The Maxim MG08 Machine Gun is one of the most influential machine guns ever made and remained in service for many decades after the Great War ended. Either the Maxim or copies of the Maxim were used by both sides in the conflict, and the weapons were used as defensive arms in entrenched positions. When mass forces would attack across No Man’s Land, Maxim machine guns would open up and mow helpless advancing troops down.
The Maxim machine gun weighed nearly sixty pounds and had to be rolled into position on wheels. It could reliably fire between five hundred to six hundred rounds of ammunition a minute, depending on the model. The carriage and accessories for the weapon added an additional hundred pounds, requiring several men at once to operate the weapon successfully.