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Canadian Military Motorcycles. Part 1
Eddie Brandon
Eddie Brandon
31 May 2021

Canadian Military Motorcycles. Part 1

Canadian military motorcycles have been in use with various elements of the Canadian Forces since at least 1908. For specific and detailed information on the subject of the Canadian use of military motorcycles, the author highly recommends the 2010 book put together by author Clive M. Law. He has compiled an impressive history on the subject with the title "Military Motorcycles in Canada".

Handley Page Halifax, RCAF, ca 1943. RCAF Leading Aicraftsman riding, with an RCAF Women's Division Leading Aircraftswoman and two Corporals as passengers a Norton 'Big Four" 600cc sidevalve motorcycle hooked up to a sidecar.

Lieutenant G. Murray Williams, HQ Company, 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, riding a Matchless G3L, 350cc OHV, 1943 contract motorcycle, during the advance from Lembeck through Coesfeld, Germany, 30 March 1945

Motorcycle driven by Capt Hopkins, Niagara Camp, Ontario, 28 June 1916.

Motorcycle with side car, Ammunition Park, June 1916.

Pte C.M. Johnston, CASC, Aug 1917.

Military Motorcycle with sidecar, James Crookall and Smith, Mohawk, Ontario, 1918.

Military Motorcycle with sidecar, James Crookall, Ontario, 1918.

Harley Davidson motorcycle, British Columbia, 1918.

Harley Davidson motorcycle, British Columbia, 1918.

Motorcycle with side car, 1st Sanitary Section, Apr 1919.

Canadian soldier training in England with a Harley Davidson Motorcycle, ca 1942.

Canadian soldier trainee riding a Norton motorcycle during a despatch riders' training course, Bordon, England, 1 May 1942.

Four motorcycle Bren gun teams of the Royal Montreal Regiment taking part in a training exercise at Petworth Camp, England, 28 April 1942.

Despatch rider Private J.W. King (left), who is riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, accepts a pigeon message from Corporal J. Hanley, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals (RCCS), England, 10 February 1943.

Harley Davidson Motorcycle, ca 1941.

Brigade Sergeant-Major R.M. Cooper of the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade, riding a Norton WD16H motorcycle, Carpiquet, France, 12 July 1944.

Dispatch riders and MPs escorting a staff car in a military convoy from Alberta to British Columbia in 1944.

Military Police escorting a military convoy through Banff National Park, Alberta to British Columbia in 1944.

Canadian soldiers training with Norton motorcycles.

Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa on motorcycles near Caen, Normandy, France, 15 July 1944.

#ww1 #war #history

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