‘One 4.9 gun, one 3.4, and four maxims’

The matter-of-fact description of the weaponry aboard the¬†Blitz,¬†which Carruthers and Davies see on October 16 for the first time, includes the phrase ‘four maxims’. These days, the word ‘maxim’ is more associated with sleazy lad-mags, but in 1898 it had an altogether darker sense. A maxim is a machine-gun, named for its inventor, Sir HiramContinue reading “‘One 4.9 gun, one 3.4, and four maxims’”