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Fire Controller Training

The Machine Gunner was himself a specialist in his field but they could not operate to full effectiveness without the MG Fire Controller. A Fire Controller would have been a specially selected Machine Gunner with a high level of intelligence. The course the fire controllers had to undertake was more theoretical than that of the MG training and, as such, a man with even higher specialist skills emerged after a long and strenuous period of training. To decode the lesson numbers found in the below table please go to the lesson list.


The Director: The Fire Controller's companion and main piece of equipment when setting up dial sights.
FIRE CONTROLLER'S COURSE
Periods
Subject Lesson Lecture Practice
General Principles 93 1
94 1
95 1
96 1
Visual Training 66 1 2
Direct Fire 97 1
98 1 2
99 1 2
100 1 2
101 1 1
Instruments and Aiming 43 1
44 2
Indirect Fire Revision, Direct Fire 2
109 1
110 1
111 1 2
112 1 2
113 1 2
114 1 2
115 1 2
Revision, Indirect Fire 4
Flanking and Overhead Fire 102 1 2
103 1 2
104 1 2
Revision 2
Fixed Lines 105 1 2
106 1 2
107 1
Revision 2
Night Firing 108 1 2
Map Shooting 116 1 2
117 1 2
118 1 1
Practical Problems 6
General Maintenance 16 1
Spare Parts and Repairs 18 1
Instrument Tests 45 1
46 1
47 1
Revision 2
MMG Range Course Part 3, Direct 4
Part 3, Indirect 4
Rangefinder Construction of Range Cards 1
Blank Firing Attachment Appendix I 1
TOTALS 26 73


Sources

  • War Office, 1951a
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