The Machine Gunners

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The Machine Gunners

The Machine Gunners

  • Author: Robert Westall
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 0330478176
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 224
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'Some bright kid's got a gun and 2000 rounds of live ammo. And that gun's no pea-shooter. It'll go through a brick wall at a quarter of a mile.' Chas McGill has the second-best collection of war souvenirs in Garmouth, and he desperately wants it to be the best. When he stumbles across the remains of a German bomber crashed in the woods - its shiny, black machine-gun still intact - he grabs his chance. Soon he's masterminding his own war effort with dangerous and unexpected results . . . The Machine Gunners is Robert Westall's gripping first novel for children set during World War Two and winner of the Carnegie Medal. Now with a brilliant cover look celebrating its fortieth anniversary. Includes a bonus short story - 'The Haunting of Chas McGill' - and an extended biography of the author.

Machine Gunner, 1914–18

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Machine Gunner, 1914–18

Machine Gunner, 1914–18

Personal Experiences of the Machine Gun Corps

  • Author: C. E. Crutchley
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword
  • ISBN: 1473816092
  • Category: History
  • Page: 240
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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. October 2006 is the 90th anniversary of the formation of the Machine Gun Corps.

With the Machine Gunners in France and Palestine

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With the Machine Gunners in France and Palestine

With the Machine Gunners in France and Palestine

  • Author: J. H. Luxford,Maj J. H. Luxford
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781847343437
  • Category: History
  • Page: 304
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Machine Gunner’s Notes, France 1918 [Illustrated Edition]

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Machine Gunner’s Notes, France 1918 [Illustrated Edition]

Machine Gunner’s Notes, France 1918 [Illustrated Edition]

  • Author: Lieutenant Colonel Charles M. Dupuy
  • Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
  • ISBN: 1782895671
  • Category: History
  • Page: 123
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Includes The Americans in the First World War Illustration Pack - 57 photos/illustrations and 10 maps When the United States entered the First World War in 1917 the size of the army was tiny in comparison to the European Powers. The long-serving officers of the U.S. army faced the daunting task of licking the new recruits of 1917 into shape for service overseas. Among these officers was Charles Dupuy who was charged with getting his men ready for battle utilising the weapon that had inflicted so much damage during the previous three years - the machine gun. Key to offence or defence, the machine gun companies of the U.S. expeditionary force had to be fast and deadly in the offence and staunch and steadfast in defence. Major Dupuy tells of how he whipped his men into shape and led them to hard fought victory against the Germans on the Western front in 1918.

Gunner's Glory

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Gunner's Glory

Gunner's Glory

Untold Stories of Marine Machine Gunners

  • Author: Johnnie Clark
  • Publisher: Presidio Press
  • ISBN: 9780307415370
  • Category: History
  • Page: 320
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They were warriors, trained to fight, dedicated to their country, and determined to win. At Guadalcanal, the Marine Corps’ machine gunners took everything the Japanese could throw at them in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II; their position was so hopeless that at one point they were given the go-ahead to surrender. Near the Chosin Reservoir in Korea, as the mercury dropped to twenty below, the 1st Marine Division found itself surrounded and cut off by the enemy. The outlook seemed so bleak that many in Washington had privately written off the men. But surrender is not part of a Marine’s vocabulary. Gunner’s Glory contains true stories of these and other tough battles in the Pacific, in Korea, and in Vietnam, recounted by the machine gunners who fought them. Bloody, wounded, sometimes barely alive, they stayed with their guns, delivering a stream of firepower that often turned defeat into victory–and always made them the enemy’s first target. From the Paperback edition.

The Machine Gunner

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The Machine Gunner

The Machine Gunner

  • Author: Arthur Russell
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Soldiers
  • Page: 172
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Mametz Wood

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Mametz Wood

Mametz Wood

  • Author: Michael Renshaw
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword
  • ISBN: 1473816165
  • Category: History
  • Page: 168
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The Battle for Mametz Wood is normally associated with the endeavours of the 38th Welsh Division and was the first of those great battles to secure possession of the woodlands of the Somme. The author looks at events after the 1st July, but also relates the story of the 17th Northern Division who attacked the quadrangle, a defensive system guarding the western approaches to the wood. Also related is the demise of both generals commanding these divisions who were sent home.

Amateur Gunners

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Amateur Gunners

Amateur Gunners

The Adventures and Letters of a Soldier in France, Salonika, and Palestine

  • Author: Ian Ronayne
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword
  • ISBN: 1473843030
  • Category: History
  • Page: 224
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After training at St John's Wood in London and in Exeter, Alexander Douglas Thorburn was posted to the BEF in France, joining the 2/22nd London (Howitzer) Battery, Royal Field Artillery as a subaltern officer. After service in the Vimy Ridge sector, with his division, the 60th (2/2nd London) Division, he crossed the Mediterranean to join the British Army in Salonika. Following a further move in mid-1917, Thorburn arrived in Palestine where he saw service with the 74th (Yeomanry) Division during the advance on Jerusalem. A final move in 1918 took the now Captain Thorburn back to the Western Front to take part in the Advance to Victory during the closing months of the war. After the war, Thorburn wrote an account of his military service between 1916 and 1918, recording his experiences in France, Greece and Palestine as well as his initial training in England. He also wrote a series of observations on life as a gunner during the First World War. Both the account and observations were published as a book, Amateur Gunners, in 1933 by William Potter of Liverpool. Today, the book is out of print. In addition to the book, of which a small number of copies still exist of course, there are an extensive series of private letters written by Thorburn while on active service to his mother, father and other relatives. The letters are in the possession of Thorburn's only grandson. Together, the book and letters offer a fascinating insight into the life of a First World War artillery officer. Lucidly written in a candid style, Thorburn shows excellent observation, description and narration skills. While Amateur Gunners itself is worthy of reprint, when combined with Thorburn's private letters and historical context from author Ian Ronayne, this book offers a unique look at a gunner's experience during the Great War.