About This Exhibit

This exhibit features postcards with images of commanders.

Go to the Commander Gallery to comment on these postcards or download full-size images.

General Eric Ludendorff


Field Marshall Lord Herbert Kitchener


Kitchener had been one of the few prominent British military personnel to predict a lengthy war when fighting ensued in Europe in the autumn of 1914. Famous for gracing Britain’s recruitment posters, he succeeded in forming an enlisted army of more than one million men. (DSC4281) He drowned in June 1916 while en route to Russia, when his ship struck a German mine off the coast of the Orkney Islands.

Field Marshall Sir John French


The card was evidently used as note paper. As can be seen, it is the second page of a note of indeterminate length, and reads:

“2. Baldy, Staff Segt., Monk are to-gether, and all are fine. I met Mrs. Woodland brother last night, and he is fine, so tell her not to worry. I told I I was going to write so he told me to mention about him, is is great to meet an old chum, & he is quarter master 1st. Cop. Of Highland’s, every time I pass I am going to call and”

Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig


Late in the war, Richie Lane of St. Williams, Ontario began sending this series to his mother. He eventually rose to the rank of Major. His daughter Shirley is the wife of R.J. Whittington, the owner of this postcard collection.

This reads: “Bexhill, Oct. 20, 1918. From time tot time I am going to send home a series of post cards showing some of the main generals we have served under during one year in France. Lots of love, Ritchie.”

General Sir H.S. Horne


“Oct. 26, 1918. This is the Commander of the 1st Army and the officer the Canadian Corps has done most of their fighting under. He holds the Lens front (?) his army is still attacking. G.R.L.”

General Sir H.C.O. Plumer


“Nov. 1 1918. Canadian Corps served under this general at Passchendaele and in all the Ypres fighting. He is a soldier of the old type but is one of the best the empire has. G.R.L.”

General The Hon. Sir J.H.G. Byng


“This General is the commander of the III Army and the Canadian Army fought under Byng at Cambrai. General Currie succeeded Byng as commander of the Canadians. Will write soon. Worked very hard just now. G.R.L.”

General Sir W.R. Birdwood


The Armistice had been declared on November 11, 1918. Lane is obviously referring to that: “I received your cable of congratulations and thank you for the same. Will write in a few days. It has been raining for the last twenty-four hours. G.R. Lane.”