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McManus Single Player
Actor Keith Dunphy (Voice and Model)
Appearances Battlefield 1 Icon Battlefield 1
Affiliation British Army
Weapon Auto Revolver, SMLE MKIII
Status WIA
"Don't be a hero, lad. Just do your job."
— McManus

McManus is an Irish character featured in the campaign of Battlefield 1. He's one of the two gunners manning the Mark V nicknamed "Black Bess", appearing in the chapter Through Mud and Blood.


McManus is the ill-tempered Irish left-side gunner of the "Black Bess". Mistrustful and vocal, he verbally chastises the newly assigned and nakedly inexperienced driver Edwards upon their meeting, and again when he stalls the tank after taking the controls for the first time. Each time he is pacified by Finch and Townsend respectively, who are willing to give Edwards a chance to prove himself. Based on remarks made on McManus' presumed non-participation upon the promise of "wine, women and song" waiting for the crew in Cambrai, it is possible he is married or does not drink. He is also seen to be religious - a rosary and crucifix hanging by his weapon station denotes him as a Catholic Christian.

When Black Bess got stuck in a large mud area, he tried to move the tank, along with its crew. He later became afraid of being killed with crew by releasing the pigeon. Although the tank itself was saved by artillery support, McManus became more hopeless, saying that "All we got is blind orders, and chance". At time of dawn, he and Edwards got outta tank to search new sparkplugs. Before doing, he talked about Black Bess and Townsend that would never make it. When Edwards returned with new sparkplugs, he got caught by German soldier with a bayonet charge but was saved by McManus which changed his mind.


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