Overview

During the 1880s a brilliant American inventor, Hiram Maxim, perfected the world's first self-powered machine gun. Incorporating the finest Victorian engineering, the Maxim gun was simple, reliable, and revolutionary. Its deadly effects on the battlefield were soon apparent, as the British Army deployed its new Maxim guns on imperial campaigns. Soon, both Britain and Germany were mass-producing variants of the Maxim, the .303 Vickers and 7.92mm...

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The Vickers-Maxim Machine Gun

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Overview

During the 1880s a brilliant American inventor, Hiram Maxim, perfected the world's first self-powered machine gun. Incorporating the finest Victorian engineering, the Maxim gun was simple, reliable, and revolutionary. Its deadly effects on the battlefield were soon apparent, as the British Army deployed its new Maxim guns on imperial campaigns. Soon, both Britain and Germany were mass-producing variants of the Maxim, the .303 Vickers and 7.92mm MG 08 - just in time for World War I

Despite Maxim's hope that his guns might be fearsome enough to put an end to war, instead it became emblematic of the slaughter in France and Flanders. But in the form of the .303 Vickers, it also had a long and distinguished service history - from pioneering use in early fighter aircraft to the Glorious Glosters' last stand in Korea.

Written by a noted expert, this is the story of a weapon that transformed the way armies did battle.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780963846
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 687,452
  • File size: 16 MB
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Meet the Author

Martin Pegler has a BA Hons in Medieval and Modern History and an MA in Museum Studies, both from University College, London, and was for many years the Senior Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds. He is the author of a number of books including The Military Sniper since 1914 (Osprey, 2001), Firearms in the American West 1700-1900 (The Crowood Press, 2002), and the highly acclaimed Out of Nowhere: A History of the Military Sniper (Osprey, 2004), and he has also contributed to a number of magazines. In the 1980s he had the privilege of interviewing many World War I veterans about their wartime experiences, and the recordings are now part of the sound archives of the Imperial War Museum, London. Martin is the series editor for Osprey's Weapon series.
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