H044484 MG34 GUNNER'S BELT POUCH WITH CONTENTS. (Werkzeugtasche 34 mit Inhalt)

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. The MG34 was 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. Of Note: The MG42 Gunners pouch was almost identical but had a different internal configuration to accommodate the different tools used

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Blackened leather MG34 gunners pouch with a fold over top flap with a stitched on, vertical, leather closure strap with single cut-out stud eyelet to the obverse. The closure strap affixes to a steel stud situated on the bottom of the pouch. Front rivets/interior seperator are missing. Top lid side flaps and data plate are also missing. The reverse of the pouch has two stitched on vertical belt loops and a central, leather reinforced steel "D" ring. The front body of the pouch is well marked with an impressed, waffen-amt stamp, and manufacturers code and date, "cey 41". Complete with contents as shown.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $549.00 (Or Best Offer)

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