In 1914 there were only two machine guns supporting a British infantry battalion of 800 men, and in the light of the effectiveness of German and French machine guns the Machine Gun Corps was formed in October 1915. This remarkable book, compiled and edited by C E Crutchley, is a collection of the personal accounts of officers and men who served in the front lines with their machine guns in one of the most ghastly wars, spread over three continents. The strength of the book lies in the fact that these are the actual words of the soldiers themselves, complete with characteristic modes of expression and oddities of emphasis and spelling.
All theatres of war are covered from the defence of the Suez Canal, Gallipoli and Mesopotamia in the east to France and Flanders, the German offensive of March 1918 and the final act on the Western Front that brought the war to an end.
MACHINE GUNNER 1914-1918 Personal Experiences of the Machine Gun Corps
Compiled by a veteran of the Machine Gun Corps, this valuable history tells the story of the devastating weapons and the men who fired them from the Corps’ formation in October 1915. The book covers all theatres of the Great War where the Corps operated, from France and Flanders to Suez, Gallipoli and Mesopotamia (modern Iraq).