Category: "Technology"

Maschinengewehr 08

February 3rd, 2015
One of the primary causes of the massive casualty rates on all fronts during the Great War was the fielding of heavy machine guns capable of sustained fire.  The Maschinengewehr 08, developed by Germany from the Maxim design of the 1880s, was one of the… more »

The Conundrum and French Pistol and Rifle Cartridges

September 12th, 2014
In the past several years more than one new comer to the history of French rifles has pointed out to me an interesting fact: from the 1870s to the 1940s the official French  sidearm always fired the same calibre bullet as the main service rifle.  Many… more »

The Last Black Powder Rifles

July 13th, 2014
The Great War would bring the innovations of the scientific revolution to the battlefield, using tools such as wireless, aircraft, poison gas, oil powered ships, and over-the-horizon artillery to deadly effect, but there was also a number of… more »