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I was not sure what this memorial commemorated. In my strolls around the intersection of Green and Hyde Parks, I had never noticed The Machine Gun Corps Memorial before, and I thought that it was odd. Unlike the other war memorials, in this general area,...More
This memorial did make me feel slightly uncomfortable and I can why some feel this memorial could be seen as glorifying war.
This is an unusual war memorial (located near the Wellington Arch) as instead of a solider you have the biblical King David depicted...More
Seen from above on a coach this time although have viewed this many times before as well, this is a classical piece of sculpture memorialising the machine gun corps and their vital role in the defence of the realm - definitely worth a closer look
I have mixed feelings about this memorial. It's the inscription which names the Corps fallen Glorious Heroes. There is also the David and Goliath aspect. If you are manning a heavy machine gun, surely you are Goliath, the unfortunate infantryman you are targeting, David.
The statue of David is commemorating the Machine Gun Corps heroes and it represents the Goliath defeater with its large sword in his hand, flanked by two bronze machine guns.
Its location makes it easier to visit it and to take nice pictures.
There are many units that appear in the British Army order of battle and then disappear again. They are often only remembered by those who have ancestors who served in them, or specialist historians. The Machine Gun Corps is one of those that was raised...More