These low-resolution PDF 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 of rare items not readily available so, if you find them useful, please support the development of this resource. All donations are reinvested in the management of the website or the expansion of the collection and dissemination of information:
|The Territorial Machine Gunner||1909||United Kingdom||705 KB|
|The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (2nd Edition)||May, 1913||United Kingdom||9,601 KB|
|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.
High resolution without waterimark version of the manual to be sent by wetransfer.com (602 MB)
|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.
High resolution and without watermark version of the manual to be sent by wetransfer.com (61.9 MB)
|The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (5th Edition)||October, 1914||United Kingdom||17,540 KB|
|The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (6th Edition)||June, 1915||United Kingdom||20,497 KB|
|Guide for the Vickers Machine Gun (Magazine Rifle Chamber)||1915||United Kingdom||11,510 KB|
|A Short Description of the Vickers Light Automatic Gun (Class “C”)|
|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.|
|Handbook of the Vickers Rifle Calibre Gun, Light Model||1915||International||1,275 KB|
|The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (7th Edition)||July, 1915||United Kingdom||17,422 KB|
|The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (8th Edition)||November, 1915||United Kingdom||39,563 KB|
|Motor Machine Gun Equipments, Mark IV, Parts List||1915||United Kingdom
Motor Machine Gun Corps
|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.|
|Machine Gun Training (.303 and .22 Cartridges)||1916||United Kingdom||15,254 KB|
|The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (9th Edition)||January, 1916||United Kingdom||19,938 KB|
|The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (10th Edition)||April, 1916||United Kingdom||20,308 KB|
|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.
High resolution manual: 1917-UK-MachineGunManual
A high resolution of the manual (334 MB) to be sent by wetransfer.com
|A.B.C du Mitrailleur||1917||France||18,242 KB|
|The Machine Gunners’ Handbook (11th Edition)||January, 1917||United Kingdom||31,521 KB|
|The Machine Gunners’ Handbook – Addendum to the 11th Edition – Barrage Fire for Machine Guns||October, 1917||United Kingdom||1,713 KB|
|Handbook for the Vickers (.303-in.) Machine Gun||1917||United States of America||5,431 KB|
|Vickers-Berthier Light Machine Gun, Model 1924-25||circa 1925||International||1,243 KB|
|Ametralladora Automatica Vickers Calibre 7.65mm Class “F”|
|A commercial handbook in Spanish to accompany the Vickers Class F that was sold around the world.|
|Vickers Berthier Machine Rifle Model 1928-1929|
|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’.|
|Vickers .5-inch Automatic Gun for Aeroplanes (click for low resolution free download)|
|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.
High resolution manual: 192X-World-Vickers5inchforAirService
A high resolution of the manual (141 MB) to be sent by wetransfer.com
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