Zoom Webinar: Alexander Fitzgerald-Black on The Air Support Rollercoaster: Canadian Soldiers’ Morale in Normandy

This webinar that is scheduled for next week may be of interest to members.


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ALEXANDER FITZGERALD-BLACK

The Air Support Rollercoaster: Canadian Soldiers’ Morale in Normandy

July 14th, 7:30 PM ET

The webinar is FREE on Zoom.

Registration is required. You do not need a Zoom account to watch.

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Soldiers’ morale on the frontline relies on many factors. Casualty rates, time spent in heavy combat, news from home, weather and terrain, food, and general health are all relevant. The role of air forces should also get our consideration. In this talk, Alex Fitzgerald-Black will tackle two questions. First, what did the Canadian soldier think about the air support he received in Normandy? Second, what were the consequences of this support for morale? Canadian war diaries and memoirs of the fighting on the ground – including George G. Blackburn’s classic The Guns of Normandy – contain myriad compliments and criticisms about what the Allied air force was doing during the Battle of Normandy. The compliments (peaks) and criticisms (valleys) present an undulating curve of Canadian soldiers’ morale in Normandy. Fitzgerald-Black’s presentation will examine this “rollercoaster” in a sweeping tour of Canadian army operations from Juno Beach to the Falaise Gap.

 

ALEXANDER FITZGERALD-BLACK is the Operations and Outreach Manager at the Juno Beach Centre Association, the charity that owns and operates Canada’s Second World War Museum on the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy, France. He holds a Master of Arts in military history (University of New Brunswick) and a Master of Arts in public history (Western University).

UPCOMING WEBINARS

28 July | LCMSDS
Dr. Caroline D’Amours
“French Canadians at Normandy”
Click HERE to Register

11 August | LCMSDS
Dr. Matthew Barrett
“Canadian Army Officer Discipline and Martial Justice, 1944–45”
Click HERE to Register

25 August | LCMSDS
Marie Eve Vaillencourt, JBC
“Remembering the Canadians in Normandy”
Click HERE to Register

8 September | LCMSDS
Geoff Hayes
“The Canadians in Normandy: Another Go-Around”
Click HERE to Register

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