Just been reading a couple of memoirs of Canadian soldiers who served in Italy - Fred Cederberg's The Long Road Home and Once a Patricia by C. Sydney Frost - both memoirs quite different in style but both very good. Coincidentally both commanded Vickers machine guns - a section of two in Cederbergs case as a Sergeant, a platoon of four (later three) for Lt. Frost. Sergeant Cederberg was in the Lanark and Renfrew Scottish Regiment (5th Division), Lieutenant Frost in the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (1st Division) The men were drawn from the Carrier Platoon and the organisation of the guns was: “Your MMG Platoon has two sections of two guns each, and you'll be lucky if you get three of them to fire at the same time … Each section is commanded by a sergeant; each gun is commanded by a corporal and manned by three men plus the driver of the carrier. Your platoon HQ should be seven, including yourself. I guess that makes 29 all ranks." (Frost) “Sited on the regiment's extreme right – attached to Dog Company – we were fourteen men, two Vickers an assortment of Brens, Tommy guns and rifles.” (Cederberg) The reasoning for creating an MMG platoon seems a sound one "In the fighting in Sicily and southern Italy it was found we needed something right up in the front lines to neutralize the tremendous fire the Jerries were pouring at us with their quick-firing MG42s. We also needed more fire power in the forward companies to break up counter-attacks immediately So the MMG Platoon was formed during the Hitler Line <> The role of the MMGs could be expressed in one word – morale. Bolster ours and destroy theirs." (Frost) Cederberg's section appears to have done stirling work, vividly described, on the Naviglio canal both in providing suppressive fire and in defeating a counter attack. Did other Canadian infantry battalions, or indeed other Eighth Army battalions, also create their own Vickers MMG platoons? Were they also found in North West Europe? It would seem an intelligent thing to do given the infantry firepower disparity between German and British pattern battalions.