CANADIAN MACHINE GUN CORPS
Commanded by Brig Gen R. Brutinel CB CMG DSO
In memory of the members of the Canadian Machine Gun Corps who died in active service and in honour of those who served 1914 – 1919
In the Chateau Laurier the Canadian Machine Gun Corps had its beginning. Here, in August 1914, Major Raymond Brutinel enrolled the first recruits for the Corps.
These memorial plaques hang in the Chateau Laurier Hotel, in the corridor leading from the elevator lobby to the meeting rooms and parking garage. The bas reliefs are a bust of Brutinel and of the Canadian Machine Guns on Vimy Ridge.
It was actually the Automobile Machine Gun Brigade No 1, later the 1st Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade, that Brutinel started in 1914. It is believed to be the first motorized armoured unit formed by any country during the war. The various machine gun brigades formed the Canadian Machine Gun Corps in March 1918.
Cameron Pulsifer’s article Canada’s First Armoured Unit: Raymond Brutinel and the Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigades of the First World War (Canadian Military History: Vol. 10: Iss. 1, Article 5) is worth a look for more history and some great photos.
I’m looking forward to The Great War Tour, a four-part documentary with historian Norm Christie. Starts tonight (6 Apr) on TVO. Starts 18 May on the Knowledge Network.