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800px-German MG08 Machine Gun

The MG 08 in reality

The Maschinengewehr 08 (German: Machinegun 08) or MG 08 was Imperial Germany's standard medium machine gun during World War I. It was a modification of the Maxim gun design, and came in a number of different chamberings, most commonly 7.92mm Mauser. Its rate of fire was 500-600 rounds per minute and was mounted on vehicles like the A7V.

Two air-cooled variants, the LMG 08 and the Parabellum MG 14, were produced in 1915 for aircraft such as the Fokker Dr.I. A light variant for use by infantry units was also produced in 1915, the MG 08/15 became the most commonly deployed general-purpose machine gun by German forces. An air-cooled and thus water-free and lighter version of the MG 08/15, designated as the lMG 08/18 (German: luftgekühlt Maschinengewehr, meaning air-cooled Machinegun, also known as simply MG 08/18), was a light machine gun that was battlefield tested in small numbers during the last months of the war. One experimental submachine gun was derived from the action of the weapon.[1]

Battlefield 1Edit

MG 08Edit

The MG 08 equips the A7V, Albatros D.III and Dr.I Scout as a heavy machine gun. Whilst the MG 08 in this application has unlimited ammunition it can overheat.

In the A7V, the MG 08 is useful for defending the flanks and back of the tank against infantry attack. However, the gun ports have limited field of fire and vision, making detecting enemies outside of a narrow cone difficult. In the second seat of the A7V, the player can fire two MG 08s at the same time, making it very dangerous to attack the A7V from the direct rear.

On fighter planes, the MG 08 is useful for damaging enemy aircraft but it has trouble killing infantry on the ground because of the high speed of the fighter and relatively low damage of the weapon. Thus, it takes an extended dive to kill multiple infantry.

MG 08/15Edit

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The MG 08/15 was first seen briefly in the Battlefield 1 reveal trailer. It is one of two possible primary weapons of the Sentry elite kit, the other being the Villar Perosa.

The weapon comes with a large supply of ammunition. It can be continuously fired for about five seconds, at which point the weapon will jam (and be automatically cleared by the character). As with other machine guns in the game, its cone of fire starts off wide when cold, but gains accuracy as more rounds are fired.

Its weight (and lack of bipod) prevents it from being aimed down sight, but also grants it good hipfire accuracy.

In Singleplayer MG 08/15 machine guns are standard weapon used by Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman sentries (there are no German sentries in campaign). They can be found used by enemies in some levels, but cannot be picked up. However, in Avanti Savoia! the MG 08/15 is default weapon for the first half of level (later changed to Villar Perosa).

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lMG 08/18Edit

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This item has a Codex entry: LMG 08/18
"This machine gun was air cooled, relatively light, and even featured a handle for easy transport."

— In-game description


The lMG 08/18 is set to be released in Battlefield 1: Apocalypse expansion for the Support class.

Unlike the MG 08/15, but like the Parabellum MG14/17, the weapon uses non-disintegrating belts instead of disintegrating links. Non-empty reload animations, show the player character using the hand crank on the drum to rewind the belt before replacing it. The more rounds expended, the longer the crank must be turned. If reloading from empty, the player character will remove the spent belt entirely instead of retracting it, shortening the reload.

There are two variants of the lMG 08/18: Low Weight and Suppressive.

Low Weight Edit

The lMG 08/18 Low Weight is the standard version of the weapon.

Suppressive Edit

The lMG 08/18 Suppressive is equipped with a larger magazine and a scope.

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TriviaEdit

  • The MG 08/15 has a unique animation when spotting, as the player character will only gesture with his left hand's index finger while retaining hold of the weapon's carry handle.
  • During the Beta, the MG 08/15 had 1000 rounds of reserve ammunition. This was decreased to 600 in the final release.
  • The lMG 08/18 was originally named the LMG 08/18, but the name was changed in a pre-release update to the CTE.

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