Closest thing I could find so far was a Czechoslovakian machine gun used by the Germans. Maybe they made some changes to it?? Rick B
I kept thinking maybe it was a made up piece. Rick B
To me it looks like a captured French Hotchkiss -- 8 mm Lebel, fed from 30 rounds strips. The Krauts used every captured weapon they could find, at least in what they considered "less threatened" areas. So when Sgt. Schultz on Hogan's Heroes was using a Danish Krag, I didn't mind. (I minded lots of other stuff about that show, but not Schultz' choice of arms.)
IIRC the Japanese heavy machine gun in 7.7 mm was a copy of the French Hotchkiss, and the US doughboys in WW One used the same. Slow rate of fire (c. 480 RPM) but very reliable. Given that it was an air-cooled weapon the slow rate of fire may have been something of an advantage.
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