Why the Germans called MG151/20 and not MK151/20

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  1. seesul

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    Why did Germans use the name MG151/20 for a cannon and not MK?
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    Guess I got it. The reason probably was that they developed the 20 mm cannon from the machine gun (MG151/15) so they kept the same type name (MG) for the cannon as well.
     
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    #3 tomo pauk, Oct 28, 2009
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    Wasn't the main task of the MG 151(/15) to fire explosive projectiles? That makes it cannon in my eyes.
    The MG/FF also was caled MG, yet the projectiles were of the explosive kind.

    However, Germans called the 45-ton tank a medium tank back in WWII, so anything goes as far as names ase issue...
     
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    Germans just designate ALL weapon 20mm and under as MG . That`s all .
     
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    Also goes for the MG 213.


    Kris
     
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    Correct. That´s why I wondered why did they call MG 151/20 as MG...
     
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    I think because is a derivate of the a heavy maschinegun wich was MG 151.

    I ve seen pictures of the belt used in Bf-109 and Hs-129 and the combination in more or less 1 to 1, that mean 50% of armor piercing and the other half of high explosives.

    The capacity of firing high explosives does not defines ( by itself) a cannon, remember that rifle calibre several machineguns, including the Vickers water cooled .303 could fire explosive ammunition.
     
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