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1908-1919:

The Territorial Machine Gunner

1909, United Kingdom

A small pamphlet for territorial battalions to keep record of their machine gunner training and provide an aide memoire for the machine gunners themselves.

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The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (2nd Edition)

May 1913, United Kingdom

This edition of the Machine Gunners’ Handbook is too early for the diagrams of the Vickers Light Gun to be included and developments were constantly happening in this period.

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The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (3rd Edition)

October, 1914, United Kingdom

This edition of the Machine Gunners’ Handbook, the first wartime edition, is too early for the diagrams of the Vickers Light Gun to be included and developments were constantly happening in this period, hence the fourth and fifth editions being published in the same month.

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How to Instruct in Aiming and Firing

1914, United Kingdom

A commercial manual produced to aid students at the School of Musketry, Hythe, as those students were to become instructors in aiming and firing. It would also be purchased by other instructors from across the British Army.

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The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (5th Edition)

October 1914, United Kingdom

This edition of the Machine Gunners’ Handbook, the first wartime edition, is too early for the diagrams of the Vickers Light Gun to be included and developments were constantly happening in this period, hence the third fourth editions being published in the same month.

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The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (6th Edition)

June 1915, United Kingdom

This comprehensive manual for machine guns in the Great War included, in this edition, the Maxim, the Vickers and the Lewis automatic machine guns.

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Guide for the Vickers Machine Gun (Magazine Rifle Chamber)

1915, United Kingdom

A pocket-sized manual made for the individual officer to learn from rather than teach from. It contains question and answer sets and is written in a very easy manner. A real classic example of Great War commercial manuals.

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A Short Description of the Vickers Light Automatic Gun (Class “C”)

1915, Worldwide

A brief introduction to the Class ‘C’ gun (the commercial version of the Mk I) that includes a description of the gun and its operation and simple instructions for operation.

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Handbook of the Vickers Rifle Calibre Gun, Light Model (Class C)

1915, Worldwide

Even though the Great War had started in 1914, Vickers Limited were still providing machine guns to other countries either allies or neutral. This is the handbook for the Class C gun, the commercial equivalent of the Mark I. It was advertised as the light model, as opposed to the Maxim.

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The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (7th Edition)

July 1915, United Kingdom

This comprehensive manual for machine guns in the Great War included, in this edition, the Maxim, the Vickers and the Lewis automatic machine guns.

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The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (8th Edition)

November 1915, United Kingdom

This comprehensive manual for machine guns in the Great War included, in this edition, the Maxim, the Vickers and the Lewis automatic machine guns of the British Army and it also included the Colt machine guns being used by Canadian.

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Vickers-Clyno Motor Machine Gun Equipments, Mark IV, Parts List

1915, United Kingdom

The parts-list for the Vickers-Clyno motorcycle that was used by the Motor Machine Gun Service and Motor Machine Gun Corps.

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Some Lectures and Notes on Machine Guns

1915, United Kingdom

A handbook to be read by instructors alongside the more technical handbooks and manuals on machine gunnery.  It’s written by Major N K Charteris of the School of Musketry, Hythe, where the first machine gun training courses were held.

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Machine Gun Training (.303 and .22 Cartridges)

1916, United Kingdom

Part of a series of manuals for officers that covered a range of subjects. This is about the drill of a machine gun section, the tactical handling of machine guns as well as fire control of multiple guns and firing the annual machine gun course.

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The Machine Gunners’ Handbok (9th Edition)

January 1916, United Kingdom

This comprehensive manual for machine guns in the Great War included, in this edition, the Maxim, the Vickers and the Lewis automatic machine guns of the British Army and it also included the Colt machine guns being used by Canadian.

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The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (10th Edition)

April 1916, United Kingdom

This comprehensive manual for machine guns in the Great War included, in this edition, the Maxim, the Vickers and the Lewis automatic machine guns of the British Army and it also included the Colt machine guns being used by Canadian.

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Machine Gun Manual

1917, United Kingdom

A commercial manual written by Captain H Douglas of the Sherwood Foresters who was a competitive shot in the British Army. It covers the technical aspects of the Maxim, Vickers, Lewis, Colt, and Hotchkiss as well as drill and use in the field.

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A.B.C. du Mitrailleur

1917, France

A french-language manual that covers the St-Etienne, Hotchkiss, Colt, Vickers as well the German Maxim MG08. It includes mechanism, drills, transport and tactics for each.

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The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (11th Edition)

January 1917, United Kingdom

This comprehensive manual for machine guns in the Great War included, in this edition, the list of machine guns covered has reduced to the Vickers and the Lewis which were the automatic weapons in use with the British and Empire countries at the time.

