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Cover Title Year Audience File Size

1908-1919:

V00059 The Territorial Machine Gunner 1909 United Kingdom 705 KB
V02849 The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (2nd Edition) May, 1913 United Kingdom 9,601 KB
1914-10-UK-TheMachineGunnersHandbook-3rd-Cover The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (3rd Edition) – Low resolution free download
October, 1914 United Kingdom 39,282 KB
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.

 

1914-10-UK-TheMachineGunnersHandbook-3rdEdition

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Cover How to Instruct in Aiming and Firing – Low resolution free download
1914 United Kingdom 6.27 MB
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.

 

UK-1914-AimingAndFiring

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V02273 The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (5th Edition) October, 1914 United Kingdom 17,540 KB
V02272 The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (6th Edition)  June, 1915 United Kingdom 20,497 KB
V02373 Guide for the Vickers Machine Gun (Magazine Rifle Chamber) 1915 United Kingdom 11,510 KB
1915-UK-ShortDescriptionClassC A Short Description of the Vickers Light Automatic Gun (Class “C”)
1915 Worldwide 647KB
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.
V00414 Handbook of the Vickers Rifle Calibre Gun, Light Model 1915 International 1,275 KB
V02270 The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (7th Edition)  July, 1915 United Kingdom 17,422 KB
V02269 The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (8th Edition) November, 1915 United Kingdom 39,563 KB
V00536 Motor Machine Gun Equipments, Mark IV, Parts List  1915 United Kingdom

 

Motor Machine Gun Corps

6,784 KB
V05617 Some Lectures and Notes on Machine Guns
1915 United Kingdom 7.10 MB
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.
V02268 Machine Gun Training (.303 and .22 Cartridges)  1916 United Kingdom 15,254 KB
V02271 The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (9th Edition)  January, 1916 United Kingdom 19,938 KB
V02274 The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (10th Edition) April, 1916 United Kingdom 20,308 KB
Cover.jpg Machine Gun Manual (low resolution free download)
1917 United Kingdom 21.5 MB
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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V01943 A.B.C du Mitrailleur 1917 France 18,242 KB
V02275 The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (11th Edition) January, 1917 United Kingdom 31,521 KB
V03024 The Machine Gunners’ Handbook – Addendum to the 11th Edition – Barrage Fire for Machine Guns October, 1917 United Kingdom 1,713 KB
V02282 Handbook for the Vickers (.303-in.) Machine Gun 1917 United States of America 5,431 KB

1920-1938:

V00092 Vickers-Berthier Light Machine Gun, Model 1924-25 circa 1925 International 1,243 KB
1929-Vickers-Amet Ametralladora Automatica Vickers Calibre 7.65mm Class “F”
1929 Worldwide 2.73MB
A commercial handbook in Spanish to accompany the Vickers Class F that was sold around the world.
Page001-001 Vickers Berthier Machine Rifle Model 1928-1929
Circa 1929 Worldwide 1.78MB
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’.
192X-World-Vickers5inch-Cover Vickers .5-inch Automatic Gun for Aeroplanes (click for low resolution free download)
1920s World 4,253 KB
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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V00400 Handbook of the Vickers Machine Gun (Water Cooled) for Land Service (Class “C” – Rifle Calibre) circa 1930 International 2,782 KB
V02912 Ametralladora Vickers Calibre de Fusil Clase “C” circa 1930 Argentina 1,626 KB
V03111 Handbook of the Vickers Aircraft Observer’s Machine Gun (Class “F” – Rifle Calibre) circa 1930 International 3,709 KB
V02660 Handbook of the Vickers 12,7mm (0.5-inch) Automatic Gun (Class D*) circa 1930 International 3,121 KB
V00075 Vickers-Cardon-Loyd Armoured Machine Gun Carrier: Instructions for Service & Maintenance 1930s International 1,229 KB
V00378 The Armourer’s Handbook – Part III: Light Machine Guns 1930s United Kingdom 1,977 KB
V03108 The Vickers-Berthier Light Machine Gun 1930s International 2,571 KB
V00763 Handbook of the Vickers-Berthier Light Machine Gun (for Land Service) 1930s International 3,848 KB
V03145 Mechanization 1930s International 4,114 KB
V03101 Handbook of the .303-inch Vickers-Berthier Machine Gun Mark I circa 1938 International 3,408 KB

1939 – 1975:

V03112 Rangecardograph for the use of Infantry & Machine Gunners circa 1940 United Kingdom 348 KB
V03325 Machine Gun Commanders’ Memory Card (7th Edition) circa 1940 United Kingdom 1,006 KB
V01945 Machine Gun Commanders’ Memory Card (9th Edition) circa 1940 United Kingdom 913 KB
V00375 Machine Gun Commanders’ Memory Card (10th Edition) circa 1940 United Kingdom 736 KB
V00374 Machine Gun Commanders’ Memory Card (11th Edition) circa 1940 United Kingdom 742 KB
V00096 Machine Gun Company & Platoon Commander’s Verbal Orders circa 1940 United Kingdom 640 KB
V02289 Guns for the Home Guard circa 1941 United Kingdom

 

Home Guard

6,289 KB
V00532 The Vickers Machine Gun – Mechanism Made Easy Circa 1942 United Kingdom

 

Home Guard

2,458 KB
V00531 .300 Vickers Machine Gun – Mechanism Made Easy 1944 United Kingdom

 

Home Guard

2,527 KB
V00529 How to remedy and prevent stoppages 1942 United Kingdom

 

Home Guard

4,533 KB
smallarmsmanual_zpsf8c09e80 Small Arms Manual (1st Edition) 1942 United Kingdom 19,557 KB
smallarmsmanual-3rd_zps747a605b Small Arms Manual (3rd Edition) 1944 United Kingdom 14,656 KB
V02638 Manual of Modern Automatic Guns circa 1942 United Kingdom

 

Home Guard

3,548 KB
V00534 The Vickers Gun Simplified circa 1942 Australia 1,452 KB
V00533 The Vickers Gun Simplified (2nd Edition) circa 1944 Australia 2,597 KB
V00065 Instructions for the Use and Care of the Barr & Stroud Rangefinder circa 1950s United Kingdom 1,680 KB

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