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MG34 Position at Stalingrad

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German soldiers in a trench at Stalingrad. Ideally, German defensive doctrine called for the defensive trenches around a fixed position to be at a distance from the structure the soldiers lived in, and away from buildings to provide flank protection to the main defensive objective of an attack. Note the curve to this trench; this was to prevent mass casualties from artillery or grenades. The Maschinengewehr 34 (Machine Gun 34, or MG34) fired 7.92mm (.31 caliber) ammunition. Originally the MG34 in a bipod configuration (like the one shown here) used a drum magazine, but most soldiers simply belt-fed the weapon as it consumed ammunition at up to 1,200 rounds per minute.
Image Filename wwii0251.jpg
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Image Dimensions 721 x 1000
Photographer Unknown
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Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed November 01, 1942
City Stalingrad
State or Province Stalingrad Oblast
Country Soviet Union
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