The Maginot Line - A misunderstood history

Hotchkiss Mle 1930

Heavy machine gun (13.2mm)

This weapon was an enlarged version of the 8mm Hotchkiss machine gun Model 1914, which had a very good reputation. The model 1930 was proposed to the army as an infantry weapon, but rejected because of the problems the heavy ammunition would create in regard to the resupply.

In the Maginot line, it served as an anti-boat weapon (in many Rhine casemates) and fulfilled an AT role in the North-Eastern (Vosges) area.

The reason for installing it in these regions was that some casemates had firing chambers which were too small for either a 37mm or a 47mm AT gun.
It was not used in ouvrages.

Hotchkiss 13.2mm Mle 1930
Weightaround 38 kg
Armour penetration18mm/30° at 500 meters
Rate of fire450 rpm (practical)
Muzzle velocity800 m/sec
Magazine capacity30 rounds
Range2500m

It was mounted in an articulated frame or in a way the 47mm and 37mm AT guns were mounted: suspended from a double rail.

The weapon was automatic-only, gas operated and air-cooled. The effective range was 800 meters (max. range around 2,5km’s).