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Type 96 LMG

The Japanese Type 96 LMG

A Light Machine Gun (commonly known as an LMG) is a machine gun designed to be operated by a single soldier (as opposed to a squad-operated machine gun that requires multiple soldiers to operate). Common examples of LMGs used in World War II include the FG 42, the M1918A2 BAR (or Browning Automatic Rifle, which was more of a rifle than an LMG), and the Soviet-made DP LMG. Light Machine Guns of the WWII era were almost always fed ammunition with a magazine and had bipods for more accurate fire.

History

The Light Machine Gun was first developed in WWI and it was developed as a more portable source of firepower.

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