The Vickers machine gun was based on the successful Maxim gun of the late 19th century. After purchasing the Maxim company outright in 1896, Vickers took the design of the Maxim gun and improved it, reducing its weight by taking out all unnecessary parts and substituting components made with high strength alloys. A muzzle booster was also added.
The Vickers gun appears on many Allied vehicles, generally as mounted light machine guns for passenger use. On the Mark V Landship and Artillery Truck, it may also serve as the driver's primary weapon, depending on package.