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LIEUTENANT--GENERAL SIR ARTHUR CURRIE A brief account of the battle of Passchendaele Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie was the most capable soldier that Canada has produced Certainly he did not look like the great soldier he had become A very tall man at six-foot-four he was also somewhat overweight Through his successes as the Commander of the Canadian Corps he knew how to delegate authority and stand by the decisions of his subordinates Currie however was not a professional soldier He was born in Strathroy Ontario on December 5 1875 and raised he had moved to Canadas west coast in his late teens As an adult he movedto Victoria British Columbia he had become a schoolteacher and insurance salesman and a real-estate speculator an occupation that made him one of Victorias leading citizens Like all goodCanadian businessmen at the time he joined the Canadian Militia In 1897 he had enlisted as a lowly gunner in the 5th Regiment Canadian Garrison Artillery by 1909 he was the lieutenant-colonelcommanding the regiment In late 1913 Currie accepted the challenge of raising and training an infantry unit the 50th Regiment Gordon Highlanders of Canada When the war broke out in August 1914 the highly regarded Currie was commanded of an infantry brigade Currie fought with exceptional composure at Ypres in 1915 where his 2nd Brigade made a remarkable stand against the poison gas Having impressed his superiors Currie was promoted to command the crack 1st Canadian Division He led the Red Patch at Mount Sorrel through the horror of the Somme in 1916 and at Vimy Ridge Arleux and Fresnoy in the spring of 1917 In June Currie had been knighted and named commander of the Canadian Corps now four divisions strong One of Curries most impressive and important achievements had come during the winter or 1919-17 while he was still a divisional commander By analyzing the fighting he had witnessed on the Western Front Currie had
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