History, Arthur Currie Presentation

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History, Arthur Currie Presentation

My glogster presentation is on Sir General Arthur Currie and my research question was ; what role did Arthur Currie play in WW1? Well, Arthur Currie played a big role, as a tactician, in WW1. He was commander officer for many of the battles he faced. Currie was in many battles but his biggest contributes were to Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, and Canada's 100 days.

In conclusion, Arthur Currie played a huge role in WW1. He took tactician to the next level by researching about past battles, giving his troops maps, rehearsings his plans, and he was careful with the lives of his men, which resulted in his troops respect. He was involved in many battles and for almost all of them he came home with a victory. He played a role in Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge, and Canada's 100 days, and he played the role very well. Therefore, Arthur Currie was Canada's top commander in WW1 and was one of the greatest tacticians of the war.

The first role Arthur Currie played in WW1 was the battle of Vimy Ridge. The Canadian troops were under the command of the British until 1917, when Major-General Arthur Currie and General Sir Julian Byng took over to plan the attack of Vimy Ridge. Some believed that this was mission impossible, but Currie and Byng studied their past strategies and developed an offensive plan to strike at the Germans and take over Vimy Ridge. On April 9th, 1917, the Canadians launched their first attack and forced the Germans from their position. By April 12th their mission was a success. The Canadians were able to hold Vimy Ridge for their allies and expose the German;s territory. It was a victory for Arthur Currie. After Vimy, Currie moved up the totem pole and received temporary rank of lieutenant- general and was awarded with the command of the entire Canadian Corps.

What role did Arthur Currie play in WW1?

Sir Arthur William Currie was born on December 5th , in Napperton, Ontario, Canada. Currie started off in real estate and insurance but soon realized his love for soldiering. Throughout Currie's career, as the leader of the Canadian Corps during WW1, he lead his troops through many battles including Mont-Sorrel, the Somme, Fresnoy, Vimy, and Passchendaele. Later in his career, he gave up the position of the general of Canadian military forces and became principle for McGill University in Montreal. Currie was awarded with many medals including ; Knight Commander of the Bath, the Legion d'honneur, Croix de Guerre, and many more. Currie lived a short but fulfilled life, dying at the age of 58, in 1933.

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Currie at practice attack near Vimy Ridge

Sir General Arthur Currie

By: Alex Ryckman

This is the bridge that the Canadians built over Canal du Nord.

The last role that Arthur Currie played in WW1 was Canada's 100 days. But, there was one specific battle I’m going to focus on, which is Canal du Nord. In the outskirts of France, another battle was to take place, called Canal du Nord. Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig wanted to pointlessly hurl 6000 Canadians at the German territory but there was one small problem, the Canal was in the middle of it. Currie disagreed with Haig because Haig still wanted to go through with that plan, but Currie thought that was suicide. Currie devised a plan that involved attacking the Germans at night. He was to silently send 6000 troops across the Canal to surprise the Germans in the morning. The chance Currie had to take was losing his job if his plan failed. But, he was willing to take it. They brought in engineers to build bridges and the rehearsed the plan until it was time for the real thing. On September 27th ,1918, the plan was put into action. The Canadian Corps captured 4000 prisoners, 102 guns, and hundreds of machine guns. The Canadian Corps were successful and collapsed the Germans line, pulling of Currie's risky plan.

This was the mud and puddles of Passchendaele.

The second role Arthur Currie played in WW1, was Passchendaele. Passchendaele was located in Belgium and was fought for four months before Sir Douglas Haig Called in Arthur Currie and the Canadian Corps. Currie refused the position at first because “it wasn't worth a drop of blood,” but he was over ruled by the British. Currie would only agree on the terms that he wouldn't have to serve under Sir Hubert Gough and he would be given at least 587 artillery pieces, Haig agreed. Currie's plan was to take over German defenses one bit at a time. This involved seizing each village one at a time and capturing Germans channel ports, which were valuable to the Germans plans. Currie lead the Allies into Passchendaele with 16 000 men. The first “bite” out of German defenses was to start October 26th, 1917, and by the end of that day they already had 2500 casualties. The second bite of the Germans was October 30th . They were to hit the ground surrounding the Germans concrete bunkers causing it to collapse upon itself. The Allies were making a difference but it was a costly one because of how many casualties. By November 10th , the Canadians took over and the Germans were unable to retake their positions. The battle of the mud puddles filled with dead bodies was a costly success for Canada and the Allies.


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