The Gatling Gun (Weapon) (Paperback) by Smithurst Peter G. Shumate Johnny
This is a unique chapter in the history of firearms the multibarrel hand-cranked Gatling gun was one of the first practical rapid-fire weapons ever to be used in battle. It changed warfare by introducing the capability to project deadly high-intensity fire on the battlefield and portended the devastation that automatic weapons would wreak in World War I. During its 50-year career it saw widespread service with US British and other forces on a host of battlefields through conflicts in Zululand and the American West to the Spanish-American War. Although it saw widespread use in the hands of industrialized nations against various groups of indigenous native warriors it was famously left behind by Custer at the battle of the Little Bighorn where some argue it could have made all the difference. Featuring full-colour artwork and contemporary and close-up photographs this engaging study investigates the origins development combat use and lasting influence of the formidable Gatling gun.