The MG 15 was air-cooled and used a recoil clearing system. It was designed especially for usage in aircraft, but later on in the war when it was replaced by the newer MG 51Z and MG 81Z, the MG 15 saw service with ground troops.
The MG 15 fired the 7.92 x 57 mm Mauser cartridge, and was fed by dual 75 round ammunition drums. For ground usage, the MG 15 could be equipped with a bipod and a carrying sling. It was also modified with new iron sights and a shoulder rest.
No variants were ever made to the MG 15 system, though as the war raged on, several modifications were made so that the weapon could be optimized for ground usage.
The MG 15 was developed in the 1920s by Louis Strange. It was later copied directly by the Japanese and redesignated the Type 98 in 1937. It was replaced in the early 1940s by the newer aircraft guns like the MG 131. It was then employed mainly by Luftwaffe ground crews and other German ground forces.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 http://web.archive.org/web/20091027135418/http://geocities.com/Augusta/8172/panzerfaust5.htm