So we have concluded that the picture is staged. Thats fine, Ive done it and so have my Soldiers, countless times. (You should see the support guys when they get a chance to sit behind a M2 or a Mk19)
But....my question is......is this picture really from the WWII era, or a very well done recreation by modern actors?
As stated earlier, the gun is on a AA tripod with no sights, the receiver and BBL dont match, the emplacement they are dug into seems to make it very impractical to shoot at angles below 45 degrees...there are flowers growing which means this pit wasnt freshly dug. At this point Im playing internet sleuth. I think the pic is from a modern day reenactor done in sepia. (very well done, I may add, but nothing gets by us MG42.US detectives)
My soultion for everything "Get a bigger hammer or larger caliber!"