St. Quentin Canal

First World War


29 September – 2 October 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.

Battle of the St. Quentin Canal. Part of the Canal where a crossing was affected by the 137 Infantry Brigade (46th Division) on 29th September. Near Bellenglise, 2 October 1918. - Catalogue number: Q 9510 - Production date : 1918-10-02 By : McLellan, David (Second Lieutenant) (Photographer)
Credit: ©IWM (Q 9510) Photographer: McLellan, David (Second Lieutenant)

Geographical parameters

Road St. Quentin (exclusive) – Vermand – Roisel – Villers-Faucon – Fins – Gouzeaucourt – Banteux (exclusive)


A battle honour incorporating the tactical incidents “Passage at Bellenglise” and “Capture of Bellicourt Tunnel Defences”, formally entitled the “Battle of the St. Quentin Canal”, and itself being part of “The Battles of the Hindenburg Line”Footnote 1.


While the Canadian Corps (Lieutenant-General Sir A.W. Currie) was engaged with the crossing of the Canal du Nord at the northern end of the Hindenburg Line, farther south the Canadian Cavalry Brigade (Brigadier-General R.W. Paterson), as a component of the Cavalry Corps, was awaiting a breach in the German line north of St Quentin that would allow the cavalry to pass through. Crossings over the St Quentin Canal were captured but the ground prevented exploitation by the cavalry as originally hoped for.

General Currie

General Currie, Commander of the Canadian troops in France, and A.D.C. Location unknown. June, 1917.
Credit: Canada. Department of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada/PA-001370 (MIKAN no. 3191901)

General Patterson

General Patterson, commander of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade. Location unknown. Feb. 1919.
Credit: Canada. Department of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada (MIKAN no. 3219797)

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