The machine gunners is a childrens historical novel by robert westall published by macmillan in 1975set in northeastern england shortly after the battle of britain february 1941 it features children who find a crashed german aircraft with a machine gun and ammunition they build a fortress and capture and imprison a german gunnerthe author also wrote a play based on the book and others . The machine gunners robert westall on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers robert westalls gripping carnegie medal winning novel celebrates its 40th anniversary some bright kids got a gun and 2000 rounds of live ammo and that guns no pea shooter itll go through a brick wall at a quarter of a mile chas mcgill has the second best collection of war souvenirs in garmouth. Robert westall was born in north shields northumberland england in 1929 his first published book the machine gunners 1975 which won him the carnegie medal is set in world war two when a group of children living on tyneside retrieve a machine gun from a crashed german aircraft. More than a decade after his death robert westall retains his reputation as one of the most powerful writers for children he was awarded two carnegie medals for the machine gunners and the scarecrows and used his own childhood experiences of the second world war in his books. The machine gunners in 1975 robert westalls first published book the machine gunners won him the prestigious library associations carnegie medal an unusual achievement for a writers first book it was also a guardian award runner up
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