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This volume in the Weapons and Warfare series describes the history of machine guns from the mid-19th century to the present, following both the evolution of small arms technology and the impact of machine guns on the battlefield, on military strategy, and on human society.
This book discusses subjects ranging from the forerunners of mechanical and automatic guns, to the unusual history of the Civil War-era Gatling gun (the first practical machine gun, not used by the Union army because Gatling was a Southerner), to the machine guns developed for the world wars and those for present day use. Readers will see how the advent of the machine gun revolutionized ground combat—and how in some instances, technology outran tactics and doctrines, with disastrous consequences.
|Introduction to weapons and warfare series|
|Ch. 1||Introduction : the search for firepower||1|
|Ch. 2||Organ batteries and mechanical machine guns||21|
|Ch. 3||The maxim guns||45|
|Ch. 4||Machine guns during World War I||63|
|Ch. 5||The development of the submachine gun||77|
|Ch. 6||Preparing for the next round||95|
|Ch. 7||Machine guns in World War II||113|
|Ch. 8||The Cold War and the future||125|
|Individual machine gun models||149|