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Army Cyclist Corps in the Gallipoli Campaign


Joy Dean
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I didn't know they were. There was a Navy or Royal Marine cyclist unit (I'd need to look it up as I can't quite remember which) that spent most of its time making things like Leach catapult look alikes and improvised trench mortars. I'd suspect that, like the RR armoured cars they were intended to be part of the advance force if a breakthough/breakout from the beach heads was achieved and the campaign became more mobile. Cyclists were used for scouting and mounted infantry work in 1914 in Belgium and France and I think trying to have a lot of horses standing by waiting for a breakout would not be practical.

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Checked - they were Royal Marine LI. Actually thinking about it a RM cycling unit makes a sort of wierd sense as it would mean that the Navy could have ship borne mounted infantry without the need for horses (which would be a real shipboard stinker).

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