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Equipping the Canadian Expeditionary Force

The Ross Rifle, initially adopted by the Canadian Militia in 1905 and finally withdrawn in 1916, was the most controversial piece of equipment used by Canadian troops in the First World War. Inadequacies or shortages in the early years of the war, in everything from uniforms and boots to horse harnesses, artillery shells and hospital supplies, resulted in accusations of corruption and led to multiple official inquiries.

* Canada. Parliament. -- Correspondence relating to the withdrawal of the Ross Rifle from the Canadian Army Corps. -- Sessional paper, no. 44. -- Ottawa : King's Printer, 1917. -- 12 p. -- Also published in French under the title: Document de la session, no 44

Canada. Parliament. House of Commons. Special Committee on Boot Inquiry. -- Proceedings and evidence. -- Ottawa : King's Printer, 1915.

Canada. Royal Commission Concerning Purchase of War Supplies and Sale of Small Arms Ammunition. -- Evidence. -- Commissioner Hon. Sir Charles Davidson. -- Ottawa : King's Printer, 1917. -- 3 vol.

Phillips, Roger, et al. -- The Ross Rifle story. -- Antigonish, N.S. : Privately printed, 1984. -- 475 p.

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