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Despite an extensive search, and looking up the two Osprey volumes on the k.u.k. Army, I am unable to find sufficient details on the use of light machine guns by Austro-Hungarian ground troops in WW1.

Around 600 Madsen guns seem to have been received but combat use appears to have been next to nil due to problems with the ammunition.

I read there was a version of the standard Schwarzlose machine gun with a bipod, designed to be carried on a wooden rucksack frame, but haven't been able to locate neither pictures nor details.

I am familiar with the light Schwarzlose version mounted on airplanes, but apparently this was not used by ground troops at all.

The import of German MG 08/15 seems plausible but again, I was unable to find details.

Any info would be much appreciated.



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IIRC, the Schwarzlose had two options: a purpose-built lightweight tripod, and a wooden frame for trench use. A-H also captured large numbers of Italian Villar-Perosa light machine-guns and copied the design.

http://www.landships.freeservers.com/new_pages/villar-perosa_smg_info.htm

There are some pics of the wooden arrangement on the Forum somewhere. Will try to find them.

Update: See here: http://www.kuk-ir97.com/mg_section_IR97.html

and here (in German): http://www.dwj.de/magazin/sammeln/details/items/489.html




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Pics of light tripod and superlight trench mount:



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Most interesting. Much obliged.

The German article provided some useful search terms such as Handmaschinengewehr and Kraxe / Kraxn, which yielded at least more images. Here they are:

http://ah.milua.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/18.jpg

http://www.aigg.org/index.php/mobili/dettaglio_mobile/2788

Extensive info and image collection of Schwarzlose guns in AA mount:

http://www.isonzo-gruppodiricercastorica.it/doku.php/i_guardiani_del_cielo_dell_imperatore

This thread

http://www.blitzkriegmilitaria-forum.com/showthread.php?t=2981

seems to be full of further pictures but one must join that forum.



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