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ZB53 Machine-gun Platoon (RO704)includes Four ZB53 HMG teams
The Romanians used the 7.92mm ZB-53 (Zbrojovka Brno, Czechoslovakia) machine-gun model 1937.
In the first months of 1941 front line Romanian Machine-gun units started to receive the new Czech ZB-53 model 1937 machine-gun. Reserve troops and those not yet in the front line were equipped with the Austrian Schwarzlose model 1907/1912 (see the Hungarian Machine-gun Platoon) modified for the 7.92mm cartridge.
ZB-53 is well known in its other form as the Besa 7.92mm machine-gun fitted in British manufactured tanks. It was a simple, flexible and reliable machine-gun.
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Bagration: Axis AlliesIn 1944 Stalin’s Red army is on the attack. While it throws the Germans out of Byelorussia, it also goes about defeating Germany’s allies; Finland, Romania and Hungary. The Romanians hold off the first Soviet attacks, but a second massive offensive in August 1944 sees them overwelmed. They surrender and swap sides to fight alongside the Soviets. Meanwhile, the Finns also fight for their survival as the Soviets attempt to steamroll them out of the war. They fight the Soviets to a standstill and agree a peace, but are forced to to turn on the Germans. Then three massive Soviet Fronts turn on Hungary, defended by six German and Hungarian armies. The great red sledgehammer is soon swinging, as the Soviets and Romanians launch an assault toward Budapest. Axis armoured forces attempt to stop the encirclement of the city. This savage and bitter struggle will last for 100 gruelling days.
Calibre: 7.92mm x 57mmMuzzle Velocity: 792m/sRate of Fire: 500~700 rounds/minRounds per belt: 100Length: 1104mmWeight: 18.6kg
During the spring 1942 reorganisation of the infantry regiments the each battalion’s heavy weapons company was reorganized into four machine-gun platoons each of four machine-guns each and a mortar platoon.
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