Machine Gun Corps (Heavy)

The Machine Gun Corps was the first unit to use Tanks in the British Army.  They later became the Tanks Corps.


Strength

The strength of the Machine Gun Corps (Heavy) was recorded from June, 1916, until March, 1920, on a month-by-month basis.

At its peak, in May, 1916, it consisted of 2,956 officers and 25,828 other ranks – a total of 28,784 all ranks. A more detailed analysis is available on the MGC strength page.


Battalions

Tank Battalions
Battalion Theatre Date in theatre Notes
“A” France & Flanders July 1917 Later became No. 1 Tank Battalion
“B” France & Flanders July 1917 Later became No. 2 Tank Battalion
“C” France & Flanders July 1917 Later became No. 3 Tank Battalion
“D” France & Flanders July 1917 Later became No. 4 Tank Battalion
“E” France & Flanders July 1917 Later became No. 5 Tank Battalion
Egyptian Expeditionary Force April 1917
“F” France & Flanders July 1917 Later became No. 6 Tank Battalion
“G” France & Flanders July 1917 Later became No. 7 Tank Battalion
“H” France & Flanders September 1917 Later became No. 8 Tank Battalion
“I” France & Flanders September 1917 Later became No. 9 Tank Battalion

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