MG 34 machinegun history
in 1934 by the German firm Rheinmetall-Borsig, the heavy machine
gun is considered as the first modern all-purpose machine gun
of World War II, air-cooled. This weapon was designed by the German
engineer Heinrich Vollmer working for Mauser Werke.
Used by the infantry in the early years of its production, it
is used as an anti-tank and anti-aviation weapon. It was replaced
by the MG
42, a greatly improved version of the MG 34, but the high
cost of its production lengthend the life of the MG 34.
Easily transportable by a single soldier, its main shortcoming
is its very high cost of production, both in terms of construction
but also since it requires about 49 kilograms of steel.
The MG 34 was also used on airplanes, this version being called