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62   DAYS OF PREPARATION

points. The question of equipment was taken up immediately and energetically.

On the 26th of November, 1915, the Secretary of State for the Colonies wrote on behalf of the Army Council recommending the reorganization of corps troops of the Canadian army in the field to form the nucleus of a 3rd Division. It was suggested that the 1st Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment, the 42nd Battalion, the 49th Battalion, and the 1st Battalion of the Princess Patricia's should be constituted a 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade. Further divisional troops and units were called for and certain rearrangements were necessary to meet altered conditions. The Prime Minister replied that the Canadian Government was on the point of offering a 3rd Canadian Division and was in entire agreement with the arrangements proposed. The last units called for to complete the contingent were reported ready to embark early in April, 1916.

In January, 1916, the authorized military establishment of Canada was raised to 500,000 men. On the 19th of that month, Canada offered to the British Government a 4th Division for service at the Front. The three component infantry brigades were to be made up of battalions selected from those already in England and the "divisional troops" to be organized in Canada directly after the units required to complete the 3rd Division had gone overseas.

This offer was accepted with much gratification by the Army Council, subject to the reservation that it would be necessary to continue to utilize the personnel of battalions in England as reinforcements until others were ready to replace them. Later it was announced that four additional battalions could be accommodated in England in the third week in February and four more early in March. Early in April, nearly all the battalions accepted had left Canada, and nine additional battalions were offered by the end of May and ten in June, giving


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