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The Belgian Rattlesnake by William M.P.  Easterly. Complete story ("Social and Technical Biography") of the Lewis Automatic Machine Gun and its inventor. The Lewis gun addressed the overheating problem by utilizing the free flow of air, reducing weight and bulk, and resulting in a practical and lightweight MG. While US Marines and "doughboys" were stuck with the French Chauchat, the Lewis Gun soon became a favorite with British and Canadian infantry and specialized "machine gun killer" teams. Aside from the western Allies, the Lewis served with Russia, Japan, Germany, Italy, Holland and Portugal. Two complete chapters on accessories, one for the ground Lewis, and one for the air service variations. Hard., 584 pages, 686 illustrations.


 " AS IT HAPPENED, MAJOR LEWIS HAD BEEN WORKING FOR SEVERAL MONTHS ON THE USE OF AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE AS A MEANS OF PROPULSION OF UNDERWATER TORPEDOES.  HE THOUGHT THAT THE SAME THEORY MIGHT BE APPLIED, BY USING THE BLAST OF THE GUN TO "SWEEP" THE COOLING AIR OVER THE BARREL."

PART i, CHAPTER 3,  lEWIS DEVELOPS THE "AIR EJECTION" COOLING SYSTEM  - THE BELGIUM RATTLESNAKE


"THE TWO JAPANESE MILITARY SERVICES WERE INDEPENDENT OF EACH OTHER, AND RECORDS INDICATE THERE WAS QUITE A BIT OF INTER-SERVICE RIVARLY AND COMPETITION BETWEEN THE ARMY AND NAVY. THIS CHAPTER IS CONCERNED SPECIFICALLY WITH THE JAPANESE NAVAL BRANCH, AS THEY WERE THE SOLE ADMINISTRATORS AND PRODUCERS OF THE LEWIS GUN, AND ITS LARGEST USERS, THE ARMY USING NAMBU-DESIGNED LIGHT AUTOMATIC MACHINE GUNS."

PART V,   CHAPTER 20,  THE LEWIS IN JAPAN -THE BELGIAN RATTLESNAKE


Even though the Major Powers declared the Lewis obsolete during the last days of WWII, wherever there has been a conflict, insurrection or border war since, the Lewis gun has been somehow involved.
-EPILOGUE: GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN-


"The Success of his air-cooled machine gun with the Allies during World War II did not stop Colonel Lewis in his endurance to provide other weapons of his own conception."
PART VII: PARALLEL DEVELOPMENTS, CAPTER 24, NEW LEWIS RIFLES AND PISTOLS

 

 

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.303 Lewis Machine Gun Manual by Ian Skennerton.

48 pages with over 40 photos & drawings. Includes history, model descriptions, markings, contractors, specifications and much more!


Contents of the manual:

Lewis Gun Genealogy

Models & Designations

Lewis Gun Specifications

Description & Operation

Parts Nomenclature

Accessories & Mounts

Tools & Gauges

Stripping & Assembly

.30 cal US Gun Differences

Markings & Contractors

 

 

Sectionized Lewis .303-inch 

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fitted with braced trench mount.

 

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I

THE POLITICS

 

CHAPTER        TITLE

1

THE McCLEAN GUN

2

BACK TO SQUARE ONE

3

LEWIS SAVE THE DAY

4

THE LEWIS GUN IS PERFECTED: IN ENGLAND

5

MEANWHILE, BACK IN AMERICA

II

FORGED IN A TRIAL BY FIRE

 

CHAPTER        TITLE

6

THE BRITISH LEWIS AT WAR

7

"FOR KING AND EMPIRE"

8

THAT DARNE LEWIS

9

THE LEWIS IN ITALY AND PORTUGAL

10 THE GERMAN LEWIS
11 THE RUSSIAN LEWIS
12 THE U.S. SERVICE LEWIS, 1917-1918
13 SOME WORLD WAR ONE STATISTICS

 

III

ALLIED AFTERMATH

 

CHAPTER        TITLE
14 WINNERS AND LOSERS IN THE U.S. ARMY
15 THE BRITISH LEWIS AFTER WORLD WAR I

 

 

IV

LEWIS IN DEPTH

 

CHAPTER        TITLE
16 DEBTS TO EARLIER INVENTIONS
17 THE KEY LEWIS GUN PATENTS
18 FROM OFFICIAL SOURCES: THE LEWIS GUN EXPLAINED

 

V

THE FORTUNES OF WAR

 

CHAPTER        TITLE
19 SURPLUS WWI LEWIS DUNS IN OTHER LANDS
20 THE LEWIS IN JAPAN
21 THE DUTCH LEWIS

VI

ACCESSORIES AND ANCILLARIES

 

CHAPTER        TITLE

22

GENERAL & GROUND MODEL DEVICES

23

SERVING SPECIAL NEEDS OF THE AIRCRAFT LEWIS

 

VII

PARALLEL DEVELOPMENTS

 

CHAPTER        TITLE

24 NEW LEWIS RIFLES, AND PISTOLS