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WW1 Lewis Automatic Machine Gun

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Designed in 1911 by U.S. Army Colonel Isaac Newton Lewis, on initial work carried out by Samuel Maclean. The Americans did not adopt the rifle and Lewis had to go to the Belgiums for help, it was manufactured here before the 1st World War but as Belguim was invaded in 1914 production was moved to B.S.A. in England, having been already adopted by the British Army before the war. It uses the standard British .303 round and fires 550rpm. Although being lighter than the Vickers gun it still requires two men to handle it, one to carry the magazines and one the weapon.

11th Mar 2009

Design and Technology, History, Science

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Foundation, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

WW1, Machine Gun

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