MG34

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MG34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG34 with 50 round belt drum Gurtrommel 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG34 with 75 round saddle drum magazine Patronentrommel 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG34 on tripod - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG34 Panzerlauf with stock fitted - 7.92x57mm Mauser

The MG34 is a general-purpose machine gun produced by Germany during the Second World War. The forerunner of the more widely produced MG42, the weapon was noted for long production times due to use of time-intensive machined parts, but remained in production alongside its replacement throughout the war.

A variation of the gun, the MG34 Panzerlauf, was commonly used as secondary armament on German tanks, since the MG42's barrel change system could not easily be operated when it was mounted. This version lacked a stock, featured an armored barrel shroud and could be fitted with a solenoid for remote firing. Tanks carried a kit to allow the Panzerlauf variant to be converted for ground use, including a stock and bipod.

The MG34 could use several different feeding variations: for use as a medium machine gun, it was issued with loose 250 round metal belts with disintegrating links (which could be linked together as desired). When employed as a light machine gun it was instead used with a drum called the Gurttrommel 34 which mounted to the left side of the weapon and contained a 50-round belt. It could also use 75 round saddle drum magazines called Patronentrommel 34. To use the latter, the standard feed cover had to be replaced with a magazine holder. This feeding variant was mainly used early in the war and often when the MG34 was utilized as AA gun or mounted on a tripod. Later in the war those were not supplied anymore as they were very complicated to reload and even needed a tool for this, and the ability to use this magazine was eliminated entirely on the MG42.

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Specifications

Caliber: 7.92x57mm

Length: 48.25 inches

Barrel Length: 24.75 inches

Weight: 26.75 pounds

Capacity: 50 round belt drum, 75 round twin drum (with replacement receiver cover), belt (typically issued as 50 or 250 round)

