|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.