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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 24, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta R P (1) Fronoh .aavy lowering awi^'!� tarfW^ii^ gniinets, most of whom were aboouuied fbif |)y the'"""' (3) Italian armonred train of iiaVftI ^iiiiik 6INured)f (4) Defying^thb -0ans^)gaa.; Q and mustard shells have^notertotit d^ai^oed di;eilsii^;jAation in the German lin^q. � ,  I ' , ^ ^; ^ lian in London. Was before the war In!dustiMal Agent WtheO. P. S., |ted#itli the Raliui.iii^dial for valour hy the King of l^tair. ' . - '  Ubionglt Oaiubra).' \ ^,(|>,lfl�tiird*3^ morniiig on bo a French battleahip-w&Bhing, ^ '"'Li. ^, � . ^GBNERAi felR'AETSUE GDRRIB. HAT Is the secret of Lieut.-1 thenfis officer asd during those days General Sir Arthur Currle's j the �'competition between the regular woadertul success? It Is a question asked everywhere but in the Canadian corps itself. There ^thq answer would be one of simple blind faith. He has never lalled; never let. the fighting men of the maple leaf down. Their :anBwer would be: "Because be ts the corps commander and 'ive know him and he'kntws us-and. he's  human." Perhaps the latter point is one that should come first. . "While we are all longing to get bai.ne and Cambral.' To this i would add that he has' never, even in the darkest hours, looked upon the Hun as a superman of v.-ar. He regai  ;-�.naiiian brains^ as superior to the slow-moving, machine-Ilka, thought ot the Teutpn; he haa proved that-the chivalry behind the Canadian fighting man endows him with more braverv than even_ the old hgUtlng stock of Germans. Not very many years ago, for .Curr-rie is now only, 43, the corps comman-dor used to drill his schoolmates in his sleepy little home town. At eighteen bo went out West iand taught for a while in the small village school at Svdnfv. on Vancouver Island. Sol-dlerlus was always his hobby, but he gave little thought to che, book side of tho mjlltary game and dfivoted himself to drill and shooting. .Later when he went Into Wornesa for him-self in r;3ai:-ostate:apd Insurance.lij V^lctoria he kept up |the .DOldlcrlns;. For :foiirteen yaars'He-served as.poj-i' British garrison at Esquimalt and the "colonists" was very keenjs^the victory not always going to the regji-lai- soldiers. His period with the artillery, at an end,: the future corps oonjimander continued with the tn-fSntry, becoming colonel of a newly ralsedHighland regiment. In August, 1914; the call toi'War-came and Immediately Currie .entrained at Vancouver-'with his "kilties" for Valcartier, When the Canadian army was under gblng its final trainins at Salisbury Plain Currie w|w made a brigadier and whea the First Division went to France his brigade was regarded as one of the finest. In the continent. There was much talk of the Canadians lack of discipline but no reflections were cast on Currie's brigade. Lieut.-General Currle is the same under all conditions. His giant figure seems almost boyish as he greets you With a genial smile which lights up a face that is almost cherubic. He is so well proportlonti jou do not notice how huge'hhe Is/till you stand alongside him aifd look up at him; His conversation is ea�y and restrained. * He doesn't waste words and first inpreaaions are'that by la bashful, He haa serene fionfldence in the ability of his offlcera and men to do any, thing he require* of them. He trusts them far mor� �than any Imperial commander trusts even ills staff and that trust has>aevetcbeen betrayed, he will tell you proudly. It has helped to make him the idol of the corps. ' '. . There is another aide to him that some, have found to their cost. He is not an easy man if there is trace of slackness or uhpardonable failure. In several casefho has shown that fto oanlrown oniand punish severeljp inefHclency. More than one battalibn that now 'has a famous place in Cana-I'dlan history haa been in the ;'-adow of that stern side of the corps commander, but Rvmi^tliey would acki^oW' ledge that Currle ho)ds the wonderful secret of obtaining, without, heroic effort, the best there is in those under him, whether a brigade or divlsionali commander or .subaltern, and sergeant. ' I � In modern military tactics General. Currie is regarded as a remarkable find and more than once he has been called into the coi :cils of the High Command, not to assist li. working out some little scheme the OanadianCf micht be used In. but. to help detrelop aomeiproblem on fronts'In Frai.ce,\n Italy, or Macedonia. At PaaSQhen-daele he changed. whole Imperial plan of attack' and regrouped .th4 British artillerr to suit his own Bchcjme., .stipulated  for-a .free band and declared the Canadians .Muld gain .tfee^xttal position .inside of ,a, week. 'For-.twelve days other trpopB had'beeni.attem. .Ing.to win linteer ill ih? gari'isoii artlllftry at t% {h* ridge. CnrwS-iiaid it would take [time comeg, Cnnddfan port, Uist as n�ero prlvaUf/ ' , - ' ; him a week-in five days w- had con-, solidated ourselves on the coveted, ridge and the Germans were floundering in the mud Instead of us. In the recent victorious.'f-Amienf show the Canadian commander proved himself resouceful' and - d;ir-ing. Imperial General Staff' officers must have held their htGath=^ tor hours after our first successful wave but they knew Currie anu the Canadians had .never failed. Po" ihose' hours Currle 's two Canadian -.Divisions wer6 absolutely 'in the air-They drove nearly ten miles into the German ^centre. The cdrps on the left had-hecn held up by tlie winding valley of tiie Somme where the Ger mans fought desperately. The French -who were to have joined up on the rigut flank were also delayed. Tc the staff watching .he progress of the battle by map -at General Headquar ters it looked as if. the Germanf would drive through and cut--oit thC' Canadians. But they trusted lU: Cur ries tactics. The Canadian com mander had reckoned on suck a.coa dition but he knew that delay would be fatal, and along the right llanif patrolling the main roads and ridlnp across the fields were the Canadian Motor Machine guns and the. Caiia dian'cavalry, practically for. the first tim* working w.th the corps. H wasn't by accident they ere therc. and the first demonstration the Ger, mans made against the "unprotect-d flank' was badly beaten oft. Af^iir that Currie spread out his flphtlnp men like a fan and by attacklnp the Huns in their rear, helped the French and British to make headway, and join up. When the German lino was taken and Currie searched for an advanced place to put the corps staff there was a village which had been German regimental headquarters which seemed suitable. "Not there," said Currie. "That 8 just where tlic Huns w6uld .jxpocr. ua to be." He went miles further ahead and into an old quarry where the German dead showed graphically th^re had been a terrific fight. You couldn't find it without a minute search and I helped more than one Imperial officer to the spot. But, it was an ideal place where tents could be pitched Ineafety during thehot August nights, and in daytime you could climb the ridge and see miles of the battlefield ahead. The Huns shelled their old quarters night and day little thinking they had been out-gueased ^ -Geijeral Currle is a big man- physically and mentally. What will b$ his future after the war. There ar^ many in the corps and outside, who predict he will be heard from in the^peacefulyears that are coming, He-has'made himself a warrior and a celebrity among celebrities ot- war; but.his calculating mind will adapt Itself/to-peaceful pursiilts wlien-tlie ;