Finnish: Machine-gun Platoon

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Maxim M/09-09 7.62mm machine-gun

After the Finns had won their independence from Russia in 1918 they ended up with about 600 Maxim machine-guns. They were either the m/1905 (the first Russian production model) or the m/1910 (a slightly lighter improved model) all of course in Russian 7.62 mm x 54R caliber.

These were on the standard Sokolov-type wheeled mounts. Finnish Army designated the m/1905 and m/1910 the M/09 in line with the very similar German Maxim. The Sokolov mount was also designated M/09 and the Maxim in Finnish use became the M/09-09.

The Finns increased their number of Maxim machine-gun by purchasing them from non-Russian sources during the 1920s, including Poland and Italy.