Tommy Gun: How General Thompson's Submachine Gun Wrote History
The Thompson submachine gun has gone by many names, and for nearly a century the gun’s image has been indelibly marked on the popular consciousness. In this broad-reaching cultural and military history, Bill Yenne charts the tommy gun's unpredictable and one-of-a-kind care ...more
The author describes not merely the means of blood-letting, that is the design and manufacture of this weapon, and instances of killing with this fire arm (Capone, various bank robbers, and the Second World War), but also the culture of blood-letting with Tommy guns - movies and TV. John Thompson was a retired army officer, with extensive experience in ordnance issues, who in about 1914 came up with the idea for roughly rifle sized weapon with automatic fire. From his army ordnance background h...more
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