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Machine-Guns and the Great War

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The machine-gun is one of the iconic weapons of the Great War – indeed of the twentieth century. Yet it is also one of the most misunderstood. During a four-year war that generated unprecedented casualties, the machine-gun stood out as a key weapon. In the process it took on an almost legendary status that persists to the present day. It shaped the tactics of the trenches, ...more
Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Published July 23rd 2012 by Pen & Sword
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Thomas Mais
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Reader should know that the book is quite defensive of the generals who sent the troops "over the hill" into the MG fire.
I do believe that some of the author's defenses might be valuable - but I do not see him thinking the littelest about the e.g. different social classes that were hosted so differntly in the chateaus and in the trenches.
See the movie "Paths of Glory" for an Illustration.
And, of course, the topic the the machine gun, but the book's focus is also on innovation and its absorbtion
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E. Kahn
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is more focused on procurement, tactics and unit structures than technology, making it a good companion to most books on machine guns, which tend to be the opposite.
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