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Machine Gun - The Development of the Machine Gun from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day

By Maxim Popenker , Anthony Williams

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ISBN: 9781847970305
PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION): 2008
PAGES: 384
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 246x189 mm
INSIDE: 600 colour photographs

The machine gun had a dramatic effect on the conduct of warfare. During the First World War, the use of the machine gun in conjunction with massed barbed wire and other obstacles put an end to battlefield mobility until new weapons and tactics could be devised.

This book describes the development of the machine gun from earliest models to present day, focussing on portable infantry weapons. The categories of weapon included are Light Machine Guns [LMGs], a term which includes the Squad Automatic Weapon [SAW] and Light Support Weapon [LSW]; Medium Machine Guns [MMGs]; Heavy Machine Guns [HMGs] and General Purpose Machine Guns [GPMGs]. One specialist variety of machine guns is included in a separate chapter: the grenade machine gun [GMG], also known as the automatic grenade launcher [AGL].

With a country-by-country breakdown of machine guns, including comprehensive appendices of gun and ammunition data, along with hundreds of photographs, this is a comprehensive study of a most effective battlefield weapon.

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