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Bill Fulton, a lecturer currently writing a History of the Machine Gun Corps, gave an illustrated lecture to the Oxted & District History Society on ‘The Machine Gun Corps 1915-22’.  In 1914 each battalion had only 2 machine guns, firing 500 rounds a minute.  The early heavy casualties in World War I resulted in a shortage of men to fire rifles and training volunteers took up to 18 months. The Government decided that many more machine guns were needed and production escalated to a peak of 40,000 in 1918.

In 1915, George Lindsay founded the Machine Gun Corps, subsequently operating in the infantry, cavalry, motor vehicle and tank divisions in all the countries where World War I was fought.  After 1918 the Corps operated in various peace-keeping operations in Europe and the Middle East.  Some 170,000 men served in the Machine Gun Corps.

The Machine Gun Corps 1915-22 by Bill Fulton