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Title Machine Gun Corps cap badge
Nationality British
Period c 1915-22

The strength of the Machine Gun Corps (MGC) reached a total of 6,000 officers and 120,000 soldiers. This badge was worn by both cavalry squadrons and infantry battalions. The MGC has a splendid memorial at Hyde Park Corner, London, with the motto 'Saul has slain his thousands, but David his tens of thousands'!

The MGC would have been equipped initially with Vickers and Lewis guns right through to disbandment in 1922. The Vickers gun was nicknamed the Old Lady of No Man's Land and fired from a tripod with a water-cooled system working on the evaporation principle, being belt fed; the Lewis gun was air-cooled and had a drum magazine of 50 or 100 rounds mounted on top of the breach.

This is a die-struck gilding metal badge, with a brass slider brazed to the centre reverse of the crown. Its condition is still reasonably sharp, with minor distortion consonant with its age.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Badges : British : 20th Century]


Received sword yesterday thanks. Very pleased with it. Thanks Chris, most excellent service.

R G, UK, 26.01.2013

Chris, got the buckle thanks and what a beauty, posted it on the forum already (war relics forum) I mod the buckle forum I have put a thanks to you on there with your site title so might drum up a bit of business for you :)

B E, UK, 13.12.2011