Moreuil Wood is a battle that most of you have probably never heard of. It took place on March 30th, 1918 in a small forested area outside the French village of Moreuil. Three mounted Canadian Divisions took part in the battle; Lord Strathcona’s Horse (RC), Royal Canadian Dragoons, and Ft Gary’s Horse. The battle is known to be one of the last great Calvary charges in history, and holds a significant place in the hearts and minds of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse to this day.
Although there were other divisions involved in the battle, it was Lord Strathcona’s HorseLieutenant Gordon Flowerdew who made the impromptu call to charge. This fateful decision resulted in the Canadian Calvary smashing into well dug in German machine gun lines. The brave men of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse pushed on through the hail of bullets and ended up rousting the Germans from their positions,sending them running back to where they came from.
The day’s events stifled the German advance and caused them to halt their offensive campaign and forgo the capture of the strategic town of Amiens. The war didn’t end for another 7 months, but the Germans could not muster up the momentum for another major offensive.
The Lord Strathcona’s Horse stayed a full-time regiment after the wars end and was re-tooled to become one of Canadas first tank regiments. They saw action in WWII, Korea, Afghanistan, and various UN peacekeeping missions. Soldiers from the Lord Strathcona’s Horse also help in times of need, including helping fight forest fires, and floods. They are currently stationed out of CFB Edmonton and continue to maintain the high level of excellence, and courage shown on that fateful day in 1918.
To celebrate the centennial of the battle, the Lord Strathcona’s Horse will be sending approximately fiftysoldiers to the village of Moreuil, France in March 2018 to celebrate the centennial of the battle. There will be a battle reenactment and a victory march done in the village of Moreuil.
M30 is a proud supporter of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (RC) and will be makinga donation of plane tickets to get some of the troops to France so they can partake in the celebrations. If you want more in depth information about this battle, or Lord Strathcona’s Horse please visit any of the following links below.
Remembrance Day is just around the corner, so please don’t forget to buy your poppies and wear them in support of all our men and women who put themselves in harm’s way each and every day.