The Indian Army.
COMPLETE CONTROL GIVEN TO LORD KITCHENER,
London, June 23 Mr Brodrick explained that he intended to alter the Indian military administration, making the Commnnder-in-Chief directly responsible to the • Viceregal Council for everything connected with the combatant services, while a military supply department would be created to deal with army contracts, and the purchase of stores, ordnance, and arms. The decision has created a sensation m India. Lord Kitchener practically obtains complete control of the Army m India, being emancipated from the interference of the raillary members of the Council and the Viceroy's military secretary. The decision is considered a severe blow to Lord Curzon, It is understood that General Elles has resigned from the Governor General's \ Council. Received June 24, 7.26 a.m. London, Jane 23 A Blue Book on Indian Army administration shows that Lord Kitchener scathingly attacked the system of dual control as fatal to efficiency, and as caused by extraordinary clashing of authority. He declared the administration was framed to meet peace requirements, and was incapable of the expacsion necessary m the event of a life and death struggle which Russia is preparing for. Major-General Sir E. K. Elles protested against Loid Kitchener's criticisms of a system which had worked well for half a century. He declared Lord Kitchener's proposals amounted to the creation of a military autocracy.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6604, 24 June 1905
The Indian Army. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6604, 24 June 1905
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