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H038670 M34/G42 SPANNER WRENCH. (Schraubenschlüssel)

BACKGROUND: Among other restrictions, the Treaty of Versailles banned Germany from developing any type of heavy machine gun. To circumvent this German development of an all purpose machine gun were secretly being done in Switzerland in the early 1930's. By 1934 designer Louis Stange of the Rheinmetall armaments factory had made improvements to the secret machine gun developed in Switzerland and the MG34 was introduced as an all purpose selective fire weapon. In spite of the relatively high production cost the MG34 was accepted by the Wehrmacht Ordnance department and deliveries of the MG34 began in 1936. From 1937 ongoing development resulted in the introduction of the cheaper production, fully automatic, MG42 in late 1941. Both the MG34 and the MG42 were manned by a three person crew with one individual being designated the "#1 gunner". The gunner was equipped with a specific gunners belt pouch which carried special tools and accessories for the weapon including three assorted sized wrenches which were designed to assist in stripping down the weapon as required for cleaning or repair.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Wrench for the Lafette 34/42. Blued, tooled steel construction spanner style wrench. Both sides of the wrench are well marked with a stamped numeral to each end with, "11", to the open mouth end and, "13", to the spanner tip end, presumably indicating dimensions.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $418.00

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