Machine guns changed the battlefield during the Great War, driving soldiers below ground into the trenches to escape enemy fire. But here is a century-old solution, found by contributor Tom Laemlein, to firing a Lewis light machine without exposing the gunner to the enemy. And it is one we have never seen before—or since.
A century ago, Americans of the American Expeditionary Force arrived in France and began filtering into the death and stalemate of the trenches. Machine guns transformed the battlefield of the Western Front, and here is a look at guns nicknamed the “Grim reapers” or the "Devil’s Paintbrush.”
Here are a few of the machine guns in use by the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in France.
The Belgian aviation pioneer used an FN Model 1900 in one of the first aerial gunfights in the skies over Europe during World War I.
Col. Isaac Newton Lewis capitalized on the experimental drum-fed, air-cooled, McLean machine gun, developing a light machine gun that he hoped to sell to the U.S. government.
Director Peter Jackson, the man behind The recent film adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings," decided to take on a project to gives voice to those British soldiers that fought in the Great War.
Watch this American Rifleman Television video segment "Over There! Part 7: No Finer Troops" to learn about U.S. soldiers of the 27th and 30th Infantry Divisions who fought on the Western Front under British command using British arms.