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The Martini-Henry Rifle (Weapon) [Paperback]

Stephen Manning , Peter Dennis
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7 May 2013 Weapon (Book 26)
The breech-loading, single-shot .458 in Martini-Henry rifle has become a symbol of both the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 and the numerous battles in Egypt and the Sudan in 1884-85, but continued to be used by both British and colonial troops well into the 20th century. Its invention and introduction into British service were in direct response to the success of the Prussian Dreyse needle gun, which demonstrated that the breech-loading rifle offered faster loading, improved accuracy and superior range; significantly, the weapon could be loaded and fired from a prone position, thus offering the rifleman greater security on the battlefield. Due to the longevity of service, many Martini-Henry rifles survive today, both in museums and in private collections, and the weapon is highly prized by shooting enthusiasts. Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork and an array of arresting first-hand accounts and written by an authority on warfare in the Victorian era, this engaging study tells the story of the powerful Martini-Henry and its impact on the battlefield, from the Anglo-Zulu War to the opening months of World War I.

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (7 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780965060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780965062
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 9.8 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Stephen Manning is an expert in Victorian colonial warfare and the owner of two original Martini-Henry rifles. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and the author of numerous books including Evelyn Wood VC: Pillar of Empire (Pen & Sword, 2007) and Soldiers of the Queen: Victorian Colonial Conflict in the Words of Those who Fought (The History Press, 2009).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read 22 Jun 2013
By Geoff
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I find this book very interesting from the point of view of that it covers history and development of the weapon, effects, accuracy/ballistics, use in warfare, units involved, actions and so on.
In fact if you are interested in late 19th century warfare from British troops point if view, you can't go far wrong with this book.
Whilst some parts are technical, not all the book is and this is its best point in my opinion.
A good solid book packed with information and definitely recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW 9 Jan 2014
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I think that this book gives a good general overview of the subject in relation to the price of the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative 8 Jan 2014
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As as target shooter with and interest in old service rifles i found this a great read as did my colleagues
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 3 Jan 2014
By pip
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clearly written by someone who knows his stuff, loves the history behind the rifle and brings it to life really well.
Manning writes well and all his books are worth reading. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Once over lightly, please 31 May 2013
By Bruce Brodnax - Published on
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This is a nice, fairly concise history of the Martini-Henry BPCR historical arm. Doesn't cover everything in absolute detail, but not a light read for lack of content, either: just an accessible, interesting and enjoyable history of this classic rifle. Almost all the information in this book can be found on the internet, but it won't all be conveniently located in one place, nor will all of it be as well-written & cohesive.

What can I say? I rec'd. the book & read it in an evening. I'm a fairly quick reader, but it says something about the book that I found it pleasant enough reading that I wasn't tempted to set it down & pursue something else to break up the monotony.

It's not a big or particularly thick book, but unlike a different title in this format/series that I recently purchased, detailed enough in content that I feel it is worth the cover price.

Definitely a nice companion piece to read while watching "Zulu" on tv the next time it gets rerun! ;)
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding book on the Martini Henry rifle 1 Jan 2014
By Donald Coe - Published on
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This book contains a lot of valuable information for the Martini Henry owner and historian. I found it very valuable the only fault was that it did not discuss the .402 venture and the resulting Mark IV type. Even with this mild point I gave it all stars rating.
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