Sir Arthur William Currie

(1875—1933) army officer

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(b. 5 Dec. 1875, d. 30 Nov. 1933).

Canadian general Born at Strathroy (Ontario), he served in the Canadian militia before being appointed commander of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade in 1914, without any previous experience of military leadership. By June 1917, he had been appointed commander of the Canadian Corps. In 1918, he was one of the most important leaders of the final Allied offensive, which ultimately forced Germany to surrender. He became inspector‐general of the Canadian militia (1919–20), and in 1920 became Principal and Vice‐Chancellor of McGill University. Currie received criticism for the heavy casualties caused by his campaigns, and for using regimental money in 1928 for his own personal expenses in a libel action. Nevertheless, he is remembered as Canada's most successful general of World War I.

Subjects: History of the Americas — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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