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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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Composite Battery, 1st Battalion C.M.G.C., at Liege Review by the
Belgian Chief of Staff. 1919

rendezvous that had been pledged by the Contemptibles over four years before and which their overseas cousins were to make good.

There was little to be taken from the attitude of the enemy but that he was taking his own time to get to some line of his own choosing for - probably - a winter stand.

For a time on October 20th the 4th Division was held up just cast of Denain by machine gun and artillery fire and it wasn't until late in the afternoon that our troops could make headway there.

Village after village was relieved and, although the retiring Germans knew they contained civilians, they were often viciously and accurately - shelled.

The 1st Division, which had now been in the line for two weeks without any opportunity to rest and re-fit since crossing of the Canal du Nord, was relieved on October 22nd but on the move for at dawn it had continued the pursuit, later to be leap-frogged by the 3rd Division.

By this date, opposition had begun to get stiffer. A large area northeast of Valenciennes had been flooded and to the west of the city the Canal de I'Escaut had been flooded. To the southwest, beyond the flooded area, the Mont Huoy and the Famars ridge made a natural defence.

The Canadian Corps report also indicates that the 22nd Corps on the right had been held up along the Ecaillon River and the 7th Corps on the left had not been able to make any great advance, not ...

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