The Sterling Years

Small Arms and the Men

James Edmiston

Date Published :
June 2011
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781848844377
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Out of stock


This is the story of the manufacture, development and usage of one of the most famous submachine Guns ever produced by a British Firm Designed at the end of WW2. The Sterling Guns saw limited use on a trial basis, carried by paratroopers during the battle of Arnhem; since the British Forces had plenty of Sten guns at the time, and tests between the two types of weapon were inconclusive, it was not until 1953, that with a few adjustments, the Weapon was formally adopted by the British Army.

Whilst not the most accurate of weapons, it was extremely useful in urban warfare and regarded as one of the most reliable submachine Guns throughout the world until it was withdrawn from use in 1988. A total of over 400,000 were manufactured. Sterling built them for the British armed forces and for overseas sales. The Sterling Guns was used as the basis for the weapons used by Storm Troopers in the Star Wars films.

About The Author

Born in 1943, James Edmiston considers himself a product of the British so-called working class - whatever that may mean. He was educated at Rugby and Brasenose College Oxford, where he had the utmost difficulty in finding time to read law. Apart from a thorough grounding in production engineering, he ran the world-renowned Sterling Armament Company for twelve years, with a degree of success that he claims was due to his various colleagues and loyal employees.

He is married with four children and is a considerable athlete with no political axe to grind. Is a solicitor-advocate (civil) and mediator who has represented many victims of miscarriage of justice.

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