The Madman and the Butcher: The Sensational Wars of Sam Hughes and General Arthur Currie

By Tim Cook

In accordance with newly exposed assets, The Madman and the Butcher is a strong double biography of Sam Hughes and Arthur Currie and the tale of 1 of the main stunning and hugely publicized libel trials in Canadian history.

Sir Arthur Currie completed overseas reputation as Canadian Corps commander throughout the nice warfare. He used to be famous as an excellent basic, morally courageous, and with a prepared eye for fixing the demanding situations of trench battle. yet wars weren't gained with no lives misplaced. Who used to be responsible for Canada's 60,000 dead?

Sir Sam Hughes, Canada's struggle minister throughout the first and a part years of the clash, was once erratic, outspoken, and thought of by means of many as insane. but he was once a professional at the battle. He attacked Currie's recognition within the war's aftermath, accusing him of being a butcher, a callous assassin of his personal men.

Set opposed to the backdrop of Canadians combating within the nice warfare, this attractive narrative explores questions of Canada's function within the warfare, the necessity to position blame for the negative blood loss, the nation's soreness with heroes, and the very public warfare of reputations that raged on after the weapons fell silent.

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Topp, The forty second Battalion, CEF, Royal Highlanders of Canada within the nice warfare (Montreal: Privately revealed, 1931) 186. 30 For the indignant response, see cook dinner, surprise Troops, 396–7. 31 MU, Urquhart papers, 4027, field 1, dossier 12, Griesbach to Urquhart, 26 October 1934. 32 MU, Urquhart papers, 4027, field five, dossier 14, Hoarve-Nairne to Urqhuart, n. d. [ca. 1934]; Bridle, The Masques of Ottawa, 158. 33 Urqhuart, Arthur Currie 223. 34 Joseph Hayes, The Eighty-Fifth Canadian Infantry Battalion: Nova Scotia Highlanders in France and Flanders (Halifax: Royal Print & Litho, 1920) 103.

After Currie’s loss of life, one among his dependable veterans, Colonel Hugh Urquhart, who have been seriously wounded whereas prime his males on the entrance, started to assemble files on the subject of Currie’s lifestyles. Supported by means of professional historian Colonel A. F. Duguid, and having canvassed the critiques of Currie’s wartime comrades, Urquhart wrote a celebratory account of his basic. Arthur Currie: The Biography of a good Canadian used to be prepared for booklet in 1939 yet was once behind schedule by means of the second one global struggle and didn't achieve Canadians till 1950.

1, dossier eight, Hughes to Borden, 17 October 1916; Ibid. , v. 1, dossier eleven, deal with introduced by way of Lieut-General Sir Sam Hughes … Victoria and Haliburton Counties, April twenty eighth, 1917. fifty five Hansard, 30 January 1917, 263. fifty six Nicholson, CEF, 35. fifty seven Haycock, Sam Hughes, 259; Borden papers, OC one hundred ninety, Hughes to Borden, sixteen September 1914, 15651. fifty eight Gwyn, Tapestry of , 158. fifty nine LAC, Sir George Perley papers, MG 27 II D 12, v. three, p seventy nine, Perley to Borden, nine may perhaps 1915. 60 Borden deepest diaries, nine July 1915. sixty one LAC, Sam Hughes papers, v.

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