Machine Gun Corps Cigarette Case, 1918
Machine Gun Corps Cigarette Case, 1918
Machine Gun Corps Cigarette Case, 1918
Machine Gun Corps Cigarette Case, 1918
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Machine Gun Corps Cigarette Case, 1918

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8.5cm (3.2in) x 6cm (2.3in)

 

Silver with gilt interior. Cigarette case of rounded rectangular form, the hinged lid engraved with the crowned, crossed Vickers gun badge of the Machine Gun Corps. Maker’s mark of William Neale & Sons. Hallmarked 1918.

The Machine Gun Corps was formed in 1915 and served on all theatres of the First World War. Post 1918 the M.G.C. saw active service in Russia and on the Northwest Frontier of India before being disbanded in 1922. The water-cooled Vickers Machine Gun is an icon of the Great War. It weighed approximately 42.5lbs and needed seven and half pints of water for the barrel casing cooling system. Each Vickers was served by a team of eight men, one to carry the gun, one to carry the tripod and the other six to carry belt ammunition in 22lb boxes. The cyclic rate of fire was 450 to 600 round per minute. Approximately 170,500 officers and men served in the M.G.C. with over a third becoming casualties and including 12,498 killed.