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Only fully mechanised brigade in the British army - The Canadian Automobile Machine-Gun Brigade

Hi everyone

Today, I discovered, is the centenary of the establishment of the Canadian Automobile Machine-Gun Brigade. Using armoured cars mounted with machine guns they would provide cover fire to Canadian and British soldiers.

I found this greta blog post about them at

It's a company (Illustrated London news) who have made all their 1914-1919 material free to the public. They've got loads of interesting articles about tanks, armoured cars/ trains etc. It's definitely a site worth checking out.



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What a fantastic site, thanks for the link!



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My Grandfather  L/Cpl Victor R. Tweney-MM and his Brother  L/Cpl  Fred H. Tweney, were both Gunners in 1st Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade formerly named the Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade.   Also there is a great story, Death at Licourt, written by Cameron Pulsifer,  former Historian from the Canadian War Museum of an armoured car of 1st Motors, whose crew were all killed in action. There are three excellent photos taken by the Germans of the destroyed armoured car and it's crew after their  fight, Mar 25 1918. I am a friend of another poster here Les Fowler, whose Grandfather was also in the 1stMotors.  See below link to the story "Death at Licourt" by Cameron Pulsifer at Licourtewcontent. ... ontext=cmh

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Fascinating stuff!
Although I had acquired that article (Death at Licourt) some time ago, I never sat down and read the whole thing.
Your post inspired me to do so.

The Autocars are a fascinating subject, and I learned so much while designing my scale model.
I think the scariest thing was the total lack of protection for the five man crew.
No better than sticking your head up above the trenches.

Last year I was contacted by the Halifax Citadel Army Museum (Nova Scotia) to assist with their WW1 displays.
Specifically, they wanted to include a diorama and display honouring the Machine Gun Brigade.
I'm proud to say my scale paper model of the Autocar Armoured Car was used as the template for an amazing
diorama model (created by extraordinary modeler Arthur Sekula).

I live too far away to have built and delivered a model safely myself
so it made sense that I was not hired to build the Museum display model
....but the Museum did request a copy of the 1/18 scale paper model on a CD-rom
and I filled up the disc with all the reference material I had acquired on the Armoured Car.
I assume this disc was then passed along to Mr Sekula.

Anyway, heres a few pics of the Museum display.

CBC News article here:


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