By their nature as specialist raiders, Commandos go to battle lightly equipped in terms of weaponry. However, they made good use of Vickers K machine guns – formerly aircraft-mounted machine guns – with their high rate of suppressive fire. These new 2-man teams comprise a Vickers K gunner and his No 2 laden with extra ammo…
More commonly known as the Vickers K, the Vickers G.O. (Gas Operated) was a .303 inch light machine gun that was originally adapted fro ground use by the Royal Air Force for airfield defence. This was predominantly down to it’s high rate of fire which gave it effective suppressing fire capability unlike it’s contemporaries in use with the British Armed Forces during the time.
The addition of Bren gun parts (bipod and improved sights) saw it enter service with Army Commando units during 1943. During Operation Overlord in Normandy, No 4 Commando made good use of the Vickers K, believed to have been in place of the Medium Machine Guns used by the Heavy Weapons Troop – heavy weapons not ideally suited to the opening assault phases of the invasion. Vickers K guns also saw action during Operation Infatuate – the assault on the Walcheren Islands in Holland.
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