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Paul Cornish is currently senior curator in the Department of Exhibits & Firearms, Imperial War Museum, and he previously worked at the British Museum. He is a leading expert on the history of the machine-gun and its use in the Great War. He has written widely on the history of firearms, and his work has appeared in many of the leading military history periodicals including Military Illustrated, and the Osprey Military Journal. He has also contributed a chapter on weapons and equipment to Special Operations Executive: A New Instrument of War. Recently he has turned his attention to the study of Material Culture, and has published papers in Matters of Conflict: Material Culture, Memory and the First World War, Contested Objects and Bodies in Conflict the two latter of which he co-edited (with N.J. Saunders). He has also written military history entries for Microsoft Encarta, obituaries for the Guardian newspaper and book reviews for The Year in Reference, New Scientist and Military Illustrated.