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Readers Quiz Answers

Who were Canada’s great military leaders? Our Readers’ Quiz for March/April prepared by Alexander Herd, a graduate student at the University of Calgary, tests your know­ledge of Canada’s military leadership.


  1. Who is commemorated by a large monument at Queenston Heights, Ontario?
  2. Why did British General Garnet Wolseley use Canadian boatmen to navigate the Nile in relief of besieged British forces at Khartoum, the Sudan in 1884?
  3. Upon promotion to lieutenant-general in 1917, Sir Arthur Currie became the first Canadian-born commander of the Canadian Corps in the First World War, replacing Sir Julian Byng, also promoted to higher command. Whom did Byng replace as corps commander in 1916?
  4. Prior to establishing its own officer educational system during the Second World War, the Canadian Army sent its officers to two British Army staff colleges.  Where were they located?
  5. Who was the only Canadian to command an entire theatre in the Second World War?
  6. Which Second World War commander became Canada’s first ever Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee in 1951?
  7. Since its establishment as the North American Air Defence Command in 1957, Norad has always had an American commander and a Canadian deputy commander.  Who was Norad’s first deputy commander?
  8. Which Second World War RCAF station commander held both higher military and political posts during his postwar career?
  9. Which former Chief of the Defence Staff at one time held the post of military attaché in Moscow during the Cold War?
  10. Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, former commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR), was trained in which branch of the Canadian Forces?


  1. British General Sir Isaac Brock, administrator of Upper Canada at the beginning of the War of 1812. Brock was killed at the Battle of Queenston Heights as he led British regulars and local militia forces against the American invaders.
  2. Wolseley had been helped by Canadian boatmen when he led the expedition against the Métis uprising at Red River in 1870. Impressed by their efforts, Wolseley recruited Canadian boatmen to assist his expedition up the Nile.
  3. The British-born Sir E.A.H. Alderson.  Alderson was relieved of his duties after the Canadian Corps’ dismal performance at the Battle of St. Eloi Craters.
  4. At Camberley, United Kingdom and Quetta, India.
  5. Rear-Admiral L.W. Murray, RCN, appointed commander-in-chief of the Canadian Northwest Atlantic Command in 1943, during the Battle of Atlantic.
  6. General Charles Foulkes.  Foulkes was previously chief of the general staff (CGS) from 1945.
  7. Charles Roy Slemon, previously chief of the Air Staff.
  8. Frank R. Miller. After the Second World War, Miller was vice-chief of the Air Staff in 1951 and later served as deputy minister of National Defence (1955-1960). When he returned to the military side he served as Chief of the Defence Staff (1964-1966).
  9. General Jean V. Allard, who as chief of defence staff oversaw the unification of the Canadian Forces. He is best known for his efforts to remove barriers to francophones serving in the Canadian military.
  10. Dallaire was trained as an artillery officer.


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