H018090 MG34/42 CLEANING KIT BORE OR OIL BRUSHES. (Rohrbürsten/Ölbürste für MG34/42)
BACKGROUND: The development and production of German army ordnance was under the supervision of the HwaA, Heereswaffenamt, (Army Ordnance Office), which was a subsection of the OKH, Oberkommando des Heeres, (High Command of the Army), and was responsible for testing, evaluation and eventual issue of all ordnance. The HwaA would issue all ordnance to a units Quartiermeister, (Supply HQ unit/Quartermaster), which contained the units Administration, Medical, Veterinarian, and Transport officer’s and its main responsibility was the control of all supplies to the forward troops including all vehicle fuel, and lubricant requirements as well as animal feed and rations and ammunition and accessories. Among other restrictions, the Treaty of Versailles banned Germany from developing any type of general purpose machine gun. To circumvent this, German development of an all purpose machine gun was 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. In 1937 due to the high cost and manufacturing time of the MG34 development began on another general purpose machine gun which utilized stamped and pressed components making it cheaper and quicker to produce. Further developments resulted in the introduction of the MG42 general purpose machine gun in late 1941. When issued both the MG34 and the MG42 came accompanied with assorted accessory items including a cleaning kit. The design of the MG34/42 cleaning kit was based on the K98 M34 cleaning kit but was larger to accommodate the require cleaning accessories. The cleaning kit would contain assorted tools including an oilier, a cleaning chain, a "draw through" tool and both oil and a bore brushes.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Lot of 4 mint examples still in their original factory cardstock case. Nice!
GRADE ****1/2 PRICE $80.00
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