Hotchkiss Machine Guns - From Verdun to Iwo Jima

Author(s): John Walter; Adam Hook (Illustrator); Alan Gilliland (Illustrator)


Featuring contemporary photographs and full-color artwork, this title explores the action-packed history of the Hotchkiss machine gun and its derivatives, which were used around the globe for nearly fifty years.

Created by a long-forgotten Austrian nobleman, Adolf Odkolek von Augezd, the air-cooled Hotchkiss machine gun was the first to function effectively by tapping propellant gas from the bore as the gun fired. Although the Hotchkiss would be overshadowed by the water-cooled Maxim and Vickers Guns, it proved its effectiveness during the Russo-Japanese War. The gun, quirky though it was, was successful enough to persuade Laurence Ben t and Henri Merci to develop the Mod le Portative a man-portable version which, it was hoped, could move with infantrymen as they advanced. Later mounted on tanks and aircraft, it became the first automatic weapon to obtain a "kill" in aerial combat.

Though it served the French and US armies during World War I (and also the British in areas where French and British units fought alongside each other), the Odkolek-Hotchkiss system was to have its longest-term effect in Japan. Here, a succession of derivatives found favor in theaters of operations in which water-cooling could be more of a liability than an asset. When US forces landed on Saipan, Guam, and Iwo Jima, battling their way from island to island across the Pacific, it was the "Woodpecker"--the Type 92 Hotchkiss, with its characteristically slow rate of fire--which cut swathes through their ranks. Supported by contemporary photographs and full-color illustrations, this title explores the exciting and eventful history of the first successful gas-operated machine gun.


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  • : 9781472836168
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Osprey Publishing
  • : 0.01
  • : November 2019
  • : --- length: - '9.76' width: - '7.24' units: - Inches
  • : books

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  • : John Walter; Adam Hook (Illustrator); Alan Gilliland (Illustrator)
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 80