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WW1 Lewis Machine Gun Manual (1918)

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By An Instructor

GALE & POLDEN., Aldershot, 1918

‘The “Rat-Tat-Tat” of a Lewis Gun has a terrible “Moral” effect,
and absolutely “puts the wind up” an advancing foe.’

A rare original WW1 edition of this .303 Lewis Machine Gun handbook, published by Gale & Polden in 1918. This is the first edition, not one of the many later editions that were produced after WW1 and in the early years of WW2. The book includes details of the use of the Lewis Gun in trench warfare, and also mentions its use by the newly created RAF. It is illustrated with photographs, diagrams and fold-outs.

The Lewis Gun was manufactured during the First World War by both B.S.A. of Birmingham and the Savage Arms Co. of New York. The Complete Lewis Gunner is a practical guide to the handling and maintenance of the Lewis Gun as used by the RFC, RNAS, RAF and the British Army during WW1. Full of fascinating information and fully illustrated, this book will tell you all you need to know about the workings of the .303 Lewis Gun. It includes details of parts and accessories, and information on how to remedy stoppages.


In good condition. The cover shows general signs of wear and use and some marks. The binding and hinges are good and secure. The text and illustrations are in good condition, with some general signs of use, and some marks. There is an ink signature of ‘A. N. E. Young’ on the inside of the front cover.

Published: 1918
Illustrated card covers, with black/red titling
Illustrated with photographic plates, diagrams and fold-outs
Dimensions: 120mm x 180mm
Pages: 76