HANDBOOK FOR THE .303-IN. VICKERS MACHINE GUN (1917)
Mounted on Tripod Mounting, Mark IV
H.M.S.O., London, 1917
An original WW1 War office British Army Vickers .303 Machine Gun manual, published by H.M.S.O. in 1917. A comprehensive and detailed handbook, it was intended to be used by machine gunners and officers in the field. It would have been carried in action as an invaluable guide to the Vickers machine gun. With instructions and advice on a wide range of topics, from the mechanism and maintenance of the guns, to firing, loading, belt filling, stripping, packing, limber transport, tripods, mountings, and spares. The handbook is very well illustrated with a series of excellent fold-out technical drawings and photographs of the Vickers, mountings, parts, and limbers. There are several plates and drawings showing the detailed workings of the mechanism and the various parts of the gun.
In good condition. The card cover is in good condition, with general signs of age and wear, creases, and some marks. The binding and hinges are good and secure. The text is in good condition, with signs of use, some minor marks and some creased corners. The illustrations, photographs and folding plates are in good condition.
Published: 1917 Khaki card cover with black titling Dimensions: 105mm x 135mm Pages: 98, plus 12 plates (many folding), and other drawings, and photographs