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The Machine Gun and Skye's Band of Brothers

Programme Run: 1 x 60 minutes
Production: BBC
First Transmitted: 2014 HD available

In the summer of 1914, a company of Cameron Highlanders left Portree and sailed off to war.   On the battlefields of France these raw recruits would meet the Maxim machine gun.   Invented in London, and capable of firing a hellish 666 rounds per minute, the German army deployed these weapons with mathematical efficiency.  

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The Maxim machine gun was developed in London; it could fire a terrifying 666 bullets per minute.  Neil Oliver examines how the German military came to deploy this hellish weapon, and the effect it had on one remote Highland community.


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