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Canadian Volunteers for Overseas War Duty Lagging

Post by Globalization41 » 09 Jul 2004 05:13

Ottawa, Special to The New York Times,
By P.J. Philip, Saturday, April 26, 1941:
Although "satisfied that at the present time that
all the men necessary for overseas service
could be obtained without conscription,"
Colonel J.L. Ralston, Minister of National
Defense, announced this morning that he would
retain "indefinitely" the first group of four-
month draftees now completing their training
course. Furthermore, he said, a "drive" would
be made in May and June to sign up from
20,000 to 25,000 men for filling up units
overseas. ... The men graduating in July from
the first four-month compulsory training camp
who number only 5,500 will not be released at
the end of their term but will be used for
"coast defense, internal security, and guard
duty in the interior" relieving men of these
duties who have signed up for overseas
service. This measure, the Minister said, had
been taken "after ernest debate at army
headquarters" regarding Canada's manpower
... Announcement of this new
development of the four-month compulsory
training plan, which was recently substituted
for the one-month plan, was made by the
Defense Minister at the press conference on the
eve of the resumption of Parliament, and was
presented as a "natural development of
government policy
in the light of conditions
and not as a response to any emergency." The
Minister did not say that this would be the final
step, but as it stands at present the Canadian
National Resources Mobilization Act provides
that draftees may be detained for service or
duty as required only "in Canada or within
territorial waters." ... Colonel Ralston denied
vehemently a published report that Canada had
asked the United States to send American
troops to this country in order that Canadian
troops could proceed overseas. "It is a
fantastic suggestion," he said. ... Some weeks
ago Colonel Ralston and his colleagues of the
Air and Naval Ministries broadcast an appeal
for volunteers
to fill gaps in the two divisions
Canada has in Britain and the reserve division
in this country. It was then admitted that there
had been a lag in the flow of volunteer recruits

and that it was no longer in step with the
increase quotas required to fill new units and to
replace ordinary wastage. ... The enlistment
drive [beginning in May] for 20,000 to 25,000
men will be sufficient to fill up units in Canada
to their strength and any further measures must
depend on the progress of the war. They will
be trained, brigaded, and ready for shipment if
[authorized for overseas]. ... A small number
of officers and non-commissioned officers who
have been specially trained with the divisions
overseas have been and are being brought back
to help in the training of these new recruits,
especially in connection with the Canadian
armored car divisions.

Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, The New York
By Roscoe McGowen, Saturday, April
26, 1941:
Lippy Leo Durocher's onrushing
Dodgers [Saturday] collaborated most
effectively with the weather man in putting the
chill on Casey Stengel's Bees at Ebbets Field
as they hung up their fifth straight triumph,
their ninth in the last ten starts, before about
15,000 fans. The score was 7-0. ... Behind
the three-hit pitching of lean Curt Davis, the
Flatbush idols pasted three hurlers for 11 hits
for their fifth shutout victory of the season,
their fourth over the Bees. Whit Wyatt hurled
two of the whitewashings, one over the Bees
and one against the Phils, while Luke Hamlin
and Kirby Higbe pitched the other two.
Brooklyn pitchers have allowed only one run in
the last 37 innings. ... Wesley Cheek Ferrell,
whose checkerboard career included a hitch
with the Dodgers, was the victim of a Dodger
uprising in the 1st inning. [From 1929 through
1936, Ferrell posted 20-win seasons in six of
eight years, four with Cleveland and two with
the Red Sox.]
Bringing a record of two
triumphs and no defeats to the mound, Ferrell
pitched to nine Dodgers and saw five score
before Stengel yanked him and sent a
southpaw, Joe Sullivan, to the rescue. ... It
was Davis who drove Ferrell from the game.
Coming up in the 1st inning with the bases
filled and two out, Curt rifled a clean two-
bagger to left to drive in two runs. The frame
had opened with a pass to Pee Wee Reese, and
the other three runs had come on singles by
Dixie Walker, Cookie Lavagetto, and Jimmy
(who drove in two), a scoring wild
pitch, and passes to Muscles Medwick and
Alex Kampouris. ... Sullivan gave up a run in
the 6th on Lavagetto's opening double to the
left-field corner and another by Kampouris off
the scoreboard after two were out. ... In the
7th inning Dixie [Walker] added to the lopsided
score by belting his second homer of the year
into Bedford Avenue, off Sullivan, for the final
run. That was his second hit of the game and
he added to his big day's doings by snaring
eight flies in center field, four short of the
record established by Earl Clark on May 10,
1929, in Boston against the Dodgers. ... Davis
had a no-hitter with one out in the 5th, but
Max West spoiled it with a clean single to
right. Bama Rowell started the 7th with a two-
bagger off the screen above the scoreboard and
Reese erred in throwing Gene Moore's
grounder to Dolph Camilli, but Davis pitched
easily out of that jam. ... The final hit came
with two out in the 9th. It was a line drive to
left by Moore that Medwick attempted to snare
with one of his "sitting down" catches. Davis
ended the game by getting West to swing
vainly at a low curve. ... ... By a mathematical
oddity, the Dodgers [9-4 (.692)] dropped to
third place despite their victory. [The Giants
at 8-3 (.727) and the Cards at 7-3 (.700)
were ahead of the Dodgers.]
... Three
players, two of them Dodgers, were hit by
pitched balls. Sullivan sent Reese down in the
5th, and for a moment it appeared as if Pee
Wee was "skulled." But he scrambled to his
feet and indicated that the ball had nipped his
right shoulder. ... Two Bees got as far as
third base. West reached that station in the 5th
when he singled, Eddie Miller was hit by a
pitched ball, and Dahlgren sent a long fly to
Wasdell. Rowell arrived at the far corner in
the 7th via his double, Reese's error, and
West's infield out. ... Davis issued no passes
and fanned five batters. ... Pete Reiser [out
from a beaning]
was in the clubhouse looking
as if nothing had happened to him. "I'll be in
uniform Monday," he grinned. "But he won't
play Monday," Manager Durocher added. ...
Ed Head, 21-year-old right-hander, [Saturday]
went to Montreal on option. He is the sixth
pitcher to go to the Brooklyn Double A farm.
The others are Tex Carleton, Wesley Flowers,
Steve Rachunok, Max Macon,
and Al Sheer.
Head's departure leaves 28 men on the
Dodgers. ... [Saturday] being loyalty day at
Ebbets Field, more than 4,000 boys were in
the stands. James E. McCabe, Kings County
American Legion Commander, led the crowd
in the pledge of allegiance to the flag just
before the game while a fife and drum corps,
made up of several post outfits, stood at
attention in center field. ... Roy Spencer,
veteran bullpen catcher, went to the doctor
[Saturday] because his right hand was sore.
An X-ray revealed a fish fin of about one-
quarter of an inch embedded just below the
little finger knuckle. ... Gates will open at 11
o'clock [Sunday] morning, when 25,000
general admission seats will be available to the
capacity crowd expected for the renewal of the
Giant-Dodger rivalry. Carl Hubbell will make
his first start for Colonel Bill Terry. Hugh
an old Giant killer, is Durocher's
choice. [Time of Saturday's game was 1:59.]

Starting Lineups:

Boston Bees

Sibby Sisti 3b
Johnny Cooney cf
Bama Rowell 2b
Gene Moore rf
Max West lf
Eddie (R.) Miller ss
Babe Dahlgren 1b
Ray Berres c
Wes Ferrell p

Brooklyn Dodgers
Pee Wee Reese ss
Dixie Walker cf
Cookie Lavagetto 3b
Joe Medwick lf
Dolph Camilli 1b
Jimmy Wasdell rf
Alex Kampouris 2b
Mickey Owen c
Curt Davis p

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Post by Wm. Harris » 10 Jul 2004 03:08

Prime Minister King's motto around this time was "conscription if necessary, but not necessarily conscription." So you see, vagueness on controversial issues is nothing new to our national leaders! :lol:


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