The Tiger in the pics above is inside Germany's premier tank Museum in Munster. I'm guessing
do to their laws there maybe using an original MG42 in open display is difficult? - who knows. Perhaps they save their original MG's and demills for close up plexiglass displays where this one was out in the open and out of sight of most viewers and not behind glass. I would think that for a super rare restoration where millions of dollars were spent they have their reasons for using a display gun?
I'm *guessing* being they restored and finally acquired one of 4? remaining Tigers in the world (I think this one came from France if I'm not mistaking) they had their reasons for using an imitation MG42 in Germany on that Tiger AA mount after going to such great lengths elsewhere to make it correct. It would be interesting to know the real story there though.
At any rate, I thought it was interesting to see a Tiger I with a MG42 AA mount, fake gun
or not as evidently the museum did find enough info to justify an MG42 mounted for AA use on its late war Tiger I which was the point of posting it's use...not so much the correctness of the MG itself, rivets, grip used, etc but its documented use on such a vehicle if such was the case. Maybe someone has books on the subject they could share info with?
I'm guessing with allied strafing attacks being so widespread late war, having something to shoot back with at least gave the crew something to do other than bail out. Using something with a ROF like the MG42 made sense I guess. I do know the very late war rare 128mm hunting tiger pictures had a deck mounted AA MG42 and I believe it was the only panzer to have a ball mantel MG42 mount...I'd like to know more about this to be sure.
At least the Munster tank collection in Germany are not rusting away outside like so many rare models in the US. IMO it is so sad to see many rare German WWII tanks and self propelled guns and 88 flaks rusting away sitting outside
for 70 years at Aberdeen and around the country. (do a google earth search of Aberdeen).
It is bitter/sweet for me because at least they survived and were not scraped, but sad to see them sitting outside rusting to the point of the tracks being locked up and filled with rain water as was with the super rare Elephant (one of 2 remaining) in the "tank overhaul" video which can be seen on youtube. Aberdeen has King Tiger's, Hunting Tigers and about every Jagdpanther type including the superb V 88 equipped model (last model) and host medium Panzer types made and rare sub variants...all collecting rain water outside for 70 years
. I'm planning a trip down to Aberdeen this summer hopefully to photograph what I can there. If anyone has pics from there of German armour please feel free to post them here, MG42 or not as I am very interested in seeing them and the current states.
Getting back on topic, pics of MG42's on WWII German vehicles are hard to find due to their limited use on such, which was why I though this would be an interesting thread here. Seems they were used a lot on half-tracks and even those are hard to find in pics. I imagine the night vision stuff was so restricted that not many photos were taken, but I thought the scale modelers who did their research did and excellent job recreating what they looked like from achieved photos and was worth noting. I seem to recall one of the STUG's used the MG42 up top behind a shield, but can not find pics, though I do remember building a model of one as a kid back in the 70's.
Anyhow thanks for the interest...I was starting to think there was none