The Vickers-Maxim Machine Gun Paperback
Illustrated by Peter Dennis
Part of the Weapon series
The world's first self-powered machine gun, the Maxim gun became a potent symbol of Victorian colonialism in the closing years of the 19th century.
It was the brainchild of Sir Hiram Maxim, the American-born firearms inventor who founded the company bearing his name with financing from Albert Vickers, who became the company's chairman; Maxim's company was absorbed by Vickers, Sons and Company in 1897.
Subsequent variants in British, German and Russian service - the .303in Vickers (1912), 7.92mm MG 08 (1908) and 7.62mm PM M1910, respectively - dominated both the Eastern and Western Fronts during World War I and soldiered on into World War II, while the Vickers remained in front-line British service essentially unchanged until 1968.
Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork and written by a noted authority, this is the engaging story of the Maxim and its descendants, the innovative rapid-fire weapons that saw combat with British, German, Russian and other forces in the late Victorian era and throughout the world wars.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 80 pages, 18 b/w; 1 col
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 07/05/2013
- Category: 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
- ISBN: 9781780963822