Armoured Machine Gunner Training

Machine guns used in armoured vehicles, be they tanks or armoured cars, required a different type of trained machine gunner to use them. This is because they didn’t need to employ the guns in direct fire or the dismounted role that as taught through the standard machine gunner training.

Second World War

The Royal Armoured Corps had their own Training Regiments that took recruits direct. The full transcript of the War Establishment for the United Kingdom Training Regiment is available here:

The Base Depot and School in Egypt also incorporated machine gunner training and their War Establishment is available here:


  • The National Archives, WO 24/937, War Establishments 1940 January to June.
  • The National Archives, WO 24/938, War Establishments 1940 July to December.