A PERSONAL MESSAGE
LIEUT.-GENERAL H. D. G. CRERAR, C.B., D.S.O.,
GOC-in-C, First Canadian Army
It is not possible
for me to speak to each one of you, but by means of this personal message,
I want all ranks of the Canadian Army to know what is in my mind, as the hour
approaches when we go forward into battle.
I have complete
confidence in our ability to meet the tests which lie ahead. We are excellently
trained and equipped. The quality of both senior and junior leadership is
of the highest. As Canadians, we inherit military characteristics which were
feared by the enemy in the last Great War. They will be still more feared
before this war terminates.
formations in the assault landing will have a vital part to play. The plans,
the preparations, the methods and the technique, which will be employed, are
based on knowledge and experience, bought and paid for by 2 Canadian Division
at DIEPPE. The contribution of that hazardous operation cannot be over-estimated.
It will prove to have been the essential prelude to our forthcoming and final
We enter into
this decisive phase of the war with full faith in our cause, with calm confidence
in our abilities and with grim determination to finish quickly and unmistakably
this job we came overseas to do.
As in 1918,
the Canadians, in Italy and in North West Europe, will hit the enemy again
and again, until at some not distant time, the converging Allied Armies link
together and we will be rejoined, in Victory, with our comrades of 1 Canadian
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to all troops.
(H.D.G. Crerar) lieut.-général