Hiram Maxim's machine gun probably claimed more lives than any other weapon ever made

Jordan, Jonathan W.
October 2002
Military History;Oct2002, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p16
Focuses on the history of the machine gun prototype invented by Hiram Stevens Maxim which revolutionized the art of war during the 19th century. Mechanism of the machine gun; Contribution of the gun to the British Empire; Wars in which the gun was used; Damage caused by the gun during World War I and II.


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