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The Vickers-Maxim Machine Gun from Osprey Publications

The Vickers-Maxim Machine Gun

Author: Martin Pegler
Peter Dennis

This 80 page paperback book is the 25th book in the Weapon series of books available from Osprey Publishing.

The world’s first self-powered machine gun, the Maxim gun became a potent symbol of Victorian colonialism in the closing years of the 19th century. It was the brainchild of Sir Hiram Maxim, the American-born firearms inventor who founded the company bearing his name with financing from Albert Vickers, who became the company’s chairman; Maxim’s company was absorbed by Vickers, Sons and Company in 1897. Subsequent variants in British, German and Russian service – the .303in Vickers (1912), 7.92mm MG 08 (1908) and 7.62mm PM M1910, respectively – dominated both the Eastern and Western Fronts during World War I and soldiered on into World War II, while the Vickers remained in front-line British service essentially unchanged until 1968. Featuring specially commissioned full-color artwork and written by a noted authority, this is the engaging story of the Maxim and its descendants, the innovative rapid-fire weapons that saw combat with British, German, Russian and other forces in the late Victorian era and throughout the world wars.


  • Introduction
  • Development
  • Use
  • Impact
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Weapon 25 is an interesting book detailing this innovative weapon from the early 1900’s. For the miniature gamer, this book will fill in much useful information on this weapons capabilities through World War I to World War II. For the historian the book will provide a short reference work on a weapon that changed the face or warfare.

This book is available from Osprey Publications.

This book is available in three formats and they are;

Paperback Book


ePub eBook


PDF eBook


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