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The Canadian "Emma Gees"
A History of the Canadian Machine Gun Corps
Lt.-Col. C.S. Grafton

Transcribed by Dwight G. Mercer

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A more detailed summary shows that the heaviest losses sustained for any one period was the attack on the Canal du Nord between September 1st and 30th. The 4th Battalion C.M.G.C. suffered the heaviest, with five officers killed and 17 wounded and 45 other ranks killed and 319 wounded. The 1st Battalion C.M.G.C. in this period had two officers killed and 16 wounded, while 17 other ranks were killed and 230 wounded.

That stretch of time from August 26th to October 11th had brought every known test of warfare to the Canadian Corps and it had met them all. In retrospect, a fighting advance of 23 miles when compared to the short time before, when battles were computed in hundreds of yards, seemed an incredible accomplishment.

To the Canadian Machine Gun Corps this long advance had brought varying conditions of warfare with which the machine gunners had grappled with ready adaptability.

With memories still fresh of September 28th, when the German defence of Cambria itself depended almost entirely upon a frame work of Special Marksmen Machine Gun Companies, there seemed to be the prospect still of plenty of hard fighting to be done as the Canadian Corps prepared to take a brief breathing space.

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