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The Martini-Henry Rifle (Weapon 26) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Manning , Peter Dennis
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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The breech-loading, single-shot .458in 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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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 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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A good starter book for the Martini Henry and very informative for the beginner. Plenty of facts and good pictures for the price.
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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 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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