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The Mle 1914 Hotchkiss machine gun became the standard machine gun of the French Army during World War I. It was manufactured by the French arms company Hotchkiss et Cie, which had been established in the 1860s by American industrialist Benjamin B. Hotchkiss. The Hotchkiss system, essentially formulated in 1895, clearly is the conceptual precursor to most gas actuated machine gun designs to this day.

Hotchkiss Machine Gun in Days of InfamyEdit

See the Type 3 Heavy Machine Gun.

Hotchkiss Machine Gun in Ils ne passeront pasEdit

The Hotchkiss machine gun became the standard machine gun of the French Army during World War I. Pierre Barres was the gunner on a Hotchkiss at the Battle of Verdun.

Hotchkiss Machine Gun in The War That Came EarlyEdit

The Hotchkiss was the prime machine gun available to the French Army when the Germans invaded France in 1938-9. Many French soldiers were annoyed that the gun wasn't as portable or as easy to operate as the German Maschinengewehr 34, or the British Bren Gun.

In 1939 Sgt. Aristide Demange assigned Cpl. Luc Harcourt to command a Hotchkiss gun crew when Cpl. Bordagary came down venereal. Harcourt served with distinction earning a promotion to Sergeant after one especially ferocious fight against a German trench-raid.

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