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Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-P050127, Manöver der Reichswehr in Königshofen-Franken

MG 08 system (7.92 mm) and crew circa 1931.

The Colt-Browning M1895, nicknamed potato digger due to its unusual operating mechanism, is an air-cooled, belt-fed, gas-operated machine gun that fires from a closed bolt with a cyclic rate of 450 rounds per minute. Based on a John Browning design dating to 1889, it was the first successful gas-operated machine gun to enter service.

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