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Ralph J. Whitehead

Portuguese troops and the use of the Lewis Gun

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Ralph J. Whitehead

I have a question regarding Portuguese troops on the Western Front. I was advised that the Portuguese troops on the Western Front did not use the Lewis Gun.

 

I have no information on these troops and I have a photo where it states it was a captured Portuguese position and lying near the dead soldier is what appears to be part of a Lewis Gun magazine. 

 

Is is it possible that British troops were also in the area or is it possible that Portuguese troops did use this weapon? Any thoughts from the experts out there?

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Terry_Reeves

Ralph

 

They most certainly did. The UK also provided SMLEs for them as well. There is a  WW1 display in the military museum at Funechal, Maderia, which has a Lewis gun and the rifles on display and also gives the numbers of the weapons provided by the UK.

 

TR

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Ralph J. Whitehead

Thanks Terry, I suspected enough but it is not my area of expertise.

 

Ralph

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Mike_H

Ralph,

 

Attached is a painting in the Porto Military Museum of a Portuguese hero with Lewis gun - they also have examples of the gun on display

 

Mike

 

 

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Ralph J. Whitehead

Thanks Mike, I suspected that they used this weapon and now with your help, Terry and Taff it is a certainty.

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michel knockaert

Hello Ralph !

Have a look on this, it talk about Anibal Milhais.

He was the portuguese hero of the great war and used Lewis Gun during the Battle of the Lys at "Huit Maisons" hamlet of Vieille-Chapelle.

 

From Georges Viaud, french historian's work about him.

 

EN 1918
En avril, le « soldat Anibal Augusto Milhais » a pris part à la bataille de la Lys dite du 9 avril. A ce sujet, vous remarquerez la concision toute militaire de la phrase traduite…
En juillet, il a été honoré comme étant le n°1 de la garnison par sa mitrailleuse [Lewis de 13 kilos 7, qu’il appelait, d’ailleurs, avec beaucoup de tendresse sa « Luisinha » ou « Menina »], révélant durant la bataille de la Lys un extraordinaire courage et sang-froid. Il a ainsi défendu les positions de son peloton. 
A Huit Maisons [qui faisait partie du secteur de défense du Bataillon d’Infanterie n°15 dit de Tomar], il a empêché de tout son allant guerrier l’avancée ennemie sans abandonner son poste jusqu’à ce que les forces portugaises et écossaises soient mises en sécurité. Il en a, d’ailleurs, sauvé quelques-uns de l’arrestation par les Allemands puis il a protégé la retraite de beaucoup en se servant de sa mitrailleuse avec valeur, mérite et loyauté tout en étant indifférent à l’artillerie et aux mitrailleuses ennemies (O.S. N° 186 du Bataillon n°15 du 15).

 

 

 

Always yours

Michel

 

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Bazzman

Hello, I don’t know if you have seen my post in the weapons section of this forum but I have a  SMLE MK3 it’s a brass stock disc bearing the stamp DOURO. I have been told this may be a Portuguese regiment named after the river. Just wondered if anyone noticed in the museum a disc as shown below?

 

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