These 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 read 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. The archive now includes a wider range of associated documents so indirectly related to machine gunner. We hope you find it interesting.

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All of the manuals are sorted in date order, with some exceptions where it is appropriate to group similar manuals, such as the Small Arms Training series.

1920-1938:

Tank Training, Volume II, Part III, Weapons – Sequence of Instruction

1932, United Kingdom

Low-resolution PDF download: 9,326 KB

Tank Training, Volume II, Part III, Pamphlet No. 2, .303-in. Vickers Machine Gun, Marks VI, IVA, IVB, and I

1936, United Kingdom

Low-resolution PDF download: 8,474 KB

Tank Training, Volume II, Part III, Pamphlet No. 3, .5-in. Vickers Machine Guns Marks IV and II

1936, United Kingdom

Low-resolution PDF download: 2,092 KB

Tank Training, Volume II, Part III, Pamphlet No. 4, Machine Gun Mountings and Appurtenances for Use in Armoured Fighting Vehicles

1936, United Kingdom

Low-resolution PDF download: 1,764 KB

Tank Training, Volume II, Part III, Pamphlet No. 4, Machine Gun Mountings and Appurtenances for Use in Armoured Fighting Vehicles

1936, Amendments (No. 1), 1937, United Kingdom

Low-resolution PDF download: 682 KB

Tank Training, Volume II, Part III, Pamphlet No. 5, .5-in. Vickers Machine Gun, Mark V

1937, United Kingdom

Low-resolution PDF download: 2,960 KB

Mobile Division Training Pamphlet No. 1, Notes on the Tactical Employment of a Cavalry Light Tank Regiment

1938, United Kingdom

This is a typed variant of the manual but it is unclear whether printed versions were produced or if this is a locally-produced copy.  It includes an Amendment sheet for Amendments (No. 1).

Low-resolution PDF download: 3.00 MB

Mobile Division Training Pamphlet No. 2, Notes on the Employment of the Tank Brigade

1938, United Kingdom

A manual that covers the establishment and organisation of the pre-War Tank Brigade as well as the typical tactics and methods employed.

Low-resolution PDF download: 3.89 MB

Mobile Division Training Pamphlet No. 3, Notes on the Tactical Employment of A Royal Horse Artillery Regiment

1938, United Kingdom

A manual that covers the establishment and organisation of the pre-War Royal Horse Artillery Regiment, which was the main artillery capability of the Tank Brigade.

Low-resolution PDF download: 2,402 KB

Army Council Instruction 389, 28 June 1939, identified a reprinted edition of Tank Training, Volume II, Part III, Pamphlet No. 2, .303-in. Vickers Machine Gun, Marks VI, IVA, IVB, and I was issued, incorporating Amendments Nos. 1 to 4.

Amendment No. 5 was issued on 1 November 1939 by Army Council Instruction 740 of 1939.

1939-1975:

Military Training Pamphlet No. 51, Troop Training for Cruiser Tank Troops

1941, United Kingdom

For the first few years of the Second World War, the Cruiser Tanks of the British Army were armed with Vickers Machine Guns, including the .303-inch Mk VII.  This manual gives and insight into how the men were trained.

Low-resolution PDF download: 2.04 MB

.303 Vickers machine gun (in Marmon-Herrington Mark III Armoured Car)

Unknown, Union of South Africa

Low-resolution PDF download: 4,187 KB

These 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 read 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. The archive now includes a wider range of associated documents so indirectly related to machine gunner. We hope you find it interesting.

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.

All of the manuals are sorted in date order, with some exceptions where it is appropriate to group similar manuals, such as the Small Arms Training series.

Sources

  • The National Archives, WO 243/24 Army Council Instructions 1939.