Independent Machine Gun Company

Independent MG Companies provided fire support for the infantry brigades of Armoured Divisions and Independent Infantry Brigade Groups.

The Company included three machine gun platoons and a mortar platoon, which include four 4.2-inch mortars. A full version of the war establishment from February 1944 is available to download.


Later developments included a Flamethrower Platoon.


Several regiments provided companies as Independent Machine Gun Companies, including the 4th Bn, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. At one time, this Battalion was completely broken down to provide Independent Machine Gun Companies and the Battalion headquarters performed an administrative role only.

The Independent Machine Gun Company was mechanised and used either 15-cwt trucks or Universal Carriers.