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The Vickers-Maxim Machine Gun

The Vickers-Maxim Machine Gun by Martin Pegler
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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.

Osprey Publishing Ltd; May 2013
ISBN 9781780963846
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Title: The Vickers-Maxim Machine Gun
Author: Martin Pegler; Peter Dennis

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