Monday, 16 January 2017

Lewis Gunners to the Fore

Lewis Gun by Balcer on Wikipedia

Tuesday 16th January 1916

The 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment is at le Touret near the old 1915 battlefield at Neuve-Chapelle. They are busy training for whatever the year may hold. In a conversation with the adjutant this morning he mentioned that an eight-day course began this morning for the Battalion’s Lewis gunners. These men provide vital assistance in any attack as their rapid fire weapons can suppress enemy strongpoints and snipers, allowing the other men to continue going forward, so a Lewis gun team of two men (firer and loader) can never be too well trained.

Source: X550/7/1

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