lafette 34, and could be fitted with extension posts to make it into an anti-aircraft mount. The MG-Lafette 34, a complicated design with a spring-buffered suspension weighed in at a hefty 23.6kg (51.92 lbs.) as compared to the 6.75 kg (14.85 lbs.) Dreibein 34. However, the MG-Lafette was much more suited for fixed-positions, and was the ideal mount for fixed point defense.
The lighter Dreibein 34 was used in the field when heavy machine gun teams need a lighter, less stable tripod mount. When used in the heavy role the 50-round ammunition belts could be combined to make 250-round linked chains that could be fed directly from the ammunition box. The MG-34 could also be fitted with dial and telescopic sights for long-distance fire. An MG-34, with the appropriate indirect fire sight, had a theoretical maximum range of 3,500m from a fixed tripod mount, while a maximum effective range of 2,000m was claimed for a bipod mounted MG-34. Practical engagement ranges, however, were much less for both configurations. Special anti-aircraft sights were also provided for use in the anti-aircraft role.
Sources: The German Foot Infantry Division. Lieutenant Colonel Louis S. N. PHILLIPP, Cavalry, Instructor, Command and General Staff School. Military Review Vol XXI Nº 85.
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