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1908-1919:

Musketry Regulations, Part I

1909, Reprinted with Amendments 1912, United Kingdom

The manual that determined how every soldier in the British Army was taught how to use their rifle or machine gun. This includes the cleaning and handling of their weapon as well as the courses they had to undertake.

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Musketry Regulations, Part I

1909, Reprinted with Amendments, 1914, United Kingdom

Updated just prior to the outbreak of the Great War, this was the manual that determined how every soldier in the British Army was taught how to use their rifle or machine gun. This includes the cleaning and handling of their weapon as well as the courses they had to undertake.

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Musketry Regulations, Part II: Rifle Ranges and Musketry Appliances

1910, Reprinted with amendments, 1914, United Kingdom

This is the part of the Musketry Regulations that set out how to construct and use rifle ranges and the training equipment for teaching musketry in the British Army.

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Infantry Training (4-Company Organization)

1914, United Kingdom

All members of a British Army infantry battalion were trained according to this manual. It includes drill for individuals, companies and then the machine gun sections of the battalion.

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SS 135J: The Division in Attack

1918, United Kingdom

Published in the last month of the war, this manual includes information on how the British Army was fighting haven’t learnt all their lessons so far. It includes all aspects of the Division, including the infantry battalions, the artillery and the machine gun battalions.

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1920-1938:

V03327

Section Leading

1928, United Kingdom

This is the British Army‘s guide ‘for the Training of Non-Commissioned Officers as Commanders of Rifle and Lewis-gun Sections. It covers many aspects of how the infantry operated towards the end of the 1920s.

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Infantry Training: Training and War

1937, United Kingdom

This manual describes in full detail how the infantry of the British Army was trained at the start of the Second World War. It incorporated the latest lessons on mobility and the armaments that were in service.

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1939-1975:

Manual of Map Reading, Photo Reading and Field Sketching

1929 (Reprinted with Amendments (Nos. 1 to 4)), 1939, United Kingdom

This manual shows how the British Army was reading maps, using the compass and protractor as well as photo interpretation and making field sketches at the outset of the Second World War.

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Volume II, Infantry Heavy Weapons, Pamphlet No. 26, Range-finder No. 12

1946 (Reprinted with Amendments (No. 1)), 1949, United Kingdom

The training manual for the rangetaker in the immediate post-Second World War period. It includes a full training schedule and all of the lesson detail is included.

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Volume IV, Tactics, Infantry Section Leading and Platoon Tactics

1950, United Kingdom

The training manual for up to platoon level tactics in the infantry battalion, with information on how to equip the section and co-operation with the support company, including the medium machine guns, mortars and carriers.

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Volume II, Infantry Heavy Weapons

Pamphlet No. 24, The Medium Machine Gun

Part I – Mechanical Subjects

1951, United Kingdom

The first of the three part manual for the Vickers machine gun that would see it take all of the lessons learnt in the Second World War and use them until the end of the Vickers’ service life in the British Army. It includes all mechanical elements, stoppages, spares and repairs.

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Part II – Drills and Training

1951, United Kingdom

The second of the three part series, this manual shows all of the drills and training that needs to be compled by the machine gun platoon. It includes drills from the Universal Carrier, as was in use at the time.

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Part III – Fire Control

1951, United Kingdom

The third of the three part series and this includes all of the fire control elements for using multiple guns to engage direct and indirect firing targets.

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Part III – Fire Control

1951, Australia

The Australian Army’s version of the fire control section of the three-part manual series on the Vickers machine gun in the post-Second World War period.

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Part II – Drills and Training. Amendments (No. 1)

October 1952, United Kingdom

The first amendments issued for the 1951 manual Part II. They include amendments to the text as well as changes to the practices.

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Part II – Drills and Training. Amendments (No. 2)

March 1953, United Kingdom

The second set of amendments for the 1951 manual. It includes a new lesson on controlled corrections of fire.

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Part III – Fire Control

1951 (Reprinted with Amendments (Nos. 1 to 3)), 1954, United Kingdom

A full reprint of Part III that includes the first three sets of amendments on how the Vickers machine gun could be used in numbers for direct and indirect fire.

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Part III – Fire Control. Amendments No. 4

November 1959, United Kingdom

The last known amendments to the Fire Control part of the post-War Vickers machine gun manual. It includes updated beaten zone information.

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Volume I, Infantry Platoon Weapons

Provisional Pamphlet for The General Purpose Machine Gun

1962, United Kingdom

The General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) replaced the Vickers in British Army service in the sustained fire role but for a few years it served alongside the Vickers. This is the first pamphlet introduced to explain its use.

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Pamphlet No. 6B, The General Purpose Machine Gun (Sustained Fire) (All Arms)

1968, United Kingdom

The British Army’s manual on how to use the General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) in the sustained fire role, which is the role it replaced the Vickers in.

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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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