France: [Early 20th Century]. Marble paper wrappers. 12mo. (14.5 x 9.3 cm). Marble paper wrappers. Title written on small piece of paper glued to front cover. with written title on pasted piece of paper on front cover. Collation; pp. One page of text and 16pp. of drawings. The text page gives a description and name of all the parts of the Vickers machine gun. Each part is numbered in the text and on the drawing of the machine gun in the first double page drawing on the next page and following single page drawing. The remaining pages are organized as plates I-VIII. Every part illustrated has each component of the part labeled in French. Any person can use this manuscript to know each and every part of the gun to the point that they could disassemble and assemble it without error. This a most detailed and extensive drawing of the Vickers machine gun, a most reliable weapon used by the British army from 1912 during the first World War and continued in use until 1968. Very Good. Item #0000655
The Vickers machine gun or Vickers gun is a name primarily used to refer to the water-cooled .303 British (7.7 mm) machine gun produced by Vickers Limited, originally for the British Army… It was in service from before the First World War until the 1960s, with air-cooled versions of it on many Allied World War I fighter aircraft.The weapon had a reputation for great solidity and reliability. Ian V. Hogg, in Weapons & War Machines, describes an action that took place in August 1916, during which the British Army's 100th Company of the Machine Gun Corps fired their ten Vickers guns continuously for twelve hours. Using 100 new barrels, they fired a million rounds without a single failure. "It was this absolute foolproof reliability which endeared the Vickers to every British soldier who ever fired one."(Wikipedia).