The Machine Gun Story

The Machine Gun Story

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Warfare truly entered the industrial age with the invention and adoption of the machine gun. Armed with a machine gun, one or two men could potentially hold off a whole company of enemy soldiers, and inflict terrible losses while doing so. The Machine Gun Story describes how Hiram Maxim's invention in the late 19th century went on to transform the ways that armies and also air forces fought. Each stage in the technical development of machine guns is clearly explained, and teh book also explores how submachine guns developed as a more portable offshoot, with their own set of consequences. While the tactical implications of machine guns are explored, the book never shrinks from the dark history of how machine guns have been used, whether fired from a trench on the Western Front in WWI or from a helicopter circling over the jungles of Vietnam.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 128 pages
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • 0752485237
  • 9780752485232

About Chris McNab

Chris McNab is a writer and editor who specialises in military history and technology. To date he has published over 30 books, with titles that include German Paratroopers (2000), Military Vehicles (2003), Twentieth-Century Small Arms (2001), Campaigns of World War II (2003), Tools of Violence - Guns, Tanks and Dirty Bombs (2007), Order of Battle: The Luftwaffe in World War II (2008) and Order of Battle: The Kriegsmarine in WWII (2008).show more