While reading this book, I found myself at about every third or fourth page exclaiming—“I never knew that!”
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.
The U.S. Marines in France would earn the name “Teufelshunde” or “Devil Dogs” from the Germans they faced. The Marines fought five major battles during World War I, mostly with the same small arms used by the U.S. Army, but with a few exceptions.
In April 1916, Irish rebels rose up against the British Crown. Armed with a motley collection of obsolete and modern rifles, as well as handguns and shotguns, they resisted the might of the British Empire for five days before final defeat. The rebellion set in motion events that would lead to Irish independence.
Cross Indiana Jones, Harry Flashman and a Colt M911 .45 pistol and you have the interesting—almost unbelievable—real life of one Donald Coates.
In 1921, “Marching Miners” squared off against mine owners and the “Logan County Defenders” in the mountains of West Virginia in one of the biggest labor disputes-and battles-to occur on United States soil, and one in which Thompson submachine guns loomed large.