The Vickers MG during Operation MARKET GARDEN

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by Richard Fisher, Sep 17, 2020.

  1. Richard Fisher

    Richard Fisher Machine Gunner

    17th September 1944 was the launch of Operation MARKET GARDEN and to recognise that, we've taken the opportunity to prepare a video on how the British airborne forces used the Vickers machine gun, with a particular focus on the 1st Airborne Division and their time at Arnhem and Oosterbeek. We also talk about the development of the Vickers' use in the airlanding and parachute units as it's not a simple evolution. Rich Fisher is joined by Matt Yates, another of the VMGCRA's directors as Matt's specialism is gliders and glider pilots - he runs the CHALK Living History group. Airlanding units used Horsa gliders to transport their MMGs and we discuss how they were loaded and how they were used.

    For more information on parachuting the Vickers into action, please visit: Parachuting with the Vickers machine gun

    CHALK Living History and more of Matt's work can be found at: Chalk Living History

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  2. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Excellent work (as always!) Richard.

    And if you've not seen it before you will find something of interest for you within the film footage collection of the IWM, link within the thread here. Viewing said footage is one and a half hours well spent. Here's the link;

    Airborne in North Africa

    Kind regards, keep doing what you are doing, always,

  3. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

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  4. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    A couple of books worth reading are "An Arnhem Odyssey" which is Jim Longson's story as well as general info on the Border Regiment at Arnhem (I'm sure the first time I met Rich many years ago we spoke about Jim and the book) & "With a Machine Gun to Arnhem" which came out recently and follows Stephen Morgan's battle
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  5. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Thanks to AB64 for his memory jogging post.

    From a few years back, the dear late Steve Morgan in fine form, his Arnhem, in his own words.

    Always remember, never forget,

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  6. Richard Fisher

    Richard Fisher Machine Gunner

    Thanks for all the kind comments. I bought Steve Morgan's book recently but completely forgot about it! I think it's even still on the desk where I was editting this - very foolish of me. Perhaps I'll do a follow up over the next day or two.

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  7. Richard Fisher

    Richard Fisher Machine Gunner

    If anyone would like to read a little more about Airlanding battalions and their machine gunners, I wrote an article for Glider Pilot Notes a while ago. A copy of it is available here: (PDF) Airlanding Machine Gunners
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  8. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    Just remembered another one for you Rich (and others) "Chalk 619 Doomed even before it started - the story of MMG Platoon 156 Parachute Battalion"
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