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1908-1919:

Machine Gun Training Centre, Lecture Notes

1916, United Kingdom

This set of notes are aide-memoires for the instructors at the Machine Gun Training Centres of the Great War (Infantry at Belton Park, Grantham; Cavalry at Crowborough; and Motors at Bisley).

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Infantry Machine-Gun Company Training (Provisional)

1917, United Kingdom

The manual for the training of a Company of the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) in the latter half of the Great War.

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Instructors’ Manual, Machine Gun Training Centre

1917, United Kingdom

This full instructors’ manual goes into the full detail of the whole course of the Machine Gun School at the Machine Gun Training Centre at Grantham, where members of the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) were trained. It includes diagrams, lectures notes, lessons learnt and lots of other detail that isn’t found in the other manuals.

This manual was reproduced as part of the Machine Gun Corps History Project and is available for sale on CD, including an introduction by the Project Team.

Machine Gun Training

October 1917, United States of America

This manual is an accumulation of training information that was reprinted by the American Expeditionary Force from a Training Memorandum developed domestically. The US Army were using the Vickers Model of 1915 for their first Divisions abroad, prior to adopting the Browning M1917 across the Army.

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Instructional Notes on the Vickers Gun

c1917, United Kingdom

This manual for the Royal Flying Corps shows how they were using their Mark I and Mark I* guns as well as important things like checking the ammunition first and ensuring loading of belts was done properly.

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Notes on Guns, Gears and Sights

1918, United Kingdom

This is the handbook for instructors at the Turnberry School of Aerial Gunnery for the Royal Flying Corps and then the Royal Air Force. It covers all aspects of the use of the Vickers Mk I* machine gun and the preparation of both gun and ammunition ahead of aerial combat.

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Machine Gun Training. Part I – Training

1919, United Kingdom

The first post-war Vickers machine gun training manual for the Machine Gun Corps. It replaced the provisional Infantry Machine Gun Company Training manual from 1917.

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Machine Gun Notes

1919, United Kingdom

This update of the 1917 manual for instructors at the Machine Gun School of the Machine Gun Training Centre includes updates to the 1917 manual and summarises all of the lessons being taught to the Machine Gun Corps by the end of the Great War.

Due to its similarity, it is available alongside the 1917 manual prepared by the Machine Gun Corps History Project and on the DVD discs on our sales page.

1920 – 1938:

Machine Gun Training (Provisional)

1921, United Kingdom

A full post-war training manual in the small ‘square’ pocket handbook format. Includes full information on training with the gun and was to read alongside the handbooks for technical information on the gun.

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Machine Gun Training (Bound Book)

1924, United Kingdom and India

This assembly of manuals, handbooks and other documents was bound together for an instructor of the Small Arms School at Ahmednagur, India, for ‘F Russell’. It contains many of the other manuals available from the Vickers MG Collection & Research Association but also new material and that specific to the training of the British Indian Army and Indian Militia troops.

Low-resolution PDF download: 48,393 KB

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Machine Gun Training

1925, United Kingdom

The full machine gun training manual for the 1920s when the Vickers was part of a platoon, and later a company, in the infantry battalion. It covers all drills and practices.

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Machine Gun Training, 1925, Amendments (No. 1)

1927, United Kingdom

Updates for the 1925 manual mainly covering the use of the bar foresight and the angle of sight instrument.

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Machine Gun Training, 1925, Amendments (No. 2)

1927, United Kingdom

Further updates to the 1925 manual and this amendment covers the changes to the Annual Machine Gun classification course that was fired by all machine gunners and determined their skill and, as a result, their pay as a qualified, first class or marksman machine gunner.

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Machine Gun Training, 1925 (Supplement)

1930, United Kingdom

Additional information that acts as a transitional document between the Machine Gun Training manual of 1925 and the Small Arms Training series from 1931 onwards. It includes updated information showing the organisation of a machine gun company in the infantry battalions and the squadron of a cavalry regiment.

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Machine Gun Training, 1925 – Interleaved, bound and amended

1930, United Kingdom

This is a remarkable example of how the amendments were inserted professionally by printers – in this case located near to the Hythe Small Arms School. It contains all of the amendments of Machine Gun Training up to 1930 and is twice the size of the regular Machine Gun Training manual of 1925.

Low-resolution PDF download: 27.9 MB

High-resolution available on archive.org thanks to support through Patreon

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.

By supporting the Association through Patreon, you are supporting the website fees that will enable us to have high-resolution versions online. All donations are truly appreciated.

If you’d prefer to only give on a one-off basis, then go to PayPal or BuyMeACoffee and make a donation there.