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General Sir Arthur Currie : a military biography

Author: A M J Hyatt
Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 1987.
Series: Historical publication (Toronto, Ont.), no. 22.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The most important Canadian in the First World War, Arthur Currie was an extraordinary successful field commander in a war that produced few successful generals. In this biography A.M.J. Hyatt recalls the military career of a remarkable man. Currie's achievements were realized in spite of some formidable obstacles. He was not a professional soldier, having been a civilian before the war. He entered the war under the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hyatt, A. M. J., 1934-
General Sir Arthur Currie.
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 1987
(DLC) 88163012
(OCoLC)20827457
Named Person: Arthur Currie, Sir; Arthur Currie, Sir
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: A M J Hyatt
ISBN: 9781487590390 1487590393 9781487599782 1487599781
OCLC Number: 1005842945
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface --
Canadian War Museum historical publications --
Photos --
1. Before the war --
2. Preparation for war --
3. Brigade commander --
4. Division commander --
5. Corps commander --
6. A new doctrine --
7. The last phase --
8. Inspector-general of militia --
9. The old soldier --
Notes --
Bibliographic note --
Index
Series Title: Historical publication (Toronto, Ont.), no. 22.
Responsibility: A.M.J. Hyatt.
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The most important Canadian in the First World War, Arthur Currie was an extraordinary successful field commander in a war that produced few successful generals. In this biography A.M.J. Hyatt recalls the military career of a remarkable man. Currie's achievements were realized in spite of some formidable obstacles. He was not a professional soldier, having been a civilian before the war. He entered the war under the shadow of a scandal, which, had it been disclosed at the time, would certainly have brought public disgrace. He was not a charismatic man; he had none of the personal flair of so many successful military leaders. In many ways these apparently negative factors make his story all the more remarkable, the secret of his success the more intriguing. That secret, as Hyatt explains, was a fine sense of tactics: Currie, the 'amateur' soldier, had all the instincts of a dedicated professional, and he used them to minimize the destruction of the young Canadian troops under his command. When the war was over Currie returned to civilian life, and was knighted for his service. This biography offers the first balanced account of a central figure in Canadian military history.

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