The First World War
War Diary of The Royal Canadian Regiment

Transcription by Captain Michael O'Leary, The RCR.

MARCH 1918


Special Order by Lieut. General Sir A.W. Currie K.C.B., K.C.M.G., Commanding Canadian Corps

In an endeavour to reach an immediate decision the enemy has gathered his forces and struck a mighty blow at the British Army. Overwhelmed by sheer weight on numbers the British Divisions in the line between the SCARPE and the OISE have fallen back fighting hard, steady and undismayed.

Measures have been taken successfully to meet this German onslaught. The French have gathered a powerful Army commanded by a most able and trusted leader and this Army commanded is now moving swiftly to our help. Fresh British Divisions are being thrown in. The Canadians are son to be engaged. Our Motor Machine Gun Brigade has already played a most gallant part and once again covered itself in glory.

Looking back with pride on the unbroken record of your glorious achievement, asking you to realize that today the fate of the British Empire hangs in the balance. I place my trust in the Canadian Corps, knowing that where Canadians are engaged there can be no giving away.

Under the orders of your devoted Officers in the coming battle you will advance or fall where you stand facing the enemy.

To those who will fall I will say, "You will not die but step into immortality. Your mothers will not lament your fate but still be proud to have borne such sons. Your names will be revered for ever and ever by your grateful country and God will take you unto Himself."

Canadians, in this fateful hour, I command you and I trust you to fight with all your determination, with all your strength, with all your tranquil courage. On many hard fought field of battle you have overcome this enemy. With God's help you shall achieve victory over more.

(Sgd) A.W. CURRIE.

Commanding Canadian Corps.

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