Armstrong the Great Gun Maker
The Crimean War in 1854 had a major
impact on Armstrong. Reports claimed the British Army with its bulky, out dated field guns was only just saved from being totally overwhelmed
by Russian forces because of a swirling fog. Appalled that military engineering was lagging way behind civil advances and the needless loss
of life caused by antiquated armaments Armstrong led a pioneering modernisation of world arms.
His greatest military invention, the Armstrong Gun, was a breech loading gun, a weapon far superior to any of its rivals. Armstrong received a
knighthood from Queen Victoria for his invention and was appointed engineer to the War Department.
By 1882 his company had expanded into ship building and was the largest employer in Tyneside. The works extended for one mile alongside the Tyne.
It was the only factory in the world that could build battleships and completely arm them as well.