Author Topic: Machine Guns within the Manchesters  (Read 6003 times)

Richard Fisher

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Machine Guns within the Manchesters
« on: December 23, 2007, 02:52:51 PM »
Good Afternoon All,

I am currently researching for further sections of my website at http://www.vickersmachinegun.org.uk and I am seeking a few snippets of information regarding the Manchester's usage of the Vickers MG in the Great War (as opposed to the Second World War, for which I am reading the unit's history).

With the formation of the Machine Gun Corps in 1915, I am interested to know information for each Battalion on:

  • a) When the units of the MG Sections were transferred to the MG Companies;
  • b) To which MGC Company they were transferred;
  • c) When the units received Vickers MGs, rather than Maxims; and
  • d) When the MG sections were formed again with the disbandment of the MGC (post-1992 one would presume).

Any assistance with these questions, as well as any other MG-related snippets would be appreciated.

Regards

Richard Fisher

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Re: Machine Guns within the Manchesters
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2007, 10:38:30 PM »
Hi Richard

welcome to the group

i'm afraid i can't answer any of your questions, hopefully some of the other members will be able to

i thought this photo may be interesting



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Richard Fisher

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Re: Machine Guns within the Manchesters
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2007, 08:14:34 AM »
Many thanks Chris,

It is an interesting photo which I had spotted in your galleries. Perhaps, when I put the Manchester's pages together, we could discuss whether it would be possible to use it as an additional informative (very!) illustration?

Regards

Richard

PS - That has got my mind going as to whether I could knock up a wooden gun to go alongside my other training-related items as a display piece!

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Re: Machine Guns within the Manchesters
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2007, 09:01:01 AM »
no problem at all!

i love that photo, wooden mg and all but it's the look on the guys face, prone, to the left of the real mg! 
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Re: Machine Guns within the Manchesters
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2007, 10:47:05 AM »
Chris,
Can you tell me where the original photo is of this?
regards

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Re: Machine Guns within the Manchesters
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2007, 06:37:34 PM »
simon

about two foot to the right of me  8)

one of mine  ;)

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Re: Machine Guns within the Manchesters
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2007, 07:07:29 PM »
I also have it!!!

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Re: Machine Guns within the Manchesters
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2007, 07:02:46 PM »
The Manchester Birigade at Gallipoli had Maxim's (so did the Turks) and each Battalion was issued an additional two guns in late May 15. They lost all the guns in the field. I don't know if all the MEF had Maxim's as the ND and ANZAC had their own issues. That' s all I know. T

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Re: Machine Guns within the Manchesters
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2007, 07:27:30 PM »
Thanks for that Tony. Very interesting. I have only ever found photos of Maxims at Gallipoli, yet there are some photos of Vickers guns in Egypt afterwards, so one could assume (although a risk) that they were refitted with the Vickers when pulled out of that theatre.

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Richard

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Re: Machine Guns within the Manchesters
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2007, 07:41:57 PM »
Richard, Thanks for that. The existing arsenal of Maxim's had to run out (and we did not capture any)and the ANZAC did bring Maxim's too to Gallipoli. What do you consider "the risk" exactly? I am interested in this. T

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Re: Machine Guns within the Manchesters
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2007, 07:46:13 PM »
My assumption that they were refitted with Vickers would be the risk - I always find assuming a risky business without evidence!

Richard

Tony1/612742

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Re: Machine Guns within the Manchesters
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2007, 05:53:23 AM »
Richard, That would be early 1916 in Egypt. I understand your need for evidence but surely by that time there were no Maxim's to issue them. That is safe is it not? T

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Re: Machine Guns within the Manchesters
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2007, 08:58:37 AM »
have you any information about men in the machine gun regiment,i'm looking for any information about a edward walter street who died in france 1917.

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Re: Machine Guns within the Manchesters
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2008, 03:31:52 PM »


  Hi All,     In amongst the stuff I've got on 1/5bn. man;reg1915-7 is a tatty manual for sgt's to train troops in the use of lewis machine gun,model 1915.They were in egypt at the time.





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