Unidentified Machine guns and Small arms

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German M1918 13mm Mauser "Tank-Gewehr" anti-tank rifle

Knut Erik Hagen took these photos in March 2004 at the Tojhusmuseet, København (Royal Danish Arsenal museum).

Info sent in by Tuomas Koivurinne: First, your "Unknown anti-tank Rifle" is German M1918 13mm Mauser "Tank-Gewehr" anti-tank rifle. In fact the only one of it`s kind to be introduced during World War I. Unwieldy single-shot weapon, 167cm long and weighting 17,7 kg (39lbs). Its recoil made firing it a memorable experience.

Unknown MG #13

Knut Erik Hagen took these photos in March 2004 at the Tojhusmuseet, København (Royal Danish Arsenal museum).

Info sent in by Frank Hatten: The unidentified MG#13 (MGDSCF0437.JPG) is actually a Maxim 37mm pom pom gun. These were first built in 1889 and were used with great effect during the Boer war in South Africa. They fired a one pound explosive projectile and were fed with a 50round cloth belt. The guns were watercooled and recoil operated. The gun pictured is on a fortress or heavy naval deck mount. You can see that it has a crank for raising and lowering the gun mount. This particular gun is a late type and has either been built or reworked after 1895 when the new operating system came out. I have been working on a restoration of a gun purchased by the US Navy in 1899. It is now in private hands here in the US and the owner wants it returned to its original condition. If you have any pictures of the gun in the Danish museum I would appreciate links or copies....

Info sent in by Joe Lozen : On the page noted below you tentatively identify a piece as possibly being a gardner gun. It is, in fact a 37 mm Maxim gun, also known as the "Pom Pom" due to the sound it makes when being fired.

Info sent in by Tuomas Koivurinne: "Unknown MG #13" is still puzzling, but I think it might be some type of model from "Gardner Machine Gun" first demonstrated in 1879, I`ll try to look more information on this one...

info sent in by Tim Peterson: I think you'll find that Unknown MG #13 is a Maxim-Nordenfeldt 1-pdr http://www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WNUS_1pounder_m1.htm

Danish-made Madsen automatic rifle

The following photos are from the US Marine Corps Air-ground museum at Quantico. They were taken in Oct, 2001. Special thanks to Greg Balzer and Ken Smith-Christmas, the curator for arranging the visit.

Info sent in by Tuomas Koivurinne: "Unknown Sniper(?) rifle" is Danish-made Madsen type automatic rifle used by Germans, overall lenght 115cm, maximum range of 4400 m, feed by 25-round magazine. First deployed in small numbers in late 1915, when three battalions were converted to "Musketen-battalions" from 4th battalions in some infantry regiments; first was the former IV/117. Leib Infanterie-Regiment. One battalion was disbanded in 1916; but the weapon was encountered by the British in a defensive role during Somme fighting of 1916.

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