Sir EDWARD KEMP:
I have here only a -statement of those trophies which have already been shipped to Canada; others are in process of being removed from France to England, and they have not all been received in England yet; but in a very short time we will know exactly what we have got.
Early in 1918 the British authorities requested that the organization of the Canadian corps be somewhat changed. Owing to casualties-, the British army had been so xeduced in numbers that they had either to cut down the number of men in a division or reduce the number of infantry brigades in a division. They decided to reduce the number of infantry brigades in a division. That was done I believe in the German army as well as in the British. We
were asked to do likewise, but after giving the matter very careful consideration it was thought desirable not to agree to the proposal, but to maintain our organization of four divisions, three brigades to a division, and four battalions to a brigade. The idea was to break the Canadian corps up into six small divisions instead of four large, strong divisions. It was thought that the Canadian corps had rendered such splendid service under its existing organization that it would be a great mistake to accede to the request of the Imperial authorities. It was thought better to try to strengthen the corps, if possible, in other ways. The adding of 100 infantrymen to each of the 48 battalions was one method we adopted for strengthening the Canadian corps. We strengthened it also by the introduction of many other units for which there was no corresponding unit in the British army. Besides the disadvantage o^f the effect upon the morale of the Canadian corps which would be brought about by such a change as was suggested, the expense would have been tremendous.
Topic: ADMINISTRATION OF THE OVERSEAS FORCE S.
Subtopic: STATEMENT BY SIR EDWARD KEMP, MINISTER OF THE OVERSEAS MILITARY FORCES.