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    Martin Pegler(Author) Mr Peter Dennis(Illustrator)

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The Thompson submachine gun, or Tommy gun developed an almost iconic status during the 20th century. It had an unusual beginning, for it was developed during the dying days of World War I as a 'one-man, hand-held machine gun.' The war ended before these first prototypes could be shipped to Europe but once the M1921 Thompson formally entered production it was used by the criminals working in Chicago and New York during the 1920s. With the police increasingly outgunned they too were forced to equip themselves with the Tommy gun. It quickly came to be used in Hollywood films, and by the end of the 1930s it would have probably faded from view had history not intervened. With the entry of the US into World War II there was an urgent need to equip and arm a force of epic proportions; the Thompson submachine gun began a second career as part of the US Army. It also became the weapon of choice for the small band of British commandos as they conducted a number of daring raids against the heart of occupied Europe.

I am not a person who buys books on guns, but this is an interesting and detailed little book --Miniature WargamesHighly recommended. --Model Military InternationalAll in all, this book is a superb start to a new series and can be recommended to enthusiasts and those with a passing interest alike (there is a glossary included for some of the more technical terms). Very highly recommended. --Military Modelcraft InternationalPelger tells the Thompson story in a readable narrative spiced with photographs. The book is informative, entertaining and recommended. --On PointAll in all, this book is a superb start to a new series and can be recommended to enthusiasts and those with a passing interest alike (there is a glossary included for some of the more technical terms). Very highly recommended. --Military Modelcraft International

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  • By Thomas Raymann on 4 March 2012

    This is a quality number and I would pretend a potential classic Osprey.Author has poured in his love of subject in a fluent and highly informative text.Just melted through the pages and enjoyed each minute with the book.Good coverage of roaring 20s use of the Tommy and it's WW2 career.Highly recommended to anyone interested in the Thompson or the era it helped shape.Wish all Osprey books packed this right amount of info and entertainment. Author got it right here in the confines of space.As always with Opsrey, price 30% too expensive for what you get.

  • By BLT on 4 October 2010

    It's all there. A concise story of the "Tommy gun". I still can't grasp the reason why the editor persists in printing, what's more on a double-page, a colour plate.In this number, a bunch of gangsters is depicted fighting it out with police officers in some street. The painting of poor quality doesn't bring anything to the book. Photos would have done the trick by and large.Another shows gritting US Marines pouring a hail of lead, without any aiming whatever the weapon into whatever's upfront. It looks like it was picked off from some pulp-comic book destined to schoolboys in the 60s.Maybe is it cheaper than publishing photos of the fighting in Guadalcanal, Anzio, St.Lô, Tarawa, Eindhoven, Saipan, St. Vith, Okinawa, you name it ?!

  • By James Rainey on 4 March 2014

    The book was purchased when studying the Thompson machine gun. The book gives an excellent background and facts on the complete history of the weapon.

  • By Tranter UK on 21 October 2010

    This is a light weight, but interesting overview of the Thompson and its history. It is well written and interesting, a worthwhile addition for anyone interested in the Tommy Gun, or early Submachine Guns in general.

  • By Robert Jones on 19 October 2015

    OK giving a brief history

  • By bothfeet on 18 September 2010

    Love the new series, brings some of these old weapons to life, and adds meat to the Thompsons mythos..


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