Fire modes: Safe/Semi-Auto/Full-Auto

The MG34 machine gun can be seen in the following films and video games used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Lad from Our Town (Paren iz Nashego Goroda) Mounted on German motorcycle 1942
Antosha Rybkin Grigoriy Shpigel A German soldier 1942
Antosha Rybkin Boris Chirkov Antosha Rybkin 1942
Invincible (Nepobedimye) German and Soviet soldiers 1943
Native Shores (Rodnye berega) German soldiers 1943
A Good Lad (Slavnyy malyy) German soldiers 1943
Ivan Nikulin: Russian Sailor (Ivan Nikulin - Russkiy Matros) Boris Chirkov Zakhar Fomichyov 1944
Ivan Nikulin: Russian Sailor (Ivan Nikulin - Russkiy Matros) German soldiers and Soviet sailors 1944
The Marine Battalion (Morskoy batalion) German soldiers 1944
The Battle of the Rails (La bataille du rail) German soldiers, French Resistance fighters 1946
The Silent Barricade A German soldier 1949
The Star (Zvezda) German soldiers 1949
Little Partisan (Malý partyzán) German soldiers 1950
Action B (Akce B) UPA fighters 1952
Paratrooper German soldiers 1953
Soldiers (Soldaty) German soldiers, Russian soldiers 1956
Canal (Kanal) A Polish insurgent 1957
Dunkirk German soldiers 1958
The Unconquered (Neporazení) German soldiers 1958
Destiny of a Man (Sudba cheloveka) German soldiers 1959
Fortress on Wheels (Krepost na kolesah) German soldiers and Soviet partisans 1960
Five Branded Women Alex Nicol Svenko 1960
Five Branded Women A Italian partisan 1960
The Last Salvo (Posledniye zalpy) Mikhail Kozakov Starshina Gorbachyov 1960
Spring (Kwiecien) German soldiers 1961
Tam za lesem German soldiers 1962
The Four Days of Naples German soldiers 1962
Death Is Called Engelchen German troops, Partisans 1963
The Third Flare (Tretya raketa) Yuriy Dubrovin Pvt. Krivenok 1963
Gdzie jest general? German soldiers 1964
At Your Threshold (U Tvoyego Poroga) Mounted in German Pz.Kpfw.IV medium tank 1964
The Assassination (Atentát) German soldiers 1964
The Living and the Dead (Zhivye i Myortvye) Russian soldiers 1964
The Adventures of Werner Holt (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt) Klaus-Peter Thiele Werner Holt 1965
The Adventures of Werner Holt (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt) Manfred Karge Gilbert Wolzow 1965
The Adventures of Werner Holt (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt) German soldiers 1965
Pierrot Goes Wild (Pierrot le Fou) OAS members 1965
No Unknown Soldiers (Net neizvestnykh soldat) German soldiers 1965
Cast a Giant Shadow Kirk Douglas "Mickey" Marcus 1966
And All Will Be Quiet (Potem nastapi cisza) German soldiers 1966
Trap (Zapadnya) German soldiers 1966
Spring on The Oder (Vesna na Odere) German soldiers 1967
Zhenya, Zhenechka and "katyusha" German soldiers 1967
Krepkiy oreshek German soldiers 1967
Westerplatte German soldiers 1967
At War as at War (Na Voyne kak na Voyne) German soldier 1968
The Marathon (Maratón) German soldiers and Czech insurgents 1968
The Bridge at Remagen German soldiers 1969
Play Dirty German soldiers 1969
Play Dirty Michael Caine Captain Douglas 1969
The Battle of Neretva German troops, Ustasha, chetniks and partisans 1969
The Battle of Neretva Ljubisa Samardzic Novak 1969
On the way to Berlin (Na puti v Berlin) German soldiers 1969
The Bridge (Most) Boro Begovic "Tihi" 1969
Jovan Janicijevic-Burdus Mane Svercer
German soldiers
The Naval Mettle (Morskoy kharakter) German soldiers 1970
Bedknobs and Broomsticks German soldiers 1971
No Way Back (Obratnoj dorogi net) German soldiers 1971
Liberation: The Last Assault German soldiers 1971
Trial of the Road (Proverka na dorogakh) German soldiers Mounted on motorcycle 1971
Izhora Battalion (Izhorskiy batalyon) A German soldier 1972
Oasis Josef Vinklár Nowak 1973
Zdenek Rehor Berg
Jaroslav Rozsíval Olda
Man in the Trunk (La Valise) Tunisian troops 1973
Poem of Kovpak: Alarm (Duma o Kovpake: Nabat) German soldiers and Soviet partisans 1973
Long Miles of War (Dolgie vyorsty voyny) Boris Shcherbakov Ovseyev 1975
Long Miles of War (Dolgie vyorsty voyny) Yuri Duvanov Klimchuk 1975
Chained Drivers (Okovani šoferi) Veljko Mandic Kosta 1975
Chained Drivers (Okovani šoferi) Viktor Pavlov Feldwebel Ramke 1975
Chained Drivers (Okovani šoferi) German soldiers, Yugoslavian partisans 1975
Libera, My Love (Libera, amore mio ...) Claudia Cardinale Libera Valente handed to the partisans 1975
Libera, My Love (Libera, amore mio ...) Italian partisans 1975
Front Without Flanks (Front bez flangov) German soldiers 1975
Poem of Kovpak: Snow-Storm (Duma o Kovpake: Buran) German soldiers and Soviet partisans 1975
The Eagle Has Landed German soldiers Mounted on motorcycle side car 1976
The Anxious Month of September (Trevozhnyy Mesyats Veresen) Viktor Fokin Ivan Kapelyukh 1976
Poem of Kovpak: Carpathians, Carpathians... (Duma o Kovpake: Karpaty, Karpaty...) Nikolay Merzlikin Vasily Nikolayev 1976
Viktor Plotnikov Medved
German soldiers and Soviet partisans
Star Wars (Original Trilogy) Imperial Stormtroopers As the "DLT-19 heavy blaster rifle" 1977, 1980, 1983
