Employment of Machine Guns 1918 (Parts One [Tactical] & Two [Organisation and Direction of fire]


Issued in January 1918, this volume consists of the two parts – Tactical and Organisation and Direction of Fire – of the Army General Staff’s official doctrines on the use of machine guns. By this stage of the Great War, the implications of the slaughter inflicted by enemy machine guns at the Somme in 1916 and at Passchendaele in 1917 had percolated through to the BEF’s High Command, who were now matching German tactics in employing this fearsome weapon.