Canadian Horses In Shelters by Sir Alfred Munnings


Canadian Horses In Shelters


Sir Alfred Munnings

Ref GM2317
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 12" x 10" (30 x 24 cm)
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Munnings' talent was employed in his position as war artist to the Canadian Cavalry Brigade, under the patronage of Max Aitken in the latter part of the war. During the war Munnings sketched and painted many scenes. The Canadian Cavalry Brigade was raised in December 1914, under it first commanding officer Brigadier-General Jack Seely. It was originally composed of two Canadian and one British regiments and an attached artillery battery. The Canadian units were the Royal Canadian Dragoons, Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) and the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery battery. The British regiment was the King Edward's Horse (The King's Overseas Dominions Regiment). The brigade's units arrived in England in 1914, then left as a dismounted formation for France in April 1915. The brigade arrived in France during the Battle of Festubert and then served in the trenches during the Battle of Givenchy. The brigade remained serving as infantry until the end of January 1916, when it was re-formed as a cavalry force. It became part of the 2nd Indian Cavalry Division (later 5th Cavalry Division) in the British Cavalry Corps. It was held in reserve during the Battle of the Somme, its first mounted operation being during the German retreat to the Hindenberg Line. In the final days of the war the brigade, finally able to get into open ground, cleared nine French villages, captured around 400, with several artillery pieces and about 100 machine guns.