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The Generals


This extract from the biography of Sir Edwin Alfred Hervey ALDERSON illustrates a few of the problems he encountered:

“Alderson found the [Canadian Expeditionary Force] ill-equipped and untrained, with many weak officers. In a few cold, rain-sodden months on Salisbury Plain, he did what he could to put things right, dismissing some of [Minister of Militia and Defence Samuel] Hughes’s chosen officers and replacing useless Canadian-made equipment with British issue. Inadvertently he made an enemy of Hughes’s representative in England.”

To learn more about the difficulties Alderson and other high-ranking officers encountered, please consult the list of biographies.

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