So raged canadian corps commander lieutenant-general sir arthur currie when he learned his men were to be the next thrown into the quagmire capturing the german ridge, he predicted, would cost 16,000 men. Sir arthur william currie (1875-1933) sir arthur currie, the first and only canadian to command the canadian corps during the first world war, was a pivotal figure in the nation's war effort considered one of the finest generals of the war, currie led the canadian corps to several important victories. Political considerations caused command to be passed to lieutenant-general sir julian byng when byng was promoted to a higher command during the summer of 1917, he was succeeded by general sir arthur currie, the commander of the 1st division, giving the corps its first canadian commander currie was able to reconcile the desire for national independence with the need for allied integration. The situation looked hopeless and canadian commander sir arthur currie was reluctant to become involved although his objections were overruled by british field marshal sir douglas haig, his reluctance won the canadians a delay that allowed them to prepare for the battle.
Sir arthur currie, the last commander of the canadian corps — canada's 100,000-strong fighting formation during the great war of 1914 to 1918 — died in montreal on november 30, 1933. M j hyatt's general sir arthur currie: a military biography (1987), the biographies of currie also fail to study the evolution in doctrine which he spearheaded within the corps, but even hyatt's study does not. Sir arthur william currie (1875-1933) was the leader of the canadian corps during world war i, the first native canadian to head his country's forces in france and flanders arthur currie was born at napperton, ontario, on dec 5, 1875, and he was educated in the public schools of strathroy. Sir arthur currie was the first canadian-appointed commander of the canadian corps in world war iarthur currie participated in all major actions of the canadian forces in world war i, including the planning and execution of the assault on vimy ridge.
Lieutenant-general byng commenced attack the battle of passchendaele •canadians were led by one of their own -sir arthur currie. General sir arthur currie essay - 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. Common knowledge events battle of passchendaele passchendaele: canada's triumph and tragedy on the fields of flanders by lieutenant-general sir arthur currie. His successor, lieutenant-general sir arthur currie, took command of the corps on 9 june and was quickly confronted with an outline plan for a frontal assault on the coal mining centre of lens. After the war was over, and sir arthur currie had returned to canada, he was promoted to a four star general he was the first canadian to achieve this rank later, currie would be the inspector general of the canadian militia, and principal and vice-chancellor of mcgill university.
It was during the second battle of ypres that lieutenant colonel john mccrae md of guelph, ontario, canada wrote the memorable poem in flanders fields in the voice of those who perished in the war published in punch magazine december 8, 1915, it is still recited today, especially on remembrance day and memorial day. After vimy, currie moved up the totem pole and received temporary rank of lieutenant- general and was awarded with the command of the entire canadian corps what role did arthur currie play in ww1 sir arthur william currie was born on december 5th , in napperton, ontario, canada. The battle of passchendaele, fought july 1917, is sometimes called the third battle of ypres for the soldiers who fought at passchendaele, it was known as the 'battle of mud' few battles encapsulate world war one better than the battle of passchendaele. Passchendaele - battle of mud canadian commander sir arthur currie was unwilling to become involved but, slowly, step by step, the canadian military they would take the village, and secure passchendaele ridge. Canadian general sir arthur currie, always mindful of not wasting the lives of his troops surveyed the battleground and declared it almost impossible and even unnecessary leave the mud to the.
Retrieved from veterans affairs publications: canada remembers - first world war website | produced by veterans affairs canada, this is a 3-page account of the role played by canadians in the battle of passchendaele. General sir arthur currie most people forget that canadian corps fought the battle of vimy ridge under british lieutenant-general sir julian byng, with a mostly-british. The formation chosen to make this attack was the canadian corps, the recent conquerors of vimy ridge, who in the summer of 1917 were for the first time being commanded by a canadian, lieutenant-general sir arthur currie.
Arthur currie: upon being ordered by haig to take passchendaele responded with objection and an accurate estimate of almost 16,000 canadian casualties for and objective of little significant value. Battle of passchendaele essay examples an overview of the lieutenant general sir arthur currie on the battle of passchendaele of canada 1,942 words 4 pages. The battle of hill 70 was a battle of world war i between the canadian corps and five divisions of the german 6th armythe battle took place along the western front on the outskirts of lens in the nord-pas-de-calais region of france between 15 and 25 august 1917. Sir arthur currie rose from humble beginnings in strathroy, ontario to become one of canada's finest generals prior to the first world war, currie was a militia officer with relatively little military experience.