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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1939-1975:

No. 18 – Drill for Foot Guards and Infantry of the Line

1939, United Kingdom and Australia

Covering all of the wartime drill requirements for the British and Commonwealth armies, this is an Australian reprint of the British manual.

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No. 18 – Drill for Foot Guards and Infantry of the Line, Amendment No. 1 (Aust) 1940

1940, Australia

An Australian amendment for the drill manual issued in 1939 for the British and Commonwealth armies.

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No. 31 – Notes on the Organization and the Tactical Handling of Medium Machine Guns

1940, United Kingdom

This pamphlet sets out the doctrine on how to use the Vickers in action. Different scenarios are included, such as the offensive, the withdrawl and the defence. It replaces a short-lived pamphlet (No. 16) which we have available on our Patreon site.

Low-resolution PDF download: 264 KB

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No. 46 CAMOUFLAGE – Part 1: General Principles: Equipment and Materials (all Arms)

1941, United Kingdom

A pamphlet that describes all of the equipment used for camouflaging equipment and vehicles, including a table on which camouflage net sizes should be used for the different vehicles and weapons.

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No. 46 CAMOUFLAGE – Part 2: Field Defences

1941, United Kingdom

Detail on how field defences, including fortifications, should be camouflaged.

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No. 23 OPERATIONS – Part 1 – General Principles, Fighting Troops and Their Characteristics

1942, United Kingdom

A simple pamphlet but a primer on all aspects of the British Army‘s operations in this mid-war period. It includes a table of capabilities across the different divisions, including infantry division and armoured divisions.

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No. 23 OPERATIONS – Part II – The Infantry Division in the Defence

1942, United Kingdom

One of the series of pamphlets determining the doctrine for the infantry division on operations, this time their role in the defence. It includes the machine gun battalion as part of that doctrine.

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No. 35 ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS Weapons – Part 4: Vickers GO Machine-Gun Mark I

1943, United Kingdom

This is the only known pamphlet issued by the War Office for the Vickers gas-operated machine gun during the Second World War. It’s a short pamphlet and designed for how the gun would be used in armoured cars by the Royal Armoured Corps, which included the Reconnaissance Corps. It includes an exploded diagram of the parts of the gun.

Low-resolution PDF download: 413 KB

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. Even $1 per month is valuable to the Association.