It's my understanding that a British/Indian division typically had a single machine gun battalion which was split into three equally-sized companies that were attached to each the division's three infantry brigades. Assuming this to be accurate (if not, please correct me), I have several fairly fundamental questions with which to bore you: 1) Was this standard practice throughout the war? 2) How were these companies typically composed and equipped? (How many men? Armed with what?) 3) Were these companies placed entirely under the commands of the brigade HQs or did they retain any kind of independent command? 4) How would they typically be deployed and employed on the battlefield? One imagines them performing a similar role to a battalion's support company, but this is just guesswork. Thanks in advance for spilling your brains, chaps. ____________________________________________________ Edit: Skip questions 1) & 2): http://www.bayonetstrength.150m.com/British/Divisions/Inf%20Divs/british_infantry_division%201943%20to%201945.htm They came into use in early '44 and replaced Support Battalions. They were composed of thirty six Vickers medium machine guns, divided into three Companies, with three Platoons of four MMGs per Company. Also one Heavy Mortar Company with sixteen 4.2-in mortars, divided into four Platoons of four mortars each.