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An Officer of the Machine Gun Corps, 1917

Oil on canvas by Alfred Hitchins (b 1861) 1917.

In 1914 each British infantry battalion had two .303 Maxim Machine Guns. These were replaced by the modern Vickers, which was produced in greater numbers as the War progressed. A total of 75,000 were eventually manufactured. In 1915 it was decided to concentrate these heavy water cooled weapons into the Machine Gun Corps. Local firepower for the infantry was provided by the lighter man portable Lewis Gun. The Vickers machine gunners of the MGC in their role in offensive and defensive barrages were always a prime target for enemy fire. Casualties were so heavy (62,000 out of 170,000 officers and men) that the Corps was nicknamed the 'suicide club'.

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NAM. 1989-04-132-1


National Army Museum, Out of Copyright


National Army Museum, Study Collection

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