The Universal Carrier was introduced in the late 1930s to provide mechanised transport to the Vickers MG Platoon both during WW2 and after the war.

Different configurations of carrier were utilised within the Platoon:

The Platoon Commander’s Carrier

(MG Platoon (WW2)) Occupied by the Platoon Commander and two Driver / Operators.

(MG Platoon (1951-)) Occupied by the Platoon Commander (a Captain), two Driver / Operators and a Driver. It also carried a Light Machine Gun, two No. 31 radio sets (forward and rear link) and a No. 88 radio set.

Platoon Commander’s Carrier Stowage Diagrams:

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The Platoon Sergeant’s Carrier

(MG Platoon (WW2)) Occupied by the Platoon Sergeant, the Platoon Commander’s Batman and a Driver / Mechanic. It also carried the Platoon Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank (PIAT).

(MG Platoon (1951-)) The Platoon Sergeant used a Car, 5-cwt (“Jeep”) rather than a Carrier.

Platoon Sergeant’s Carrier Stowage Diagrams

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The Section Commander’s Carrier

(MG Platoon (WW2)) Occupied by the Section Commander, a Rangetaker and a Driver / Mechanic. Within the Platoon, there were two sections.

(MG Platoon (1951-)) Occupied by the Section Commander, a Driver / Operator, a Driver and a Private who was the Rangetaker. It also carried a Light Machine Gun, a Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank (PIAT), a No. 31 radio set and a No. 88 radio set. There were three MMG sections.

Section Commander’s Carrier Stowage Diagrams

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The MMG Carrier

(MG Platoon (WW2)) Occupied by the Driver, the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3.

(MG Platoon (1951-)) Occupied by the Driver, the No. 1 (a Corporal), No. 2 and No. 3. There were three MMG sections, each with two MMG carriers.

MMG Carrier Stowage Diagrams:

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