The British adopted the American-designed Lewis Gun
and issued them by the thousands in World War I.
By the end of 1916 it was estimated that the British army fired more than 7 billion rounds through their Lewis Guns
They then proceeded with their Lewis guns
and rendered valuable assistance up the flank, which was held up by hostile machine gun fire.
And there is no reason why the perimeter should not be fully and safely held with a similar arrangement based on crossed fire of Lewis guns
and machine guns.
It was originally intended to add only two Lewis guns
Anti-aircraft guns, machine-guns and Lewis guns
, and we with our rifles were all banging at him, but he got away with it.
By 1917,40,000 Lewis guns
were in service with the British, French, Italian and Russian armies.
Other factories manufactured shells, fuses and rifles by the million, Lewis guns
by the thousand, artillery limbers by the hundred, monster aeroplanes, battalions of tanks, aeroplane engines, and big guns.
The rights to manufacture both infantry and aircraft Lewis guns
were sold to the Japanese Navy by the British company of Birmingham Small Arms (BSA) about 1930.
They were freshly painted--which helped mask the smell of fish--fitted with a radio and provided with rifles and Lewis guns
In 1915, each battalion had four Lewis guns
but by 1917 each battalions had 46.
In that month, the battalion was issued with Lewis Guns
to replace its Hotchkiss Guns and the battalion machine gunners were sent to the GHQ Lewis Gun
School at Le Touquet for training.