Trinidad and Tobago

As a British Crown Colony, Trinidad and Tobago did not have its own armed forces prior to independence. The men joined local units under the command of British Army officers and some of these units used the Vickers machine gun as part of their establishment.

Second World War

Formed as an infantry battalion along similar lines to other countries in the West Indies, there were six rifle companies and a headquarters company. This headquarters company included a Medium Machine Gun platoon with six (rather than the normal four) Vickers machine guns.

There was also an Independent Infantry Company that had two Vickers machine guns in the Company Headquarters.


  • The National Archives, WO 24/945, War Establishments 1942 October to December.