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THE CANADIAN ARMADA   275

obtained; indeed, it was several days before some of the regiments were able to disembark. In the mean-time, Lieut.-General Alderson, who had been chosen for the command of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, visited the Commanding Officers of the different units, and preparations for disembarkation were made. Control of the force now passed from the Canadian Department of Militia and Defence, and for over four years was to remain almost exclusively in the hands of the War Office.

The Contingent had arr. ;red at a time when Allied reverses were weighing heavily on the spirits of the people of Great Britain. In the language of Winston Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty: "Canada sends her aid at a timely moment. The conflict moves forward to its terrible climax, and fiercer struggles lie before us than any which have yet been fought." At the end of the fourth year of the war some of the men of this contingent were still fighting valiantly in France and Flanders, and the climax of the struggle had not been reached.


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