Machine Gun Battalion (Canadian)

The Canadian Machine Gun Corps did not adopt the structure of the British Machine Gun Corps and the British Machine Gun Battalion.

Instead, it adopted a two-company based Battalion. This focused the personnel of the Battalion on the fighting elements, instead of the administration of troops. It also enabled it to be used as an independent formation without reliance on the infantry for carrying ammunition or the engineers for signalling (this establishment included 40 signallers rather than the previous 16).


Later, a third company was added to the establishment, with a dramatic rise in personnel and guns – a total of 96 Vickers MGs now formed the Battalion.