The Machine Gun and Skye's Band of Brothers
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.
Neil Oliver examines the development of these ruthless, impersonal weapons, and the legacy they left in one Hebridean community.