As well as the Vickers machine gun, machine gunners carried their own personal weapons. Depending on the time period and the specific role, this could have been a revolver, pistol, sub-machine gun or rifle.
Personal equipment, usually made of webbing or leather, carried the ammunition, water, rations and other small equipment that each individual soldier required. There were some specialist items only carried by machine gunners but the majority was equipment of the standard infantry soldier.
Machine gunners wore uniforms that were normally standard issue to any other soldier in their service and time period. There were a few items specifically for machine gunners and these are highlighted here.
It was necessary to ensure that machine gunners were kept fed and watered. This section covers the food and rations that were used by machine gunners through the Vickers’ service.