The Sten Machine Carbine, by Peter Laidler.

Another fascinating and exceptionally well researched book from probably my favourite author in the field of small arms research, Peter Laidler. 'The Sten Machine Carbine' covers the story of the Sten gun from its inception in December 1940 on Harold Turpins dining room table to its eventual retirement from full time service in the 1960's. The book contains detailed descriptions of the design, development, manufacture and use of all of the Marks of Sten produced in Great Britain and the Commonwealth along with notes on the 'resistance' Stens made covertly in occupied Europe during WW2, the German Reich copies and later 'after market' Stens manufactured in the USA and elsewhere. As always with Peter Laidlers works, the book is far from a dry history and is sprinkled with personal anecdotes, comments and asides all of which make it a book that can be read cover to cover or dipped in and out of with equal certainty of getting something new and relevant from it. This book is worth its money just for Peter's own experiments to test the validity or otherwise of the many urban myths surounding 'the Woolworths gun', which come to some entertaining, and usually unexpected, conclusions. Hard back with dust jacket, size 288 x 225mm, 370 pages, comprehensively illustrated with black & white photographs and line drawings. ISBN 0 88935 259 3. Stock No BOOKS43.

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