Vickers MG centenary


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The Vickers MG Collection & Research Association is marking the 100th anniversary ofthe disbandment of the British Army's Machine Gun Corp.

1922 saw the disbandment of the British Army’s Machine Gun Corps. Raised during the midst of the First World War In 1915, it provided the British Army with an expert corps of machine gunners who saw action all around the world. This year the Vickers MG Collection & Research Association (VMGC&RA) are marking the centennial of the Corps’ disbandment with a series of special free events to commemorate their legacy of machine gunnery.

On Sunday 3 July, 2022 at 4 PM, the Association will be holding a unique commemorative shoot at NRA Bisley. 16 Vickers Guns will be in action with members of the Vickers MG Collection & Research Association operating the guns in contemporary uniform ranging from 1914 through to 1968, when the Vickers finally left British service. This will be a unique opportunity to see a live fire shoot which demonstrates how the guns would have been used.

On Friday 15 July, 2022, at 12 PM, Director of the VMGC&RA Richard Fisher and Sir Andrew Graham will present a fascinating discussion of the history of the Machine Gun Corps at the National Army Museum, Chelsea, London. The talk will reflect on the impact and legacy of the Corps 100 years on from its disbandment. Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Graham Bt CB CBE is the great grandson of Lieutenant Colonel Sir John Reginald Noble Graham, one of the members of the MGC who was awarded a Victoria Cross.

On Saturday 16 July, 2022, between 10 AM and 5 PM, the National Army Museum will also host a very special ‘Spotlight Saturday’ event where there will be displays sharing the history of the Machine Gun Corps and the British Army’s use of the Vickers Gun. Members of the VMGC&RA will be on hand to explain how the guns were operated, what equipment was used and the role of the Machine Gun Corps. There will be living historians who will bring the stories of the soldier’s experiences to life and a series of talks from experts throughout the day.

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