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|The Machine Gunner’s Hand Book – low resolution free download|
|1918||United States of America||13,855 KB|
|An American version of the Machine Gunner’s Pocket Book (available above), this is an aide memoire for machine gun officers and covers all aspects of how machine guns were used by the US Army at the end of the Great War.
It appears to have been developed by the 13th Division which didn’t see combat as the war ended before it could be sent overseas.
High resolution manual – 1918-US-MachineGunnersPocketBook
A high resolution of the manual (142 MB) to be sent by wetransfer.com
|Machine Gun Notes||1918||United States of America||11,216 KB|
|Supplement to Machine Gun Drill Regulations (Provisional) 1917 and Provisional Machine Gun Firing Manual 1917||1918||United States of America||23,455 KB|
|No. 90e Vickers-Mitrailleur Wapenvoorschrift||1920||The Nederlands||2,407 KB|
|Armament Training Manual, Part I – Chapter 1: Vickers Guns (Air and Ground)||1927||United Kingdom
Royal Air Force
|Manual of Elementary Drill (All Arms)||1935||United Kingdom||4,688 KB|
|Rifle, Lewis Gun and Machine Gun Programme|
|1929||United Kingdom||896 KB|
|This is the programme for a competition shoot for the 6th (Rifle) Battalion of the King’s Regiment (Liverpool). It contains information on the competitions and cups involved in the battalion and how they were conducted in 1929.|
|South African Air Force Standard Notes, Armament, Section “G”|
|1939||Union of South Africa||9,976 KB|
|This is the Air Force manual on the weapons in use at the time, including synchronised Mk V guns and the Gas-Operated .303-inch No 1 Mk I as well as the Browning .303-inch for fitting into aircraft.|
|Home Guard. Instruction No. 14 – Winter Training||1940||United Kingdom
|Vickers G.O. Gun – No. 1 Mark 1 – Precis G5||circa 1940||Canada||668 KB|
|Armament – Student’s Notes||circa 1941||United Kingdom
Royal Air Force
|Regulations for the Home Guard, Volume I||1942||United Kingdom
|This manual doesn’t discuss the Vickers machine gun specifically but outlines how the Battle Schools of the Second World War were established, why they existed and what training was carried out there. It’s an insight into the extensive training the British Infantry Divisions received outside of the Small Arms Schools at Hythe and Netheravon.|
|Regulations for the Equipment of the Army, Part I. 1942. General Regulations (Segment 1) (Segment 2)|
|1942||United Kingdom||Segment 1: 13.1 MB|
|This is an essential reference for all aspects of equipment in the British Army during the Second World War. It includes listings of the contents of bags, satchels, cases and most other containers that you see referred to from the Vocabulary of Army Ordnance Stores and other parts lists. It also includes information on weapons markings and stampings.
Due to the size of the file, it has had to be split into two downloadable segments.
|Soldier’s Guide to Sicily|
|Although not a manual about the Vickers Machine Gun, the Divisional (Machine Gun) and Divisional (Support) Battalions that landed in Sicily, such as 1st Battalion Kensington Regiment, 2nd and 7th Battalions Cheshire Regiment, and 1st/7th Battalion Middlesex Regiment would have received this pamphlet before their embarkation so they were familiar with the island.|
|Armament Free Gun Air Firing – Notes for Students||1943||United Kingdom||3,457 KB|
|Kaasutoimintainen tahystajakonekivaari Vickers Kal. 7,70 mm. (.303′) [Vickers GO Gun]||1943||Finland||7,654 KB|
|Air Publication 2453, Volume I, Section 2: Personal Patatroop Equipment||circa 1943||United Kingdom||991 KB|
|Carriers, Manpack, G.S.||circa 1945||United Kingdom||479 KB|
|The Principles and Practice of Good Instruction – Part 1|
|1947||United Kingdom||5.88 MB|
|A really detailed manual on how Officers and Non-Commissioned-Officers should instruct their men. There was a surprising amount of science behind it and some great tips and tricks on the trade included in this manual. A lot was learnt from the Second World War and this is how National Servicemen would have been trained.|
|The Principles and Practice of Good Instruction – Part 2|
|1947||United Kingdom||10.33 MB|
|Building on the practical instruction requirements of Part 1, this helps Officers organise and plan the training and ensure that programmes and training exercises are best suited to the men and the subject. Again, it gives a very interesting insight into the professionalism with which subjects were taught.|
|The conduct of Anti-Terrorist Operations in Malaya|
|1954||United Kingdom||28.9 MB|
|Whilst not specifically and immediately about the Vickers MG, the campaign in Malaya did employ the Vickers and this manual helps understand the context in which it was being used.
There is plenty of useful information on the patrols, the tactics and the weapons that were being employed, including the Owen Machine Carbine and the ‘Patchett’.
|Machine Gun Platoon and Section Commanders guide to Battle Procedure Verbal Orders||1956||United Kingdom||642 KB|
|Machine Gun Platoon and Section Commanders guide to Battle Procedure Verbal Orders||1959||United Kingdom||762 KB|
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