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ORGANISING OVERSEA DOMINIONS. PERTH, March 25. Speaking at Newcastle just before the mail left" England, the Secretary for War, Mr. R. B. Haldane, referred to the proposals for the creation of an Army of the Empire. He had suggested that the new General Staff for our military forces should be organised on an Imperial basis, so as to make it a common school of military thought for the Empire. His proposal was that the colonies should send officers of high distinction to this country to be trained in military science, and that we should send to the colonies officers who had already received the training. These principles were warmly cheered by the Colonial Premiers in 1907, and the War Office had been at work ever since fashioning the machinery. "Canada had telegraphed warm assent, and he had reason to hope that, the other Dominions would speedily follow suit.

The regular army had, for overseas work, 16 divisions, equivalent . to eight Army Corps. The nation was, unlike others, responsible for twelve million. The second line, the local line of Home defence, consisted of fourteen divisions of the territorial army. Supposing Canada were to build on the foundations laid at the conference, she might easily add five or six territorial divisions of her own. Those would be for her own defence. In 1899, when a supreme emergency arose, she did not scruple to send forth her strength to help the Mother Country. "In Australia there was a remarkable movement for an organisation of the forces of the Crown, which might easily produce five Australian territorial divisions. "New Zealand might produce another, and South Africa could rapidly produce four or five. At the conference no one was more helpful than General Botha was in saying what was possible. "If they could add to the fourteen second line divisions at Home sixteen for the second line army of the Empire, there would be thirty divisions altogether, and these, added to the sixteen regular first-line divisions, would give us an army for war practically of forty-six divisions, equivalent to twenty-three army corps. The army of Germany had twenty-three army corps, and no other army in the world had an organisation so great." He was speaking of possibilities. It was necessary before it could be brought about;—and he was sure it could. "We should have a great guarantee of peace, and we should have our defences so organised that in time of supreme emergency we should have a force which, when concentrated, would ensure our 'power to defend ourselves against any aggressor."

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THE KING'S TERRITORIALS., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 78, 1 April 1909

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THE KING'S TERRITORIALS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 78, 1 April 1909