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The Lewis Gun (Weapon) [Kindle Edition]

Neil Grant , Peter Dennis
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

During World War I, the British adopted the US-designed Lewis gun as an infantry weapon, realizing that its light weight and the fact that it could be fired both prone and on the move made it ideal for supporting advances and defending captured trenches. Later adopted by an array of countries from the Netherlands to Japan, the Lewis successfully served as the primary or secondary armament in armoured fighting vehicles and in both ground-based anti-aircraft and aircraft-mounted roles. Although it was superseded by the Bren in British service in 1937, the outbreak of World War II meant that thousands returned to active service, and it played a key role as far afield as Libya, with the Long-Range Desert Group, and the Philippines, with the US Marine Corps. Written by an authority on this iconic light machine gun, this is the fascinating story of the innovative and influential Lewis gun, from the trenches of World War I to the Libyan desert and Pacific islands of World War II and beyond.


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About the Author

Neil Grant is from a military family and grew up on a succession of army bases. Neil has a degree in archaeology, and presently works for English Heritage. He is the author of The Bren Gun, also for Osprey Publishing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 18642 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I42QM12
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #267,528 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent survey 10 May 2014
Format:Paperback
My father lugged a Lewis Gun across bits of India just before WW2, and I've always had a soft spot fot it (despite his comments about weight and stoppages).
With the 100th Anniversary of WW1 upon us, the Lewis was a good choice from Osprey, and Neil Grant has delivered a fine survey of an important weapon.
I'm struck by how much there was to cover here, with variants I didn't know about and users I'd only just heard of. We get a good development history, a mark-by mark study, but I think most importantly a good look at the Lewis in action as part of an organisational and tactical system. It's a pity that this was almost completely missing from the logic partner to this title, Osprey's book on the Vickers Maxim by the series editor, Martin Pegler. This matters as - as the author points out - the Lewis's impact was as much tactical as technical. This side is covered with good use of primary texts such as training manuals, and user memoires, and, importantly, is integrated with the artwork and photographs. This last is something that can be missed in the Weapons series, where colour plates sometimes feel tacked on at the last minute, and photos are on occasion "And here's a guy with a XXXX". This integrated approach was also a feature of the same author's book on the Bren, and adds greatly to the success of the book,
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5.0 out of 5 stars An attempt at an honest review! 8 April 2014
Format:Paperback
Disclaimer - I actually know Neil and have helped with photography for his next book.

Very much in many ways a prequel to Neil's book on the Bren. This looks at one of the most iconic light machine guns of the early 20th century. Despite being a bit of a weapons buff, I found much I didn't know in this book, in particular the variants created late in the weapon's life. With a weapon that saw widespread service by necessity sections on minor users were a bit brief for my taste but that is to be expected by the size limitations for the series. In contrast the sections on tactical use, weapon ancillaries and the rivals were very well done with very well chosen quotes from users. The illustrations are nicely done and very varied and many of the photos were new to me. Highly recommended for those with an interest in the period, in particular the creation of the light machine gun doctrine.
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"The Lewis Gun" by Neil Grant is a welcome addition to Ospreys Weapons series. Considering the small size of these books the author makes excellent use of the space available to describe the "nuts and bolts" (aided by a nice cut-away illustration) and the history of the development of this gun. There then follows sections on the doctrine and tactics of it's use in combat and the experience and reactions of the troops who used it in various campaigns. (And what it was like to be on the receiving end!) There is even an amusing side-bar on the Lewis' appearances in popular media. The book is filled with many black and white pictures that are well chosen and interspersed into he text to illustrate the narrative. A very informative book and I shall be actively searching out Mr Grants future work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lewis Gun 29 Mar. 2014
Format:Paperback
I do not normally write about what I think of books ,
But I was given a book about the Lewis Gun by a Neil Grant.
I was most impress the way this book has been written, it covers the history and technical information about the development of the Lewis gun its advancement and drills used,
The illustration, photos and data is easy to understand not only by ex-military personnel but also the layman
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in military hardware and the development of the Lewis gun.
I have also read the book, the Bren gun by the same author and found that book again a must.
Mr Neil Grant is a down to earth author easy to understand I would recommend to anyone.
Arfon Williams
Ex-Armed Forces 30yrs Service.
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