More on the Vickers-Berthier  
  Don Davie  
The article on the Vickers-Berthier and Vickers Gas-Operated machine guns in the December 2005 newsletter noted that the Vickers-Berthier Light Machine Gun was issued to the Indian Army in the 1930s.  It is now known that the Vickers-Berthier was also issued to some British infantry units in India during the 1939-1945 War.
The web site indicates that the V-B was issued to 2 Battalion, The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, in 1941 and was taken to Burma in February 1942.  The site describes the experiences of one junior NCO of the Dukes during a brief period of the rapid Japanese conquest of Burma and is worth a visit.  The Internet has also revealed that the Vickers-Berthier was used by Bolivian forces against Paraguay in the Gran Chaco War of 1932-1935, and that the Mk 1 version was issued in the Latvian Army during the between-wars years.
An e-mail from Tom Ready, a Vickers-Berthier enthusiast in the United Kingdom who owns four deactivated V-Bs, refers to the web site "Richard Fishers Weapons Online" at this address: where a wealth of information is provided.