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WW1 Maxim machine gun that captured by US sgt. York was found in our town library!
A WW1 German maxim machine gun that was captured by US sgt. York was found in our town library attic covered by a tarp. The gun, originally captured and retrieved by 17 survivors of Sgt. Alvin York's platoon is on it's way to the museum of Appalachia, Norris TN. The maxim gun was sent to Nahant, where Gretchen and I live, by Mayland Lewis an army clerk, serving in France, who took the first hand report of the battle from Sergeant York. The gun was exhibited as a trophy of war in the town's 1919 welcome home parade when it was pulled by the boy scouts in a red wagon. After the parade Lewis presented the Maxim gun to the Nahant Public Library. The gun was here until it was rediscovered in 2003. The gun could not be sold at auction, because it had never been registered. Because the Maxim gun is classed as an unregistered automatic weapon, the library cannot sell, nor keep it. The gun can only be transferred to a museum that receives federal funding. The library trustees have made an agreement with the Museum of Appalachia and that museum is building an exhibit around the weapon. I had wished the gun stayed here, which would have continued it's history as intended. At least it will be saved and preserved as part of our history.
"Because the Maxim gun is classed as an unregistered automatic weapon, the library cannot sell, nor keep it. The gun can only be transferred to a museum that receives federal funding."
- Richard and Gretchen
P.S. The more you look at this gun the more you see the craftsmanship that is associated with German made products.
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