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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782007911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782007913
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.7 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 445,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Cooper on 10 May 2014
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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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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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