I beg to differ.
The person in the photo behind the .50 is in the TC's (Track Commander's) hatch. The gunner's position in the turret is directly forward of the TC's position. The loader is on the left of the turret. See the movie "Fury" if you get a chance.
Yup. The WW II M1919 (and the more recent M-60) .30 cal MG is a lot easier to handle (and hit things with) than the .50. It's also got a higher rate of fire. So putting the .30 near the TC is realistic....and practical.
I think that we're saying the same thing, but describing "Left" and "Right" from an opposite perspective.
With the turret facing forward, the loader is to the left of the breech and the gunner is to the right with the TC behind the gunner.
Oh. My comments were not about which MG was on what pedestal on the turret, but rather which hatch was which. The pedestal mounted guns varied all kinds of ways, and were relatively easy to move around.
I don't have any opinion relative to the StuG MG. I suspect that they were as easily moved as the MGs on other AFVs, but have never seen a StuG.
The tankers I knew were not averse to making changes. "Where there's a will, there's a way".