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Howitzers. By the middle of 1915, all six of these battery types were serving on the Western Front. In the course of the second year of World War I, the War Office took great pains to reduce the number of different types of field artillery battery in the Expeditionary Force. The first step towards this goal was a relatively small one. Taken in the autumn of 1915, it involved the replacement of the 216 obsolescent 15-pdr BLC guns then serving with Territorial Force field gun batteries in France or Flanders with factory-fresh 18-pdr guns.
At the end of 1915, the General Headquarters of the Expeditionary Force created the largest force of dismounted cavalry yet to be seen on the Western Front by temporarily converting a very large portion of the Cavalry Corps into the Dismounted Cavalry Division. In order to make this new formation possible, the three component divisions of the Cavalry Corps - the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Cavalry Divisions - each formed a dismounted cavalry brigade. ) The nine cavalry brigades of these three divisions, in turn, made possible the dismounted cavalry brigades by each providing a dismounted cavalry battalion.
It could thus put everyone of its rifles into the firing line. Cyclist battalions were relatively small units, with an authorized strength of some 322 officers and men. ) The three companies of each cyclist battalion were, at 98 officers and men, likewise much smaller than either British infantry companies of the day (229 officers and men) or the standard divisional cyclist companies of the first two years of the war (204 officers and men). Because of this, the formation of corps cyclist battalions created a surplus of unassigned men.