The Famous 8th Army gave us some of the most interesting campaigns of WW2 , From 1940 to 1943 the British fought battles across the Western Desert of North Africa, first against the Italians then the Italians and the German Africa Korps until the tide .
The .303 Vickers medium machine gun was a reliable water cooled weapon with a good sustained rate of fire. Each Infantry Division had an Medium Machine Gun Battalion having three machine gun companies, each containing 3 platoons with 4 guns a platoon.
The 3 inch mortar was a standard infantry support weapon. Each Battalion had a support platoon containing 6 of these mortars transported in universal carriers. Note, Pithead does not use artillery crews for their mortars.
The biggest cause of casualties in WW2 was through mortar and artillery fire. Unlike other nations, British infantry were sent into Normandy equipped with full size Spades and Pick axes so they coul.
The 4.2 inch mortars were under the command of the Medium Machine Gun Battalion which had a single company of these weapons organised in 4 platoons each containing 4 mortars . The mortars were transported in trailers towed by Loyd carriers and used to sup.