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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 18, 1919, Lethbridge, Alberta THE GERMANS IN RETREAT-THE (1) One of the many mints in the Deniin area destroyed by Germans. (2) A bridge blown up by Germans daring their retreat from the Csunbni front. (3) engineers busy put- ting a bridge across a canal under fire near Camtrai. (4) British Cambrai ports crossing the Canal du Nord. (5) Cavalry ready to break tifrongh have their own horse ambu- linces with them. (6) Genrans bomb a Canadian hos- windows hut no sisters dean- ing up one of the wards. (7) A snapshot of the Prince of Wales in Lille, while having a quiet look aronnd the town. (8) a city on the Western Front. The Intelligence Branch of The Canadian Army even prospectors from the North. In a military way they might be classed as a motley croifd but their de'duc- tlve aggregate was something over the hundred mark. Colonel Mitchell went from ths Corps to a British army and then, promoted again, to British General Headquarters. He was used as a s'ort ot travelling military Sherlock Holmes working on various fronts In .France, Italy and Palestine. He Is'now an Imperial Brigadier Gen- eral ot Intelligence. over the souvenirs he had' obtained from a dead German on one of the first raids the Canadians palled ott lu 1015, a sergemt of the 16th Battalion came across halt a dozen "picture postcards ot Coh- lenlz, all addressed to tbe stain Htm and erideatly from friends in that district Canadian Sergeant did not uadersUnd German but thej bandy trophies to scad home Vj-cconre- and he was with his conscience by post to struggling whether to obey orders and hand them In lo the Intelligence olticer Another success in Intelligence or to smuggle them in letters to I was Colonel J. Lamb, a mild man- Canada. His company ollicer, too, nered, easy spoken officer who coming along, caught him looklns atl might hare been a schoolmaster, but them and decided the point. They [with a train that could think three seemed ordinary personal corres- different ways at the sarue Utna. pondence but the ofticcr sent them Then came Colonel Roland Parsons, on lq headquarters. There were messages of love from the dead a lawyer from Winnipeg, who for a considerable time headed Corps In- Han's family Instructions intelligence and worked his depart- "fclll the English and hurry through many famed battles, home" One postcard alone made the j He had been a "pupil" of MltcLoH's smart Intelligence officer at Corps] and if anything improved the ser- sit up and take notice, vice. Parsons went to England It was from a feminine admirer where he was In command ot an named Ells. It asked the now slain roan to apply for a Job la the unit Rudolpbe Hesse WM In. llefsc, It had been home for three weeks' IcaTB'acd before that he had been taking six weeks' Instruction, out of tie line, with "flammenwerlsr." He wasn't going back to the muddy Flanders Ironl but was leaving for Verdun "to bnnr np Uie P.urfolpbe alEO got more ply. That postcard was practically the first Intimation Ifec Alllei (ot of the German Intention ,to uie lliuid tire vtten the attack came at Verdun the French were for It. How the postcard escaped the eagle eyes of the Oerman censorship was a mir- acle. It was one of the firal "belts'" the alert Intelligence officers of the Canadians scored. Whea Ifce First Ditieion took over Us section of trenches, the impor- tant Intelligence Branch was not entrntted lo them. Imperial ol- flcors, who Imw German and wbo had tdra ipecOl codrjea on the Hin irmy, In ekuft. otttctrs at- "IHclw of tee rhleh not em orer Uirt By Ike the SwonJ Dirhfon mlved In France their sjitern of intelligence though not according to man nil, was as effective u toy along the front From then on Cina. dlan Intelligence section nude IL mark. Colonel Charlie Mitchell, a engineer from Wltnlpet, was on of Use pioneers In the hrtnch. II had oKen visited Germany on mat ters of his peaceful profession and now applied hfs of the Hun to advantage. He upset all traditions by githerlng around him lawyera, newspapermen, stockbrokers, railway surveyors aid pcrial Intelligence school for .some months and later returned to the Corps where he is r.ow First General Staff officer with a Division, For the last year the man who hai made his mark at the bead of this branch at the Corps Is Major MBC- Avitie, of Xcw Bniwwlck. He served through .from tbe Intelligence sec- tion of. a battalion and became a General Staff OlHccr at the Corps, tbe Battlo of Pajschendaele owm to the capture of Valenciennes nd Mons he has proved tbe equal of ny that preceded him. With Major 'ernon who has been on the Intel- [gence ataff ever since tho First Hvfalon went across, and a Cap- aln from the West with a very Teutonic name, .the Canadian Corps u a team that Is hard lo beat. The aptafn IE almost a German, If such a tdMCrlptlon can bo given U> any man as a compliment. He speaks ail Hun dialects and has such an In- Inule knowledge of German towns hat jnany a prisoner under exarn- natkm has been eurp.'iaeil and di- Important Information. He ill in uncanny knowledge of army organization which be the undoing of mort arrogant German officer tlio prisoner he The Canadian Corps Ittclllgeace hafl ft record and In tbat secret dowler that wi.t circulated among Army Commands there were often long quotations from tbe re- ports these nlflcers gathered to- gether from Jinn sources. They got to know the temperment of the Oer- man commanders like a book anil ther always gauged the character of tbe troops to them. Of the few men at the front whom I beard predict thai Ihe German machine wohld fall to plects :hesc Canadian Intelligence Officers were one group ;