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The Machine Gunners’ Handbook – Addendum to the 11th Edition – Barrage Fire for Machine Guns

October 1917, United Kingdom

As tactics developed, the manuals had to as well. This addendum to The Machine Gunners’ Handbook covers barrage fire.

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Handbook for the Vickers (.303 in.) Machine Gun

1917, United States of America

A pocket-sized manual designed to help American machine gun offers who were using the Vickers machine gun. It includes a question and answer section as well as material sourced from other manuals and handbook of the time.

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1920-1938:

Vickers-Berthier Light Machine Gun. Model 1924-25.

circa 1925, World Service

An early manual for the Vickers-Berthier Model 1924-25. This was a light machine gun that Vickers bought the rights to from Berthier and promoted as their commercial alternative, eventually seeking to replace the Lewis automatic rifle in British service.

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Ametralladora Automatica Vickers Calibre 7.65mm Class “F”

1929, World Service

The Class F was Vickers’ aircraft observers gun with a drum magazine instead of belt-feed. It was not used by the British but did have some commercial sales around the world, which this manual was intended for.

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Vickers Berthier Machine Rifle. Model 1928-1929.

circa 1929, World Service

A commercial handbook to accompany the Vickers Class L, better known as the Vickers-Berthier, that was sold around the world. This is for the Model 1928-29 variant that was still being marketed as a ‘machine rifle’.

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Vickers .5-inch Automatic Gun for Aeroplanes

1920s, World Service

An early handbook for the High Velocity Vickers .5-inch machine gun designed for air service. This is possibly what would later become known as the Class B gun.

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Handbook of the Vickers Machine Gun (Water Cooled) for Land Service (Class “C” – Rifle Calibre).

circa 1930, World Service

The Class C was the commercial variant of the Mark I land service Vickers machine gun. It was sold extensively around the world during the 1920s and 1930s in a range of calibres to suit the customer. The gun resembles the Mark I but includes a range of accessories and minor alterations not available in British service.

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Handbook of the Vickers Machine Gun (Water Cooled) for Land Service (Class “C” – Rifle Calibre) (M4/2)

circa 1930, World Service

The Class C was the commercial variant of the Mark I land service Vickers machine gun. It was sold extensively around the world during the 1920s and 1930s in a range of calibres to suit the customer. The gun resembles the Mark I but includes a range of accessories and minor alterations not available in British service. This is an amended second edition.

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Ametralladora Vickers Calibre de Fusil Clase “C”

circa 1930, Argentina

A manual for the Class ‘C’ commercial Vickers machine gun.

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Handbook of the Vickers Aircraft Observer’s Machine Gun (Class “F” – Rifle Calibre)

circa 1930, World Service

The Class F was Vickers’ aircraft observers gun with a drum magazine instead of belt-feed. It was not used by the British but did have some commercial sales around the world, which this manual was intended for.

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Handbook of the Vickers 12.7 mm. (0.5-inch) Automatic Gun (Class D*)

circa 1930, World Service

Designed as an anti-armour and anti-aircraft gun, the Class D* used a different .5-inch round the British service ammunition but was only used by a few countries around the world.

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Vickers-Carden-Loyd Armoured Machine Gun Carrier: Instructions for Driving & Maintenance

1930s, World Service

The Carden-Loyd was a tankette (light armoured vehicle) that carried the Vickers machine gun and two (or sometimes three) members of the detachment. It was used by the British but also sold around the world.

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The Armourer’s Handbook: Part III Light Machine Guns

1930s, United Kingdom

This commercially-available handbook covered the Vickers-Berthier as well as the Lewis, Bren and Hotchkiss light machine guns.

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The Vickers-Berthier Light Machine Gun

1930s, World Service

An early manual for the Vickers-Berthier that includes pictures of the gun in service with British troops, presumably for trials or models in British equipment from Vickers-Armstrongs for publicity purposes.

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Handbook of the Vickers-Berthier Light Machine Gun (for Land Service)

1930s, World Service

This hard-backed manual for the Vickers-Berthier is from the series of ‘Mark’ guns rather than year models. It is full of technical information on the gun and its accessories.

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Mechanization

1930s, World Service

A commercial catalogue aimed at Governments around the world who were procuring their defence and military equipment in the 1930s. It includes armoured vehicles, bridges and other land equipment that Vickers were producing at the time.

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Manual de la Ametralladora A.A. 7.65mm Clase K

1938, Argentina

Manual used by the Argentinian Navy for the Vickers Class K used in an anti-aircraft role, possibly on submarines as this is how the gun was commonly used due to its high rate of fire.

