Maxim gun, 1889

The Maxim machine-gun was adopted by the British Army in 1889. It was first used by Britian`s colonial forces in the Matabele war in 1893-94. In one engagement, fifty police of the Rhodesian character company fought off 5,000 Matabele warriors with just four Maxim guns. The design was taken over by the Vickers Company and was used by the British Army for over seventy years.

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by Stephen Luscombe