1912 – 1938
The Drivers of the limbered wagons were part of the MG Section and operated as such.
The transport drivers of the limbered wagon and Small Arms Ammunition cart should be frequently exercised with the section, in order that they may thoroughly understand the necessity for taking advantage of ground to reduce visibility, and may learn to act on signals to move as required. They should also be taught to fill belts by hand and with the machine, and in addition should receive sufficient instructions in the duties of the gun numbers to enable them to replace casualties in an emergency.
As well as the limbered wagons of the MG section, the wider administrative unit, of which the MG section was part, also had horse-drawn transport – these were driven by regimental transport drivers.
A certain proportion of regimental transport drivers of cavalry and infantry will be specially trained to drive the general service limbered wagon for machine guns.
The special training referred to should enable these drivers to act correctly in the case of emergency during action.
1943 – 1968
The Driver, or Driver/Operator (DvrOp), was responsible for driving the mechanical transport of the MG detachment, sub-section or section. This role was a feature of the WW2 and Post-WW2 MG Platoons. They drove the 15-cwt Truck and Universal Carrier as required by the unit.
A DvrOp was a trained radio operator.
In the 1951 Manual, the DvrOp is identified as carrying the following equipment on a ‘long carry’:
- 31 set.