Towards a revolution in firepower? Logistics, lethality, and the Lee-Metford

Ford, Matthew (2013) Towards a revolution in firepower? Logistics, lethality, and the Lee-Metford. War in History, 20 (3). pp. 273-299. ISSN 0968-3445

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Abstract

This article examines the British army’s decision to adopt the Lee-Metford magazine rifle in 1888. Examining the perspectives of a number of constituencies in the services shows that the magazine arm was not adopted out of an ambition simply to produce greater volumes of fire. Instead a number of factors shaped the decision to abandon the previous service arm, the Martini-Henry, many of which were contingent and reflected the particular attitudes of those groups with an interest in the infantry’s equipment. What ultimately becomes apparent is that the Lee-Metford was embraced primarily because it did not force any one constituency in the army to adopt the tactical preferences of any of the other groups involved.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Jayne Paulin
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2013 14:12
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2013 14:04
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45795
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