THE VICKERS-MAXIM MACHINE GUN
80pp., fully illus.incl.colour, P.B. 2013.
The world’s first self-powered machine gun. the Maxim gun. 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. Subsequent variants in British, German and Russian service 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.