Soldier of Orange German soldiers 1977
A Bridge Too Far German soldiers 1977
One-Two, Soldiers Were Going... German soldiers Mounted on motorcycle 1977
Front Beyond the Front Line (Front za liniey fronta) German soldiers 1977
The Ascent (Voskhozhdeniye) German soldiers On tripod 1977
Special Forces Detachment (Otryad osobogo naznacheniya) German soldiers 1978
From Hell to Victory German soldiers 1979
Escape to Athena German soldiers 1979
Country Trip of Sergeant Tsybulya (Dachnaya poezdka serzhanta Tsybuli) Sergei Ivanov Sgt. Tsybulya 1979
Vladimir Alekseyenko Grandfather Karpo Mounted on BTR-152
German soldiers Mounted on BTR-152, motorcycles, armoured train
The Big Red One German and Italian troops 1980
We Take All Upon Ourselves (Beryom vsyo na sebya) German soldiers 1980
From the Bug to the Vistula (Ot Buga do Visly) Aleksandr Denisov Anton Zemlyanko 1980
German soldiers and Soviet partisans
Mercedes Gets Away from the Chase ('Mersedes' ukhodit ot pogoni) Igor Livanov Lt. Aleksandr Yermolenko 1980
Mikhail Golubovich Starshina (Sgt. Maj.) Ivan Golovin
Anatoliy Rudakov Sr. Sgt. Leonid Mikhaylov
German troops
Raiders of the Lost Ark Billy Horrigan Gunner Mounted on Gobler's car 1981
Front in the Rear of the Enemy (Front v tylu vraga) German and Soviet soldiers 1981
The Keep German soldiers 1983
The Little Shepherd Boy from the Valley (Pasácek z doliny) Czechoslovak soldiers 1983
Les Morfalous German soldiers 1984
Top Secret! East German soldiers Mounted on the car 1984
Until the End (Až do konce) Vítezslav Jandák Scharführer SS Otto 1984
The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission A German soldier 1985
Battle for Moscow German soldiers real MG34 can be seen only in documentary footage. Other MG34 actually visually modified PK machine guns 1985
A Youth Orchestra (Orkestar jedne mladosti) German soldiers 1985
Come and See (Idi i smotri) SS soldiers 1985
Counter-offensive (Kontrudar) German soldiers 1985
The Red Spectacles Members of the Kerberos Squad 1987
Escape from Sobibor Ukrainian Guards 1987
Before Sunrise (Pered rassvetom) German soldiers Mounted on motorcycles 1989
Gu-Ga German and Soviet soldiers 1989
It's We, O God! (Eto mi, Gospodi!..) German soldiers 1990
Schindler's List German soldiers Mounted on motorcycle side car 1993
Stalingrad German soldiers 1993
Sahara (1995) German soldiers 1995
Saving Private Ryan German soldiers MG34 Panzerlauf, mounted on Tiger tanks 1998
Brother 2 (Brat 2) In illegal Fascist's gunshop 2000
Charlotte Gray German soldiers 2001
Avalon A single Class-B player 2001
Edges of the Lord German soldiers 2001
In August of 1944 Seen in village chairman house and on former battlefield 2001
We Were Soldiers NVA soldiers 2002
The Star (Zvezda) German soldiers 2002
Warriors (Guerreros) Albanian soldiers Bipod-mounted and tripod-mounted 2002
Strange Gardens (Effroyables jardins) Nazi German soldiers Mounted on the tank 2003
Zelary German soldier Mounted on a motorcycle 2003
Our Own (Svoi) various characters Mounted on motorcycles, halftruck APC and Pz.Kpfw.IV, and used on bipod 2004
The Island (Ostrov) German soldier 2006
Attack on Leningrad German soldier Mounted on a motorcycle 2007
The Bridge German soldiers Bipod-mounted 2008
Death Race Max Ryan Pachenko Four MG-34 Light Machine Guns mount on Pachenko's 1966 Buick Riviera 2008
Female Agents German soldier Mounted on a motorcycle sidecar 2008
Crossfire (Les Insoumis) In the warehouse of weapons 2008
Hitler's Kaput! (Gitler kaput!) German soldiers 2008
Max Manus: Man of War German troops 2008
Brother's War A German soldier 2009
Dnieper Line: Love and War German soldiers 2009
Spoils of War 2009
The Priest (Pop) German and Soviet soldiers 2009
Lieutenant Suvorov Aleksandr Lyapin Lt. Aleksandr Suvorov 2009
Lieutenant Suvorov German and Soviet soldiers 2009
Degraded Officer (Razzhalovannyi) German soldiers 2009
Pillbox (Dot) German soldiers 2009
The Brest Fortress (Brestskaya Krepost) German soldiers, Red Army soldiers 2010
Habermann German troops 2010
What Men Talk About (O chyom govoryat muzhchiny) German soldiers 2010
Paradox Soldiers (My iz budushchego 2) German troops 2010
Memorial Day German soldiers 2011
New Kids Nitro Flip van der Kuil Barrie dual-mounted in the back of a sports car, fitted with extra barrel covers 2011
My Way Wehrmacht soldiers 2011
War of the Dead 2011
Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed German soldiers man-portable, mounted on SdKfz Halftrack and Panzer tank 2012
Manhunt (Oblawa) Polish partisans 2012
Red Tails German troops twin AA mount 2012
Red Tails German troops on halftrack 2012
Stalingrad German and Russian soldiers bipod and tripod-mounted 2013
Fury MG34 Panzerlauf, mounted on Tiger I Tank 2014
Battle of Sevastopol (Bitva za Sevastopol) German soldiers 2015
Anthropoid German soldiers 2016
Allied German soldiers Seen mounted on a halftrack 2016
Anthropoid SS soldiers 2016
Panfilov's 28 (28 panfilovtsev) German soldiers 2016

