First World War
26-27 March 1918
Six armoured cars of the First Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade, being cleaned. The nearest vehicle is fitted with two Vickers machine guns. Location unknown. April, 1918.
Credit: Canada. Department of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada (MIKAN no. 3395367)
Between the rivers Avre and Somme, east of road Pierrepont – Mézières – Demuin – Villers Bretonneux – Corbie
A battle honour formally entitled the “Battle of Rosières” and itself being part of “The First Battles of the Somme, 1918”Footnote 1.
Primarily awarded to British regiments, the only Canadian unit to receive the Honour “Rosières” was the 1st Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade (a battalion-sized unit) for its support to British formations in defending against the German Spring offensive in 1918. With their ability to move quickly, the role of the various batteries of the Brigade was to keep in contact with the Germans and engage them in order to delay their advance. The contributions of these machine gun carrying armoured cars were essential in stopping the German advance.
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- The Royal Canadian Hussars (Montreal)
Awards to the 1st Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade, CEF (GO 110/29) and the 1st Motor Machine Gun Brigade (GO 110/29)
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