53rd Welsh

A World War II Living History Group

1st Battalion, Manchester Regiment - Divisional MG Battalion

The 1st Battalion, Manchesters (1 Manch) were 53rd Welsh Divisions dedicated Machine Gun Battalion. Contary to popular opinion, this was the only place where the dreaded Vickers Machine Gun could be found in an Infantry Division.

 The Battalion was not just armed with the Vickers gun, it also boasted the 4.2" heavy mortar as well.

 These specialist weapons were grouped into Platoons consisting of Vickers machine guns OR 4.2" mortars, these platoons would then lend support to the infantry Battalions as needed, usually one Machine Gun platoon supporting each Infantry Battalion.