Monday, September 30, 2013

Steven Spielberg's "War Horse"??? How about "The Cyclist" Canadian Corps Cyclist Battalion's Nelson A. Zettergreen?

The Cyclist

Nelson A. Zettergreen
 Canadian Corps Cyclist Battalion

Date of Birth: June 17, 1897
 Age at enlistment: 18
Age at Death: 21
 April 7, 1919

Vancouver's Mountain View Cemetery


Federal Minister Clifford Sifton, who coined the phrase of "Stalwart Peasant" to bring European immigrants to northern farm lands, was also responsible for creating the Brutinel Brigade:
Brigadier-General Raymond Brutinel In 1918 Brutinel's force consisted of 1st and 2nd Canadian Motor MG Brigades (each of 5x8 gun batteries), Canadian Cyclist battalion, one section of medium trench-mortars mounted on lorries (plus an assumed wireless and medical support). This totalled 80 machine guns and about 300 cyclist infantry.

Canadian Corps Cyclist Battalion was part of a force during the "Last 100 Days" called "The Independant Force" , also known as "Brutinel's Brigade". Under the command of Brig.Gen. R. Brutinel this group was comprised of the 1st & 2nd Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigades , Trench Motors , Cavalry and the Cyclists.

Google Search Criteria: Condensed History of the Canadian Corps Cyclist Battalion
  Dedicated to the Study of the Canadian Expeditionary Force The Great War of 1914 - 1919

Cyclist Summary

Page 2 of 5
 Moran, John E. (Secretary) Canadian Corps Cyclist Battalion Association 1914 – 1918. Handbook, Toronto, Ontario, November, 1941
Author of Cyclist Summary Document:  Wendy Kimmel


Mounted Troops
Recruiting poster for the 48th (South Midland) Division Cyclist Company


The movie, "The Cyclist" should be made here in Hollywood North, Metro Vancouver where there's plenty of Moonbeam cyclists available as extras.

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