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Vickers-Armstrongs Aircraft Armament

circa 1938, World Service

A commercial catalogue for armament offered by Vickers-Armstrongs to its worldwide customers. It include the Vickers Class E, Class F, Vickers-Berthier Observers’ Gun (later the Vickers Class K), .5-inch Pilots Gun (later the Class A) as well as mountings, bombs and bomb controls.

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Handbook of the .303-inch Vickers-Berthier Machine Gun Mark I

circa 1938, World Service

Later versions of the Vickers-Berthier were determined by ‘mark’ rather than year model. This is the hard-backed manual for the Mark I, covering the technical aspects of the gun.

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1939-1975:

The Rangecardograph for the use of Infantry & Machine Gunners

circa 1940, United Kingdom

More a piece of equipment than a manual, the Rangecardograph is a template for constructing range cards, which were used extensive by machine gunners and their range-takers.

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Machine Gun Commanders’ Memory Card (7th Edition)

circa 1940, United Kingdom

This pocket-sized pamphlet is an aide-memoire for machine gun commanders from platoon downwards, setting out their requirements and tasks in different roles, such as defence and attack.

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Machine Gun Commanders’ Memory Card (9th Edition)

circa 1940, United Kingdom

This pocket-sized pamphlet is an aide-memoire for machine gun commanders from platoon downwards, setting out their requirements and tasks in different roles, such as defence and attack.

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Machine Gun Commanders’ Memory Card (10th Edition)

circa 1940, United Kingdom

This pocket-sized fold-out card is an aide-memoire for machine gun commanders from platoon downwards, setting out their requirements and tasks in different roles, such as defence and attack.

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Machine Gun Commanders’ Memory Card (11th Edition)

April 1940, United Kingdom

This pocket-sized fold-out card is an aide-memoire for machine gun commanders from platoon downwards, setting out their requirements and tasks in different roles, such as defence and attack.

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Machine Gun Company & Platoon Commander’s Verbal Orders

circa 1941, United Kingdom

This pocket-sized fold-out card is an aide-memoire for machine gun commanders from companies and platoons, giving them the main headings and descriptions to include in their verbal orders.

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Guns for the Home Guard

circa 1941, United Kingdom

A manual produced for the Home Guard that includes the Vickers machine gun, the anti-tank rifle, Thompson sub-machine gun, Browning automatic rifle and the Lewis gun. It includes drills and technical information.

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The Vickers Machine Gun. Mechanism Made Easy

circa 1942, United Kingdom

A very common manual for the Vickers M1915. Produced for the Home Guard by Gale and Polden, it describes (with photos) the technical information and drills of the machine gun.

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.300 Vickers Machine Gun. Mechanism Made Easy

1944, United Kingdom

A very common manual for the Vickers M1915. Produced for the Home Guard by Gale and Polden, it describes (with photos) the technical information and drills of the machine gun.

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How to Remedy and Prevent Stoppages

1942, United Kingdom

Another Home Guard manual. This time it covers the preparations for firing and actions on stoppages for the Vickers machine gun, Browning machine gun, Lewis light machine gun, Browning automatic rifle and Thompson sub-machine gun.

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Small Arms Manual (1st Edition)

1942, United Kingdom

A very common manual that must have been produced in large quantities, this pocket-sized book covers many different small arms from all of the combatant nations in the Second World War. Barlow had been the secretary, and then member, of the Small Arms Committee for many years. It includes the Vickers-Berthier as well as numerous other weapons.

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Small Arms Manual (3rd Edition)

1944, United Kingdom

A very common manual that must have been produced in large quantities, this pocket-sized book covers many different small arms from all of the combatant nations in the Second World War. Barlow had been the secretary, and then member, of the Small Arms Committee for many years. This third edition contains further weapons as they were developed during the war.

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Manual of Modern Automatic Guns

circa 1942, United Kingdom

A small pocket book covering the basics for the weapons in service with the Home Guard: Sten, Bren, Lewis, Thompson, Vickers, Browning and others.

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The Vickers Gun Simplified

circa 1942, Australia

It wasn’t just the UK producing additional handbooks that could be purchased privately. This example from Australia covers all aspects of the Vickers, including drills and mechanism.

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The Vickers Gun Simplified (Second Edition)

1944, Australia

It wasn’t just the UK producing additional handbooks that could be purchased privately. This example from Australia covers all aspects of the Vickers, including drills and mechanism.

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Instructions for the Use and Care of the Barr & Stroud Rangefinder

circa 1950s, World Service

The Barr & Stroud Rangefinder served alongside the Vickers for its entire service. They were also exported and this manual is one of the commercial handbooks that accompanied each instrument.

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These low-resolution downloads are provided free-of-charge for the benefit of anyone that wants to know more about the use of the Vickers Machine Gun and know what the Machine Gunners would have known. Many are rare items not readily available so, if you find them useful, please support the development of this resource.

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