The machine gunners is a childrens historical novel by robert westall published by macmillan in 1975 set 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 gunner. About the machine gunners written by robert westall april 1990 i wrote the machine gunners between october and december 1973 it was written in longhand in school exercise 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. First published in 1975 i read this in the late seventies aged 9 or 10 ive since read it twice more as an adult and am always gripped by the excitement the suspense the build up and the action. The machine gunners book review this is a review by my 10 year old son o synopsis the machine gunners book is about a young boy called chas and his friends that all find a german bomber crashed in the woods and there they come across a machine gun and 2000 rounds of ammo
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