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MG 15 with 75-round double drum - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG 15 converted for ground use - 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 MG 15 is a German aircraft 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 (such as the MG 81, MG 81Z, MG 131, and MG 151) and some examples were converted for infantry use near the end of the war.

The MG 17 is the MG 15's fixed-mount sibling.

The MG 15 was produced under license in Japan as the Type 98 flexible-mounted machine gun in the Imperial Japanese Army and as the Type 1 machine gun in the Imperial Japanese Navy. The Type 98 was initially produced in 7.92mm Mauser but was later changed to the same 7.7x58mmSR cartridge as the Army's Type 89 machine gun; the 7.7mm version was designated Type 98 Otsu ("otsu" in this context being analogous to "B") with the 7.92mm version retroactively designated Type 98 Kou ("A"). The Navy's Type 1 was chambered in 7.7x56mmR (.303 British), ensuring ammo compatibility with their Type 97 and Type 92 machine guns. On the flip side, this meant the Army and Navy guns were not able to use the same ammo, a typical example of the state of the relationship between the two services.


(Production: 1930 – 1940)

  • Type: Machine gun
  • Country of Origin: Nazi Germany
  • Caliber: 7.92mm
  • Cartridge: 7.92x57mm Mauser
  • Weight: 17.9 lbs (8.1 kg)
  • Length: 42.4 in (107.8 cm)
  • Barrel length: 27.2 in (69 cm)
  • Capacity: 75 round "saddle" drum magazine
  • Rate of fire: 1000 - 1050 rpm

The MG 15 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors: {{Clear}


Title Actor Character Notes Date
Battle of Britain German Luftwaffe gunners Mounted in CASA 2.111s bombers 1969
Patton German Luftwaffe gunners Mounted in CASA 2.111s bombers 1970
The Seventeenth Transatlantic (Semnadtsatyy transatlanticheskiy) Mounted on He 111 H-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 German Luftwaffe gunners Mounted in CASA 2.111 (He 111) bombers 1979
German soldiers Twin AA mounting
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 gunners 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
The Axe (Topor) Mounted on He 111 H; in documentary footage 2018


Title Actor Character Notes / Episode 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
One Warrior in the Field (Odin v pole voin) Mounted on CGI He 111 2018

Video Game

Title Appears as Mods Notes Date
Medal of Honor: Underground Mounted on enemy motorcycles and halftracks 2000
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault 2002
Hidden & Dangerous 2 2003
Call of Duty: Finest Hour unusable; mounted on Junkers Ju 52 transport aircraft 2004
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One unusable; mounted on Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers 2005
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
Company of Heroes 2 Mounted on Stuka Ju 87 dive bombers 2013
Sniper Elite III Mounted on Stuka Ju 87 dive bombers 2014
Heroes & Generals Mounted in Henschel Hs 126 B-1 (tailgun) 2016
Sniper Elite 4 Mounted on Stuka Ju 87 dive bombers and Ju 88 combat aircraft 2017
Call of Duty: WWII "MG 15" Converted for ground usage 2017
World of Warships: Legends Added in June 2021 update 2019
Land of War: The Beginning Unusable; mounted on Stuka Ju 87 dive bombers 2021
Call of Duty: Vanguard Unusable; mounted on Stuka Ju 87 dive bombers 2021
Enlisted "MG 15" Converted for ground usage 2021
"7.92 mm MG 15 machine gun" Mounted in various planes
Sniper Elite 5 2022


Title Character Notes Date
First Squad: The Moment of Truth mounted in German planes 2009
Upotte!! mounted in Ju 88 bombers 2012
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
The Magnificent Kotobuki Type 98, mounted on "Ki-45 KAIb Toryu" 2019


Title Character Notes Date
What If...? - Season 1 HYDRA gunner Mounted in the nose of He-111 bomber; "What If... Captain Carter Were The First Avenger?" (S1E01) 2021

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