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(Login Erik_Ahlstroem) Missing-Lynx members from IP address 188.8.131.52
This MG have come to interest me a great deal and it seems to have been used in the gruond role every now and then.
The RAF Fordssons as well as some other ACs used the as a turretmounted AA MG, mostly in double mounts.
I have also seen them on improvised mounts on LRDG trucks.
Some photos shows them with a small bipod used by infantry, one photo shows them in use in Mandalay with indian troops fex.
The most puzzeling photo Ive seen is in the book "Gunners at War", here is a photo of one Bombardier F Cary who is fighting of V-1s. He is using what looks like two dubblemounted Browning .303s in a gunpit. The strange thing is that he seems to eb using BESA ammo and there are several BESA ammoboxes around. Were this ammo intershangeble, could this two guns, Besa and Browning use the same ammobelt fex?
Can anyone answer these questions or know who can,
Any information would be much appreciated.
Not only was the calibre different, the .303in had a rimmed case, the 7.92 Besa and .30/06 (the original Browning M1919 round) were rimless. Converting weapons between the two can prove a problem with some weapon designs. British .303 'Brownings' were specifically manufactured for the rimmed round and had significantly different components to the original design and were not capable of being swapped. The British would have loved to standardise ammo and only adopted the 7.92mm round because the favoured BESA could not be converted to rimmed .303in, If the resources were available to replace purchased/Lend-lease .30/06 Brownings in AFVs with .303 or 7.62 they would have done so.
I don't know the photo concerned so can't comment. Can you see if the rounds are rimmed or rimless or is it just markings on the tins? There is a slight chance the weapons could be pre-war Belgian (FN) made 7.92mm Brownings however that is a really long shot.
Incidentaly there is an intriguing IWM photo of Indian troops in Burma 1945 using Vickers-Brownings on bipod mounts. I will try to find it.
Unfortunatly the cartrges cant be seen in the photo. The thing about the boxes is that they are "fixed" to the MG/mount, like similair .50 or .30 Browning boxes on fex pintlemounts. Then there are several more boxes around the gunpit and on these the text BESA can be ssen, I cant understand why these boxes are used for the Browning .303 ammo.