|Infantry Commanders, whatever
their rank, should be impressed with the necessity of initiating and maintaining
liaison with the machine guns in such circumstances.
"It is the duty of the Commander
of the Infantry force to arrange, automatically, for the protection, particularly
of the flanks, of any Machine Gun Units which are co-operating with him
and, in consultation with the Machine Gun Commander, to make definite arrangements
for any advance, counter-attack or other tactical rnaneuver."
Thus it will be seen that
the Machine Gun Service had not only grown in stature but as well in status
effecting its tactical independence and in the initiative and latitude
defined in the employment of the weapon.
Training continued throughout
A spearhead was being polished
day by day. The Canadian Corps was now almost as numerically strong as
an army. Day by day it purred with more power. Two British Divisions, just
back from Palestine, were sent to train with the Canadians.
On July 1st came a memorable
break, when Dominion Day was celebrated far behind the lines. It was a
typical "back home" program, lacrosse furnishing the purely national touch
among the sports. Two squadrons of Canadian pilots droned overhead to prevent
any curious German planes from disturbing the day. Thirty-five thousand
men, including elements of Scottish Divisions training with them, enjoyed
a wonderful program, and among the notables there were the Duke of Connaught
and Marshal Petain.
Two weeks later the "rest,"
which was to be looked back upon as something that must have been a dream,
an elysium of the imagination in contrast to days which brought no respite,
came to an end.
On July 15th the Canadians
went back in the line, relieving the Imperial 17th Corps.
The Germans, fearful of an
impending attack they deduced from the Canadians' presence and sure knowledge
of the open warfare training the Canadians had been undergoing, gave them
a warm welcome back to the Vimy front. The Canadians returned it and more.
War was back for Currie's