WWI Canadian 4th Divisional Ammunition Column Cap Badge

£175.00




A very rare and desirable WWI c1916 Canadian 4th Divisional Ammunition Column Officer’s cap badge in very nice condition.
The badge is made of silvered bronze in the shape of a maple leaf with the Royal Artillery cannon in the middle surmounted by the royal crown and CANADA. Below the cannon is the number 4 and OVERSEAS. Where the Royal Artillery motto would be is 4TH DIV’N AMMUNITION COL’M. The reverse of the badge has a horizontal suspension pin.
The Canadian 4th Divisional Ammunition Column was part of the 4th Canadian Division which was created in 1916 using sections from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Divisional Ammunition Columns. It acted as a support echelon for the division during the First World War and consisted of dedicated military vehicles carrying artillery and small arms ammunition for the combatant unit to which the column belonged.
An Ammunition Column was a support echelon of a British or Dominion brigade or division during the First World War and consisted of dedicated military vehicles carrying artillery and small arms ammunition for the combatant unit to which the column belonged, generally an Artillery Brigade or a Divisional Artillery.
The 4th Canadian Division was formed in Britain in April 1916 from several existing units and others scheduled to arrive shortly thereafter. Under the command of Major-general David Watson, the Division embarked for France in August of that year where they served both in the Western Front in France and in Flanders until Armistice Day. The 4th Canadian Division was a part of the Canadian Corps in the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which attacked and defeated the Germans, driving them from the ridge. As a result, the Canadians became known as masters of offensive warfare and an elite fighting force.
Size: 4.5 x 4.5 cm (1 ¾ x 1 ¾ inches)
Weight: 12 g