4th Battalion Royal Northumberland Fusiliers

2nd Independent Medium Machine Gun Company
11th Armoured division

This portayal handles the “Vickers Machine gun”. This medium, water cooled machinegun was the firepower of the regular infantry. It gave support in an attack and the necessary covering fire where possible.

In 1944, the Vickers Medium Machineguns (MMG)
in a British infantry division were located in an independent machinegun battalion. That Battalion had, like a normal one, 3 company's.

Each of those company's could be attached to one of the 9 infantry Battalions of the 3 Brigades, they were called an "independent machine gun Battalion".

The organisation of an armoured division, is different than the organisation of a regular infantry division. It has only one (lorried) Brigade of infantry, so only one independent MMG company is necessary. An exception to this is the armoured brigades "motor Battalion", because they had their own vickers and carriers.

Within the 11th armoured division (the black bull), the independent MMG company was manned by the "2nd company, 4th Battalion Royal Northumberland Fusiliers". This battalion was reorganised and trained to be a complete independent MMG Battalion. Then it was split up between three armoured divisions. The first was transferred to the Guards armoured, the second to the 11th armoured (the Black Bull) and the third to the 7th armoured (the Desert Rats).

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