Machine Gunner on the Somme, by Capt. Eric L. Bird (and edited by Sue Sturley), subtitled 'Reflections on the Development and Employment of the Machine Gun during the Great War'
Book published by Reveille in 2012, 164 pages. Paperback (N5749)
From the rear side cover: In this book, written mainly in the early 1920's following the 'War to end all Wars: Eric Bird, who was assigned to the Machine Gun Corps explains how the Vickers machine gun was employed by the British Army during the First World War.
Signing up as a Private in 1915, Eric found himself assigned to the (12th) Gloucestershire Regiment and in 1916 he was seconded to the Machine Gun Corps. Here he rose through the ranks receiving the Military Cross and accelerated promotion to Captain for his actions as part of a machine gun crew serving with 242 Company during the battle of Cambrai (Bourlon Wood) in late 1917. In great detail we learn first-hand how training was organised within the Corps, how the hierarchy viewed the use of such weapons and how it was employed and eventually adopted as a mainstay of infantry support.
The condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is an old price printed and a small price sticker, both on the rear side cover.