Lewis gun


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Lewis gun

[′lü·əs ‚gən]
(ordnance)
A gas-operated machine gun with a horizontal drum magazine, manufactured in several modifications; now obsolete.
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Von Richthofen recovered the twisted Lewis gun from Hawker's plane as a trophy and they say he hung it above the entrance to his billet.
Army's Board of Ordnance (led by General William Crozier) to adopt the Lewis gun during World War I.
When an enemy machine-gun opened fire on Sergeant Cairns' platoon on 1 November 1918 at Valenciennes, he seized a Lewis gun, single-handedly rushed the post, killed the crew of five men, and captured the gun.
His captain, in the course of a letter, wrote: "When the FOO party was being worried by snipers close in front and infantry were being held up by the Germans, Lieutenant Amoroso manned a Lewis gun himself in order to pick off the Germans.
When his platoon was halted by heavy machine-gun 're Pte Tandey crawled forward to locate the gun post and led a Lewis gun team to destroy it.
There were a team of three of them on the Lewis Gun," explained the pensioner.
It is likely he handled a Lewis gun at the Battle of the Somme, which began on July 1, 1916, with the British Army's most disastrous losses in a day - 60,000 dead and wounded.
I had never been in an aeroplane nor had I seen a Lewis Gun.
He was the number two in the Lewis gun team and his role was to carry and assemble the spare parts for the machine gun.
Amazingly, in the desperate kill-or-be-killed fever of battle, the Lewis gun team vowed that whenever they had the enemy in their sights they would shoot to wound and disable rather than kill.
The Lewis gun provided self-supporting firepower during an attack.