Television

Title Actor Character Note / Episode Date
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. THRUSH operatives 1964-1968
Stawka wieksza niz zycie German soldiers 1966-68
Czterej pancerni i pies German soldiers 1966-1970
Seventeen Moments of Spring German soldiers 1973
Archiv des Todes German soldiers "Wettlauf mit der Zeit" (S1E09) 1980
Sahara (1995) Alan David Lee Bates 1995
"Narkomovskiy" Train (Narkomovskiy oboz) Sergey Makhovikov Starshina Viktor Filippov 2011
Vlad Furman Capt. Aleksandr Baragozov
German soldiers
Red Mountains (Krasnye gory) Nazi German soldiers 2013
Snipers. Love Under the Gun (Snaypery. Lyubov pod pritselom) German troops, Soviet scout 2013
Our Mothers, Our Fathers German soldiers 2013
Foyle's War - Season 8 German soldiers "Sunflower" (S8E3) 2013
Days of Honour. Uprising (Czas honoru. Powstanie) German soldiers 2014

Video Games

Game Title Mods Notations Release Date
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines Hull mounted on Panzer III and Panzer IV tanks 1998
Medal of Honor: Underground Mounted in Panzer II and Panzer III tanks 2000
Return to Castle Wolfenstein 2001
Medal of Honor: Frontline Mounted in German Panzer IV tanks 2002
Call of Duty Mounted on German tanks 2003
Day of Defeat 2003
Forgotten Hope Man-portable, mounted on M2 tripod, bunkers and machine gun nests, Sturmboot landing craft, Type 166 Schwimmwagen, SdKfz 251/1 "Hanomag" Halftrack, SdKfz 222 Armored Car, Panzer II, III, IV, Sturmpanzer IV Brummbär, Panther and Tiger tanks and Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bomber 2003
Call of Duty: United Offensive Man-portable and vehicle-mounted 2004
Call of Duty 3 2006
Darkest Hour: Europe '44-'45 With deployable mod Mounted on SdKfz 251 Ausf D Haltrack, Marder III Tank Destroyer, Stug III Assault Gun, Panzer III, Panzer IV, Panther and Tiger tanks and Jagdpanther and Jagdtiger tank destroyers 2006
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 Man-portable, mounted on SdKfz 251 halftrack, Panzer III/IV F1/F2/G/H, Panther and Tiger tanks 2006
Mare Nostrum 2008
Wolfenstein Mounted on Tiger tanks 2009
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Battlefield: Vietnam Mounted on T54 tanks and GAZ69 trucks 2010
World War II Online: Battleground Europe 2001-2011
Deadfall Adventures with 50 round drum 2013
Heroes & Generals infantry and vehicle mounted variants 2016

Anime

Anime Title Character Note Date
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro Jodo 1979
Seven Cities Story: Arctic Front Aquironia soldier 1994
Najica Blitz Tactics Lady "Mission: 007 - The Murderous Bullet Shot with a Wry Smile" 2001
Strike Witches Hanna Justina Marseille 2008-present
Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky Mounted on Tiger I heavy tanks 2010
Girl Und Panzer Mounted on all German WWII tanks 2012
Izetta: The Last Witch Germania infantryman Panzerlauf variants mounted on Germanian tanks 2016



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