THE THOMPSON SUBMACHINE GUN
Author: Martin Pegler
Publisher: BANTAM (BDD)/RANDOM HOUSE, Sep 2010
Using expert knowledge & first-hand accounts; chronicles of one of the world's greatest submachine guns analyzes the Thompson's development, its legacy, & the experiences of the men who used it in combat. Photos & illus; 6x10 inches, 80 pgs.
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Learn the true story of one of history's most well travelled weapons. Developed late in World War I (1914-1918) to be a fearsome trench-warfare weapon, the Thompson submachine gun's fame and success came in unexpected quarters. An iconic and innovative design, the M1921 Thompson was soon adopted by Prohibition-era gangs and used ruthlessly on the streets of New York and Chicago. But its military career was relaunched with the outbreak of World War II (1939-1945), used by armies, commandos and resistance groups worldwide.
Features rare photographs and original artwork by Peter Dennis.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Martin Pegler has a BA Hons in Medieval and Modern History and an MA in Museum Studies, both from University College, London, and was for many years the Senior Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds. He now lives in the Somme, France, where he and his wife run a small bed and breakfast, which is situated on top of the old German front line.