How The Machine Gun Changed Everything

Since my hospital stay I have neglected posting much about history….to some it it is a wonderful break and to others they were wondering what the Hell happened to the old professors lessons in history….wait NO longer the history lessons are back (I can hear some heavy sighs out there….LOL)

WE are in the middle of the 100 celebration of World War One…..I am fascinated with this page of history because everything changed in the world with this war.  I also just cannot fathom the deaths and carnage that was had during this conflict….and part of that carnage was thanx to the invention of the machine gun…..

HIRAM MAXIM WAS a prolific American inventor. During his lifetime, he devised mousetraps, curling irons, steam pumps, bronchitis inhalers, and even an amusement park ride. He also tinkered with powered flight, early radio technology and light bulbs.

It wasn’t until 1882 however that the 42-year-old inventor conceived his most famous creation.

“I was in Vienna, where I met an American whom I had known in the States,” Maxim told the Times of London. “He said: ‘Hang your chemistry and electricity! If you want to make a pile of money, invent something that will enable these Europeans to cut each other’s throats with greater facility.’ ”

Think about it…..that one invention changed everything.


6 thoughts on “How The Machine Gun Changed Everything

  1. Actually you could go a little earlier if you are suggesting that “rapid-firing” weapons changed the world. Richard Gatling invented the first rapid firing weapon with his gun. Although not a true “machine gun” in the modern sense (given it was a gravity fed device), it still saw service in the Civil War and the Spanish-American War, and stuck around until 1911… and was a nasty son-of-a-bitch in the day.
    The interesting postscript to this history is that the idea of spinning barrels to keep them cool during high rates of fire was utilized in the development of the mini-gun of the Vietnam era.. which likely you very well know about, chuq. The mini-gun.. or 20mm Vulcan cannon.. is still in use today in many variants, including the Navy’s ship-mounted Phalanx system you see shooting planes and drones out of the sky in Hollywood.

  2. The Germans understood the heavy machine gun so much better than the allies, in WW1. They deployed far more, and to much greater effect. Britain still glorified the bayonet charge of course, much to the cost of the poor ground troops.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. The charges were worthless and cost many lives that did not need to be lost…….not a whole lot learned in that war…..they kept doing the same things over and over and expecting a different out come…..silly humans….chuq

  3. Remember that the machine gun evolved from the Gattling Gun. I also recently spent three days in the hospital, and I will be back there again, hopefully spending one day overnight for “observation”. Perhaps I’ll receive a response from the Night Nurse this time, before I pull my IV tubes out. Oy veh!

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