.303-inch Vickers machine gun in Canadian service

.303-inch Vickers machine gun

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3238878)

Canadian Infantrymen with a pivot-mounted Vickers machine gun during an anti-aircraft training exercise, England, April 1943.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3520408)

Saskatoon Light Infantry (M.G.)soldiers manning a Vickers machine gun mounted in a Universal Carrier, Laurenzana, Italy, 19 September 1943.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3520207)

Saskatoon Light Infantry (M.G.) in a Universal Carrier equipped with a Vickers machine gun, Italy, 8 March 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3520400)

Saskatoon Light Infantry (M.G.) soldiers in a Universal Carrier equipped with a Vickers machine gun, Italy, 8 March 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3520402)

Saskatoon Light Infantry (M.G.) firing a Vickers machine gun at targets in Potenza, Italy, 20 September 1943.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3516229)

Saskatoon Light Infantry (M.G.) laying down harassing fire with a Vickers machine gun near Ortona, Italy, 7 January 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3240639)

Corporal R. Hill and Private A.D. Hiebert, Saskatoon Light Infantry (M.G.), manning a Vickers machine gun, Riccione, Italy, 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3238875)

Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa laying down fire with a Vickers machine gun during a training exercise, England, 14 April 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3199887)

Officers of The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (M.G.) with a Vickers Heavy Machine Gun, Lingfield, England, 8 April 1942

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3238874)

Soldiers of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa cleaning Vickers machine guns during a training exercise, England, 14 April 1944.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3260076)

Canadian infantry unit relocating a Vickers machine gun during a training exercise, England, June-July 1942.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3238876)

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (P.P.C.L.I.) firing a Vickers machine gun during a training exercise, Eastbourne, England, 3 December 1942.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3260077)

Seaforth Highlanders of Canada taking part in a Vickers machine gun training course, England, 3 December 1942.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3331327)

A Canadian machine gun crew aboard HMT Empress of Canada, which was taking part in Operation GAUNTLET, the Spitsbergen raid, en route to Spitsbergen, ca. 19-24 August 1941.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4950885)

Twin Vickers machine gun mountings on an RCN Bangor-class minesweeper, c1942.

(York Museums Trust Photo)

.303-inch Vickers machine gun with tripod mount and associated ammunition belt, ammunition box plus petrol can (as a condenser can) with hose. The Vickers Gun was the standard British machine gun from 1912. It was heavy and mounted on a tripod, requiring a team of six men to transport it to and operate it on the battlefield. Although difficult to use on advancing troops, machine guns were used to deadly effect from defensive positions.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3395170)

Canadian soldiers testing a Vickers machine gun. September, 1916.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3241489)

Canadian machine gunners dig themselves in, in shell holes on Vimy Ridge, April 1917.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3395367)

Armoured cars of the Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade armed with Vickers machine guns, April, 1918.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3395368)

Canadian armoured motor car carrying machine guns, April 1918.

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3404264)

RFC Canada. C.C. Gear (Synchronized Machine Guns) on Curtiss JN-4. School of Aerial Gunnery, Beamsville Camp, Ontario, 1918.