The standard machine-gun used by the German Army during the early stages of the First World War was the Maschinengewehr. An almost direct copy of the Maxim Machine-Gun, the Maschinengewehr fired 7.92mm ammunition from a 250-round fabric belt. The German Army deployed over 12,000 of these machine-guns on the Western Front during August 1914. It had a practical range of 2,200 yards and an extreme range of 4,000 yards.