United States of America

Initial development

The Great War

The Second World War

Despite the Browning being the primary machine gun used by the US Army, there seems to have been a unique use of the Vickers in the Second World War by American forces. The US Army Rangers used the Vickers GO No. 1 Mk. I as additional firepower for cliff assaults.

For the Pointe du Hoc assault on 06 June 1944 – Operation Overlord ‘D-Day’ – they utilised multiple guns at the top of extendable ladders mounted on of DUKW amphibious vehicles. Initially, this was a triple installation in training, but then appears to have been reduced to a pair for the actual operation. This may have been as part of an armoured housing with additional magazines.

The available photos show Twin Vickers K guns mounted on the top of the ladder and a grave at the top of Pointe du Hoc utilising a Vickers GO and US M1 helmet – alongside the gun and helmet is the magazine from the ‘K’. This is supplemented by a short (and poor quality) Imperial War Museum clip of the Ranger training, showing the triple ‘K’ mounting.