26 Aug 2013

Bikes At War!

Recruiting poster for the South Midland Divisional Cyclist Company
The Army Cyclist Corps of the British Army was active during World War I as part of the Army's bicycle infantry, and the first complete bicycle unit was raised in 1888. While the units were not deployed as organised combat formations, the bicycle was found to be invaluable for reconnaissance and communications work as they were lighter, quieter, and logistically much easier to support than horsesOn the eve of the First World War, there were fourteen cyclist battalions. 
British cyclist troops advance through Brie, Somme, 1917
Cyclists of the 36th Division in France, 1918 
A Braveheart

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