Printed & Published by W. H. SMITH & SON, London, 1914
A rare original British Army machine gunners handbook covering the use and maintenance of the Vickers-Maxim .303 Machine Gun. The book proved to be very popular during WW1 and was produced in several editions from 1914 onwards, the later editions incorporating information on the Lewis Gun and the Colt Automatic Gun. This is the early and very rare second edition, published by W. H. Smith in autumn 1914, which concentrates on the Vickers-Maxim .303 and the Vickers Light Gun. The Vickers-Maxim .303 was the standard British Army heavy machine gun in both world wars, seeing extensive use on the Western Front and all other theatres of war in WW1. With training, stripping, cleaning, troubleshooting and firing instructions, this is a comprehensive and detailed handbook, intended for use both in training and in the front line. It is well illustrated with technical drawings of the Vickers and its accessories, and photographs showing the correct methods of use, how to set up the gun, and the most effective firing positions. The handbook includes its original 'Machine Gunners Range and Trajectory Card for Mk VI ammunition', 'Mark VII Ammunition Card', and 'Mk VI Graticule Card' in a pocket on the rear of the front board.
In good condition. The boards are in good condition with general signs of wear and use and some marks. The binding is good and secure, the front hinge having been carefully reinforced with archival paper tape. The text and illustrations are in very good condition. With the original 'Machine Gunners Range and Trajectory card for Mk VI ammunition', 'Mark VII Ammunition Card', and 'Mk VI Graticule Card' in a pocket on the rear of the front board.
Published: 1914 Khaki boards Illustrated with photographs, diagrams and drawings Dimensions : 100mm x 165mm Pages: 220