WW1 Vickers Machine Gun 'K ' Series .303 1918
Vickers Crayford manufacture.
Original Transit case
This is a very nice original WW1 Vickers machine gun with its transit case dating from early 1918.
On 21st March 1918 the German Imperial Army did a massive full frontal attach across the whole of the British Western Front in a bid to win the war before the US army had time to deploy their troops.
This very large attack had been anticipated since Christmas 1918 by British intelligence and relayed to General Haig, commander of The British Army on the Western front. For months the Germans were amassing Huge amounts of troops just behind there third line. Ever since Russia left the War, the Germans on the Eastern Front were being moved towards the western front at speed.
By late 1917 the British Army just did not have the sear numbers to stop a massive German attack, so in early March 1918 General Haig went to see David Lloyd George at downing Street and begged him for more troops to be sent to the western front, but his request was turned down.
The British Army had developed defences plan in depth, reducing the proportion of troops in their front line and pulling reserves and supply dumps back beyond German artillery range.
In theory, the front line was an "outpost zone" lightly held by snipers, patrols and machine-gun posts only. Most of The British Army's best ever Snipers died in late March 1918 trying to keep the German Army at bay as well as fixed position Vickers Machine Gun teams. The fate of these machine gun teams was also sealed as there positions were over run one by one by the Germans on 21st to 22nd March.
The Advancing German Army were under orders to take no British Army Snipers or Machine gun teams prisoners but to shoot them on sight.
This Vickers machine gun dates to early 1918 and has a 'K' Series serial number and at time this Vickers was in production and at the same time, time was ticking away for the British Army on the western front, just waiting in there Trenches for the German attack that must come.
This Vickers machine gun is in great order, it is fully dry firing and can be stripped down. The transit case has history written all over it and is in very good order.
The photo above show all the working parts and the great clean condition of its internals.
Nice clean receiver fitted with its correct metal feed tray .
The Vickers in its Transit case
The correct late Vickers flash hinder.
This is a very good example of a WW1 Vickers machine gun and its Transit case. The Vickers is clean inside and outside and the firing mechanism works as good today as it did in 1918.
We have no idea that this Vickers made it to the Western Front in time to play its part in halting the German offensive and like most things, that is lost to time.