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HMG Platoon (Winter) (GE844)
includes one Command SMG team (with optional Panzerfaust upgrade), four MG42 HMG teams, one Small three-hole base & four Medium four-hole bases.
Armed with the versatile MG42, the HMG platoons of the Heer (Army), including the Volksgrenadiers and Panzergrenadiers, were
able to pour fire into an enemy to either suppress them in attack or pin
them down in defence.
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MG42 Light Machine-gun was often referred to as the best machine-gun of the war, the MG42 had an amazing rate of fire of 1200 rounds per minute. The German field manual recommended only firing 300 to 350 rounds per minute to reduce overheating and barrel wear. It had a quick-change barrel so a crew could replace the barrel if they needed to keep firing for a long period. Its high rate of fire gave it a unique ripping sound that was easily recognised. Its sound and reputation soon gave it a terror of its own, with Americans naming it ‘Hitler’s buzz saw’.
The MG42 could be used as a light machine-gun when fired from a bipod or as a heavy machine-gun when fired from a tripod which helped reduce recoil and increased accuracy with the help of an optic sight.
Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Mark Hazell