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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Photographs show Czech units using Lewis guns both as squad automatic weapons and to equip their broneviki.
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 and captured the gun.
Aged 27, the Royal Marine Artillery sergeant was second in command of pom-poms and AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS IN WORLD WAR ONE Lewis gun on HMS Vindictive as it prepared for battle off Zeebrugge, Belgium.
He bayoneted 15 of the enemy and with a Lewis gun covered the reorganization and consolidation most effectively although isolated and under fire from snipers and guns."
Pinned down by enemy fire, Lance-Corporal McBeath volunteered to attack the guns alone, armed with Lewis gun and revolver.
His courage and resource when in charge of an advanced Lewis gun post under trying circumstances were magnificent."
The British adopted the American-designed Lewis Gun and issued them by the thousands in World War I.
Above, Llandudno Home Guard exercise with a mounted Lewis gun outside St George's Hotel, Llandudno; left, Rhyl Home Guard in boxing training; below, first parade of Llandudno Home Guard in 1940 - with no uniform and sticks in place of guns
In 1932, the Japanese obtained the manufacturing rights, as well as the required tooling, from BSA, and designated both the aircraft and ground models of the Lewis gun as the Type 92.
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.
"There were a team of three of them on the Lewis Gun," explained the pensioner.