by G. R. DUXBURY, Director
It is said that in its 55 years of service it killed more people than the atom bomb. The gun was first taken into use in 1912 and became the backbone of infantry units throughout the world.
In England it has been replaced by the sustained fire
General Purpose Machine Gun.
The Vickers had a rate of fire of 1,000 rounds per minute and was regarded by experts as one of the best infantry weapons ever produced.
It was still in use during the Korean War and later in Borneo. The armies of some countries are even today equipped with it and, no doubt, will continue to use it for a long time to come.
Famous for its accuracy and reliability, the Vickers was fired continuously for seven days in one experiment before it broke down. Mounted on ships, tanks, armoured cars and aircraft, the gun served in many roles and will certainly go down on record as one of the most famous weapons in military history.
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