The untold story of how cyclists formed an essential part of the Canadian armed forces during one of most the decisive campaigns of the Great War.
Cyclists in Canada’s armed forces spent most of the First World War digging trenches, patrolling roads, and delivering dispatches. But during the Hundred Days campaign at the end of the Great War, they came into their own.
At Amiens, Cambrai, and especially the Pursuit from the Sensée, the cyclists made pioneering contributions to the development of the Canadian Corps’s combined arms strategy and mobile warfare doctrine, all the while exhibiting the consummate professionalism the Corps became renowned for.
Ted Glenn is professor of public administration at Humber College. He is the author of several articles on Canadian public policy and administration. He lives and cycles in Toronto.
A very good book on the largely forgotten role of Canadian cyclists in the Great War. Forgotten no longer, we can now understand that the cyclists played a big role in the Hundred Days [campaign] in helping develop the Canadian Corps’ new concept of combined arms warfare.
An important foray into an under-explored aspect of the First World War. The bicycle was a ubiquitous piece of equipment in most armies of the period, and yet we often seem not to notice it. Hopefully the book will stimulate further inquiry into a key mode of early twentieth-century transportation in a military-historical context.
Even military history buffs may not be aware that five Canadian cyclist companies were created as part of Canada’s contribution to the First World War … This highly readable account of the Canadian Cyclists is supplemented with an extraordinary collection of period photographs.