Machine Guns in History

Historical Events

  • 1718-05-15 James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents world's 1st machine gun
  • 1862-11-04 Dr Richard Gatling patents Gatling machine gun in Indianapolis
  • 1898-09-02 Machine gun 1st used in battle
  • 1912-06-07 US army tests 1st machine gun mounted on a plane
  • 1914-09-09 First fully mechanized unit in the British Army created - the Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade (WWI)
  • 1916-07-11 Battle of Verdun: Germany launches an offensive on Fort Souville in France but are defeated by artillery and machine gunners

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933-10-12 Gangster George Francis Barnes, aka Machine Gun Kelly, is sentenced to life imprisonment

  • 1942-02-16 Bangka Island massacre: Japanese soldiers machine-gun 22 Australian Army nurses and 60 Australian and British soldiers and crew members from two sunken ships. Only one nurse and two soldiers survive.
  • 1972-10-30 Loyalist paramilitaries carry out a raid on Royal Ulster Constabulary station in County Derry, and steal 4 British Army Sterling sub-machine Guns

Famous Birthdays

  • 1818-09-12 Richard Jordan Gatling, American inventor (hand-cranked machine gun), born in Hertford County, North Carolina (d. 1903)