By Robert G. Segel
In 1918, Fokker, a Dutch aircraft manufacturer, placed full-page ads in industry engineering magazines that not only touted its aircraft but its armament featuring Maxim and Parabellum machine guns.
Hussmann & Co. was one of the companies that manufactured machine gun mounts for German aircraft in World War I. This full-page ad for Hus-smann’s MG Normal Ringe was placed in the September/October 1918 issue of Motor, a German engineering magazine. Further copy below the central image states, “Tried and tested by the air force inspection and intended for use.” This ring-mount unit was fitted to several multi-seat aircraft in late 1917 and early 1918 for aerial defense and was similar in construction to the English Scarf mount. The air gunner artwork is done by Fr. Winklemann.
|This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V25N4 (April 2021)