Dummy Lewis Machine Gun : 17 Battalion, Volunteer Defence Corps, Yerong Creek, NSW

Place Oceania: Australia, New South Wales, Corowa
Accession Number RELAWM20293.001
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made 1941-1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Dummy light machine gun manufactured from local materials by members of the Victorian Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC). The handle and breech of the gun are carved from wood to which has been nailed a folded tin barrel which has been professionally soldered. A round tin ammunition tray, bolted to the top of the gun, can be rotated by means of a rachet handle which also activates a crude sound generating device. A sight has been soldered to the front of the barrel while a simple bipod, made from mild tubular steel is attached with a butterfly nut. The gun is painted khaki green.

History / Summary

This gun was made by a member of the Yerong Creek Unit (near Corowa, NSW), 17 Battalion, Volunteer Defence Corps. 17 Bn appears to be part of 3 Military District, Victoria.