If there are any veterans from the war against the japs out there,IÂ´ll bet they can recall firing the vickers in the SF role,for days on end.It wasnÂ´t meant to be carted around like a GPMG,and to save water theyÂ´d often p*ss in the water can to keep it cool.
I think youÂ´ll find that the West Kents used them a lot at Kohima;I only read the book,happy as hell not to have been there!
Ironically the Lewis Gun also had water cooling for the barrel,then after carry the extra weight through WW1,found they could discard it in WW2 as being drum fed it didnÂ´t get so hot
Sorry mate the cooling jacket was air powered, the lewis when fired used some of the exhaust gasses to create a draft and draw air along the inside of the jacket. This was discared in air service but a slimmer version was retained for LMG use. The lewis guns sans jackets you are referring to may have been the air cooled vickers K guns. Very similar. The Bren also had a 90 round drum mag but most were lost at Dunkirk etc. I only know of 2 and have only seen 1.
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I have just proof read my spelling of draft oops perhaps draught? I have some good reprints of BSA war work books from the 1920's which although commercially biaised do detail the adoption without WO direction of the rights to the Lewis gun and production for the Belgians only to see it snatched up at last by the WO.
I also get along to HBSA meetings on occaision and you can learn a lot from others research!