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Machine Gun Corps in the First World War

This section of the Long, Long Trail will be helpful for anyone wishing to find out about the history of the units of the Machine Gun Corps. “No military pomp attended its birth or decease….


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Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry) Squadrons

What was a MGC (Cavalry) Squadron The MGC (Cavalry) Squadron consisted of 8 officers and 203 other ranks, equipped with 299 horses, 18 limbers, 1 GS wagon and 1 water cart. These were formed up…


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The Companies and Battalions of the Machine Gun Corps

This section of the Long, Long Trail will be helpful for anyone wishing to find out about the history of the units of the Machine Gun Corps. Machine Gun Companies numbered 1-99 Unit Remarks 1st…


The Company of the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

What was a Company of the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)? This was the basic tactical unit of the MGC from when it was first formed. In France, the companies were merged into MGC Battalions in…


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Guards Machine Gun Regiment

The four Machine Gun Companies in the Guards Division were formed into a unit named the 4th Battalion Machine Gun Guards on 1 March 1918. By a Royal Warrant of 10 May 1918 and as…


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Motor Machine Guns of the First World War

Formation and development Motor cycle despatch riders and armoured cars were used from the earliest days of the war, most notably by Commander Samson’s marauding cars that swept through Flanders in late 1914. Army Order…



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Winter operations, 1914-15 (Western Front)

23 November 1914 – 6 February 1915: Winter operations, 1914-15. French orders for a major offensive in December lead to disastrous piecemeal British attacks. Localised operations seeking tactical advantage continue through winter. The defence of Festubert,…


The Battle of Loos

25 September – 15 October 1915: the Battle of Loos. The first genuinely large scale British offensive action but once again only in a supporting role to a larger French attack in the Third Battle…


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Sir Ian Hamilton’s Second Gallipoli Despatch

The Despatch of General Sir Ian Hamilton, Commander in Chief of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. Printed in the Third Supplement to the London Gazette of 20 September 1915. The Despatch dealt with the Gallipoli fighting…