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LONDON, April 1. Sir 'Douglas Haig in a despatch dated March 21 describes the advance or the British force in Germany and the occupation of the Cologne bridgehead He briefly reviews the chief features ot military interest in the operations ot the British armies on the West front during the time-lie-commanded, and thanks the able and gallant officers who assisted him in dealing with now armies. • ' i±e- says that the whole Empire may be proud of its achievement in building up in the'very midst of the war the great new armies on a more than continental scale, capable of beating the best troops of the strongest military nation before the war. That we were able to accomplish this stupendous task is due partly to the loyalty and devotion of our Allies and the splendid work of the Navy, but mainly to the wonderful spirit of the British race everywhere throughout the world. At the outset the lack of instinctive discipline placed the new'troops at a disadvantage, but during the last two years the discipline of all ranks in the new armies, from whatever part ot the Empire they came, was excellent. Tlie universities and public schools of the Empire again proved that they are unrivalled in the formation ot character, which is the root of discipline, but this does not mean that the universities and public schools enjoy a monopoly of the qualities making good officers. The life of the British iiimpire generally proved sound under the severest tests, and while giving men whom it was an honour for any officer to command it furnished officers of the highest standard from all ranks of society in all quarters of the world. Promotion had been entirely by merit, and the highest appointments were open to the humblest, provided the necessary qualifications of character, skill and knowledge were present. Sir Douglas Haig concludes with a very warm and sincere acknowledgment of the great debt of all ranks of the armies ins France to our kinsmen and kinswomen of the British Umpire for their unfailing support by thoughts, prayers and work during the long "years of the war. Their trust and confidence never wavered; their labours never . ceased; no sacrifices, hardships or privations were .too great, provided thereby the needs of the troops might adequately be supplied

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THE NEW ARMIES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9585, 12 April 1919

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THE NEW ARMIES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9585, 12 April 1919