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MG15 with 75-round double drum - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG15 converted for ground usage - 7.92x57mm Mauser
This article is about the aircraft machine gun produced in the 1930s. For the World War I light machine gun, see Bergmann MG 15nA.

The MG15 was a 7.92x57mm German machine gun adopted by the Luftwaffe as a flexible-mounted machine gun in the 1930s. By 1941, it was phased out from air service by other machine guns, and some examples were converted to infantry usage near the end of the war.

The MG15 was copied in Japan as the Type 98 flexible-mounted machine gun in aircraft and as the Type 1 machine gun in the Imperial Japanese Navy, but chambered in the 7.7x58mm Arisaka round. Otherwise this weapon is near-identical.



  • Place of origin - Nazi Germany
  • Production - 1930s - 1940
  • Manufacturer - Rheinmetall
  • Caliber - 7.9mm
  • Cartridge - 7.92 x 57mm Mauser
  • Weight - 8.1 kg (18 lb)
  • Length - 1,078 mm (42.4 in) (without attachments)
  • Barrel length - 690 mm (27 in)
  • Rate of fire - 1,000-1,050 rounds/min
  • Effective range - N/A
  • Feed system - 75 round "saddle" drum magazine

The MG15 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Battle of Britain Mounted on Heinkel He 111 bombers 1969
The Seventeenth Transatlantic (Semnadtsatyy transatlanticheskiy) Mounted on He 111H-6 torpedo bomber; in documentary footage 1972
Oasis Josef Vinklár Nowak 1973
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Imperial stormtrooper on Tatooine As the RT-97C heavy blaster rifle 1977
From Hell to Victory Luftwaffe Mounted on CASA 2.111 (He 111) bombers 1979
From Hell to Victory German soldiers Twin AA mounting 1979
Raiders of the Lost Ark Karen Allen Marion Ravenwood Twin-mounted in rear turret of 'Flying Wing' aircraft, mocked up from MG 81Z 1981
Pearl Harbor Mounted on Heinkel He 111 bombers 2001
Lieutenant Suvorov German Luftwaffe Mounted on Ju 87 Stuka; mockup 2009
New Kids Turbo In weapons cache 2010
Burnt by the Sun 2 (Utomlennye solntsem 2) Mounted in German aircraft 2011
Stalingrad German Luftwaffe Mounted on a He 111; mockup 2013


Title Actor Character Note Date
Waves of the Black Sea (Volny Chyornogo morya) Mounted on He 111, documentary footage; Film 3 1976
Eternal Call (Vechnyy zov) - Season 1 Mounted on Luftwaffe bombers, documentary footage, Ep.9 1979
Long Road in the Dunes (Ilgais cels kapas) Mounted on Luftwaffe bomber, documentary footage, Ep.4 1982
SS-GB German bombers, opening credits 2017

Video Game

Title Appears as Mods Note Date
Medal of Honor: Underground Mounted on enemy motorcycles and halftracks 2000
Hidden & Dangerous 2 2003
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 unusable; mounted on destroyed Stuka Ju 87 dive bombers 2006
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad unusable; mounted on destroyed Stuka Ju 87 dive bombers 2013
Heroes & Generals Mounted in Henschel HS 126 B-1 (tailgun) 2016
Call of Duty: WWII MG 15 Converted for ground usage 2017


Title Characters Notation Date
First Squad: The Moment of Truth mounted in German planes 2009
Witch Craft Works mounted on a Ju 87 "Stuka", "Takamiya-kun and the Weekend (Part 3)" (ep.12) 2014
Izetta: The Last Witch Germanian pilots mounted on Germanian planes 2016

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