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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 
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ABLE OF CONTENTS

PART           TITLE

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

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