The Great War
The Netherlands was a neutral power during the Great War; however, it did request authorisation, from the British War Office, to purchase 1,000 Mk. I guns in 1918. This was granted and the Netherlands adopted the Vickers as the M-18.
During the inter-war period, the Netherlands began to purchase commercial Vickers Machine Guns to arm its forces.
In 1920 they produced a manual for the Vickers-Mitrailleur, which was a re-purposed Mk I gun. A copy of it is available for download from Other Official Publications. The image in the manual shows the gun in use with the No. 8 belt box.
Second World War
The Netherlands were a member of the Allied Forces during the Second World War. They served alongside British forces and used Vickers Machine Guns retained from their inter-war commercial purchases, as well as British supplied Mk. I guns.
Prinses Irene Brigade
Post-Second World War
During the Indonesian War of Independent (1946-1949) the Dutch Army fought using the Vickers machine guns with which they had been supplied in the Second World War. They were supported by the colonial troops of the Netherlands East Indies.
- Bouchery, 1991
- Fulham, Kevin Wj (2019). ‘Photos of Prinses Irene Brigade’ shared on ‘The British Army 1939-45’ Facebook group on 25 September 2019. Available at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/411945975837862/
- Fulham, Kevin Wj (2019). ‘Photos of Prinses Irene Brigade’ shared on ‘The British Army 1939-45’ Facebook group on 26 September 2019. Available at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/411945975837862/
- Fulham, Kevin Wj (2019). ‘a Vickers gun of the Dutch forces in use at Gresik, Indonesia, during the Indonesian war of independence, 1947 ‘ shared on ‘Vickers MG Collection & Research Association’ Facebook group on 4 October 2019. Available at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vickersmg/
- Goldsmith, 1994