Machine-gun Platoon (Early War)
with four HMGs with crew & Command Rifle team
The Hotchkiss Mle 1914 became the standard heavy machine-gun of the French Army during World War One when it broke German attacks as they advanced across No Man’s Land.
At the beginning of the next World War it retains its place in the French Army—ever sturdy and reliable. Interestingly it can fire either from individual metal trays of 24 rounds or 251 round articulated metal belts. Each bataillon of infantry had a fourth company, the Compagnie d’Accompagnement, for its heavy weapons. This company fielded three machine-gun platoons, an anti-aircraft machine-gun platoon, a mortar section, and an anti-tank section.