Cleaning Armoured Cars,
Canadian Motor M.G. Brigade
Cambrai in November and had
missed that one glorious opportunity of which the Canadian Cavalry took
such startling advantage.
Now as they roared south
they were heading right for the type of open warfare for which they had
been hoping and praying these last few years - but it was to be the reverse
side of the picture they were to see, and it was to be painted on a dark,
dismal background of tones when first it burst upon their view.
The convoy chugged into Amiens
at 12.45 p.m. and just minutes later were again on their way to 5th Army
Headquarters at Villers Brettoneux. There, Gen. Sir Hubert Gough met them,
warmly commented upon their timely arrival and, in admitting the seriousness
of the situation which had overwhelmed his army, said that the Canadian
Motors represented the only available reinforcements. This was at 4 o'clock
in the afternoon and just a few hours later batteries had been dispatched
to fill menacing gaps which had been opened in the sadly-battered ranks
of the 5th Army.
The Eaton and Yukon Batteries,
under Capt. H.V. Muerling, M.C., reported to the 18th Corps at Roye and
"B" and "C" Batteries, under the command of Capt. Holland, were on their
way to Corbie, on which the hard-pressed 7th Corps was based. "A"Battery
was held in reserve.
As the batteries moved along
the roads to their alloted tasks they had time to reflect why well-conducted
retreats get almost as favorable attention in the study of military history
as successful ...