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Lewis gun

n
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a light air-cooled drum-fed gas-operated machine gun used chiefly in World War I
[C20: named after I. N. Lewis (1858–1931), US soldier]
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303 Lewis Guns in storage when they adopted the soon-to-be-famous BREN Gun in 1938.
Anti-aircraft, Lewis guns, and we with our rifles, were all popping at him, but firing ceased when we saw one of our own planes had appeared on the scene and was chasing him for all he was worth and rattling away at him with his Lewis gun.
By 1917, 40,000 Lewis Guns were in service with the British, French, Italian and Russian armies.
The Type 92 has a cocking handle on the left side only, while BSA Lewis guns have provision to install the retracting handle on either side.
He and another man moved forward their Lewis guns and attacked an enemy machine gun, which was holding up their platoon.
As the war progressed, units generally got smaller but more heavily armed as they acquired specialist weapons such as Lewis Guns and Stokes Mortars.
The Lewis guns were to be deployed to protect against counter-attacks and cover the withdrawal.
Two Lewis guns were mounted at the front and were capable of being pivoted up and down.
Anyway, you can apply to the present day the principles that we used, using machine guns as well as Lewis guns to cover the perimeter with interlocking fire, and then with a little loosely thrown wire or other obstacles to give the automatics time to get into action, a few trip flares, your Very lights, and alert inlying piquets in the front-line trenches, infantry should hold and extended perimeter far more safely than ours could.
But this ship was also an unsung war hero and earned her battle honours by being the first merchantman to shoot down enemy aircraft when its Lewis guns downed two Nazi bombers in August 1940 off Scotland.