Maschinengewehr 08 (MG 08)
This is a Maschinengewehr 08 machine gun, also called an MG08. The serial number is #4759 (1918 Sommerda). It was developed from a version of the machine gun created by Hiram S. Maxim in 1884.
This gun was manned by a multi-person German unit during World War I. The machine gun was grounded to operate. Its barrel has a metal jacket that would have been filled with a gallon of water to prevent the barrel from overheating and cracking.
Donated by Dr. E. E. Murphey.