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Machine Gun Memorabilia: V22N1

By Robert G. Segel

Danish submachine gun qualification breast badges. Left to right: third level (gold) created in 1961, second level (silver) and first level (bronze) both created in 1956. Issued on successful completion of submachine gun training. Central image of the Danish Husqvarna M/44 version of the Finnish Suomi KP-31 submachine gun within a wreath. Sew-on type with three holes in the wreath to sew onto the uniform.

Medallion (challenge coin) for the British Small Arms School Corps Methuen Cup Team. The obverse has the relief image of the Small Arms School Corps insignia of crossed SMLE rifles in front of a Vickers machine gun under the Queen’s crown. The leaves are enameled in green, with red enamel in the crown. The reverse reads, “SASC METHUEN CUP TEAM.” The central image is of crossed L85A2 rifles with SUSAT sights against a green enameled background. Six centimeters in diameter. The Methuen Cup is a British Army inter-corps rifle competition now held in Bisley, UK. The Methuen Cup is the oldest Military Team Shooting Competition in the world. It was first held in 1894 and named after Field Marshal Methuen, who instigated the competition.

British Machine Gun Corps wall banner from the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment. This banner hung in the Sergeants’ Mess at the Regimental Headquarters of the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment. This same banner also hangs at the 1st Royal Tank Regiment Headquarters and the Small Arms School Corps at Warminster. The banner was made in the early 1970s, when the Queen awarded colors to the regiment. The Royal Tank Regiment commissioned it as a remembrance of their roots, which go back to World War I. In 1916, the Machine Gun Corps formed a Heavy Section, later Branch, in order to crew the tanks. The Heavy Branch of the Machine Gun Corps then reformed into a new Tank Corps. The 3rd Royal Tank Regiment (originally C Company) was in existence from 1917 to 1992, when the unit was deactivated and the base closed. The banner was saved by a former 3rd Royal Tank Regiment soldier as everything was being...

This article first appeared in Small Arms Review V22N1 (January 2018)
and was posted online on November 17, 2017

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