Vickers-Maxim Machine Guns Enthusiasts' Manual is the first in a range of Haynes crew-served heavy weapons manuals
The Maxim gun was the first fully automated machine gun to be introduced into military service at the end of the 19th century. Gradually refined to become the Vickers 0.303in medium machine-gun, it was used widely by British and Commonwealth forces in both world wars. Operated by a three-man crew, it was popularly known as 'the Vickers'. Firearms expert and acclaimed author Martin Pegler, a former Senior Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, describes the concept of an automated machine-gun and its potential use for land forces; its genesis, design, development and early trials; and the introduction by the UK military of the Vickers machine gun and its adoption for infantry, aircraft and armoured vehicles in the world wars of the 20th century.
The first in a new Haynes series on small arms, the book length format allows Vickers-Maxim Machine Guns to provide the most comprehensive story I've found yet on Hiram Maxim's early work. There's also comprehensive coverage of the development, manufacture, and use of the Vickers itself, including a decent discussion of its role and how it finally became obsolete, to be replaced by lighter, simpler, more modern weapons. A great tribute to an iconic weapon.
Great for any enthusiast, great value, fantastic service from the tank Shop
A very informative, well-written book by an acknowledged expert in the field. Very worthwhile, and it was good to buy from and support the Museum.
An interesting and informative book
Delivery abroad was fast.My father was a Vickers gunner in the Cheshire Regiment.This book makes me appreciate even more what he did in North Africa and Italy.